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Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort

9385 S Snowbird Center Dr, Snowbird Lodge, Snowbird, UT 84092-6249
+1 801-933-2222
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Second Visit to the Bird after ten years still amazing

Once you get over the fact that the resort is styled in 80's concrete superstructures and looks... read more

Reviewed 22 February 2016
Springboro, Ohio
via mobile
Winter skiing

Greatest conditions and runs. The Alta upgrade is worth it for one or two days. The variety of... read more

Reviewed 21 February 2016
Nicol O
via mobile
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Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort is a ski-in, ski-out retreat that offers a variety of lodging, dining and most especially year-round sporting activities. In the winter, the resort is known world-wide for it's skiing and snowboarding terrain. In the summer, they have a number of amusement park attractions, along with a variety of hiking and mountain biking trails. The Bird is also known for their large Oktoberfest celebrations, that run each weekend from Mid-August through Mid-October. Location: Snowbird, Utah is in the heart of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Little Cottonwood Canyon, one mile down canyon from Alta. Lifts: One Aerial Tram, 10 chairlifts including six high-speed detachable quads and four doubles (most with arm and leg rests) and two conveyer lifts. Uphill Capacity: 17,400 skiers and snowboarders per hour. Runs: 169 Acreage: 2,500 acres. Terrain: Beginner: 27%, Intermediate: 38%, Advanced: 35% Elevation: Top of resort is 11,000-foot Hidden Peak, lowest point on the mountain is bottom of Baby Thunder chairlift at 7,760 feet. The 125-person Tram covers 2,900 vertical feet in approximately seven minutes. Longest Run: Chip’s Run, 2.5 miles. Longest Descent: Gad Valley, 3.5 miles. Terrain Park: The Snowbird Terrain Park is located on the lower part of the Big Emma run. It is accessed by the Mid Gad or Gadzoom lifts. Snowfall: Snowbird averages approximately 500 inches of low-density, “dry” Utah powder annually. Thanks to ideal geography and a phenomenon called the Lake Effect, Little Cottonwood Canyon powder is known worldwide. Season: Utah’s longest ski and snowboard season, mid-November through May (conditions permitting). Mountain School: Snowbird’s Mountain School offers a plethora of instruction from class lessons to women’s ski and snowboard camps. Accessibility: Snowbird is 29 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport with more than 600 daily non-stop flights from most major U.S. cities and 25 miles from downtown Salt Lake City. Snowbird is a scenic 45-minute drive from the airport, making same-day skiing and flying a reality. Lodging: Four slopeside lodges – The Cliff Lodge, Lodge at Snowbird, The Inn and Iron Blosam – offer rooms by the night, week or longer as well as timeshare opportunities. Snowbird offers 882 total rooms. Restaurants:15 serving everything from fine dining to burgers and beers. Bars: Five. Spa: The luxurious Cliff Spa on the top two floors of The Cliff Lodge offers massages, wraps, yoga, weight room, full service salon, exclusive rooftop pool and hot tub. Winter Mountain Tours: Every morning at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 the Snowbird Mountain Hosts lead a complimentary orientation tour of the mountain departing from the Plaza Deck. Depending on the weather conditions the tour will show all three drainages of Snowbird, how to easily get around the mountain, where all the important facilities are located, and the notable landmarks. The tours are aimed at the lower level intermediate through advanced skiers and riders. Meeting Space: Snowbird’s mountain village includes 50,000 square feet of dedicated meeting space that includes contemporary A/V equipment, conference services and catering and an outdoor tent with a 1,000-person capacity.
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9385 S Snowbird Center Dr, Snowbird Lodge, Snowbird, UT 84092-6249
+1 801-933-2222
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Reviewed 22 February 2016 via mobile

Once you get over the fact that the resort is styled in 80's concrete superstructures and looks like a nuclear fall out shelter you can get down to enjoying the bird. Take the tram to the summit! The tram, which holds 120 was a great...More

Thank djs4552
Reviewed 21 February 2016 via mobile

Greatest conditions and runs. The Alta upgrade is worth it for one or two days. The variety of skiing is fantastic. Greatest snow on earth.

Thank Nicol O
Reviewed 18 February 2016

The skiing was great but most of the trails were definitely not for the beginner. Allow yourself time to get acclimated to the altitude. Being from the east coast we needed to adjust to the altitude while skiing.

Thank Dee R
Reviewed 17 February 2016 via mobile

30 years removed from my first visit here, it's still one of the top 2-3 mountains out of the 25 or so I've skied. Most places quote big vertical that is not skiable continuously, but the Bird has 3000 feet of straight vertical from either...More

Thank Bama14to15
Reviewed 17 February 2016 via mobile

Very quaint ski mountain resort. Fair amount of dining options. Lift tickets were reasonably priced. Lots of lift options although this mountain is best suited for intermediate to advanced skiers and riders. Mineral Basin was stunningly beautiful. The snow was perfect. Lift lines were not...More

Thank Elizabeth M
Reviewed 15 February 2016

They still have snow when many other places are closed. Mountain is huge, terrain offers variety of trails to all skill levels. Staff is friendly.

Thank beach4bum
Reviewed 12 February 2016

Okay many of the trails are groomed but there are plenty of areas at this mountain with 4 feet or more of soft powder that you will sink into if you slow down or stop. Don't stop! Unless you like digging out of the snow!...More

Thank archlou
Reviewed 8 February 2016

We did the super ski pass for SLC cottonwood canyon ski resorts and I highly recommend it!!! For our third and final day we skiied here, at snowbird, and really enjoyed it. The more intermediate (blue-occasional black) skiiers in our group particularly loved it. The...More

Thank thefamilythattravels
Reviewed 8 February 2016

I didn't ski here but heard it's good, although not as good as Alta. I did get to visit the Cliff Spa which was amazing- very relaxing, great staff, and really nice outdoor heated pool.

Thank Heidi L
Reviewed 1 February 2016

I have been coming here for 24 years and hadn t been here in a while. The mountain is still great and there have been many improvements of the lifts. There is also a rfid system for lift tickets- very nice. Lift ticket prices are...More

Thank Robt C
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.70 km away
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.37 km away
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.09 km away
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.15 km away
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Going to Snowbird on Saturday for Oktoberfest and am also interest in the tram and other summer activities. Is it worth it to buy the day pass? Would I have enough time to do all activities and enjoy Oktoberfest in one day? Thank you!
1 September 2016|
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Response from ScottNReston | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the day pass is worth it. However being a Holiday weekend it is going to be crowded and the lines long for the rides and such so plan for that. Plus time to eat some of the best German Food too. I would arrive as... More
Hi! My husband and I, both in our 50s, and our 16 and 18 year old sons are planning a trip out west to ski right before Christmas. We are all strong intermediate skiers. We have skied Beaver Creek, Vail, Park City and Deer Valley before, all on the green and blue and some groomed black trails. My question is if Alta and Snowbird are much more challenging than those mountains? We want to make sure there is enough groomed intermediate terrain to keep us busy for 4-5 hours/day on the mountain. Thanks for any advice!!
12 October 2015|
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Response from Doug W | Reviewed this property |
Some good advise above. Having had the Epic Pass for the past 4 yeas and spent over 1,000,000 vertical feet on at Vail, BC, Breck and others, I can tell you Alta will give you more varied terrain from groomers to steeps. I... More
Bobbyg P
Would like to know if there are any pkg. deals for seniors at Snowbird during October fest?
3 September 2015|
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Response from Lynn W | Reviewed this property |
Not that I know of but the day pass is a big savings and many times you receive a coupon book at check in.