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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.
August 1, 2019
September 7, 2018
The snowbird resort is a fantastic experience. I have been going for the past 7 or more years with my family, and each year we lodge in The Lodge At Snowbird. The Lodge is by far the best housing, with a very warm, cozy experience comprising of the free hot chocolate, tea, and coffee in the lobby to the hot tub, pool, gym, and sauna.
As a New Yorker, I can attest that "Tram Car Pizza" is not terrible and actually works well with the local suggestion of dipping it in ranch sauce.
The small grocery store on the ground level of the mountain base camp is a just a gift. Rare at any resort, they have all groceries and offer a great little deli in the back corner.
As for skiing and snowboarding (FOR SPRING SEASON), Peruvian runs are typically very icy in the mornings and warm up in the afternoons. The Gad Valley is much better in the mornings. Also, the bowl is a great option for powder runs and warms up very quickly (actually quite hot in the afternoon).
Have a great trip! Snowbird rarely disappoints.