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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.

The experience of skiing at Snowbird is thrilling. Crowding into your first Tram is an energetic, frenetic moment that recalls finding space on a New York subway during rush hour. The 100-capacity Tram drops you off a top Hidden Peak at 11,000 feet above sea level, and below you is one of the most jaw-dropping panoramas of high-alpine wonder. To your left is Mineral Basin, a wide-open mix of blues and cliff-hucking black diamonds served by the Mineral Basin Express and Baldy Express. 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 the Peruvian Gulch, accessed from the base by the Peruvian Express. At the top of Peruvia Express you can access North America’s only ski tunnel, a 600-foot hole in the mountain below wherein you ride a rubbery conveyor belt between the two sides. Take a moment to take it in and then lock down your boots, strap on your board, and roar down into the white.

Both Alta and Snowbird have the highest snow base counts of any Utah resort 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 Fourth 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, an energetic and 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. It’s a clubby atmosphere but by no means exclusive. Price of admission: one lift ticket.

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Mountain School
Learn to ski and ride or just fine-tune your skills with Snowbird's best instructors.

Cliff Spa
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.

Mountain Coaster
An exhilarating ride like no other, the Snowbird Mountain Coaster offers 3,120 feet of twists, turns, screams, and shouts.

2012 Ski Salt Lake Shootout: 1st Place Portfolio


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.

The Inn
Nestled in Snowbird's Pedestrian Village, the Inn provides the comforts of home with a variety of lodging options.


Mid-Gad Restaurant
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.

The Forklift
Convenient breakfast and lunch spot on Snowbird Center Plaza Deck serving great burgers, sandwiches, and salads.

The Atrium
Hearty skiers' lunch buffet at The Cliff Lodge.

Creekside Lodge
Gad Valley base area cafeteria offering quick lunches and a large sundeck with grill.

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