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“XTERRA!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Snowbasin Resort

Snowbasin Resort
3925 E. Snowbasin Rd., Huntsville, UT 84317
801-620-1000
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Huntsville
Type: Ski/ Snowboard Areas, Biking Trails, Sports
Activities: Skiing, Snowboarding, Mountain biking
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Owner description: Snowbasin, one of SKI Magazines top-rated customer service resorts, is located less than 35 miles north of Salt Lake City with one of the easiest drives from Salt Lake International Airport as well...With 3,000 acres of terrain to suit all tastes and skill levels Snowbasin is a great please for families and individuals to have a truly elevated experience.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities
Huntsville, Alabama
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“XTERRA!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

This was a great venue for the XTERRA National Championship. The facilities are beautiful to go along with the awesome view. BBQ and beer was great after the race! Thanks to all the Snowbasin staff that supported the events.

Visited September 2013
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Hillsboro, Ohio, United States
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“Snow Basin”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

A great ski mountain with a variety of terrain for all levels. Beautiful lodges on the mountain, no crowded lift lines, friendly people and most of all great snow. Great in the summer too with hiking, biking and summer events at the lodges.

Visited February 2013
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Houston
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“Incredible views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We took the family up on a Sunday for the outdoor concert. Good food, excellent beer and wine. The gondola ride to the top was spectacular. You can take your mountain bike to the top if you want to attempt the ride back down the mountain. The hiking is great even if you stay at the top just to see the view. Our family agreed to hike all the way down on our next visit. This is a place not to be missed if you are in Northern Utah.

Visited July 2013
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Riverdale, Utah
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“An awesome winter resort!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Snowbasin Ski Resort is a top ski destination in northern Utah. We live close by so this is our winter playground resort and where we choose to get season passes. There are 3 resorts in the Ogden area, Snowbasin, Powder Mountain and Wolf Mountain. Snowbasin is the premier between the three and the most modern with 8 man gondola's. Snowbasin is the sister resort to Sun Valley, Idaho and owned by the same Earl Holdings family.

While it still is Utah's best kept secret, it has really got noticed as being written up in Ski Magazine a couple times. Of course it was the Olympics that put it on the map. To this day we encounter many people from all over the world there returning for their vacations from their visit during the Olympics. Each gondola (200 on the main lift) are named after a Olympic competitor. The runs are long and the snow is amazing. They also offer a nice snowshoe and cross country courses.

There are 3 beautiful lodges spread out over the mountain so no matter where you are, you can get great food, drinks and alcohol. Each lodge is noted for offering a bit extra on the menu. You will always eat good on the mountain. Food is fairly well priced for a being top destination. The lodges have beautiful views and outside eating as well. The parking lots have shuttles so no matter where you park, you'll get a fast ride to the entrance. The staff is always friendly and professional. You can drive up to the main lodge area and unload if you need to. They have hand carts to use to take your stuff to the patio. There are lockers and they have ski racks everywhere. You can bring your won food and drinks but they have to stay on the outside patio as they are not allowed in the lodge. We bring a soft-sided cooler with beer and munchies and set it outside on the patio by the lodge. We have never had anyone mess with our stuff. There is a huge patio at the main lodge with ample amount of tables. They do however, have an issue with brought in beer an alcohol. Although we have never been hassled about a flask, they have said something about beer. Not sure it's because they want you to buy what they sell or just Utah's strict laws and they want to keep track of your intoxication. But everyone does it so just keep it hidden when possible. They do offer bottled and draft beers inside and you can take those outside. Hint... they do carry Bud Light and Coors Light in long neck bottles so if you bring those in a cooler they will never know the difference. On weekends during the spring ski season they will have an outside barbecue with draft beer. Often they will have live music as well on the patio.

The mountain is made up of two areas. The main mountain "Needles" side and the "Strawberry" side. The Strawberry side is very expansive and has a gondola lift there as well. It is accessed by going to the top lodge area and skiing a road trail over from there. It opens later in the winter depending on snow level. It is awesome terrain once it opens Only downfall is the wind can pick up in the afternoon and they will shut down the gondola if it gets too windy. But other than that that side of the mountain is really nice skiing. There is no lodge on this side but does offer a limited food service such as hot dogs or a burger and soda. I don't remember them selling beer here but I could be wrong. There are restrooms here as well. They frown on drinking in the gondolas but just don't open a beer until it leaves the dock. At the top there is a trashcan filled with beer cans by the end of the day so they know it happens they just don't want it to be an open invitation and it getting carried away. The staff here wants you to have a good time and they don't hassle unless really necessary.

The main mountain has allot of everything. You can even get a beginner run from the top lodge. Even though there are double back diamonds, I wouldn't call this a steep mountain. Runs are really long and because of the fast gondola and lifts throughout the mountain, you are skiing more of the day and not sitting on a lift. The bottom main lodge hosts the entrance to the gondola. Even in the morning when the line is the longest, you wont wait more than 10 minutes. But as the morning goes on and people spread out on the mountain, the line gets shorter and shorter. There is also a nice terrain park for the tricksters. Once at the top of the mountain you can then ski down to other mid mountain lifts for more access to the mountain. The runs are well groomed and direction signs throughout and well marked. The main mountain has allot of trees where as the Strawberry side is mostly barren open terrain.

The main lodge area has a beginner area fenced off from the main run with it's own lift. They offer a professional ski and snowboard school and private lessons. There is a very well stocked ski supply and gift shop and they have full equipment rentals As I mentioned before, the lodges are the nicest I have seen anywhere in Utah. Snowbasin has also held the" Dew Tour" here as well.

I guess the only drawback to Snowbasin from a visitors point of view may be is that it's the only thing up there. There is no lodging or nightlife. Downtown Ogden (about 30 minute drive) is the main lodging and nightlife area. Historic 25th street is lined with shopping, bars and restaurants with excellent food and spirits. There are many other things to see and do in the Ogden area. Ogden is about 30/40 minute drive north of the SLC airport. Please search downtown Ogden for more information. From Ogden you can also go to the Salt lake City area resorts at about an hours plus drive. While the equipment rentals on the mountain are very reasonable, there are several places in Ogden to get discounted passes and rentals.

Snowbasin is also a favorite place for summer activities with excellent mountain biking along with hiking and weekend concerts and barbecues.

The Snowbasin website is : www.snowbasin.com

Every guest I have ever taken to Snowbasin has loved it and come back. Many have also made it their favorite ski destination. You will not be disappointed.

Visited March 2013
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Gastonia, North Carolina
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“Gondola to the Top”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

Summer brings wonderful sites at the ski area. Gondola was breathtaking..walk a trail, watch out for bikers, be dazzled by the slopes skiers maneuver during the winter. Maybe you will want to come and ski during the winter, I am just fine with a hike. Rattle snake was sunning.. be careful. Drink lots of water, very dry in the high mountains.

Visited June 2013
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