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Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort
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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, Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase
Boise, Idaho
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144 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Best of the Best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

Hard to beat Wasatch quality snow & as far as resorts on the front range go, Snowbird is the MackDaddy! High quality experience all the way around.

Visited February 2014
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“Needed a little snow”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

They needed a little help from Mother Nature but still great skiing as only the Bird can do it. The runs test your ability and if you can ski black here you can ski black anywhere.

Visited February 2014
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Challenging Mountain”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014

This is a great ski resort for the very good skier. The terrain is challenging and there is off piste galore. If you like groomers, Snowbird is not the place for you.

Visited February 2014
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Stamford, Connecticut
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172 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“This is simply the best resort in America for serious skiers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

If you love skiing the Rockies and love being outside in unspoiled nature, Snowbird is a fantastic choice. With plenty of named trails, and even an underground tunnel that slices through the mountain, Snowbird offers an additional bonus: off-trail ("off piste") skiing throughout the resort area. Almost anywhere you go at Snowbird you'll have access to "under the ropes" terrain. And you'd be well-advised to pay attention to the difficulty signs. These aren't your garden variety eastern double-blacks. These are very steep double-blacks, usually surrounded by a variety of "Warning - Cliff" signs as well. But hey, no one ever got pumped from an abundance of groomed corduroy, right? The on mountain food is good, even if pricey, and the lodging facilities are excellent. Look for deals at the Ironblosam Lodge on Craigslist because those deals are often MUCH better priced than what the resort itself offers. Why? Apparently, Ironblosam is a time-share lodge, so owners sometimes offer their un-used units for rent through Craigslist, rather than place them into the resort's "inventory" of space available. And Snowbird is next door to Alta, another world class ski mountain. You can't go wrong. these two resorts routinely receive more snowfall than most areas elsewhere in the Rockies.

Visited March 2014
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Elmer, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
“Outstanding Mountain Views!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2014

Let me emphasize that we do not ski. But my wife & I do enjoy sightseeing. And the Snowbird Aerial Tram offers some of the best views in the area! After enjoying the mountaintop views and bidding the skiers goodbye we returned to the parking lot. There I got on my rented bike and enjoyed a fantastic ride d-o-w-n to the city...all the while enjoying the best views nature has to offer.

Visited June 2013
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