Snowbird Review

by: anonymous_user - Jan 2, 2006

  • Overall Rating 4
  • Family Friendly 0
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 0
  • Terrain Park 0
  • Nightlife 0

    Date Visited: Jan 2, 2006


Full review

Snowbird is the jewel in Utah's hat as far as resorts go. While Park City and Deer Valley may be the glitziest, Snowbird is the most reknowned and the biggest favorite among transient skiers. This is simultaneously its greatest attribute and largest downfall. Snowbird well maintained and very large and mapped out. But it is PACKED on the weekends. Still though, lift lines are minimal mid-mountain and beyond. Beware any lodge-level quads, as you may wait a while in line. The tram is usually backed up, but the cars can take 120 people at a time, which degrades the line significantly. We waited three cars in about 15 minutes, not bad at all for the plumb skiing that awaits you at the top of the tram. Lapping the tram for your vertical is highly recommended--ride up with 120 other eager skiers, wait a few minutes as the locals break out and the recky skiers ride the blues out, and then drop into any bowl of your choice for the fastest, steepest, unscathed turns--there's 120 people below you and 120 people another 10 minutes behind you. Warning: many areas off the tram are closed during heavy dumps, so plan accordingly.Peruvian Gulch and the servicing chairs are another well-kept semi-secret at Snowbird. Althought you won't log as much verticle as taking the tram or one of the other Quads, you will be able to drop into some intermediate bowls that prove to be tracked up but still fun. Make sure you come out of any Peruvian Gulch run with some speed, as you may find yourself pushing along a flat cat track.In between Peruvian Gulch and the Gad area lies some great inbound steeps too that tend to be tracked up, but never horribly busy. Make a few turns and lap these to stretch your legs, then ride the tram up and get really moving.Even though it's busy, Snowbirds lifties are experienced and manage lines well. You may wait a few chairs, but the lines still cruise about at a decent pace. The tram house is a living beast and moves as fast as the cars can be loaded up. If you stick more on the groomers, you'll be sure to have and dodge other people, especially right around the midsection of the moutain (off the main Snowbird quad). Take the tram, wait a few minutes, and then enjoy relative solitude until you reach mid-mountain, then ride the groomers home (or cross over into Peruvian Gulch) and repeat. A great day of skiing!

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