"This storm and the subsequent lake effect have provided a timely blanket of snow in Little Cottonwood Canyon," said Snowbird President Bob Bonar. "Skiing early season powder is a great way to kick off the season."
Snowbird will be offering the Aerial Tram and two lifts, Gadzoom and Mid-Gad, to skiers and riders beginning Friday at 9am. Expected open terrain includes Regulator Johnson from the top of Hidden Peak, as well as Big Emma and Bassackwards. Additional lifts and terrain will open as conditions permit. The Snowbird Center and Creekside Lodge will be offering multiple food, merchandise and equipment rental options throughout the weekend.
More than three feet of snow has fallen in the first few days of November, and cold temperatures have allowed snow guns to operate, adding to the already impressive early season snow totals. Last year, Snowbird received 611 inches of "The Greatest Snow on Earth®" and had a 183-day season with skiing and riding from Nov. 30 to June 22 - the longesat in the state and one of the longest of a non-glacier resort in the world.
Snowbird is offering an early season ticket price of $62 and chair passes will be honoured to access the Tram until additional terrain opens. Early season lodging packages are currently available starting at $99/night through much of December.
Snowbird, along with neighboring Alta, was recently named the No. 1 ski destination in North America by Outside Magazine. Recent area improvements include renovations of the Tram Club and the Aerie Sushi Bar, located on the top floor of the Cliff Lodge.
Kids 12 and under will ski free at Snowbird for 2008-09 with all lodging packages booked through Snowbird Central Reservations. Snowbird's Mountain School has also added new pre-season pricing to its private lesson offering.