- Overall Rating 5
- Family Friendly 4
- All-Mtn. Terrain 5
- Terrain Park 2
- Nightlife 4
Pros: Snow, terrain, accessibility
Cons: Expensive lift tickets, expensive grub
Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters
Date Visited: Feb 1, 2011
The first full day of skiing we spent last week in Utah was at Snowbird. Snowbird is one of those must-hit resorts in Utah. It's big, burly, and you'll never get bored. You can spend an entire weekend at Snowbird and still not access everything the place has to offer. We've been here over eight times, and still find something new every time.
We picked up tickets at the Lifthouse ski shop, right at the entrance of Big Cottonwood (you can save about $7-$10 by buying tickets here, or at Ski 'N See). Since there was no fresh snow, we opted for the lifts-only pass, which saves another $10 over getting the lift-and-tram ticket. My thought process for this: if there's fresh snow, the tram is the quickest way to the goods in Mineral Basin. If there is NO fresh snow, you can take a chair and the tunnel to get back into Mineral Basin. These two actions helped keep the lift ticket price down.
We got to Snowbird early and took the Peruvian chair and the tunnel right back into Mineral Basin. We made a warm-up lap down and then took the Mineral Basin express, then got on Path to Paradise to take the Bookends traverse all the way out to skier's right. We took the high traverse and got in plenty of soft turns in. We lapped this a few times until our legs were burning, and went back down the frontside to grab a bite to eat.
We ate on the patio of Mid Gad since it was so sunny and warm out, then made our way to the Gad 2 chair to get on the traverse out to the goods above Baby Thunder. We continued to lap this area for the remainder of the day, until we couldn't feel our legs any more. Both areas had only a few tracks on them, so we were treated to some amazing chopped-pow turns.
We wrapped up the day, completely content with our slackcountry adventures. Snowbird has some of the greatest groomer action, but it's the gates and backcountry you really need to check out. You might not get deep pow here, but you'll surely get treated to fresher, softer snow.