The Ski Resort
Snowbird is just a 29 mile ride away from Salt Lake City. Getting an average 500 inches of famous Utah powder snow, the area provides you with 2500 ski-able acres. Hit the 169 runs and enjoy the ride. While the lowest chairlift can be found at 7760 feet, the resort’s highest point is 11,000 feet.
Start your skiing adventure from Snowbird Center. Take Peruvian Express High-Speed Quad to get to the area of Peruvian Gulch. Up here, 10,518 feet above sea level, you can hit a ton of black runs. Those blacks have fancy names like ‘High Baldy Traverse’, ‘Fields of Glory’ or ‘Thanks for the Memo-ries’. Tree skiing fans will be pleased with the splendid choices they have here and experts will love that they can even ski down and descend right into the valley on designated black runs. Here and there you’ll come along blue runs like ‘Rotham Way’ or ‘Chip’s Run’ but the majority of the serviced trails here is perfect for expert skiing.
Aerial Tram will also whisk you up the mountain in a wink of the eye. It also features mostly black runs and glades. Around Hidden Peak at 11,000 feet you’ll have several serious glades to your disposal. Head left when you leave the lift to find some green runs by skiing down.
For example ‚Bass Highway‘ and ‚Miner’s Road‘ are the perfect trails for be-ginners to find their way into the world of riding and skiing. Those runs are ser-viced by the ‚Wildere Lift‘. All the easy runs are further down the mountain and real easy to get to.
The ‘Mid Gad Lift‘ brings you up to Mid Gad from Creekside base. It boasts mostly green runs that are very doable for novice and further down you can hit one or the other intermediate trail. Those also carry pretty special names like ‘Lowest Bassackwards’ or ‘Madam Annes’. Gazdom High-Speed Quad ser-vices runs for every ability, so you can go there with your whole family.
‘Gad2Lift‘ is another expert only lift where beginners should really steer clear. Here, you can really only come back to the base by hitting a ton of different blacks. ‘Baby Thunder Lift’ on the other side brings you also to two blacks but is also a good ride for beginners since they can ski a lot of greens from the top.
One terrain park covers all the needs of Freestylers. The Snowbird Terrain Park is accessible via the Mid Gad or Gadzoom lifts. You’ll find it on the lower part of the Big Emma run.
- Offering 2498 acres of slopes and terrain, Snowbird is among the 5 largest Ski Resorts in Utah.
- Snowbird is among the 3 best rated Ski Resorts in Utah.
- It is among the 5 most family-friendly ski Resorts in Utah.
- Elevated between 7759 ft and 11001 ft, the Ski Resort is among the 3 highest elevated Ski Resorts in Utah. The vertical drop from summit to base is 3241 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in the USA is 1204 ft. Most runs are therefore relatively long.
- During the season the average snow depth at Snowbird is 104 ". Snow coverage is usually best during April, offering an average base depth of 120 ". Therefore Snowbird is among the 5 ski Resorts with best snow conditions in Utah.
- Snowbird features 69 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in the USA is 67 sunny days. April is the sunniest month with an average of 20 sunny days.
Snow Safety & Snowmaking
On Mountain Dining
Mid-Gad restaurant, you guessed it, is located in the middle of Gad Valley eas-ily accessible either by ski or lift. Their diverse menu leaves no wishes unful-filled ranging from salads and sandwiches over to pizza and burgers.
Snowshoes are a great way to change up the classic hiking. Wasatch moun-tain gives you all the beautiful nature that you would expect from an Utah va-cation. Guided tours are available and bring tons of fun.
You can also book a guided backcountry ski experience which is a Snowcat tour through Sinner’s Pass, Pagan Basin, Borussia in Mineral Basin, Miller Hill and Mary Ellen Gulch. Snowmobiling is also a great amusement for your spare time. Starting point here is Hidden Peak. From here you get to enjoy an scenic 20 minute ride.
If you prefer to avoid the adventure after a long day on the slopes, visit ’The Cliff Spa’ for yoga and fitness classes. You can also just relax in the rooftop hot tub, the heated pools or the famous eucalyptus steam room. If you want to come home with a serious tan, use the solarium relaxation area. Either way, everyone leaving the spa will feel much better and ready for the next day in the mountains.
Après-Ski and Nightlife
Dining and Restaurants
Rental cars are available as well and since the way is fairly easy, this is a great choice as well. Coming from Salt Lake City you just have to take I-80 and afterwards change onto I-215. Leave at Exit 6 and head towards 6200 South. Follow it, enjoy the scenery and you’re in the resort.
Free parking is available.