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Snowbird is Utah’s powder skiing capital. When it snows in Utah, the snow gets funnelled down Little Cottonwood Canyon and as a result Snowbird, and its neighbouring resort of Alta, enjoy some of the best powder snow conditions in the Wasatch mountain range. Consequently, Snowbird is one of the snowiest resorts in our winter collection and in average season can receive up to 500 inches of the light powder snow that Utah is so famous for.
One of the signature experiences at Snowbird is riding the aerial tram which carries 125 skiers at a time from the village up 2,900 feet in 7 minutes to Hidden Peak, the highest point in the resort.
A number of additional chairlifts also provide access to 85 trails and 2,500 acres of skiable terrain at Snowbird. Whilst there is skiing here for all abilities the main attraction is the unparalleled number of powder days that the resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon enjoys every season.
Beginners have around 27% of terrain to explore with much of the lower mountain providing room to turn. The main area for beginners is the Chickadee area conveniently located close to the Cliff Lodge. Intermediates will love doing laps on the tram, which gives access to the longest trail in Snowbird – a staggering 3,000ft top to bottom blue trail known as Chip’s Run.
Snowbird is legendary amongst expert skiers. The resort is renowned for its powder skiing. Snowbird has consistent long steep pitches which are great on powder days and most of the upper mountain offers bowl skiing. For some of the best powder runs head over into the back bowl and explore Mineral Basin.
From Mineral Basin skiers can also access the trails in Alta, providing over 5,000 acres of skiable terrain.
If all that resort acreage isn’t enough to whet your appetite, you can also try a day of heli-skiing with Wasatch Powderbird guides, who offer guided backcountry heli-skiing tours from their heli-port located in the Snowbird base area.
The base area of the resort is pretty small – Snowbird tends to attract avid skiers who come for the powder snow – so there’s no real apres scene. Whilst the resort base is small, you’ll find everything you’ll need in the Snowbird Centre which hosts a small supermarket, takeout restaurants and the Ski School.
Accommodation in the resort centres around four main Lodges, each offering hotel-condo style rooms. They are built to blend in to the mountain backdrop, and as a result are not overly stylish on the outside. However on the inside, you’ll find comfortable spacious rooms, with great on-site amenities including 14 restaurants. Wherever you choose to stay, you’ll be staying super close to the slopes.
One of the best places to stay in Snowbird is the Cliff Lodge which has an amazing rooftop swimming pool, spa and hot tubs. It also has some great on-site restaurants, including The Aerie, one of the best in the resort. The Cliff also has childcare facilities on site, so it’s also a good choice for families.
Snowbird offers serious skiers some of the best powder snow conditions in North America and with a short transfer time of under an hour from your destination airport it is one of the most accessible ‘big mountain’ ski resorts in the USA.