Your stomach drops and your anticipation turns to anxiety as you approach the 6200 South exit. Traffic is backed up and moving as fast as your 90-year-old grandma. You could have been catching face shots at The Canyons if only you knew. Well, now you will – supposedly. Traffic.com promises to provide online and on-the-go traffic reports to help you choose the ski area du jour. It's free and you can customize it. After logging on to http://www.traffic.com
, you either enter your zip code or select your starting point on a U.S. map. Users can then assess traffic conditions as highlighted by yellow or green routes.
You can also get detailed congestion information categorized by the "Jam Factor" scale, a ten-point rating system. They include road incident details, local events and construction delays. Sign up for free MyTraffic Mobile e-mail and phone alerts that send real-time traffic information for the most congested roadways anywhere and anytime.
There's also an on-demand toll-free traffic hotline at 1-866-MY-TRAFC (1-866-698-7232). I checked into it and it seems awesome. We'll just have to wait until that powder day to know for sure.