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Snowbird Ski Resort

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Overview

Snowbird’s 2,500 skiable acres are accessed via 1 tram and 10 chairlifts, including 6 high-speed detachable quads and 4 doubles. The Utah ski resort has a summit of 11,000 feet and a base elevation of 7,760 feet, with a vertical drop of 3,240 feet. Snowbird averages approximately 500 inches of snowfall per year. For skiers and riders looking to develop their skills, Snowbird’s Mountain School is the perfect place to learn, offering everything from private instruction and class lessons to women’s ski and snowboard camps.

Snowbird claims to have Utah’s longest ski and ride season, and is usually open from mid-November through May. Snowbird is home to many slopeside lodging options, restaurants and bars. The Cliff Spa is located on the top two floors of the Cliff Lodge, providing a variety of services for skiers looking to relax.

Snowbird ski resort provides multiple summer activities, including a mountain coaster, alpine slide, summer tubing, ropes course and climbing wall. Snowbird also offers lift-served mountain biking during the summer months.

Where Is Snowbird Ski Resort Located?

Snowbird ski resort is nestled in Little Cottonwood Canyon in the heart of the Wasatch-Cache National Forrest, approximately 29 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC). It is six miles up Little Cottonwood Canyon. This scenic 45-minute drive from SLC is extremely beautiful, but you might need a 4-wheel drive vehicle to get into the canyon if there’s been a lot snow.

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

Breakfast

You have a couple of options for breakfast on the mountain, including:

  • The Atrium , which is known for its artisan coffee and breakfast buffet. 9320 Cliff Lodge Drive, Snowbird, UT 84092
  • The Forklift , providing outdoor seating and beautiful mountain views while you eat a hearty breakfast. You should also stop by after the day is done to take advantage of their après scene. 9385 South # 094, Snowbird Center Trail, Snowbird, UT 84092

Lunch

  • The Summit at Snowbird is located at the top and is accessible via the tram. For lunch or dinner, you’ll get some amazing food while partaking of breathtaking views. 9385 S, Snowbird Center Drive, Snowbird, UT 84092
  • The Alta Lodge Restaurant provides ski-in and ski-out dining to ensure that you can grab some lunch and then quickly get back to the slopes. 10230 E Hwy 210, Alta, UT 84092

Dinner

  • With amazing views – you should definitely get here to watch the sunset - Shallow Shaft Restaurant specializes in “casual fine dining”. With everything from fresh fish to steak to crispy chicken, you’re bound to find something on the menu. Then, pair it with an amazing glass of wine. 10199 East Hwy 210, Sandy, UT 84092
  • Alta’s Rustler Lodge is a TripAdvisor recommended restaurant, offering a high-end dinner experience and even has a special menu for those with food allergies. 10380 East Hwy 210, Alta, UT 84092

Apres/Nightlife

  • While not particularly known for its nightlife because of its location, you can find some post-ski options to relax and grab a drink.
  • At The Tram Club, you can run into everyone from some ski pros to a celebrity or two. With 14 TVs and a wide selection of beer, cocktails and wine, you’re sure to enjoy the local atmosphere. 9385 South #C01, Snowbird Center Trail, Snowbird, UT 84092
  • If you’re looking for something a bit more upscale, head to The Lodge Bistro. With a great patio and weekly restaurant and bar specials, you’ll love the vibe here – as well as the fully stocked bar. 9260 Lodge Drive, Snowbird, UT 84092

Terrain

Terrain

Described by skiers and riders as an intermediate to advanced mountain, Snowbird contains a variety of beginner, intermediate and expert terrain. The resort contains steep bowls and chutes, tree glades, long groomed trails and night skiing.

The resort is serviced by an aerial tram that grants access to an abundance of challenging diverse terrain. Powder days are a common occurrence at Snowbird, and the snow is some of the lightest and driest snow you will find anywhere in the world. Advanced and expert skiers will find a myriad of possible lines and descents.

With a total of 168 runs, the breakout is 27% beginner, 38% intermediate and 35% advanced.

Inside Scoop

Alta Ski Area and Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort offer the Alta-Snowbird Pass, which enables skiers to access both resorts' terrain. A connection gate at the saddle separating Alta's Albion Basin and Snowbird's Mineral Basin is used to move between the two resorts.

If you’re bringing the family, kids 6 and under ski free, and there’s a discount for seniors 65 and older. Be sure to take advantage of these to save some money.

Best Time for Snow

Average Snowfall

108"
68"
45"
23"
0"
19"
Nov
87"
Dec
90"
Jan
84"
Feb
70"
Mar
60"
Apr
14"
May
0"
Jun

Terrain Overview

8%
Beginners Runs
25%
Intermediate Runs
43%
Advanced Runs
24%
Expert Runs
140
Runs in Total
2.5 mi
Longest Run
2500 ac
Skiable Terrain

Total Lifts: 14

1
Gondolas & Trams
7
High Speed Quads
4
Double Chairs
2
Surface Lifts

Elevation

11000'
Summit
3240'
Vertical Drop
7760'
Base

Important Dates

November 30, 20222022/11/30
Projected Opening
May 14, 20232023/05/14
Projected Closing
205
Projected Days Open
184
Days Open Last Year
51
Years Open
500"
Average Snowfall
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