Snowbasin

Snowbasin at a Glance:
Summit Elevation: 9,350’, Vertical: 2,950’
Ski Acreage: 3,000-acres
Lifts: 11, Trails 104+, 17 Peaks, 2 Bowls
Annual Snowfall 250″

Snowbasin Resort is cool, it doesn’t get the big following of Park City or Snowbird/Alta in Utah… but its got serious terrain, luxury on-mountain lodges, and lots of sunshine!

Snowbasin is just 45 minutes from Salt Lake City, a few minutes further than Park City, Deer Valley, Snowbird and Alta, but that makes it far less busy, with beautiful views from its 3,000 acres of ski slopes, and the best snowmaking in Utah.

Snowbasin has six unique peaks of skiing. Strawberry Peak offers long undulating trails served by a swift 2,400’ vert gondola – each named for an Olympic competing country. Strawberry has ideal low angle glades and open bowl skiing too.

Allen Peak has steeps groomers, home to the Olympic Downhill courses. Its 2,900 vertical down on 78% grade steeps on the men’s Grizzly and the women’s Wildflower downhill, ski it from the top of the upper Allen Peak tram that gains 510’ extra vertical to experts only terrain to the official race start chalets.

The Needles Gondola is a swift 2,300-foot vertical ride, each car is named for a former Olympian, serving great blue groomed runs. In between Snowbasin’s groomed trails are wide open bowls and well-spaced tree skiing. Snowbasin is amazing on powder day, with tons of terrain and few people.

No Name Peak to the west serves up steeps, glades and a few chutes. With three of Utah’s five longest ski lifts – the Strawberry and Needles Gondola, and the John Paul high speed quad, you can average 2,400’ vertical runs.

You can see four states from Snowbasin’s summit and the Great Salt Lake. Snowbasin has excellent kids ski and snowboard camps, and gently pitched lower mountain skiing.

Snowbasin’s on mountain lodges are opulent, with grand chandeliers and massive stone fireplaces. You will look forward to yourscenic sumptuous ski-in lunch or hot cocoa break. Its elegance with excellent food at reasonable cafeteria prices, and extraordinary views. Earl’s, Needles and John Paul Lodges are all posh like Sun Valley Idaho by no coincidence. Snowbasin shares the same parent company – the Holding family of Sinclair Oil and Little America Hotels purchased Snowbasin in 1984, installed two gondolas and a tram, built lavish timber lodges and hosted the 2002 Winter Olympic Downhill, Super G, and Combined.

Snowbasin is EPIC, now part of Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass along with sister Sun Valley.

Après ski, go to Cinnabar in Earl’s Lodge for live entertainment and a gorgeous living room lodge setting, or enjoy the patio and fire pits while the kids play in the snow.

Snowbasin is vast , blessed with classic Utah snow and terrain (tons of stashes on a powder day) with upscale Sun Valley-like lodges plus the most sophisticated snowmaking in Utah.

Snowbasin’s on mountain lodging is in planning phase, no ski in ski out hotels or condos yet. For lodging go to Huntsville, just 8 miles away down a modern wide access road, and stay at Lakeside Resort Properties. This townhouse-style condo resort is “lakeside” on the shores of Pineview Reservoir, units feature a car port, fireplace, outdoor hot tub on the deck, bedrooms beautifully decorated in rocky mountain regal leather and antlers, with a spectacular view of Snowbasin’s slopes or the Lake. From Lakeside, you’re a short drive to Eden, a market and liquor store, and a few fun Mexican joints and restaurants.

Ogden is 17 miles from Snowbasin, renowned as home of the east-west railroad’s Golden Spike, and historic 25th Street with eateries, shops and an old train station, if you prefer to stay downtown.

A ski trip to Snowbasin should include skiing nearby Powder Mountain , and also a day at Deer Valley or Park City.

See More Utah Ski Reviews:
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Deer Valley
Powder Mountain 
Snowbasin
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