As someone who grew up at the mouth of little cottonwood, it does suck when you’re just trying to get to or from your house and canyon traffic makes it nearly impossible. I did like driving to school at the U in the opposite direction of the traffic and seeing the line though.
If you live in Utah long enough you eventually learn the “Noon Theory”. There is never any point in going up before noon. If the snow is bad you aren’t missing anything. If it’s a powder day, you just get to let a lot of the people burn themselves out with powder panic before the best parts of the mountain even open. Show up late with fresh legs and low blood pressure when you can ski all the best terrain without waiting for ropes to drop. There are always fresh stashed if you know where to go.
SuspiciousFishThe best part about sitting in traffic heading up LCC is watching the local neighborhood people lose their shit. I remember once the cars were lined up waiting for an avvy to be cleared and this lady couldnt get to her street to go home. She finally lost it, gunned her SUV up the incoming lane past 30 cars then got pulled over. Right at that magical moment they opened the gate and everyone she passed got to drive slowly by as she got a fat ticket for reckless driving.