Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort
Snowbird has the longest ski season in Utah. It frequently opens before Thanksgiving and stays open as long as the snowpack will allow (usually through Memorial Day), and it's not unheard of to ski or ride at Snowbird on the 4th of July. Snowbird Resort's generous season means more time to Find Your Greatest on its 3,240 top-to-bottom vertical and its 2,500 acres. As the crow flies, Snowbird is the nearest resort to the airport. Unless you're traveling by crow, you'll typically find Snowbird, like the other incredible Cottonwood Canyons-area resorts, in fewer than 45 minutes by car. From the resort's base, it's just a matter of getting up the hill. (If you can't wait to start exploring, Snowbird has a wide range of on-mountain summer activities and dining.)
There are ten lifts whose aspirations to reach the top match your own, but there's just something special about the Tram at Snowbird. Snowbird's Tram carries up to 120 eager skiers and riders at a time, and rises to scenic heights well beyond the reach of a standard lift. While you and your 119 newest friends are disembarking, take in the recent changes on the peak: Snowbird new mountaintop facility on Hidden Peak (a.k.a. welcome to 11,000 feet) that houses a restaurant with weather-protected patio seating.
This big-horn-sheep's-eye view of the canyon includes Mount Superior, Peruvian Gulch, Gad Valley and the Twin Peaks area overlooking Mineral Basin. When your headcam captures these inspiring vistas, try not to shake your head in disbelief.
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The slopes of Mineral Basin are a must see. For this reason, consider snowcat-accessed guided skiing at Snowbird. It’s a terrific tour led by the experienced Snowbird ski patrol that grants access to Mineral Basin's wide-open 500 acres of adventure. You must reserve a spot through the Snowbird Mountain School for this option. Otherwise, consider finding your way into Mineral Basin and the Lupine Loop (a beginner's trail) via North America's only ski tunnel, the Peruvian Tunnel. It’s a 600-foot-long conveyor lift that shuttles snow enthusiasts to their next big adventure, with dance music to amp things up.
Snowbird has a beginner terrain park, but for freestyle skiers and riders already amped up on life, head for Chip's Run, a 2.5-mile-long run where snowboarders build jumps and take on a natural quarter pipe. If you still haven't had enough of this incredible mountain, the Wasatch Powderbirds heli-skiing guides will serve up all the dry, virgin powder you crave.
Now for a little local knowledge: people actually want to get stuck up the canyon when it snows really, really hard, restricting access to and from the valley. On these special days, all the powder is reserved for the lodgers — and oh, what lodging it is. The unique concrete construction of Snowbird’s Cliff Lodge was built with extreme wintry conditions in mind. Care was also taken during construction to avoid unnecessary disturbance of natural growth. And while the exterior owns an "army-bunker chic" stamp, the interior is all welcoming and warmth, right up to the renowned Cliff Spa, whose rooftop pool and hot tub come with a panoramic view. In total, there are four overnight lodges and a wide array of dining defined by adjectives like "local," "seasonal," and "extensive tequila collection." If all this weren't enough, Dick Bass' Oriental rug collection is housed in the Cliff Lodge. Not impressed? It's the world's largest privately held collection of oriental rugs.
Are you a skier looking to double your terrain? It's easy to get from Snowbird to Alta thanks to a shared ridge between Mt. Baldy and Sugarloaf Mountain. Skiers looking to continue their exploration of the Wasatch Range without driving to a new resort can purchase a pass to gain access to some of the world's premier ski-only terrain, including near instant gratification on Alta's top-rated High Traverse to Alf's Rustler trail.
Contact: www.snowbird.com | Images courtesy Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort
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