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Snowbird Resort

Snowbird ResortLittle Cottonwood Canyon, Utah

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

Snowbird is a multi-facility winter and summer resort located in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah.Primarily known for its winter powder skiing and snowboarding, Snowbird also hosts hikers, mountain bikers, fishermen, sightseers and mountain vacationers in other seasons. Set among spectacular crenellated granite mountain peaks, facilities include ski lifts, hotels, condominiums, spa facilities, restaurants, skiing and mountain-resort-related retail businesses, medical services and MORE.

Snowbird shares the canyon with Alta Ski Area to the east. Beginning in winter 2002, both resorts offer a joint day pass and a joint season ticket allowing full access all of the terrain on both mountains: 26 ski lifts and tows and a skiable area of 4700 acres (19 km²). The collaboration coincided with the opening of a new lift in Mineral Basin, a large bowl owned by Snowbird on the back of Snowbird's Hidden Peak and Alta's Sugarloaf mountains that had been skiable within the resort since 1999. The installation of Baldy Express in 2002 allowed access to Alta from the Basin. Other access points between the two resorts exist as well. The offer is open to skiers only, as a result of Alta's skiers-only policy. Skiing Magazine ranked the Alta-Snowbird ski area second in North America overall and first in the United States for the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons. According to SKI Magazine (October 2002) Snowbird ranked 20th in North America with Gold Medals in snow, access, challenge, terrain, scenery, weather and lifts. In specific categories it was ranked third in North America for snow, fourth in North America for challenge and fifth in North America for terrain. Snowbird ranks as the second best resort in North America, runner-up to Whistler Blackcomb resort in Canada, according to Skiing Magazine. More recently, Outside named Alta-Snowbird the number one ski destination in North America for the 2008-09 season. The ski school at Snowbird is well regarded, and two of Snowbird’s mountain school instructors, Rob Sogard and Nancy Thoreson, made SKI Magazine's Top 100 list.

Dates of Season:

*All activities, prices, lift openings, terrain access and hours of operation are conditions permitting and may change at any time


FACTS:

Trails & Terrain:
•Terrain: 2500 acres
•85 marked trails
•11 ski lifts (5 High-Speed Quads, 5 Doubles, and a surface lift),
an aerial tram, and a 600-foot (180 m) tunnel enclosing a one-way conveyor
lift connecting Peruvian Gulch to Mineral Basin
•Terrain Difficulty: 27% Beginner, 38% Intermediate, 35% Advanced
•Longest Run: 2.5 miles (Chips Run)
•Terrain Parks: 1

Snowfall & Temperatures:
•Average Snowfall: 500 inches annually
•Record:783 inches- 2011

Elevation:
•Summit Elevation: 11,000 ft
•Base Elevation: 7760 ft
•Vertical Drop: 3240 ft


HOW TO GET THERE:

Planes:
Snowbird is he most accessible world-reowned four season mountain resort in North America: only 29 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport, with over 600 daily non-stop flights from most major U.S. cities.

Automobiles:
•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.
Car Rental services can be provided in the SLC Airport.

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