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“Hardest Skiing I've Ever Done - But would do it again!”

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort
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 young children, Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed March 18, 2013

You really need to be an experienced skier with confidence to ski here. The blue squares and greens are very narrow and run a long double black diamonds but are very doable if you are in control of your skiing. Mineral basin is awesome. Lots of skiable area and not nearly as challenging as front side of the mountain. The tram ride is a thrill!

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Reviewed March 11, 2013

Great mountain. Plenty of Blue and Black runs and enought double blacks to keep everyone challanged. Not alot of condos to rent, nice cliff lodge. Not a lot of nightlife. Shortest drive to Salt Lake of all the resorts.

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Reviewed March 10, 2013

We love being in the mountains and if you are a hiker or biker, you will love the fall here. However, and understandably, midweek is nice and quiet, but not much is operating. The main gondola is running but all other activities are shut down.

Thank Stacey P
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

For the skiing and snowboarding aficionados, this is one of the must experience places, where 2 mountains (Alta & Snowbird) kiss, and their copious amounts of snow (sometimes over 500 inches a year) and the dryness of the Little Cottonwood Canyon, create unique and unmatched conditions. There are slopes for everyone, all the way from the top of the tram to the bottom, though proportionally the advanced skiers have more to pick from. Spring skiing is particularly warm and sunny. The restaurant at the base makes great lunches, people are friendly and good looking. Best time to ski is after a fresh snow dump, when powder is fluffy, but the resort takes good care of snow management and they groom it the day after the snowfall. There is ample parking and a bus shuttle to additional parking away from the resort. Local accommodations in the canyon are scarce, but the resort is a mere 40 minute drive from Salt Lake City. If you like snow sports, you must try Snowbird & Alta. if you wish to ski both mountains, lift tickets could get pricey. There is a ticket discount option in the city where you can get 2 day ticket for $130, I am told the best deal in town. Best to google prices on line before you come. They do have reduced prices for the lil ones, and for beginners there is a decent ski school. Mountain is pretty well marked, but for the "hotdogs"out there there are lots of shoots and rough spots.

Thank Zhiv
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

We did this for our son and we are glad we did to know that we will stick to SnowBasin as we felt the snow was as good. The lines were very long and everything was very costly.

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