Snowbird Ski Resort Guide

United States

With an average snowfall of at least 500 inches, Snowbird USA is well known for its excellent and reliable powder.

There is a full-service pedestrian village here offering several restaurants, accommodation and a little bit of shopping.

Good for

Non Skiers

The Resort

Snowbird ski resort opened in 1971 and has been adding lifts and making improvements since then.

It is located in the Wasatch Mountains at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon in Utah, USA.

The nearest airport is Salt Lake International Airport, 32 miles (45 minutes) from the resort. Shuttles are available.

There are five different lodging properties to choose from, including the Cliff Lodge which provides a luxurious experience to its visitors.

The Cliff Lodge offers a world class spa, yoga studio, rooftop pool, hot tubs and ski-in, ski-out access.

On the slopes

Snowbird shares the mountain with Alta and between the two of them visitors are in for a fantastic alpine skiing experience.

Joint ski passes are available and a high speed quad chair provides access through the Alta Snowbird connection gate.

Utah has some of the best, light and dry snow on the planet and people come to these two resorts from all over the world just to experience this powder.

It is important for boarders to note that Snowbird allows snowboarders, but Alta is one of three American resorts that do not.

Access up the 2365 metres to Snowbird’s base elevation is via a cable car. From there, Snowbird has 13 lifts to take skiers and snowboarders up to the summit.

Snowbird boasts North America’s only ski tunnel! This 600m magic carpet tunnel has old photographs and antique mining implements lining the walls, making it an interesting wind-free ride to the mineral basin.

Snowbird also offers free mountain tours every morning to help skiers make the most of their time on the mountain.

Both Alta and Snowbird also offer guided backcountry skiing. The ski season here is longer than average, sometimes lasting into July, although that is not the norm.

Average ski season runs from late November until May long weekend.

Off Piste

After a day on the slopes, when your thighs are burning and your hunger levels are at their peak, it’s time to head to the Tram Club (well known as the local watering hole) where you will find a large enough selection of food and drink to satisfy anyone’s cravings.

If you are searching for something a little bit more elegant (and accordingly more expensive) try Aerie at Cliff Lodge.

If you were hoping for a rocking dance party in Snowbird you will be disappointed.

There is not much in the way of dance bars, karaoke bars or even casinos here.

Your best bet for a fun party is to round up some friends and play billiards or darts at the Tram Club.

Published: March 10, 2020 Modified: March 10, 2020

The location

Green Runs
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VERTICAL 2365m - 3353m
PISTES 103kmm