Snowbasin Resort is a perennial top ten for SKI magazine in categories like dining, service, lifts and grooming. Here's how that translates: Snowbasin takes care of everything it can control, and Mother Nature does the rest. Snowbasin Resort is under an hour from Salt Lake City International Airport, but is also about 30 minutes from the historic and vibrant Ogden metropolitan area. This is a city with farm-to-table dining, great performing arts and museums, as well as a fervent love for outdoor recreation. It’s stunning to realize Ogden’s backyard includes Snowbasin's 3,000 vertical feet and 3,000 skiable acres
If you hear your mom urging you to make sure to use the restroom before getting on the lift, be sure to indulge. Snowbasin’s swanky, award-winning bathrooms are complete with chandeliers that reflect the impeccable manner in which it maintains its resort. Since you've really come for the downhill, Snowbasin also works its magic on impeccably groomed snow. They've recently upped the ante with the addition of three new snowcats for grooming and 30 new snowmaking guns.
Snowbasin's gondolas provide a spectacular ride which, when combined with the tram, make Snowbasin a very visitor-friendly resort (hence the high marks from readers of SKI magazine). From the Needles Express, Pineview Reservoir sparkles in the idyllic Ogden Valley and the dramatic summit of Mount Ogden fills the view. The Allen Peak Tram carries 15 expert skiers and riders to the 9,366-feet mark of Allen Peak, which accesses the legendary Olympic downhill, among other hikeable expert terrain.
Beyond downhill skiing and riding, the adventure continues: Enjoy lunch at the top of the mountain and take in the stunning views with a scenic gondola ride to Needles Lodge or a scenic chairlift ride to John Paul Lodge. From John Paul Lodge, foot passengers can also ride the Allen Peak Tram to the top of the mountain to see the expansive views of Ogden, Ogden Valley, The Great Salt Lake, Ben Lomond Peak, and the start of the 2002 Winter Olympics Downhill course. Guests can also rent snowshoes or Nordic skis in the Grizzly Center and enjoy over 26km of groomed trails that start right at the base of the mountain.
On the valley floor, shuttle service runs continuously from Earl's Lodge, itself a grand structure envisioned and built by developer Earl Holding. Snowbasin's day lodges are among the best in the industry: lavish furnishings, chandeliers in a huge, wide-open lodge setting where you feel like you should take your ski boots off upon entry. You can’t go wrong with great snow, service and a dose of luxury. Learn more about Snowbasin
Where to Stay Near Powder Mountain
Ogden Valley is a quiet, idyllic place throughout the year free of the hustle and bustle of the city — though a number of excellent restaurants and a superb distillery do call the valley home. Choose from an assortment of condos and vacation rentals in Eden, Huntsville or Liberty for a base camp nearest the mountain resorts, or head down the short canyon to Ogden.
Ogden offers a wide range of lodging options close to the slopes for any desire and budget. The town makes a great basecamp for skiing adventures and offers dozens of options for accommodations, ranging from boutique bed-and-breakfasts to family-friendly hotels. Frugal travelers may also consider staying in nearby Layton, where certain hotels offer discount packages and quick access to Ogden Valley resorts.
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Snowbasin Ski Styles
Top 5 Ways to Get the Best of Snowbasin Resort
Snowbasin Resort is known for high-alpine bowls, steep chutes, and two challenging downhill racecourses. The resort’s nearly 3,000 vertical feet pack in 113 designated runs for every skill level. Get your ski legs warmed up on the Becker and Wildcat lifts, or if you're an intermediate to expert skier, skip to the solid trails up the Strawberry Express Gondola and the John Paul Express Quad.
1. Women’s Olympic Legacy | Black Diamond
Get a taste of the 2002 Winter Olympics by following the route that made up the women’s Wildflower Downhill course. To get yourself to the starting line, take the John Paul Express Quad to the Allen Peak Tram. The course begins at Women's Start, merging onto John Paul Trail, then Wildflower Downhill, Draba Drop, City Hill, and finally, Women's Finish — altogether, 2,625 feet of vertical drop. Even if you don’t get a medal, you can celebrate with a golden-hued beer.
2. Not Just Downhill
Nordic skiers get a boost at Snowbasin, where they have more than 16 miles of trails they can access for free. Suitable for both skating and classic style Nordic skiing, the trails wind through snowy glades and meadows under towering mountain peaks. Starter trails range from the Stadium to Meadows Loop, or Maples Loop. For longer and more aggressive skiing, head toward the Old Road to the Basin or Outback trails.
3. Elk Ridge | Blue Square
Get a great opportunity for breathtaking views when you take the Strawberry Express Gondola to a prime spot between DeMoisy Peak (9,370 feet) and Strawberry Peak (9,265 feet). The views continue on the Elk Ridge trail, with its gentle ridgeline start into wide-open terrain. It may be a leg-burner for the 2,500 feet of vertical, but you’re getting double duty on this run.
4. Not Just Any Hot Dog
Hot and hearty meals are great fuel for a ski day, but sometimes, it seems like you’re picking the same dishes no matter where you go. Get a taste of one step beyond the typical ski menu with the Kobe beef hot dog (served in a pretzel roll) offered at Earl’s Lodge and Needles Lodge. They’re so good, you might want two.
5. Men’s Olympic Legacy | Black Diamond
Conveniently enough, the 2002 Winter Olympics men’s Bernhard Russi-designed Grizzly Downhill was here, too. It has fewer trail merges than the women’s course and 2,897 feet of vertical, so you won’t have to bring a map. Take the John Paul Express Quad to the Allen Peak Tram, which will let you off at the starting line. Hit Men’s Start, then merge onto John Paul Trail and then Grizzly Downhill. Like the Women's downhill, this is advanced territory. You may be too cool to have your friends cheer you on, but you can always celebrate with a trip to the bar.
Gold Medal Ski Experiences
You may not be able to grab a real gold medal, but you can still ski and ride the path of Olympians.
Ogden Quick Guide
Family friendly, great dining and easy access to three world-class resorts. Powder Magazine ranked Ogden the #1 Ski Town in the U.S.
3925 E. Snowbasin Rd
Huntsville, UT 84317