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Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Snowbird
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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, Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 5 February 2018

Spacious accommodations in the Cliff Lodge. Excellent experience for the family. Loved the skiing and tram. Loved the pilates and yoga classes. Loved the gym and spa. Enjoyed the restaurants and shopping options. Recommend!

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 3 February 2018 via mobile

Utah ski areas have raised the bar for US skiers and Snowbird and Alta are my favorites. What makes them unique is the extraordinary range of trails catering to different levels and abilities. I skied Snowbird over a six hour period and never skied the same trail twice and the area has so much open terrain that you can safely improvise your own route with never ending variations. The views are spectacular and you can enjoy a good lunch st 11,000 feet and look across the Wasatch Range for miles. This is a real skier’s mountain and should be on everyone’s must do list. A wonderful ski area!

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank jonathb5
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Reviewed 1 February 2018 via mobile

We were concerned when we heard a small child below the lift yell "I'm gonna die!" as she tumbled into a pile of snow. ;-)

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Arden V
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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

By far my favorite ski resort. Love all the Trammell take it at 11,000 feet in five minutes with a 3 1/2 mile run down

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank L5658EFmarkd
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Reviewed 19 January 2018

Outstanding! Excellent!

Yeah, so for early January, the base, at 42 +/- inches, is only half of what it usually is this time of year. So what? Then it snowed 3" during the day, 2" at night, then 4" and 5" during the next two days, and it was wonderful..... even found a place to ski thru the trees where no one had been before me. So peaceful! So heavenly!

Local folks stay home waiting for the big dump while you ski and have the mountain to yourself. On one ride up the tram there were only 12 other fellow skiers. I will never see that again.

I come out here every year, direct from JFK, and hope to continue for many more years to come. This year there was a promotion, 'Ski City Free Super Pass', where 2 free lift tickets were offered per night stayed at select hotels during the month of January. They sold out real quick.

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank differentname
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