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SNOWBIRD

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

Set amongst spectacular scenery Snowbird, Utah USA is legendary for its deep dry powder snow.

Snowbird Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

Snowbird’s terrain is made up of wide deep powder bowls, steep moguls, heavily treed terrain and long groomed trails.

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photo Brent Benson / Snowbird Utah Deep Powder

Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding at Snowbird

Snowbird is known as an advanced skiers and snowboarders mountain with exceptionally steep terrain, the double black diamond trails under the Aerial Tram the perfect example of this.
From the top of the Aerial Tram you can ski or snowboard back to the bottom without having to traverse or hit any flat terrain; the return tram trip is a welcomed breather.

The mogul covered Primrose Path challenges the very best while the Great Scott chutes are some of the steepest in North America.

The double black diamond terrain of The Bookends at Mineral Basin is extremely steep and after a fresh powder dump second to none! All the steep terrain to the left of the Mineral Basin Express Chairlift is left ungroomed, apart from the intermediate trail, Path to Paradise. With very few trees it offers endless powder turns.

Thunder Bowl is the place to go for fantastic tight tree skiing and snowboarding.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding at Snowbird

Intermediates have seemingly endless long groomed trails at Snowbird. Chip’s Run leading down from the Aerial Tram is a particular highlight. The run is 2.5 miles long and winds its way down through the Peruvian Gulch terrain. The Peruvian Gulch area received extensive upgrades to snowmaking facilities in 2007 enabling skiing and snowboarding to continue into late spring.

Head to the fast winding terrain around the Gad-Zoom Chairlift for fast turns.

With all the off piste and steep terrain available at Snowbird it would be hard for intermediates not to improve their skiing and snowboarding abilities.

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding at Snowbird

The Big Emma trail serviced by the Big-Gad Chairlift is the main gentle beginner trail located on the lower front side of the resort. First time lessons are available from the Snowbird Mountain School which meets at Plaza Deck.

The new 600 foot tunnel magic carpet from the top of the Peruvian Gulch quad Chairlift transports beginner skiers and snowboarders to Mineral Basin where they can enjoy the terrain to the right of the Mineral Basin Express Chairlift. The long Lupine Loop trail is gentle sloping.

Snowbird Mountain Tours

Every morning at 10.30am mountain hosts conduct free mountain tours of Snowbird. The tours meet at the Snowbird Plaza deck by the Little Matterhorn Rock usually lasting for 2 to 2 ½ hours.

Snowbird Terrain Park and Halfpipe

Snowbird has 2 terrain parks and 1 superpipe. The expert terrain park serviced by the Baby Thunder Chairlift has a 55 gallon drum pyramid jib, huge boxes, rails and jumps.

The intermediate terrain park has low rails, small jumps and tire and barrel jibs. It and the 18 foot high superpipe are located on the Big Emma Trail.

The Snowbird Mountain School has skiing and snowboarding lessons specially designed for terrain parks and superpipes.

Other Activities at Snowbird

Other activities to enjoy at Snowbird include snow shoeing, snowmobile tours, ice climbing, ice skating and snow tubing. The Cliff Spa has treatments and massages available and daily yoga classes.

Shopping at Snowbird

Due to Snowbird’s close proximity to Salt Lake City it does not have a wide variety of shops. Cliff Sports and Christy Sports have ski and snowboard equipment for sale and rent with in-house repair and tuning services offered.

A small grocery store, gift and souvenir shops, art gallery and jewellers are also located within the Snowbird Village.

Snowbird Restaurants

Snowbird has fifteen restaurants. The fine dining Aerie Restaurant in the Cliff Lodge has spectacular mountain views and utilizes only the best local ingredients. It has won numerous awards including Utah’s most Romantic Restaurant.

The family friendly Steak Pit is a favourite serving huge 20 ounce rib eye steaks and bottomless salads.

The casual Forklift Restaurant is open for hearty breakfasts and tasty lunches – be sure to try the burgers.

Snowbird Nightlife

In the Cliff Lodge El Chanate Cantina claims to have Utah’s largest selection of tequila it has a friendly atmosphere and live music most nights.

The Tram Club is a busy sports bar with billiard tables, video games and 13 big screen TVs to watch every sporting event in the country.

To unwind for quiet drink head to the Lodge Bistro Lounge.

Utah and Snowbird Liquor Laws

July 1st 2009 saw Utah’s strict and outdated liquor laws amended. Bars no longer operate as ‘private clubs’ that require paid memberships for entry instead any patron under the age of 35 has their ID scanned and saved on file for 7 days.

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Sam B, Sydney Australia. Feb 2006 We stayed at Salt Lake City for 5 nights before heading to Colorado. What a hole Salt Lake is there seems to be no nightlife or entertainment, I won't go back.

Anyway the snow - that's what we went for - SNOWBIRD - awesome resort, not too crowded, really steep areas and heaps of tree riding as well as long long runs. The bowls were amazing, we made virgin tracks for half the day before the crowds came. Mineral basin was awesome, it is a pretty much advanced area only; Lone Star and High Stakes were my personal favourites. On the front side of the mountain the top of the Arial Tram opens onto double black trails, some steeper than others, in the mornings, if the queue wasn't too big we would catch the tram straight up and fly down on the groomed runs. If I ever go back I would stay at Snowbird, that way the only time I have to spend in Salt Lake is at the airport coming and going.

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
11,000
3,353
Base
7,760
2,365
Average Snowfall
500 inches
Lifts
11
Trails - view map
89
2,500 acres
Terrain %
advanced
35
intermediate
38
beginner
27
Halfpipe
1 super pipe
Terrain Park
3
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