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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: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a pretty nice resort. I can imagine that in winter, if you're a skier, you'd love it. Summer though is renovations and construction time, lots of the resort was closed or being renovated. Not that that's bad, just makes it harder to appreciate the location. Stayed at the Lodge, not the Cliff Lodge. This will cause you problems, there are repeating names all over it seems, very confusing. In fact, my shuttle driver left without me to go back to the airport because she thought I was staying at the other building.

If you're staying for more than a day or two, bring your own food!!! I can't stress this enough. The places to eat there are really expensive, and the small convenience store is horribly expensive to buy staples.

Went on a couple of hikes up the mountain. You have to hike up quite a way to get past the construction noise. If you're going to go, stick with the Peruvian Valley trails, avoid the Gad valley trails at all cost. I really think the trail guide should give some indication as to the level of difficulty going up the trails, as they have for going down. I found the trail system to be poorly marked throughout. I'm an experienced hiker, but this was bad, in my opinion.

Thank Kristine D
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Snowbird is by far my favorite mountain. If you choose a ski resort based on how many high end shops, bars, and restaurants they have then go over to Park City. If it's a huge terrain, endless powder, and not a lot of crowds with incredible skiing you crave then the bird is the word. I'm a Floridian who loves to ski so I don't have a home mountain. I've traveled many different places to ski and none have topped Snowbird. Not only does it have over 2,500 acres of skiable terrain but it also boasts the longest ski season in Utah and receives over 500 inches of annual snowfall. I've taken three different trips there and every time it's been consistently packed with powder. Spring skiing is absolutely amazing along with the vistas! Even if you aren't an experienced skier I'd say still come and take a lesson or stick to the greens and take a tram ride to the top for some truly astonishing photos. I will say that the greens here are blues on most other mountains as this is a seriously steep mountain but if you are a novice beginner I think you'd really enjoy yourself. The best part is for all this mountain offers the prices are really reasonable. You can get a 2-3 day pass for under $80 a person if bought in advance. I can't wait until next winter!

Thank alfrescoaficionado
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Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

This was a great vacation indeed! Upon arrival, the valet attendant where very courteous. We also had the drink specials at the restaurant (Aerie) on the 10th floor of the Cliff club. The bar attendant (Gary) was great! All in all it was a great experience.

Thank dorcaswj1
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Reviewed 10 May 2018

I love this mountain and the terrain is so much fun. If you love powder this is a total gem. Stoked on the IKON pass for my 7 days vs the 2/3 I've been getting with my mountain collective the last few years! I love summer ....but man I CANNOT wait for this winter!

Thank SheBakes
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Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

Boarders and skiers come over here... Anyone can find a place to have fun here.. after season like May this place is peaceful...

Thank Umut G
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