A hidden gem in the Wasatch Mountain Range, Snowbird is famous for having some of the best snow you can find. The skiing and snowboarding area has been open since 1971 and has an impressive 2,500 acres of skiable terrain.
Snowbird is located in the heart of the Wasatch National Forest on the eastern border of Sandy, a suburb of Salt Lake City. The ski area shares Little Cottonwood Canyon with Alta Ski Area to the east. Snowbird and Alta also have the Alta-Bird Pass that allows skiers access to both resorts; opening up 4,700 acres of skiable terrain.
Snowbird regularly receives over 500 inches of snowfall every year. This huge snowfall makes Snowbird the second snowiest area in the United States. This snow is beautifully dry and powdery because of the 'salt-lake effect' from the Great Salt Lake; making it perfect for powder-hounds.
Snowbird also has one of the longest ski seasons in the world, with skiing on the upper part of the mountain sometimes lasting well into July.
Resort Altitude: 2,365m
Resort Skiing: 3,353m
Total Ski Area: 103km
Blue Runs: 27km
Red Runs: 38km
Black Runs: 38km
The Snowbird ski area receives an unrivalled amount of powder for those who enjoy exploring off-piste, with some of the best ungroomed slopes in the world. You can easily ski to the neighbouring resort of Alta, which opens up the area to 4,700 acres; making it one of the biggest in the US. You'll also enjoy an abundance of ski-in ski-out properties here, with almost all the other accommodation located just a short walk away from the slopes.
With 2,500 acres of skiable terrain, Snowbird is perfect for those looking for a resort with a large skiing area. The lake-effect from the Great Salt Lake makes the powder in Snowbird hard to beat; this resort is perfect for those that love a groomed piste, but also want to experiment with powder. There is more than enough to play with for seasoned powder-hounds as well.
Snowbird is a snowboarding paradise. Freeriders flock to this snowy haven every year to make the most of its incredible powder. Seasoned boarders will want to take the Mineral Basin lift near Hidden Peak to access some of the best powder bowls and runs in Utah. Those looking for snowboard parks will not be disappointed either, there is a great terrain park with a huge superpipe as well as big kickers, rails and boxes.
There is a huge variety of restaurants in this resort. There are 15 eateries with a great variety of both fine dining and casual dining including a tram car serving pizza, multiple bakeries, bistros and steak houses.
Restaurants you should try are the Steak Pit, for excellent meaty plates, the Wildflower Lounge, for brilliant comfort food and the Aerie Restaurant for traditional American cuisine.
For such a small village, Snowbird has a great selection of bars. Those looking for lively nightlife should visit the Tram Club for brilliant live music and live sport and the Aerie Lounge for vibrant après which keeps going well into the evening.
Snowbird has plenty of activities for non-skiers. You can ride the tram to the summit of Hidden Peak at 11,000ft and enjoy some of the spectacular views of the surrounding mountains or try a snowmobile touring in the vast backcountry. Alternatively, you could try something a little more relaxing, like exploring the area on a pair of snowshoes or even try fly fishing in some of Utah's most beautiful streams.