Resort Profile
Snowbird Village. Snowbird is more of a hard core skier and boarders resort than nearby Park City. Why? Simple…Snowbird’s Hidden Peak rises to 11,000ft accepts an annual mean of over 500 inches of snowfall – much of it the fine grained champagne powder attesting to Utah’s claim to the ‘greatest snow on earth’ – and has a face criss-crossed by a challenging network of double black diamond and black runs. The season often extends to 200 days. Snowmaking??…largely redundant thanks. Over half of the terrain is the real steep and deep stuff, but there is enough to keep the good, solid intermediates occupied and expansion on the mountain over the last five years has introduced a few tamer runs for the modest intermediate. The base station is where all of the main accommodation is clustered. Largely unpretentious concrete apartments, purpose built multi storey hotels there is enough upscale accommodation to serve the discerning tastes of the committed Snowbird devotee who can spend more freely. The main blocks are built around the base station for the Tram, a cable car which despatches 125 skiers to the summit in 8 minutes. Main accommodation at Snowbird are Cliff Lodge, The Lodge at Snowbird, The Inn, The Iron Blossom. The Cliff Lodge is an expansive 11 storey atrium centred block with a range of apartments, a few shops, among the restaurants in here is the renowned Aerie restaurant which shares a great outlook on to the mountain, and a huge spa on the top floor with a pool which has views of the mountain. In total there are about a dozen restaurants and as many shops. Apres ski is predictably quiet and limited.

Resort Statistics

 

Resort Height Resort Height 2470m
Top Station Altitude Top Station 3355m
Bottom Station Altitude Bottom Station 2410m
Vertical Descent Vertical Descent 945m
Drag Lifts Drag Lifts 0
Chair Lifts Chair lifts 8
High Capacity Lifts High Capacity 1
Resort Opens Opens Nov – April
Expert Rating Expert Rating 10
Intermediate Rating Intermediate Rating 8
Beginner Rating Beginner Rating 6
Apres-Ski Rating Apres-Ski Rating 9
Snow Reliability Snow Reliability 9

Mountain Info

Lots of light, dry Utah powder makes Snowbird internationally famous. Snowbird receives an average of 500 inches of snow a year – enough to keep it regularly open over 200 days most ski seasons. Beginners will normally start with lessons on the special nursery slope area right next to the Cliff Lodge hotel at the base of the lifts. The Chickadee double chair serves the beginners-only terrain here. The rest of the skiing takes place on Hidden Peak and in the Gad Valley and Peruvian Gulch. Intermediates will be able to enjoy most of the terrain with 14 trails graded more difficult including several wonderful long descents such as Bassackwards and Chip’s Run, the latter one of the resort’s longest at 5km (3 miles) from the top of the tram to the bottom. The best way up for advanced skiers is indeed the Aerial tram which deposits you at the top of more than half a dozen single and double black diamond runs, with advanced level terrain dominating the top of the mountain, and plenty of top to bottom blacks to enjoy. Silver Fox, Great Scott and Upper Cirque and some of the short steep shock runs go from the top. Most are enhanced by the famous light powder. A Ski Utah multi-area pass is available through some international tour operators and gives visitors the chance to ski Park City, Deer Valley, Solitude and the Canyons as well as Snowbird. Snowbird’s mountain host program offers free guided skiing tours every day to acquaint guests with the lifts and runs best suited for their skiing abilities. With their exclusive special-use permit, Wasatch Powderbird Guides provide guided access to the Wasatch backcountry through a heliskiing option. The incredible ski experience of the vast backcountry – larger than all the Utah ski resorts combined, yet intimately familiar to their guides – is accessible by helicopter to the fortunate few! Snowbird offers its own Snowbird Challenge Race and a Coin-Op race course. The Snowbird Challenge is held daily from noon to 2:30 p.m. Register from 10:00 a.m.-noon. The Coin-Op course operates daily from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Night skiing is offered Wednesdays and Fridays from 6:30-8:30 on Chickadee for an additional $5. Beginners’ ski and snowboard lessons that include equipment rental and a Chickadee lift ticket are also possible. Snowbird’s Mountain School offers programs for children aged 3 and up, and special programs designed for teens, women, and seniors. Adults of all levels can take group or private lessons for alpine skiing, telemark skiing, snowboarding and powder skiing.


Accommodation & Apres Ski

The base station is where all of the main accommodation is clustered. Largely unpretentious concrete apartments, purpose built multi storey hotels there is enough upscale accommodation to serve the discerning tastes of the committed Snowbird devotee who can spend more freely. The main blocks are built around the base station for the Tram, a cable car which despatches 125 skiers to the summit in 8 minutes. Main accommodation at Snowbird are Cliff Lodge, The Lodge at Snowbird, The Inn, The Iron Blossom. The Cliff Lodge is an expansive 11 storey atrium-centred block with a range of apartments, a few shops, among the restaurants in here is the renowned Aerie restaurant which shares a great outlook on to the mountain, and a huge spa on the top floor with a pool which has views of the mountain. In total there are about a dozen restaurants and as many shops. Apres ski is predictably quiet and limited.