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“Unnerving Experience! Would stay away when it snows heavily!”

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: Lockers / storage, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed 28 February 2018

The constant sound of Avalanche Control Bombs being launched is an Unnerving Experience!
Never knowing whether the road is open is anxiety provoking!
On a snow day they start at 7 am and may go on all day.

Would stay away when it snows heavily!

Thank WillSkiforFood
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Reviewed 25 February 2018

Conveniently close to SLC, will satisfy a diverse mix of skier abiliites, and can really challenge those seeking complexity. With numerous lifts starting at varying levels of the mountain, lift line lengths were very tolerable and the lift speed was appropriate for the distance. Staffing all around was adequate and very courteous and helpful. The Tram was quite crowded, but expected for those venturing to the popular summit. We also ventured to the Mineral Basin area for a change and found it uncrowded and manageable for mid-level skiiers. Skiiers can access it from the Tram or take the Peruvian lift and access it via the tunnel , which highlights a moving "Ski-walk" - unusual for an alpine people mover. While standing on our skis we enjoyed the string of historical photographs and vignettes documenting early settlement and development of the tunnel and surrounding region.

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Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

In all of the years skiing at wonderful places, snowbird is still my favorite. Great snow and amazing terrain.

Our kids (6 and 8) also had a wonderful time at the mountain school and really improved their technique. If you haven’t been to snowbird, I would highly recommend it over all of the other resorts in the area.

Thank 597tedl
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Reviewed 16 February 2018 via mobile

This is my second visit to Snowbird - the first was several years ago - went on a weekday and enjoyed short lift lines and great terrain and snow conditions. Love the bowls.
Buy tickets ahead of time online to save !!

Thank Z_M_Mac
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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

We were in snowbird at the beginning of the ski season with my family with 6 children from 8 to 19 years . We really loved the place, very personalize and charming . However we were not that lucky with the snow and most of the main runs were closed , but anyway we can ski from the tram that by itself is an attraction

We will go back but in January or February to be sure we have plenty of good snow

Thank guerreroguarello
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