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“Great if you like moguls on your blue runs” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort
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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, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator
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“Great if you like moguls on your blue runs”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2014

Admittedly we are fairly cruisey skiers these days. We found Snowbird choices were limited to double blacks, cat trails and blue runs with moguls. Much preferred Alta.

Visited February 2014
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“Sort of Like Pebble Beach is to Golf”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2014

If you like skiing steep, challenging terrain, its like no place else. Visited recently after too long away, and fell in love all over again.
Some tips that have stood the test of time.
1. Get up early and check road and resort conditions. If it's a powder day, get up earlier. If you are not staying at the resort (which is really nice), you want to be in the parking lot (entry 2) by 8 or so to get a prime spot. Otherwise, you are in for a hoof or a cold chair lift ride to get to the base. If the road is closed (it happens), you have to decide if Little Cottonwood is your destination that day, or if you will go elsewhere.
2. Tramology. If you are not accustomed to riding a tram, a bachelor's degree is required. First of all, you stand up and hold your skis. This means that you do not want to be in the middle of the box. Either be one of the first on board, or one of the last, and find a wall to rest your skis on. On warmish days, expect your gloves to get wet while you are handling your skis. If the tram is full, you will have about 2 square feet to yourself, which means there are four other people who have the same two square feet. Grin and wait ten minutes. When the doors open, jostle off at the top of Hidden Peak and enjoy the almost 3000 Vs of pure adrenaline. There is just one intermediate run from the top. Depending on conditions, Chips may or may not feel very intermediate to you, and it's still 3000 Vs.
2A. On subsequent tram runs, you may or may not encounter a line. You could wait for two or even three trams before you board. Plan accordingly. If you will re-board the tram, you will almost certainly be heated up from your run down the mountain. The temperature in the tram plaza can be pretty warm, even when it is cold and blowing at the top. Be prepared to ventilate and juggle your gear without dropping anything. If its cold at the bottom, your may have to stand around for a while, so the details of your uniform are important.
3. If tramology is not your thing, the peruvian chair runs roughly parallel to the tram, and only about 500 fewer vertical feet. There is some great skiing off of the gad 2 and Wilbere chairs as well.
4. Have lunch/break at mid-Gad (unless you are eating your sandwich on the tram!). Fewer peeps and a classic location.

Visited January 2014
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“Good skiing for good skiers!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2014

A very good resort just 35 minutes from center of Salt Lake City. Pretty steep slopes and narrow cat-tracks makes the resort difficult for not so advanced skiers. A bit unfriendly culture among the skiers. Our intermediate skier got unfriendly shouts when she got stuck in the slopes that she was in the way and people was often passing her very close. Much less snow than normal made it pretty crowded in the groomed slopes. We think that Snowbird is best for pretty advanced skiers that want to go fast or offpist. If it is lots of snow which it normally is there are great areas for powder.

Visited January 2014
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“For Challenge-Lovers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2014

Snowbird has a special place in my heart because it's where I learned how to ski; I was born in Salt Lake City and standing on a pair of skis at Snowbird by the time I was 3 years old. And even though we moved away when I was still a kid, I've been drawn back to this place again and again like a moth to a flame. It's one of the biggest reasons my boyfriend and I have taken 3 months of unpaid leave from our jobs in Boston in order to live the ski bum life in SLC.

However, just because you'll see a lot of small kids taking lessons at Snowbird on the Chickadee slope, don't be fooled into thinking that this is the perfect place for beginners. If you've never been on a pair of skis before, you'd be better off going to one of the resorts in Park City where they cater to families and beginners.

That's because Snowbird will challenge even the most seasoned of skiiers (Upper Cirque, anyone?). It's a very steep mountain, which means there aren't a lot of cruisers or really easy Greens. A run that's Green at Snowbird would likely be Blue in the Northeast because of the steepness. And while it's never as crowded as any ski area in Colorado, it does get busy on the weekends and holidays, which means you have to pay extra attention when navigating trail merges and traverses.

But if you want to become a better skiier, or are an advanced skiier looking to expand your horizons, then Snowbird is one of the best places in the world to be. The terrain is incredibly varied and the lifts make almost every run very accessible. I highly advise keeping a trail map with you at all times since it can be easy to get lost; but then again, getting lost is half the fun of Snowbird!

And the snow? Well, they don't Utah the home of the best snow on earth just because it sounds good! The snow here is consistently the best snow I've ever experienced. How consistent? Well, my cousins are professional riders and extreme sports videographers who've been snowboarding on mountains all over the world; they could have chosen to live anywhere, and they chose Salt Lake City. Why? Because of the snow. And because of Snowbird.

Visited January 2014
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New York City, New York
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“Not for the whole family”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2014

Many of the trails are too challenging for kids and "cruiser" skiers. Best for those of expert level.

Visited January 2014
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