Snowbasin Resort is one of the best family ski areas in Utah. While most skiers and snowboarders go to Park City and Snowbird – Snowbasin is just 10 minutes further (45 minutes total) from Salt Lake City and far less busy, with skiing that is just as big and beautiful. Snowbasin receives over 300 inches of natural snow annually but in case mother nature does not cooperate they also has the most and the best snowmaking in Utah.
Snowbasin offers 3,000 acres with 6 unique peaks, everything from long undulating trails –cruisey blues on Strawberry Peak to steeps groomers on Allen Peak and the Olympic Downhill courses. In between the groomed trails are wide open bowls and well-spaced tree skiing. Snowbasin is amazing on powder day, with so much terrain and so few people.
Snowbasin runs are super long and scenic, you can see four states and the Great Salt Lake from Strawberry and Allen Peaks. 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. Snowbasin is a Top Utah Ski Resort.
Snowbasin’s gorgeous on mountain lodges have opulent gold chandeliers and massive stone fireplaces inside. Its elegance with excellent food at reasonable cafeteria prices. 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 grabbed the Olympic bid to host the Downhill, Super G, and combined for the 2002 Olympics.
Snowbasin is Epic. Snowbasin and Sun Valley are now IKON PASS partners!
Ski the steep exciting Downhill courses – 2,900′ vertical down 78% grade steeps on the men’s Grizzly and the women’s Wildflower downhill, ideally from the tippy top of the upper tram Allen Peak 510’ extra vertical to experts only terrain and the official race start chalets.
For beginners, Snowbasin has excellent kids ski and snowboard camps. Snowbasin has a plethora of well-groomed, wide open trails on its lower mountain.
Snowbasin’s Needles Gondola is a swift 2,300-foot vertical ride in an enclosed gondi, each one emblazoned with the name of a former Olympian, with views of craggy Mount Ogden, and the Needles, and great blue groomed runs. Strawberry Gondola is another eight passenger 2,400’ vert ride emblazoned with Winter Game countries in fun alphabetical order. Strawberry Bowl’s perfect intermediate pitch offer corduroy cruisers and fabulous open low angle glades ideal for family skiing.
Snowbasin’s western flank mountain ironically named No Name Peak serves up steeps, glades and a few chutes. Lone Tree and Ogden Bowl are more exciting steeps, ask a local to show you.
Lunch at Snowbasin, stop at either gorgeous John Paul or Needles Lodges for mountain views, and delicious cafeteria fare under grand chandeliers. Earl’s Lodge at the base resembles a five-star hotel, with Cinnabar Lounge table service, or the Servery cafe style – with delicious ski lunchlike Utah’s best Reuben, the Turkey Pot Pie, or homemade Pho noodle bowls – and perfect views up the ski slopes.
Après ski, go to Cinnabar in Earl’s Lodge for live entertainment and a cocktail in comfy leather chairs (tell the hostess you “intend to order food” to circumvent Utah rules and regs). Sunny days, common in Utah, the patio fills next to the fire pits, while the kids play in the snow.
Snowbasin’s on mountain lodging is in planning phase, no ski-in ski-out hotels or condos yet.
For lodging drive down Snowbasin’s highway-like mountain road to the humble town of Huntsville, just 8 miles away. Stay at Compass Rose Lodge – a chic boutiquey ski hotel with fantastic vintage alpine decor in its dozen rooms, passionate ski owners, an inviting gathering space with fireplace, and an astrology Silo- seriously – you can stargaze at night from the attached HALO observatory! Walk across the snowy street to Shooting Star Bar – the oldest continually operating bar in Utah, for beer and burgers – that’s all they serve- all you need from this rustic ski museum style bar.
Lakeside Resort offers townhouse-style condos “lakeside” on the shores of Pineview Reservoir if you prefer a home away from home with a kitchen – decorated in rocky mountain regal leather and antlers, with a spectacular view of Snowbasin’s slopes. Downtown Eden has a market and the tiniest liquor store, and a few casual eatery joints. Ogden is 17 miles, renowned as home of the east-west railroad’s Golden Spike, and historic 25th Street with restaurants, shops and an old train station. A ski trip to Snowbasin should include a day or two skiing nearby Powder Mountain.
Snowbasin Resort Stats:
Summit Elevation: 9,350’, Vertical: 2,950’
Ski Acreage: 3,000 acres
6 Peaks, 2 Bowls
Average Annual Snowfall: 250″