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Snowbasin Ski Resort

Snowbasin Ski ResortSalt Lake City, Utah

  • Published Monday, November 19, 2012
  • Updated on Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Snowbasin is one of the oldest continuously operating ski areas in the United States. Following the end of World War I and the Great Depression, numerous small ski resorts were developed in Utah's snow-packed mountains, and Weber County wanted one of their own.

They decided to redevelop the area in and around Wheeler Basin, a deteriorated watershed area that had been overgrazed and subjected to aggressive timber-harvesting. Lands were restored and turned over to the U.S. Forest Service, and by 1938 the Forest Service
and Alf Engen had committed to turning the area into a recreational site. In 1939 the first ski tow was built and in service at the new

Snow Basin ski park. In 1940, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) crew built the first access road to the new resort, allowing easy access for the general public. Since that time, Snowbasin has continually grown to its present size. During the 2002 games Snowbasin hosted the downhill, combined (downhill and slalom), and super-G events. The spectator viewing areas consisted of a stadium at the foot of the run, with two sections of snow terraces for standing along both sides of the run. The spectator capacity was 22,500 per event; 99.1 percent of tickets were sold, and 124,373 spectators were able to view events at the Snowbasin Olympic venue. During the 2002 Winter
Paralympics, Snowbasin hosted the Alpine Skiing events, including downhill, super-G, slalom, and giant slalom.

Dates of Season:
Mid-November – Mid-April
*weather dependent

FACTS:

Trails & Terrain:
•Terrain: 3000 acres
•104 marked trails; 11 lifts 1 Tram; 2 Gondolas; 2 high-speed Quads;
4 Fixed-Grip; 1 Magic Carpet
•Terrain Difficulty: 20% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 30% Advanced
•Longest Run: Elk Ridge (2.9mi)
•Terrain Parks: 3 Parks; 1 Superpipe

Snowfall & Temperatures:
•Average Snowfall: 400 inches annually

Elevation:
•Summit Elevation: 9350 ft
•Base Elevation: 6391 ft
•Vertical Drop: 2950 ft


HOW TO GET THERE:

Planes:
Salt Lake City International Airport services over 600 non-stop flights daily.

Automobiles:
Snowbasin is located only 35 miles north of downtown Salt Lake City with easy
access to downtown Ogden and the Park City area. Getting to Snowbasin is
scenic and enjoyable all four seasons of the year. Watch for wildlife!
Take I-15 northbound and exit to northbound US-89 (exit #324). Merge to
I-84 eastbound and exit at Mountain Green (exit #92). Continue east on
Old Highway and turn left on State Road 167 heading north (just east of
the Sinclair station). Turn left on State Road 226 heading west and proceed
approximately three miles to Snowbasin.

Rental Car Service can be located in SLC International Airport


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