"I'm so over the snow," uttered one woman at the Fred Segal Fun Gifting Lounge after the first weekend of the Sundance Film Festival 2010. A rep next to her, however, moaned just the opposite, "I don't want to hear it. I'm stuck inside while everyone else gets to enjoy the powder."
The biggest buzz of the 10-day independent film event seemed to be about the recent storms that pummeled Utah rather than the stars lining Main Street or the movies they represented.
The storm arrived in time to douse the streets with white and turn the ski area managers and guests back into happy campers. But while locals shimmied, Sundancers snarled as the significant snowfall hampered traffic, causing delays of up to an hour just to get from Deer Valley Resort to Park Avenue- a route driveable in mere minutes on non-event periods.
There were at least three days where Little Cottonwood Canyon faced delayed openings and access to that precious powder. Road officials called Interlodge one night and forced guests to stay overnight at Alta or Snowbird to wait out any avalanche danger. PR officials are now chanting, "Seven feet in seven days!" in honor of the massive storm cycle that blew through Northern Utah.
Brian McInerney, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service reported that up to five cold fronts moved through the Wasatch from Jan. 19-24. Minor fender benders accompanied the speedy weather change and Park City's fleet of plows cranked up and tackled (24/7) as many streets and sidewalks as they could handle. The good news for everyone but non-skiers is this is only the beginning.