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Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage
Lutz, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great place”
Reviewed November 27, 2012

Beautiful view, friendly staff. Great place. Only thing that we did not like is that we got a sofabed intead of a bed in our studio. and we were there for our anniversary.

Visited November 2012
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“Stay and Play package”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

We did a weekend getaway here and the stay and play package (includes full day activity pass for the kids) was great. Best deal on weekday, Thursday/Friday for example since the lines were very long for the activities on weekends.

Visited August 2012
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Dana Point
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Hiking Snobird”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

Recommend taking the ski lift (open in summer) to the top or near the top of the mountain (around 11,000 feet). The hike down is well worth the time, as there are alot of trails to consider, alot of which are graded unpaved roads. Wear good hiking shoes as the down hill is relatively steep and gravelly. The "hike" would be best in early summer or mid September. The "hike" is around 3 to 4 miles, most of which is downhill.

Visited August 2012
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“A great place for a family weekend getaway”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

There are a lot of activities for families, such as lift rides, the Alpine Slide, tram ride, free Friday-night movies, restaurants, shops, etc.

Visited August 2012
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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Summer fun”
Reviewed August 9, 2012

We visited in for a 120 person family reunion, and enjoyed a nice 4 day stay. My small children 7,4 snd 2 had a great time in the hotel pool, as all children generally do, but there were also quite a few add on activities for them to enjoy. The Alpine slide and the bungee trampolines were favorites, and the low mountain hiking will be something I think they'll look back on fondly. My wife and I also went on our own 2 hour hikes, and although the trails are not terriblt well marked, if you're getting away from the city, they are good beginner walks. The terrain was nothing tht the 4 year old couldn't handle with the right attitude, add the mule deer and moose we saw, and it was definitely worthwhile. For a faster bumpier time, some of us adults rented mountain scooters, rode the gondola to the summit and held on for dear life on the descent. The 45 minute ride was jarring, but good enough that we did it 4 times over two days. If you try this, know that your hands het beat up from the rocky paths and constant braking, but if you're in decent physical shape, its a great time. The hot tub at the pool helps too. Another plus was the pavillion area. In the three nights we were there they played a movie on the side of the building, and had a fun Johnny Cash tribute band play to a 200- 300 person crowd. Accomodations were adequate, and our loft condo had a small kitchen where we cooked our own meals more than once. It got a bit warm at night since the condos dont have central air, but we kept the door open and fans on hi, and weren't at all inconvenienced.

Visited August 2012
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