Snowbird, Utah is in the heart of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Little Cottonwood Canyon, one mile down canyon from Alta. Snowbird averages approximately 500 inches of low-density, “dry” Utah powder annually. Thanks to ideal geography and a phenomenon called Lake Effect, Little Cottonwood Canyon powder is known worldwide. Snowbird offers 882 lodging rooms between four lodging properties, a luxurious spa, a plethora of dining options, four-season activities and a staff dedicated to meeting your every need.
Snow Resort Stats
- Elevation Top 3,352m
- Elevation Bottom 2365m
- Vertical Drop 987 metres
- Skiable Terrain 1012ha
- Longest Run 4km (2.5 miles)
- Beginner 27%
- Intermediate 38%
- Advanced 35%
- Total Number of Trails 89
- Total 13
- Highest Lifted Point 3,353 metres (11,000 feet)
- Gondolas & Trams 1
- High Speed Sixes
- High Speed
- Quads 4
- Quad Chairs 0
- Triple Chairs 0
- Double Chairs 6
- Surface Lifts 2
- Uphill Capacity 17,400 per hour
- Snow Making 100 acres (40.5 hectares)
- Total Number of Guns
- Annual Average Snowfall 12.7 m
- Total 1
- Name Terrain Park
- Half Pipes 0
- Half Pipe Size n/a
- Total Terrain Park Area Size
Snowbird: Insider Ski & Snowboard Tips
Being neighbours with Alta, Snowbird unsurprisingly sees its fair share of deep, dry Utah powder. It also boasts some of the steeper more challenging terrain out of neighbouring resorts. This combination means you’re sure to see some seriously talented skiers and snowboarders while you’re there – and you’ll also probably leave as one if you’re not one already.
Unique to Utah, Snowbird comes equipped with The Summit Tram, which fits 125 people and ascends 2,900ft in no more than 7 minutes. Put otherwise, it means you can ski a lot of vertical for not a lot of effort and in little time. Being adjacent to Alta, it’s even possible to ski both resorts on a single ticket.
Snowbird is an easy 45-minute drive from Salt Lake City International Airport, which supports plenty of flights from other major US cities.
To Snowbird from Salt Lake City International Airport
Take I-80 east to I-215 south. Take Exit 6 (6200 South) and go east on 6200 South, toward the mountains. This road will lead you straight to UT-210 and up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Snowbird.
To Snowbird from Downtown Salt Lake City
Go west on 500 South to I-15 and head south. Exit at I-215 heading east. Get off at Exit 6 (6200 South) and go east on 6200 South, toward the mountains. This road will lead you straight to UT-210 and up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Snowbird.
To Snowbird from Park City and Points East
Take UT-224 west and north to I-80. On I-80, head west toward the Salt Lake Valley. Take Exit 130 to I-215 south. Get off at Exit 6 (6200 South) and go east on 6200 South, toward the mountains. This road will lead you straight to UT-210 and up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Snowbird.
To Snowbird from Points South
Take I-15 north to Exit 295 (9000 South). Turn right onto 9000 South. This street becomes 9400 South, which takes you to the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. Go right on UT-210. Six miles to Snowbird.
Accommodation in Snowbird is found across four major hotel condo buildings. Newly remodelled in 2017, the Cliff Lodge offers a world-class spa, diverse dining and numerous outdoor swimming pools and hot tubs. If ski-in ski-out is more your style, The Cliff Club supports 54 luxury condominiums with elegant Mission-style furnishings. Other options include ‘The Lodge at Snowbird’, ‘The Inn’ and ‘The Iron Blosam’. Find out more here.
Snowbird: Restaurants & Apres
Considering Snowbird doesn’t have much of a village, there still exists a surprisingly broad range of choices when it comes to dining with 15+ restaurants and a number of other smaller cafes and bars.
Snowbird: Non-Skiing Activities
Snowbird supports a range of non-skiing activities. Even if you’re not riding down, it’s very much worth riding the iconic Snowbird Aerial Tram to the 11,000-foot summit of Hidden Peak, from which you’ll see some of the most impressive views in Utah.
If you really want to mix things up, Salt Lake Fly Fishing Company provides year-round guided fly fishing trips. Whether you’re a novice or seasoned fish hunter, they cater a custom and ideal fly fishing trip for you. Fishing trips include all of your fishing gear, water and snacks. Full-day trips include deli-style lunches that you will enjoy along the banks of one of our spectacular rivers.
In addition to backcountry skiing and cat skiing tours, you can also get out there on your own two feet via a guided snowshoe tour, or with a little more noise, and a little less effort on a snowmobile. Other attractions include a tunnel through the mountain that swallows skiers on a conveyor belt and serves as a ‘ski through’ mining museum.