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Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort

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Address: 9385 S Snowbird Center Dr, Snowbird Lodge, Snowbird, UT 84092
Phone Number: 1 8019332222
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort is a ski-in, ski-out retreat that...

Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort is a ski-in, ski-out retreat that offers a variety of lodging, dining and most especially year-round sporting activities. In the winter, the resort is known world-wide for it's skiing and snowboarding terrain. In the summer, they have a number of amusement park attractions, along with a variety of hiking and mountain biking trails. The Bird is also known for their large Oktoberfest celebrations, that run each weekend from Mid-August through Mid-October.

Location: Snowbird, Utah is in the heart of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Little Cottonwood Canyon, one mile down canyon from Alta.

Lifts: One Aerial Tram, 10 chairlifts including six high-speed detachable quads and four doubles (most with arm and leg rests) and two conveyer lifts.

Uphill Capacity: 17,400 skiers and snowboarders per hour.

Runs: 169

Acreage: 2,500 acres.

Terrain: Beginner: 27%, Intermediate: 38%, Advanced: 35%

Elevation: Top of resort is 11,000-foot Hidden Peak, lowest point on the mountain is bottom of Baby Thunder chairlift at 7,760 feet. The 125-person Tram covers 2,900 vertical feet in approximately seven minutes.

Longest Run: Chip’s Run, 2.5 miles.

Longest Descent: Gad Valley, 3.5 miles.

Terrain Park: The Snowbird Terrain Park is located on the lower part of the Big Emma run. It is accessed by the Mid Gad or Gadzoom lifts.

Snowfall: Snowbird averages approximately 500 inches of low-density, “dry” Utah powder annually. Thanks to ideal geography and a phenomenon called the Lake Effect, Little Cottonwood Canyon powder is known worldwide.

Season: Utah’s longest ski and snowboard season, mid-November through May (conditions permitting).

Mountain School: Snowbird’s Mountain School offers a plethora of instruction from class lessons to women’s ski and snowboard camps.

Accessibility: Snowbird is 29 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport with more than 600 daily non-stop flights from most major U.S. cities and 25 miles from downtown Salt Lake City. Snowbird is a scenic 45-minute drive from the airport, making same-day skiing and flying a reality.

Lodging: Four slopeside lodges – The Cliff Lodge, Lodge at Snowbird, The Inn and Iron Blosam – offer rooms by the night, week or longer as well as timeshare opportunities. Snowbird offers 882 total rooms.

Restaurants:15 serving everything from fine dining to burgers and beers.

Bars: Five.

Spa: The luxurious Cliff Spa on the top two floors of The Cliff Lodge offers massages, wraps, yoga, weight room, full service salon, exclusive rooftop pool and hot tub.

Winter Mountain Tours: Every morning at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 the Snowbird Mountain Hosts lead a complimentary orientation tour of the mountain departing from the Plaza Deck. Depending on the weather conditions the tour will show all three drainages of Snowbird, how to easily get around the mountain, where all the important facilities are located, and the notable landmarks. The tours are aimed at the lower level intermediate through advanced skiers and riders.

Meeting Space: Snowbird’s mountain village includes 50,000 square feet of dedicated meeting space that includes contemporary A/V equipment, conference services and catering and an outdoor tent with a 1,000-person capacity.

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I just HAD to ride the Mountain Coaster!

So much to do, so little time. Ski? Check. Mountain bike? Check. Hike from the tram? Check. Observe wildlife? Check. Just breathe clear, clean air? YES! It really is there. Go.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

So much to do, so little time. Ski? Check. Mountain bike? Check. Hike from the tram? Check. Observe wildlife? Check. Just breathe clear, clean air? YES! It really is there. Go.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Come for Oktoberfest, ride the tram, (Get a studio with the wall bed, it is more walking but I loved this) also October 15th-18th is Cusomer appreciation day, free tram rides with 3 cans of food for food drive -or $6 donation.) A great get away. This is my favorite place in fall (some $99-250 a night, look at the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

We took the kids up to ride the tram...... Very enjoyable experience. We'd done it before but it had been a few years ago.. We walked part of the way down and rode the chair lift..Great family adventure..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

The aerial tram is a favorite of skiers all winter, but in the summer it's a not to be missed adventure. The 10+ minute ride up to 11,000 feet offers views like no other. Locals love it and so will you! Lots of fun!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

What a great event! Love that you can buy a mug and walk around this beautiful setting, purchasing different beers while soaking in the scenery. Reminds me of how lucky I am to live in such an awesome place!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

We visited the resort in summer (winter in Australia) and found it to be a great place for sightseeing with many attractions for the younger members of our group. The cable car took us to the very top of the mountain, presenting us with sights away through to the salt lake in one direction and out across the mountains in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

enjoyed our time here, partly at a conference but also skiing... most of us amateurs but treated very well and great experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

We will be heading back in February 2016, and we can't wait. I could spend all day on 'Chips Run' We preferred taking the Peruvian Chair to the top of 'Chips Run' than taking the Tram, but the Tram ride is definitely a great experience. Make sure you go through the tunnel to Mineral Basin, the view when you reach... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Super fun and intense mountain biking. This was my first mountain biking experience, which probably wasnt a good idea. I did fine, but there were some turns where i needed to get off the bike and walk the bike down. If you are comfortable with mountain biking, this is a gorgeous ride. There are advanced jumps you can do, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Summer recreation activities were enjoyed by all. Great deal to buy the day pass. Nice that you can bring in your own food for a picnic. Plenty of places to sit and relax. Aerial tram was awesome and took some great pictures. Fun for kids and adults.

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