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Mountain Stats

  • 500 in of annual snowfall
  • 2501 total skiable acres
  • Top elevation 11000 ft, base 7759 ft
  • 27% beginner, 38% intermediate, 35% advanced, 0% expert
  • Projected opening: 11/20/2013
  • Projected closing: 05/26/2014

Snowbird Beginner Skiing

Who knew? Snowbird, a world-class powder destination has equally perfect beginner terrain.  While Snowbird beginner skiing isn’t necessarily what the resort is known for, it’s actually quite impressive with 27-percent of the resort’s 2,500 acres designated as beginner. Plus, few beginners get to enjoy views of the rugged, epic mountains of the Wasatch and magnificent, wide-open bowls.

Snowbird Beginner Terrain

With three “slow skiing” beginner zones to choose from, novice skiers are sure to find a comfortable area to learn the basics or progress their skills. Most “first timers” prefer Chickadee, the beginner area and lift next to The Cliff Lodge. The short, gentle slope is perfect for beginners to practice wedge turns, stopping and proper chairlift technique. Kids and more experienced beginners will prefer the “ Baby Thunder Family Area” off of the Baby Thunder Lift. There are several novice runs, plus child-friendly “mini mining camp” tree trails for kids to practice their balance and looking ahead. The Mountain School Learning Area off of the Gadzooks Lift is another great place for beginners to practice their skills, as well as take in the mountain scenery.

Snowbird beginner skiing has one experience that no other resort can offer. More experienced beginners can enjoy the mountain to its full potential, and take the Snowbird’s famed Tram to the top and then jump on the magic carpet which travels through a tunnel and accesses Mineral Basin. Out of the tunnel, beginner skiers can meander down Lupine Loop and take Baldy Express lift to the top, for some more novice runs, like Claim Jumper, Luckey Boy and Bird’s Nest. To head back to Snowbird’s base area, beginners should head back up Hidden Peak lift and download on the Tram. Beginners cannot access novice terrain from the Hidden Valley summit.

To learn more about Snowbird beginner skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Snowbird Budget Ski Vacation

While Snowbird has limited lodging options due to the limitations of the canyon, and the cost trends towards pricier. But, once you’re there you won’t be spending a lot of money. Snowbird has a handful of affordable restaurants to help to stick to your budget. To save even more money on your Snowbird budget ski vacation consider going grocery shopping prior to heading up Little Cottonwood Canyon, or you can grab some items in one of Snowbird’s convenience stores and prepare meals back at your condo or room.

Snowbird Budget Hotels and Condos

Every Snowbird lodging option is essentially ski in, ski out, so even vacationers opting for more affordable digs can enjoy exclusive locale. Located less than 250 yards from the chairlifts, Iron Blosam Lodge is a shared-ownership condominium lodge that provides a slew of top-notch services and amenities, including kitchens, a convenience store and onsite transportation. 

Combing extensive amenities with reasonable prices, the Inn in Snowbird offers lodging accommodations that range from studios to one-bedroom or two bedrooms. Amenities include an outdoor pool, outdoor hot tub, sauna, ski storage, laundry, valet service, and free parking. 

Affordable Snowbird Restaurants

If you do decide to go out to eat, opt for one an affordable El Chanate, in the lower level of The Cliff Lodge, is a popular Mexican restaurant and cantina. El Chanate offers $2 apres apps, and $3 margaritas and $2 drafts on Thirsty Thursdays. The Forklift, located off the Tram patio, offers incredible bang for buck. Nothing on the breakfast or lunch menu is over $17, and the portions are incredibly large, perfect for sharing and splitting the cost. Tram Car Pizza, in the Snowbird Center, also offers affordable, quick−and hearty−eats.

To learn more about Snowbird budget ski vacations call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Snowbird Restaurants

Once you’ve traveled the eight miles up Little Cottonwood Canyon−the canyon that’s home to Snowbird and Alta−for your ski vacation you’re probably not leaving for a couple days. Snowbird Resort knows they generally have ski vacationers for a couple days, so they made sure there are plenty of dining options to keep everyone well-fed and happy. Snowbird restaurants range from traditional Italian to Mexican to sushi, pizza and renowned breakfast joints. While there aren’t an overabundance of restaurants in this micro-community, the ones that are there are sure to satisfy every taste.

Mexican-lovers can head to El Chanate in the bottom level of The Cliff Lodge. The margaritas are tasty, the guacamole fresh, there are tons of veggie options and lots of traditional favorites. El Chanate is not just a good spot for an après drink or meal; it’s also an affordable option for those on a budget. A reservation at The Aerie, the restaurant on the top floor of The Cliff Lodge is absolute must. This restaurant is always busy thanks to its varied and high quality menu and incredible view of the resort mountain. For Snowbird’s finest dining experience, a meal at Shallow Shaft Restaurant is absolute must. Foodies will be delighted with the Shallow Shaft’s quality, service and wine list.

If you’re looking for a hearty, pre-ski breakfast, the Forklift off the Tram patio area, is a fabulous options. Portions are huge, which can be great if you’re looking to fuel up before a long day on the slopes, or you can opt to share. The thick cut oatmeal brulee is absolutely out of this world, and the whole wheat pancakes, huevos rancheros and Italian benedict are also don’t miss items. For a quick bite, head to Tram Car Pizza in the lower level of the Snowbird Centers. You’ll find Tram Car is a locals favorite.

Snowbird On Mountain Restaurants

While there are only two Snowbird on-mountain restaurants  both provide great mid-day snack and lunch options to keep your energy levels up all day so you can take advantage of Snowbird’s famed terrain. Mid-Gad Restaurant is a popular lunch spot, located at the top of Mid-Gad Chairlift. Lunch-goers can choose from a large variety of burgers (including veggie burgers), sandwiches, wraps, soups and assorted snacks. Mid-Gad is also a popular spot for a patio beer on sunny afternoons.  

At the bottom of Mid-Gad Chairlift you’ll find Creekside Café, which is a great place to grab breakfast or lunch. There’s an extensive espresso and coffee menu, as well as a hearty breakfast menu and small, but good lunch menu, which includes wagyu beef hot dogs, large, fresh pretzels and chili.

To learn more about Snowbird restaurants call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.




Snowbird Expert Skiing

If leg-burning steeps, epic bowls, spine tingling chutes, every sized cliff you can imagine, oh, and some of the best powder skiing in North America, sounds like a ski vacation up your alley, then the Snowbird expert skiing offerings are sure to please. With expert skiing composing 35-percent of Snowbird’s 2,500 acres, the terrain options feel endless.

Snowbird Expert Terrain

On powder days, most locals will avoid the long Tram lines, opting for the Peruvian Express lift, which gets them to the good much faster. Peruvian Gulch offers expert skiing world-class skiing, in fact the Freeride World Tour holds their championship event in this section of the mountain. From the lift you can cut into the High Baldy Traverse and access the Fields of Glory, and further down, the open powder fields around BlackJack Traverse. If you do opt for the Tram, be sure take advantage of the Cirque Traverese. From there you have your pick of which side of the resort you want to ski. Drop off the ridge skier’s right for Middle Cirque, which offers small, fun chutes and steep skiing. Drop in higher, on skier’s left for Regulator Johnson, where you’ll find open, powder fields, great for arching turns. If you stay on the traverse, further down you’ll find Wilbere Bowl, which offers well-spaced, small pines, steeps and interesting terrain nuggets.

Access Gad Valley and its smaller bowls, via the Little Cloud Lift or Gad 2 Lift. Little Cloud will drop you off at the Road to Provo on skiers right off the lift. From Road to Provo you can get into the short, narrow Rasta Chutes, or stay high and head into the wide, open space of Baldy Bowl. Gad 2 Lift accesses Red Lens Line and Thunder Bowl.

For expansive bowl skiing, drop into famed Mineral Basin, which you can access from the top of Little Cloud Lift, the Tram or Peruvian Express via the Tunnel.  Cliff jumpers have options in Hamilton Cliffs and Flora Cliffs, found on skier’s right side of the basin. Expert skiers looking to take it up a notch, have “extreme” options in the Bookends, which are accessed via a traverse, on skier’s right side of the bowl, and in Livin’ the Dream, which is a series of chutes on the backside of Alta’s Mount Baldy. If you’re just looking to pick your way down this gorgeous basin, then Chamonix Chutes and Lone Star are great options.

To learn more about Snowbird expert skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Snowbird Family Ski Vacation

While Snowbird’s reputation precedes itself as powder haven and expert skiing destination; a lesser known fact is that Snowbird also has designated “family” and “learn to ski” zones. Snowbird’s mining camp-themed tree trails will have little ones ecstatic about learning to ski. This little known fact makes the resort an unassuming family destination; both powder hounds and newer skiers will truly enjoy a Snowbird family ski vacation.  Off the mountain, families will find dining options to meet every family member’s needs and preferences.

Snowbird Family Lodging

The vast majority of Snowbird accommodations are well-suited to families, offering kid-friendly pools, spacious condos with kitchen for cooking family meals. Below you’ll find Ski.com’s top pick for Snowbird family lodging. To learn more about this property, or book your stay, call, or chat with, one of our knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists. Don’t forget, it’s a free service.

Located less than 250 yards from the chairlifts, the Lodge at Snowbird offers conveniently situated studio, one- and two-bedroom condos, many of which have fire places and full kitchens. The Lodge offers families a slew of amenities that make a ski vacation with the whole clan hassle-free and memorable, among them, a heated outdoor pool and hot tub, a fitness room and equipment lockers. The onsite, well-appointed Lodge Bistro and Lounge is a family-favorite and takes the guesswork out of dining on your Snowbird family ski vacation.

Snowbird Family Skiing

New skiers in the family have a couple of options. Beginners should start off on Chickadee next to The Cliff Lodge. This area features a short, gentle slope and chairlift, ideal for learning both the basics of skiing and chair lift riding. Beginners and newer skiers aren’t relegated to the bottom of the mountain at Snowbird. Once they’re ready beginners can take the meandering Creek Road, or a shuttle over to Baby Thunder Lift, on looker’s right side of the mountain. This entire area is designated as the “Baby Thunder Family Area.” Families and children who are learning can enjoy this “slower skiing” zone, and the “Mini Mining Camp,” which features tree trails through mining camps, made to look like the camps of Utah’s mining-boom era. Children learn to follow the path and practice their balance, all while having an absolute ball in the woods and picking up some historical tidbits. Parents often have a hard time getting kids off the mountain. 

More advanced skier families will find the wide-open grandeur of Snowbird’s Mineral Basin to their liking. Plus there are beginner trails in this area, so the whole family, regardless of their ability can enjoy this piece of paradise together. Gad Valley is also a great option for intermediate to expert skiers, as blues and blacks intertwine and meet back up at the Gad 2 Lift.

Snowbird Family Restaurants

The Forklift is a great family-friendly breakfast or lunch spot, as portions are huge (and affordable), perfect for sharing, plus there are many healthy, delicious options for kids like whole wheat pancakes, oatmeal and French toast for breakfast and make your own burgers for lunch. El Chanate is a causual Mexican restaurant in the lower level of The Cliff Lodge. The prices, portions and kid-friendly options are sure to please families. Tram Car Pizza serves up pies and slices sure to make any kid smile.

Snowbird Terrain Parks

Terrain park skiers and riders will enjoy Snowbird’s park off the Mid-Gad Lift. The beginner terrain park is located on Big Emma. There are also various advanced features scattered throughout Baby Thunder.

To learn more about Snowbird family ski vacations call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Snowbird Intermediate Skiing

With the majority−38-percent− of its 2,500 acres designated for intermediates, and the incredible splendor of the surrounding mountains, the Snowbird intermediate skiing is an experience not to be missed. Intermediate skiers have their pick of terrain off of all of Snowbird’s nine chairlifts. However, skiers should always consider the fact that terrain ratings are subjective to the resort. For example, a blue square run at Park City can be very different than a blue square run at Snowbird. All of Snowbird’s terrain is steeper and more challenging that the majority of Salt Lake City ski resorts. Therefore, intermediate skiers should test out the terrain on the bottom half of the mountain before hopping on the Tram.

Snowbird Intermediate Terrain

Intermediate skiers who have never skied at Snowbird, should start off by feeling out the terrain off of Mid Gad Lift. From the main base area, you can take a shuttle or ski on Creek Road. Big Emma, which has sections that are designated as both blue square, but is mostly a green circle run, is a great warm up run and  perfect to help determine what the rest of the mountain will ski like. Once you feel comfortable, head to Gad 2, where you can enjoy epic views of Baldy’s Bowl. Try leg-burning groomers like Bassakwards back to the bottom of Mid Gad or Gadzoom Quad Lift, for a little more vert. 

If you’re feeling strong, head up the Tram, which rises 2,900 feet. From the top of the Tram you have a couple options. If you’re looking for an adventure, hop on the magic carpet and through the tunnel to expansive bowls of Mineral Basin. Bassanova is the one true intermediate run in Mineral Basin, but the novice runs are also sure to please. If you’re looking to test your skills try Path to Paradise to Junior’s Powder Paradise, which is rated as black diamond/blue square run. This run is surrounded by black diamond runs, so once you decided to head there, you’re in it for the long haul.

From the top of the Tram you can also explore Hidden Peak and Peruvian Gulch via advanced intermediate trail Chip’s Run. This long cruiser will take skiers back to the Snowbird, and provides a good understanding of looker’s left side of the resort.


To learn more about Snowbird intermediate skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Snowbird Lodging

The narrow and steep mountains that line Little Cottonwood Canyon, the canyon that’s home to Snowbird and Alta, have prevented large-scale development of the area. So there’s isn’t an overabundance of Snowbird lodging options, but those that do exist offer incredible experiences that can be had nowhere else but Snowbird.

Snowbird Hotels & Condos

Below you’ll find Ski.com’s top picks for budget, family and luxury lodging options. To learn more, or book your stay, at these properties, call, or chat with, one of our knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Budget-conscious vacationers will feel like they’ve struck gold when staying at the Iron Blosam Lodge. This shared-ownership condominium lodge combines ski in, ski out location, and a reasonable price tag with a slew of top-notch services and amenities, including kitchens, a convenience store and onsite transportation.
Ideal for families, The Lodge at Snowbird offers conveniently situated studio, one- and two-bedroom condos, many of which have fire places and full kitchens. The Lodge offers families numerous amenities that helps take a lot of speculation out of family ski vacation, including a spectacular onsite restaurant and an outdoor heated pool and hot tub.
Snowbird’s flagship, four-star hotel, The Cliff Lodge won’t disappoint those living in the lap of luxury. The Cliff’s highlight amenities include its exclusive ski in, ski out location, North America’s largest Oriental rug collection, a large, outdoor heated pool and a collection of hot tubs, plus a full-service spa and steam room/sauna. Fine-dining aficionados will be pleased with The Cliff Lodge's three restaurants and two lounges, which serve up  and eclectic, international array of options. 

To learn more about Snowbird lodging call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Snowbird Luxury Ski Vacation

Snowbird exudes a decidedly core skiers and snowboarders vibe, so leave your jewels, fur coat and boots at home. Save for the Cliff Lodge’s top-floor bar and restaurant, you won’t find any posh bars or a swishy jet set crowd in Snowbird. Here, it’s about the pristine 500 inches of lake effect snow the resort is blessed with annually.

That said, Snowbird’s flagship, four-star hotel, The Cliff Lodge will please vacationers seeking exception all-around from its ski in, ski out locale to its top-notch dining options. The spacious interior is bedecked in North America’s largest Oriental rug collection and lobby level features many places to curl up with a good book and enjoy views of the slopes. Guests have a large, outdoor heated pool lined with several large hot tubs, plus a full-service spa and steam room/sauna.

Foodies will be pleased with The Cliff Lodge's three restaurants and two lounges, which offer everything from seared ahi tuna and sushi to sandwiches and wild mushroom enchiladas.

To learn more about this incredible Snowbird luxury property, call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

To learn more about Snowbird luxury ski vacations call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Snowbird Nightlife

Snowbird night life is hard to come by, since the resort is nestled eight miles up Little Cottonwood Canyon. And while there is public transportation up and down the canyon, the bus stops running on the early side. Besides with some of North America’s best powder, you want to be in bed early so you’re ready to rip up the mountain the next day. But if partying or least having a couple drinks is high on your list, take advantage of Snowbird’s après scene.

Snowbird Après

There are a couple options: if it’s sunny celebrate the end of another good day of skiing like a local, with a tall can of PBR, purchased from the General Store, out on the Tram patio. Or head to the Tram Club, in the lower level of the Snowbird Center, for beers and billiards. The Tram Club, considered to be the best of Snowbird bars, also serves wine and cocktails. Patrons can also enjoy a game of darts of foosball. El Chanate in The Cliff Lodge has great happy hour specials, like $2 appetizers. If you’re vacation falls on a Thursday, then El Chanate is the place to be, with Thirsty Thursday specials like $3 margaritas and $2 draft beers.

To learn more about Snowbird nightlife call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Things to do in Snowbird

The best thing to do in Snowbird is ski or snowboard, or other mountain-related outdoor activities. After that, party-goers and shoppers may be disappointed in Snowbird’s offerings. But again, Snowbird is a self-contained resort where the No. 1 focus is the ski area’s epic terrain.

Snowbird Outdoor Activities

The Snowbird outdoor activities are just as good as its skiing. Enthusiasts have a nice array of options from backcountry snowcat tours and snowmobile tours to guided snowshoe tours in the breathtaking Wasatch mountains for all levels of experience.

To learn more about things to do in Snowbird call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

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