by: Dave Freeman - 20th December 2009

  • 5
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 5All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 4Family Friendly
  • 2Aprés Ski
  • Terrain Park
  • Overall Value
Short lines Great Snow!
No nitelife/rooms

Full review

Some, like me, might consider the no rooms on the mountain a plus! Greatly updated since the Olympics, it has become our fave mountain, stealing our spoiled butts from Deer Valley most Days. The trick is to rent a room in Salt Lake and U can ski at any of nine mts. but Snowbasin is all alone so there are less lines, (many locals come here for that reason) and excellent skiing and amenities. The changing rooms and Johns are nicer and cleaner than at The Grand America Hotal (a 4-5 star Hotel in Salt Lake). You can race down the same slope the used for the downhill races at the olympics and they have TWO Gondolas on opposite sides of the mountain so there is always more acerage to ski. The chairs are relatively fast and once you get past the initial morning rush, there are few, if any lines anywhere on the Mt. The food is like eating at a fine restaurant, always tasty, if sometimes pricey. But when you get a bowl of Beff-Veggie stew, its more stew than broth, plus home baked bread to ckean the bowl. And if you dine up top, you get to watch "The Crazies" who hike up to the chutes way up top and there's always either amazing skiing or amazing tumbles to watch and entertain you through the windows or out on the terrace if the weather is nice enough. They do a good job on the groomed areas, but there is plenty of off-piste skiing for those more daring. My wife often signs up for a group lesson and is the only one or two in "the group". Instructors are top notch as they are at most Utah Mts. It's a very different feeling than park city or The Cottonwood Canyon resorts because there's no lodges, you feel more in tune with nature, and the views, because of that, are amazing. Although its almost alone, (Wolf Mt. is not too far but much smaller and "home town"), the roads are always well plowed and easy to get to. About a 40-45 minute ride as opposed to a 35-40 minute ride to Alta or Deer Valley. If you like to be pampered, a la Deer Val. but like it quiter or not quiet so pampered, this is the place for you. You also meet locals in the Gondola on the way up that gladly point you to the best parts of the mountain and know the snow and weathered areas really well. The worst thing thats ever happened to me is occasionally a fog will blanket the mountain and you cannot see a yard in front of you until it lifts, (usually in a half hour or so, if it comes) and is like being in a weird movie and interesting, scary fun in and of itself. Trails are decently marked and its always easy to find the bottom from anywhere. But as I said, great snow, great amenities, a few bucks cheaper, you just cannot go wrong here! We've skied here for 6 of the last 7 years and it gets better every year.
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