by: traugott - 13th April 2010

  • 4
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced/Expert
  • 5All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 2Family Friendly
  • 3Aprés Ski
  • 4Terrain Park
  • Overall Value
great, steep runs; tram and tunnel; scenery
catwalks, poor signage, a couple of slow lifts

Full review

I cannot stress enough that you should be an advanced or at least good intermediate skier feeling very comfortable on all blue/black-blue runs elsewhere. Most runs at snowbird are a half to a full degree more difficult than the runs with the same rating at the bigger Colorado resorts we usually visit (that is, for instance, a run that is rated blue at snowbird is black-blue or black elsewhere). If you count on easy blue and green runs ("big emma" for instance is rated green but elswhere would be easily rated blue given its slope, and with an ice cover as we encountered in spring, it is an absolute pain), your options are very limited, and you will be stressed by pretty narrow catwalks that you need to use for all runs from the peak. Since the trails are quite steep, they are relatively short and often interrupted by catwalks. That being said, the scenery, especially the trails from the top, and the snow are spectacular. Mineral basin is like a skier's dream. Especially if you like it steep, open and part groomed, quite ungroomed.
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