Snowbasin

 

Check out the Unofficial Guide to Snowbasin for details on things like secret stashes, best places to ski, avoiding lift lines, and other local insights on the mountain. 

 

 

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Trail Map
Trail Map
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Conditions

 

Snow Report 

 

Snow Cams

 

Average Annual Snowfall: 310" 

 

Transportation
Transportation
AIR TRANSPORTATION

Airlines operating from Salt Lake City include American Airlines, Continental, Delta Airlines, Frontier, JetBlue Airways, Skywest Airlines, Southwest, United and US Airways

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION
  

From the South (Layton, Bountiful, Salt Lake International Airport, Sandy, Midvale, American Fork, Lehi, Provo):
Take I-15 northbound and exit to northbound US-89 (exit #324). Merge to I-84 eastbound and exit at Mountain Green (exit #92). Continue east on Old Highway and turn left on State Road 167 heading north (just east of the Sinclair station). Turn left on State Road 226 heading west and proceed approximately three miles to Snowbasin.

 

From the North (Logan, Brigham City, Ogden):
Ogden's 12th Street/Ogden Canyon Route:
Take I-15 southbound and exit to 12th St./State Road 39 eastbound (exit #344). Proceed east on 12th St./State Road 39 through Ogden Canyon, past Pineview Dam and turn right on State Road 167 heading south (just west of a gas station). Turn right on State Road 226 heading west and proceed approximately three miles to Snowbasin.

 

I-84/Weber Canyon Route:
Take I-15 southbound and exit to I-84 eastbound (exit #340). Proceed east on I-84 and exit at Mountain Green (exit #92). Continue east on Old Highway and turn left on State Road 167 heading north (just east of the Sinclair station). Turn left on State Road 226 heading west and proceed approximately three miles to Snowbasin.

 

From Park City:
Take I-80 eastbound and exit to I-84 westbound. Proceed west on I-84 to Peterson/Mt. Green (exit #96). Turn left on Old Highway heading west to Mountain Green. Turn right on State Road 167 heading north (just east of the Sinclair station). Turn left on State Road 226 heading west and proceed approximately three miles to Snowbasin.

 

Lodging
Lodging
 
Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Ben Lomand Suites 

 

Historical property offering hotel rooms and condo.  Complimentary breakfast and Internet access.  Extra person charges may apply $129 and up

Hampton Inn & Suites Ogden

 

Convenient location with 124 rooms offering complimentary breakfast and Internet.  The hotel has an indoor pool and fitness center. Extra person charges may apply $109 and up
Comfort Suites Convenient location offering complimentary full breakfast and Internet access, indoor pool and exercise room Extra person charges may apply $89 and up
       
       
  • Additional lodging options available in Eden and Ogden, Utah

 

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Dining

 

Earl's Lodge

 

John Paul Lodge

 

Cinnabar Lounge

 

Carlos and Harley's Fresh Mex Cantina

 

  • Many dining options available in Eden and Ogden, Utah

 

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ACTIVITIES

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Lessons 

Also offering multiple eateries, retail and repair shops.   

 

 

GOOD, BETTER, BEST
 
 
 
 

 

 

Snowbasin
Description:

Snowbasin, a Sun Valley Resort, is nestled in the glittering snowfields high above Ogden, Utah. What began in 1940 as a "huge public playground" has grown into hosting the 2002 Winter Olympic Downhill, super G and combined events. Snowbasin is one of the oldest, continuously operating ski areas in the United States. It is owned by the group that includes the Sun Valley resort in Idaho and Little America Hotels.

Details:
DetailValue
Snow making percent
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow2
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple4
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad2
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person
Lifts-Gondola2
Lifts-Tram1
Lifts-Coggle train
Lifts-Funicular
Lifts-Other
Lifts-Total number of lifts
Lifts-Total lift capacity
Trails-1-Beginner20%
Trails-2-Intermediate50%
Trails-3-Advanced30%
Trails-4-Expert only
Trails-5-Terrain park2
Trails-6-Half pipe1
Trails-Total113
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run
General-Base elevation6450'
General-Vertical drop2950'
General-OwnerEarl Holding
General-Mountain range
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds3300 acres
General-Snow making coverage
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Posted

Pros: Great terrain variety, super lifts, excellent facilities, GREAT grooming, seldom busy

Cons: Not as much snow as the Cottonwood Canyons (but still lots of snow)

Don't let my title spook you out.  I'm just joking.

I live in Jackson Hole, which should say a little bit about the type of ski area I prefer, and Snowbasin is my favorite Utah ski resort.  The variety of terrain at Snowbasin is endless, from wide, sweeping, immaculately-groomed runs all the way to seriously-steep challenges.  I absolutely love the long, sparsely-wooded ridge-and-gully terrain over toward the Strawberry gondola.  For a real challenge, ride the little gondola from the top of the John Paul lift and the ski down the entire Grizzly run, which was the site of the men's downhill at the 2002 Olympics.  As you navigate the drops and turns, imagine doing that run at an average speed of nearly 70mph.

The lifts are fast and uncrowded.  The base and on-mountain restaurants are open, easy to get to, and serve good food at moderate prices.  The bathrooms are, of course, legendary.

Snowbasin is a true gem of a ski resort and well worth a visit.

Posted

Pros: terrain, snow, lifts, food, and, of course, the BATHROOMS

Cons: Have to travel to get to

After Snowbird, Snowbasin is my go-to place in Utah. Fun terrain, great lifts, fantastic food (the only place I really stop for lunch at), and, of course, the legendary bathrooms.

It does seem to have a bit of a visibility challenge more often than other Utah resorts (Whistler junior?), but with so much fun terrain you can usually get below the problem so that you can't help to have a good time. And, oh, there's rarely a line of any kind.

As mentioned, there's no lodging within about 20 miles, so there's no nighlight, but my feeling is that if you need nightlife then you haven't skied hard enough.

Posted

Pros: Awesome lodge (took pictures of the bathrooms!), great views

Cons: Spring skiing slushy and hard to get back on main-run greens

This is the most incredibly over-the-top country-club-like resort we've been and we've skied all over USA.  It's so cool I took pictures of the bathrooms!  Beautifully done.  Three gondolas keep you from the weather getting around mountain, although a couple regular lifts are quite slow.  Very open terrain and plenty of blue and green for easy skiers, and then the Olympic runs for the advanced.  Staff are friendly and the access to everything easy.

 

Only complaint is not something they can change -- weather made it slushy by 1:00 and Apres Ski was very limited.  We went around St. Pat's Day 2017 and they were suffering from low temps (70 in the Valley) and slushy conditions made it hard to ski in as the main run is long and flatter.  It was very sticky by 1:00 p.m., but if you skied the upper territory and had elevation/slope it was very fun.  Due to being Utah there is one place to get a beer and follows Utah rules of needing to buy food too.

 

I highly recommend SnowBasin.   Great open blues for a intermediate skiier.

Posted

Pros: great intermediate skiing

Cons: Town needs a liquor store

My first trip to Utah skiing and this was my favorite resort!  It has the long groomers, the steep cliffs, beautiful scenery, and powder that will last for days!

 

Local folk don't want me spreading this around.  They want people to go to Park City.  But newbies like me deserve to know!  Plus we need just enough skiers to keep this place going!  Snowbasin is the best!  It has enough difficult stuff to keep the extremist happy but enough long moderate stuff for the majority of us.

 

I find it really funny that people think it is too far away.  It is worth that extra 30 minutes! 

 

Powder lasted for 3 days after a storm last week at snowbasin.  When we skied Solitude on a powder day the powder was all skied out by 10 am!  Lasted longer in the areas that opened later.  But I was amazed at how quickly the mountain looked totally tracked up. When back to snowbasin 3 days after the storm and could still find nice powder.

 

We loved the area under the porcupine lift.  Groomed, trees, powder, steeps, it is all there!  Plus it services the top 1/2 of the mountain where is snow is best!

 

FYI

If you are staying in Huntsville make sure you pick up some beer and wine at a state Liquor store before you come up.  We arrived to Utah on Sunday and everything was closed.  I would have enjoyed a glass of wine in the evening and we were cooking at the condo, but you have to buy wine at a liquor store and those are closed on Sundays and not in small towns.  I was too tired from skiing all day to drive to Ogden.

Posted

Pros: size, terrain, ease of access

Cons: no on-hill lodging

My last visit to Snowbasin was in the early 80s, long before the Olympics when it was just a tiny little mom & pop ski area.   To say the place has changed a bit would be the ultimate understatement.  The absolute size of this place feels somewhere in the neighborhood of Jackson Hole or Snowmass. Much like its neighbor resort Powder Mountain, the terrain at these northern Wasatch resorts seems much more open and most of this gigantic mountain is just wide open skiing that invites you to point your skis like your’e playing a game of “spin the bottle”.

 

Click here for a complete trip report (2/15)

Posted

Pros: Lifts, Lodges, Intermediate-Advanced Terrain

Cons: Lack of lodging

Snowbasin is my favorite all-around resort. I have done countless trips to Utah with friends and we've driven an hour from Park City to Snowbasin. It's hilarious to hear the bitching and moaning from first timers as we drive by Park City, Canyons, and then another hour through the middle of nowhere. At the end of the day, everyone has always said that Snowbasin is their new favorite resort (over Mammoth, Canyons, Park City, Deer Valley, anything in Tahoe or Colorado). Not kidding. No crowds, awesome snow, tons of intermediate-advanced terrain, long runs, easy to navigate, very few flat sections, and unbeatable lodges. 

 

Don't forget to pick up discounted lift tickets at Canyon Sports in SLC. 

Posted

Pros: Lodge food was awesome, non-existant lift lines

Cons: Horrible spring skiing

Been to Snowbasin twice with my brothers who love it. Both times were in March and both times the skiing was horrible. Icy at the top and slushy at the bottom.

Another thing I dislike about the resort is it takes too long to get to from Park City. Maybe that's why it's never crowded. Probably won't go back.

Posted

Pros: fast lifts, long trails, great food, not crowded

Cons: middle of no where

Honestly, this is one of my favorite mountains.  Its really shocking how little people go there and know about it since it is ALWAYS empty when I ski there.  The trails are amazing, long, open, well groomed, and fast.  You can cruise for 10-15 minutes before you even have to take a lift or gondola.  Its a bit of a pain to get to, but is WELL WORTH IT.  Great terrain for expert skiers and they have the downhill course from the 2002 Olympics which is sweet.  By far the most underrated mountain in Utah.