by: John - 14th January 2009

  • 5
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 5All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 3Family Friendly
  • 2Aprés Ski
  • 3Terrain Park
  • Overall Value
base to summit tram access, ton of powder, close to airport
limited hotel options near mountain

Full review

Some people complain that Snowbird lacks a resort town and apres ski options. But skiers/boarders return there year after year because the absence of a glitzy resort at Snowbird deters the masses, leaving the mountain's awesome powder and challenging steeps for people actually there for the skiing/riding. If you stay up the canyon road near the mountain, there is nothing better than when the canyon road closes due to heavy snowfall and a handful of lucky people get seemingly private access to Snowbird's endless powder. Also, because avalanche danger sometimes requires certain areas of the mountain to close, you can sometimes get fresh tracks for days after a big snow as avalanche control gradually opens areas of the mountain. Snowbird is a mountain for intermediate-advanced skiers looking to challenge themselves, ski full days, experience the 'lake effect,' leave the mountain exhausted, enjoy a few evening beers in the hot tub, and pass out early, ready to wake up at the crack of dawn for another awesome day.
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