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We skied snowbasin February 25th. Wow. Mostly sunny day. I have heard it can be rough when the weather gets nasty, but on normal days this is my new favorite mtn, ahead of alta/bird. At least that's how I feel right now wink.gif

Skiing a real 3000ft vert using a hassle-free gondola is sweet! I hope to someday hit a powder day off strawberry gondola.

Well worth the ez drive.
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I like Snowbasin, but you can't get 3,000 feet vertical off a gondola.

 

From their trail map:

 

Needles Gondola: 2310'

 

Strawberry Gondola: 2472'

 

John Paul Express and Mt Allen Tram combined: 2934'

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Sure ya can! Gondola goes straight up, but the trails don't go straight back down. OR you can return back to the base at Earl's Lodge which would def get you your vertical.

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Sure ya can! Gondola goes straight up, but the trails don't go straight back down. OR you can return back to the base at Earl's Lodge which would def get you your vertical.

 

That's not how most of us define "vertical."

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Only 2472? I feel ripped off!

Ha kidding. That place is sweet
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You can get 2,700 or 2,800 vertical from the Strawberry Gondola if you take the hike/traverse over to the Middle Bowl Cirque (think Arrowhead or Lone Pine) and ski to the bottom of the Needles Gondola at Earls Lodge.  The John Paul/Olympic Tram down to the lower parking lot is going to be the longest lift served vertical at Snowbasin--probably right around the figure Bill cited above (or maybe another 30 feet or so to the lower parking lot?).

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You can get 2,700 or 2,800 vertical from the Strawberry Gondola if you take the hike/traverse over to the Middle Bowl Cirque (think Arrowhead or Lone Pine) and ski to the bottom of the Needles Gondola at Earls Lodge.  The John Paul/Olympic Tram down to the lower parking lot is going to be the longest lift served vertical at Snowbasin--probably right around the figure Bill cited above (or maybe another 30 feet or so to the lower parking lot?).

Yes, as I understand it the nearly-3000-foot vertical is achieved either by hiking up to the bowls/cirques or via the Allen Peak Tram.  @4ster would be the expert to ask though.

 

Regardless, it's a great mountain.  And when it's cold the gondolas are a welcome respite!  They are getting a steady feed of snow at the moment, which is upping the stoke for my mid-March trip.

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The top of Allen Peak is 9465 and the base is 6450 - looks like 3000 feet to me, though not technically from "the gondola". Shoot down from the tram out into the Pyramids and it's largely fall line into the lower parking lot.
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