Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort

Snowbird Lodge on a typical Memorial Day Weekend
Snowbird Lodge on a typical Memorial Day Weekend

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort offers a 125-passenger Aerial Tram that climbs 2,900 feet in about 8 minutes and dumps skiers out at the top of 2.5-mile-long Chip's Run, atop Hidden Peak. Known for spectacular scenery, superb customer service and simply amazing powder, Snowbird is the ultimate Utah destination. Ski-in/ski-out lodging, luxurious suites, year-round outdoor heated pools, diverse restaurants, and spa services are just a few of Snowbird's amenities. There is even a 600-foot conveyor lift through a tunnel in the mountain to give skiers access from Peruvian Gulch into Mineral Basin, making even more intermediate terrain easily accessible. You can also take advantage of the deal between Alta and Snowbird that allows skiers access to both resorts... although Snowbird allows snowboards and Alta does not.

There are 15 restaurants at Snowbird, offering everything from burgers and beers to elegant fine dining. The are 882 lodging rooms in Snowbird, including 4 slopeside lodges that rent by the night, week and longer. Timeshare opportunities are available, too. You'll also find the usual complement of ski condos, resort suites and vacation home rentals nearby. Then there's the luxurious Cliff Spa, occupying the top 2 floors of the Cliff Lodge, with 40 trained massage therapists and other guest-pampering specialists.

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort is located at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon on State Highway 210, about 30 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, 1 mile down the canyon from Alta.

Quick Facts about Snowbird Ski Resort

Nearest City: Sandy, Utah
Season: Late November to mid-May (Weather permitting)
Hours of operation: 9:15 AM to 4:30 PM, MST
Lifts: 13:
  • 1 tram
  • 4 quad chairs
  • 6 double chairs
  • 2 conveyor lifts

Average Annual Snowfall: 500"

Base Elevation: 7,760 ft
Summit: 11,000 ft
Vertical Rise: 3,240 ft
Skiable Terrain: 2,500 acres
Terrain parks: 1
Night skiing: Limited
Number of Trails: 89+
Trail Classifications:
Beginner: 27%
Intermediate: 38%
Expert: 35%
Longest run: Chip's Run - 2.5 miles
The view down from the tram at Snowbird
Looking down from the tram at Snowbird
Snowbird Ski Resort
Snowbird Ski Resort trail maps: click on either of these maps for larger versions
Snowbird Ski Resort
Mineral Basin
Upper photo courtesy of Wikipedia userid Globeism
Lower photo courtesy of Wikipedia userid Kasiarunachalam, CCA-by-SA 3.0 License
Ski trails map courtesy of Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort