So we all know the 2002 Olympic speed events were held here, but have you heard of it since? Have you been there? Likely not. Since it’s a god-awful full hour’s drive north of SLC, instead of just 30 minutes like the Park City and Little Cottonwood areas, nobody seems to go. Big mistake for them. But hey, for now let’s just encourage their expeditious ways.
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. The Strawberry area actually has the feel of Jackson’s Hobacks. And much like the Hobacks, there’s nobody there and it is probably bigger in acreage than many western resorts. And even more conveniently than Jackson’s famed tram, all this terrain is served by one nearly 2500’ vertical gondola.
Where am I going with this? Well, having just skied at Jackson Hole in January, I found this place to have many parallels. Both are east facing ridges and the terrain opens up as you go from the north to south. Snowbasin actually has more skiable acreage at about 3000, but comes up about thousand feet short on the vertical, which still leaves an impressive 3000′. I would guess that if you took Jackson and just tilted it down a notch you would come up with something much like Snowbasin and the runs would be about the same length.