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“It's hard to argue with fresh powder.”

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort
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Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Snowbird
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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: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage, Stairs / elevator
St. Louis, Missouri
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47 reviews
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“It's hard to argue with fresh powder.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013

Snowbird is an absolute gem in the Little Cottonwood Canyon area of Utah. The views are stunning, the powder abundant, and the terrain has something for everyone: skier and snowboarder, beginner and expert alike. The staff was friendly and the lift lines remarkably short.

Visited February 2013
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“A Must Ride”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

Being my first trip from the east Coast, I was thoroughly impressed with this mountain. Never had I ever ridden in such good conditions, that were not only challenging, but just different than riding at home. Tons of tree trails to ride through. Though the mountain was challenging, it was fun to be at the top of your game all day.

Visited February 2013
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Muskegon, MI
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“We had a great day!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2013

First time to ski Snowbird in many years, we drove from our base in Park City. It was an easy drive to get to Snowbird. We took the 10:30am mountain host tour.. Rob and Mike took our group of 5 all over the mountain. We were with them until 1:00pm and got a good understanding of the layout of the resort. One of the highlights was the "tunnel" to Mineral Basin - what a concept! The panoramas of the various bowls was incomparable. Snowbird is truly a unique area and we thoroughly enjoyed our day there and will return. We found everyone to be very friendly and the valet parking for $12 at the resort center was a deal!

Visited February 2013
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Selden, New York
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“Great skiing 45 mins. From Salt Lake City”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013 via mobile

Was in Salt Lake visiting from NY. Great varied terrain. Really cool tunnel with a belt you ski onto. Takes you to other side of mountain. Mostly advanced to me being from out East. Still, plenty of beginner and intermediate to explore. Lift was reasonable and staff were great. Unusual skiing in Late May, at least for me. Conditions were good. If your looking for great reasonable skiing close to SLC, this is your place!

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Los Angeles, California
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“Extremely friendly host”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

I have skied at snowbird before but last month I was guided by a mountain host named Fritz. Fritz was very friendly and knowledgable. He also did a great job assisting my girlfriend with her skiing. If you're skiing at snowbird take advantage of getting a tour from a host. Try to hang with Fritz...he's great.

Visited January 2013
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