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“Awesome place Winter or Summer”

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Snowbird
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children
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154 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Awesome place Winter or Summer”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

The lodges are great, the activities are endless with great restaurants, mountain biking
zip lines, trails and great restaurants anytime.
In late summer they do October Fest, and it is a blast and wildlife comes right in, this summer
moose were crossing throguh the parking lot. endless fun

Visited October 2013
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Bloomingdale, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Spectacular at Sunset”
Reviewed 16 November 2013 via mobile

Had a couple of hours of light to enjoy the scenery after landing in SLC last weekend. Business colleague took us up to Snowbird to ride the tram and witness a spectacular, colorful sunset in the mountains. Afterward we had a nice dinner at Aerie restaurant in the resort.

Visited November 2013
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Salt Lake City
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2013

I'm not a skier so my experience is summer only. It is always beautiful at Snowbird with giant mountain cliffs encircling the resort. Close to Salt Lake. But a tradition is to take the family to Oktoberfest. It runs every weekend from late August to mid-October. Big tent with polka bands, dancing, and German food. Entry is free if you want to stand with your hands in your pockets. Note to Snowbird: Although the food is passable the prices are too much for what you get. It's hard to take a family when chicken on a plastic plate runs just under $15, brats are $8-9, and good desserts are in the $7 area. Several rides and tram are open and available. A lot of crazy fun but bring your wallet!

Visited October 2013
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Octoberfest was wonderful!”
Reviewed 30 September 2013

We had so much fun visiting Octoberfest at Snowbird Ski Resort. The food was delicious and the German bands were fun to hear and we even did the polka! The outside activites for the family were entertaining. Parking was easy! No cover charge! Great day for our family.

Visited September 2013
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Orem, Utah
Level 6 Contributor
91 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Oktoberfest is a Blast”
Reviewed 30 September 2013

We arrived early for the best parking and had breakfast/brunch at the Forklift, a bit of a wait but worth it. The view from our table was incredible, first fall snow was yesterday so the mnt glistened and the fall leaves were highlighted by the snowy background.
Lots of great vendors, BIG mugs of numerous varieties of beer, great entertainment and food. We rode the tram to the top of the mountain mid afternoon; the view was breath taking.
The event continues until October 13, come and join in the fun!!!

Visited September 2013
Thank pickychiclet
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