SNOWBIRD SKI & SUMMER RESORT
If Snowbird’s neighbor Alta is a nostalgic throwback, Snowbird is all about the future. A sprawling resort served by an impressive array of high-speed chairs and its Aerial Tram, Snowbird is a playground for those who like it fast, steep, and deep.
Skiing at Snowbird is thrilling. Crowding into your first Tram is a frenetic moment that recalls finding space on a New York subway during rush hour. The 100-capacity Tram drops you off atop Hidden Peak at 11,000 feet above sea level, and below you is a jaw-dropping panorama of high-alpine wonder. To your left is Mineral Basin, a wide-open mix of blues and cliff-hucking black diamonds. To your right is the Gad Valley, topped with an imposing cirque that rolls out beneath the jagged peaks of the American Fork Twins. Behind you is Peruvian Gulch, accessed by Peruvian Express and connected to Mineral Basin via North America’s only ski tunnel, which feels straight out of an Indiana Jones movie.
Both Alta and Snowbird have the highest snow-base counts of all the Utah resorts, and their south-facing slopes mean that the snow stays around longer. Snowbird will stay open as long as it has snow; some years this has extended its season to the 4th of July.
Snowbird’s sheer size can be intimidating at first, but it’s easy to find your groove in any of its three main areas. Mineral Basin has a lovely range of cruisers and groomers. Once you’ve picked your way down from the cirque into Gad Valley, the mid-Gad runs are a great mix for beginners and experts alike. For your back-to-base closeout, Chips Run is a 7.5-mile blue run that gives you a great ride through the Peruvian Gulch.
While the thrills on-mountain will fill up your day, the ’Bird’s vibe is most apparent on the sunny tram deck, a convivial central plaza where everyone gathers for mid-day breaks and post-last-tram boasting. Locals know to bring their own hot toddy components, and you’ll see the Jet Boil camp stoves cooking them up all over the deck.
Projected Opening Date:
November 21, 2015
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Learn to ski and ride or just fine-tune your skills with Snowbird's best instructors.
This rooftop facility offers various treatments, an outdoor pool and hot tub, a fitness center, and more.
Guided Mountain Tours
Snowbird offers daily complimentary intermediate and advanced tours at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Lift ticket required.
Snowcat Skiing for Nature
A guided backcountry ski experience in upper American Fork Canyon. Half-day, custom, and private tours are available.
Two- and three-hour tours through Mineral Basin offered daily.
The Cliff Lodge & Spa
Features ski-in/ski-out accessibility, complimentary wireless Internet, two lounges, a business center, three restaurants, two lounces, a heated outdoor pool and hot tub complex, The Cliff Spa, and Camp Snowbird.
Iron Blosam Lodge
159 varied condo types, Wildflower Italian Ristorante, pool and spa facilities on site.
The Lodge at Snowbird
A variety of slopeside hotel and condominium units. Restaurant, heated outdoor pool, hot tub, and sauna.
Nestled in Snowbird's Pedestrian Village, the Inn provides the comforts of home with a variety of lodging options.
Snowbird's mid-mountain eatery, open daily during the winter, serving burgers, sadwiches, pizza, chili, salads, beer, and snacks.
Cafeteria at the Snowbird Center offering great sandwiches, soups, pastas, and salad bar.
Convenient breakfast and lunch spot on Snowbird Center Plaza Deck serving great burgers, sandwiches, and salads.
Hearty skiers' lunch buffet at The Cliff Lodge.
Gad Valley base area cafeteria offering quick lunches and a large sundeck with grill.
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