Snowbird

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Pros
  • High volume of quality world class powder; 1,270 cm of the good stuff per year
  • Epic rugged terrain - Expert terrain ranges from "Challenging" to "Heart Attack", you get the picture
  • Snowbird ski resort has an efficient lift system
  • Long ski seasons - sometimes even deep into summer
Cons
  • Snowbird is not suited for beginners
  • Small village with limited dining, nightlife and shopping
  • Accommodation in Snowbird comprises of just four lodges

Snowbird Ski Packages

Lodging + Lift Tickets Discount Price
Lodge at Snowbird
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
10% off $1,801
The Inn
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
10% off $1,697
Alta Peruvian Lodge
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
9% off $2,032

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Overall

4

Visit Snowbird, and you’ll quickly learn why so many professional freeriders and extreme skiers call it home. The terrain is as rugged as you’ll find anywhere so even the most experienced shredders will get a rush going down challenging lines. And let’s not forget about the snow! In a normal year, Snowbird and its neighbour, Alta, get 1,270 cm of the “greatest snow on earth” dumped onto the highest resort terrain in Utah. The mountain gets the lion’s share of the magical stuff and can sometimes get twice as much snow as nearby resorts in a single storm! The trees, bowls and chutes will hide these powder stashes for days, just waiting for you to draw your lines.

16/17 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

Mid- February to early March

Snowbird’s season typically begins no later than early December. Even though Mother Nature delivers an almost unbelievable amount of snow, the ski resort still maintains some snowmaking equipment to make sure they’re able to get some groomers open before the blizzards come. You don’t need to be there that early though. January is when you’ll see a good coverage of snow on the advanced and expert runs at Snowbird. The season lasts as long as there is snow, so it’s common for the lifts to run through late May and beyond. We like to visit mid-February to early March, when there’s plenty of snow and sunshine. That said, if you’re lucky, you can catch a powder storm later in the season and skip the hustle and bustle of the holiday season which means cheaper lodgings. If you find yourself at Snowbird late into the season, follow the sun over the course of the day to find the best conditions.

FLY TO

Salt Lake International Airport

SHUTTLE TO

Snowbird (45 minutes)

Base of Snowbird (Walk)

  • Made up of four resort owned lodging including one ski-in/ski-out
  • Great for skiing at Alta
  • Small convenience store

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Base of Alta (2-3 km)

  • Neighbouring ski resort with five convenient lodges
  • Great for skiing at both mountains
  • Breakfast and dinner included

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Between Alta and Snowbird (2-3 km)

  • Condos and vacation rentals
  • Lack the convenience of prepared meals at Alta
  • Easy access to the slopes

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Salt Lake City (40-48 km)

  • Cheaper and wider selection of lodging options than Snowbird
  • Convenient base for skiing at other resorts
  • Small risk of road closure due to heavy snowfall

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For beginners

Although over a quarter of the Snowbird mountain is rated for beginners, the easy terrain isn't very accessible for the inexperienced and the progression to more advanced terrain is abrupt. If you're a never-ever, give Alta or Park City a shot instead!

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For intermediates

There's plenty on offer for intermediates across the resort but more adventurous skiers and snowboarders should check out the Mineral Basin. Our pick would be Lupine Loop into Bassanova then take the Path to Paradise to Junior's Powder Paradise. Snowbird has some intense yet wide blue runs, surrounded by black diamond terrain and stunning views of the Wasatch Range!

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For experts

From steeps and chutes to trees and bowls, Snowbird is truly an expert's playground. Hoop's is our winner here; it's a black diamond off the Knucklehead Traverse that's also north facing on the upper mountain so the pow there stays fresh late into the season.

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Find freshies

Few people head out to Little Cloud and Gad 2, making them perfect for finding the fresh stuff, even days after a storm. Be sure to also check out the powder bowls of Mineral Basin!

Ditch the crowds

Queues for the aerial tram begin at 8.30am, so either get there at 8:00am or take the Peruvian lift for some superb skiing at Peruvian Gulch or continue into the tunnel through to the Mineral Basin (backside) area.

Non skiers

The small town with limited options at Snowbird could leave non-skiers rather bored here. However, there are loads of attractions in Salt Lake City, just 30 to 45 minutes away.

Families

If you have inexperienced beginners in your family, Snowbird might not be the best resort as the beginner terrain is quite limited. Additionally, getting to and from lodging and parking isn't easy either. The town of Snowbird is also small with limited dining and shopping.

Snowbird

vs
SnowbirdAlta Ski Resort
beginner27 %25 %
intermediate38 %40 %
advanced20 %35 %
expert15 %-
total runs169 116
ski area1,012ha 890ha
summit elevation3,353m 3,216m
total lifts11 11
child lift ticketFree $54 USD ($79 AUD)
adult lift ticket$129 USD ($188 AUD) $104 USD ($152 AUD)
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall838cm 686cm

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Snowbird Reviews

Fabulous 4.3 / 5
based on 83 reviews

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Superb!4.8 / 5Dec 02, 2019
Snowbird ReviewsEddie L.
expert skier
Snowbird was my first taste of skiing a mountain with wide open bowls and areas without explicitly marked trails, and I was blown away. Along with neighboring Alta, this has to be the dream that everyone associates with skiing in Utah. Beautiful, flawless snow and seemingly infinite terrain, Snowbird should be on everyone's list for a trip to Utah.... More
Superb!4.7 / 5Nov 19, 2019
Snowbird ReviewsWill W.
expert skier
Amazing. Rough and wild. A great ski resort. Huge variety and many options for runs, it can feel like skiing on three to four different mountains. Great lift set up to maximize ski time.... More
Very Good!3.9 / 5Nov 19, 2019
Snowbird ReviewsSteve F.
advanced snowboarder
Went to snowbird for the first time this past March. By far the best 5 days I have ever spent on my board in the 20+ years I have been riding. The terrain is steep and totally insane.... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Oct 27, 2019
Snowbird ReviewsEric D.
expert skier
The license plates say best snow on Earth for a reason. The snow here cannot be beat. The resort has steep, tree skiing as well as all around decent groomed runs.... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Oct 09, 2019
Snowbird ReviewsTom B.
expert skier
Less than half of the terrain really is for the beginner or intermediate that isn’t willing to stretch a little, but Snowbird has some of the best advanced terrain that you can access off a lift anywhere. The tram will let you do top to bottom if that’s your thing, but there are more than enough other options to keep you busy if you don’t want to... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Oct 09, 2019
Snowbird ReviewsJustin Z.
beginner skier
Was a great day. The kids think that the bunny slopes where rad. I want to try out the great snowboarding on the back side next time out. One love... More
Superb!5 / 5Sep 04, 2019
Snowbird ReviewsParker J.
expert skier
snowbird is heaven on earth i would go there any day of the week it is so fun and so steep the snow is amazing the community and everything about it is amazing.... More
Good!3.6 / 5Aug 08, 2019
Snowbird ReviewsSeymour B.
expert snowboarder
Snowbird is great for all abilities of skiers and riders, but it's advanced terrain is what makes it stand out. It has some of the best steeps, powder days, and tree skiing you can find. The tram makes all the terrain easily accessible and the resort offers a huge amount of area to ski. Having had a Snowbird season pass for years, the biggest... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Aug 08, 2019
Snowbird ReviewsThomas H.
expert skier
So close to the feeling of a European resort. The terrain is so accessible and easily enjoyed even weeks after a storm. It occupies the front and back of the mountain, which makes it so easy to find good snow all season long.... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Aug 08, 2019
Snowbird ReviewsKeith B.
expert skier
Five minutes to the top on a tram and 30 minutes to get down. Not to mention steep and deep. Awesome people, good food, and close to the valley. Short drive up the canyon. Beautiful views....... More

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