1st class resort

by: ElGuapo - Feb 10, 2009

  • Overall Rating 5
  • Family Friendly 5
  • All Mtn. Terrain 3
  • Terrain Park 3
  • Nightlife 1

    Pros: Almost everything

    Cons: not really for advanced/experts

    Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Jan 1, 2009


Full review

There in mid January, and of course, had to pick the week when it hit in 40's every day. Was impressed at the beautiful mountain, with unbelievable lodges and top quality lift service, no waiting in lines, cheap lift tickets, very nice people.

Unfortunately, the mountain was a solid ice cube due to the weather, not their fault of course. Spent all day explored every nook and cranny for anything soft, no dice. At end of the day was thinking about canceling the trip and flying back home since weather was to be sunny and 40's for next 5 days. Had there been snow would have been a great place to ski.

However, decided to try out powder mountain nearby the next day and to my amazement there was fresh, deep, untracked powder everywhere off piste, hadn't snowed for week and a half either, really surprising.

The bad:

Unfortunately, I am a black diamond/double black skier, both mountains are typical Utah black diamond skiing, either steep black runs for a very short while followed by very very long green or blue runs all the way back down, or the reverse. Utah just doesn't have tall and steep the whole way down like Jackson Hole or Colorado do. Also, after skiing the double blacks here, you kinda chuckle to yourself "That was a double black?" You have to hike to get to the real ones.

Caution, the trail map shows long blacks, but they are not even close.

Also, if staying in Eden or Huntsville, and you are accustomed to eating real food, whatever you do, drive back Ogden or Layton to eat out. You've been warned.


The good:

Absolutely perfect for beginners and intermediates.
Gorgeous mountain.
$56 lift ticket.
Great on mountain food at reasonable prices.
2 gondolas, 1 tram, fast lifts
1st class resort
Friendly people.
Road to Snowbasin is safe and easy with no 'scare' factor. (unlike the rest of Utah). Cheap 2 wheel drive rental no problem at all.

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