Varied, interesting terrain, gondolas, incredible base lodges
No base development, not close to other major Utah ski areas
Snowbasin has several things going for it. First of all, the terrain is really good. Even though there were only three or four main routes down the mountain when we were there (limited early season snow), we never got bored. The runs offer so much variety that they feel new each time down.
The mountain is divided into three main areas, each of which is served by a high speed lift. Two of those three lifts are gondolas, which is great for people who get cold easily (my wife). This is also nice on those bad weather days, which happen frequently here I am told.
The other thing that makes Snowbasin stand out is the incredible luxury of its facilities. It is owned by Sun Valley, so everything is first class. It actually helps you enjoy your break for lunch instead of feeling uncomfortable and rushed to get back on the mountain. And, yes, the toilets are gold-plated.
For beginners, Snowbasin has a high-speed lift serving a very gentle slope that is untrafficked by other skiers. It is a really good set-up, and that really helps make this place family-friendly.