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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 offers a...

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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still one the great places in the US to ski powder

I have been coming here for 24 years and hadn t been here in a while. The mountain is still great and there have been many improvements of the lifts. There is also a rfid system... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Robt C
Stamford, Connecticut
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Stamford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have been coming here for 24 years and hadn t been here in a while. The mountain is still great and there have been many improvements of the lifts. There is also a rfid system for lift tickets- very nice. Lift ticket prices are very reasonable compared to Vail and its ilk and the skiing is better. The restaurants... More 

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Tecumseh, Kansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Snowbird is famous for great snow, but the lines at some of the lifts and tram are getting like Colorado. The new restaurant at the top is very sterile feeling and expensive.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Snowbird is ver legit skiing destination. Lacks the charm of a Jackson, and size/variety of a Vail, but if you want great skiing it is up there!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The skiing is WORLD class!! The dining and lodging are less then world class!!! AWESOME place but needs upgrades in the services!! Customer service is good.

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Cerritos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love skiing at Snowbird. Most of the mountain is steep and challenging. The staff is helpful and friendly. It seemed there was always someone to help answer questions about the mountain and runs. Snowbird seems to be a favorite of the locals as well. Many of the people we rode up the lifts with were locals. They were always... More 

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This has been on my bucket list for some time now. Finally got to ski snowbird after over a foot of fresh powder dropped...........pure sweetness.

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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is our 5th year of multiple visits. We like this place because of super easy access from the airport, ski in/out, great pool and 3 hot tubs with slopeside views. the improvements /renovation of bathrooms is practical, wi fi is fast, facilities clean. The beds could have had better matresess and some rooms will be nice with two king... More 

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Woodbridge, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I live in the northeast and have skied all over America and…………. UTAH consistently has the best snow on world class mountains, within an hour’s drive of a major airport, SLC. Arrive in the morning and, it used to be, some resorts let you ski the afternoon for free by showing your airline boarding pass (I did not check this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love the mountain and snow. The skiing here is challenging though. A blue run here is harder than a blue run at Alta. If your an expert skier this is your place. I wish they had more green runs for my daughter. People are friendly and unpretentious.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Easy in and out drive from SLC. Great lifts, fast tram and access to Alta (skiers only). The staff is always up beat and helpful. Our group took an expert less with Carl. So worth the price as he showed us a few secret powder spots and gave us some great tips and advice on how to refine our skiing.

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