Snowbird Ski Resort
Nestling amid spectacularly rugged peaks in the Wasatch mountain range, Snowbird’s excellent quality of snow and skiable terrain has attracted skiers and boarders of every age and ability level. So whether you’re searching for gentle, groomed trails, intermediate cruisers, untracked powder pitches or breathtaking plunges, Snowbird will not disappoint.
Deep in Utah’s Wasatch Range sits one of North America’s most legendary ski areas – Snowbird. Snowbird is blessed with a stunning landscape rivaled by few in the lower 48. Conveniently located just 29 miles from the Salt Lake International Airport, the resort is within easy reach of direct flights from many major US cities, and even London’s Heathrow Airport. If you are looking for fresh tracks, look no further than Snowbird. The Great Salt Lake consistently helps provide the fuel for the epic storms that often miss Park City, but roll through the Little Cottonwood Canyon dumping on average over 500 inches of snow for both skiers and riders to enjoy (Snowbird’s neighbor, Alta, is only available to skiers). With this much snow the resort generally opens early in the season, and has spun lifts into July on numerous occasions in the past decade. If you are a frequent traveler, the mountain collective pass has added Snowbird/Alta to its long list of member mountains adding even more incentive to visit.
While suitable to all abilities, the terrain at Snowbird certainly favors the expert skier. The tram ride from the base to Hidden Peak swiftly brings one past the imposing Cirque chutes and Fields of Glory. Chip’s Run takes those less adventurous down a gentle intermediate run that wraps you back down the front side of the mountain. Mineral Basin is Snowbirds version of Vails back bowls and riding here is plentiful though best saved for the blue bird days that often follow big storms. In complement, the Gad 2 lift offers a more protected environment particularly for lower visibility days with superb glade skiing off STH and Gadzooks.
On-mountain lodging is plentiful with the large ski-out Cliff Lodge, while a variety of smaller more basic Inns balance out the accommodations at what the locals call “the country club”. Skiing is truly the centerpiece of the Snowbird experience though. The base village lacks the European town feel of a Vail or Whistler as shopping is limited. There’s a limited nightlife and bar scene, which may put some visitors off, as may limited shopping-as there’s no “town” nearby. However, restaurant options at the Steak Pit and the Lodge Bistro will satisfy even the most discerning palate. Nightlife can be found at The Tram Club which serves those looking for après and a post dinner lounge where a series of large screen TVs makes it easy to catch a game. One run of beginner night skiing is available next to the Cliff Lodge for those that don’t get enough during the day.
Snowbird’s accessibility, consistent snowfall, and exceptional terrain make it an easy choice for skiers and boarders of all ability to enjoy a first class west coast ski experience.