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How to Ski Snowbird

While the masses pile into Mineral Basin, consider the lesser-traveled steeps and glades of Gad Valley.
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» Location: Snowbird, Utah

» Vertical Feet: 3,240

» Acres: 1,100

Need to Know » Big storms typically mean highway closures and Interlodge until avalanche work can be conducted on the numerous slide paths of Little Cottonwood Canyon. Be geared up, either in the lodge or in the vehicle lineup at the bottom of Highway 210, to beat everyone to the freshies once things open up.

The Terrain » Beneath Snowbird’s tram terminus on Hidden Peak and the towering American Fork Twin Peaks, Gad Valley offers it all—adventurous high-alpine bowls, piney glades, hidden chutes, and rolling groomers. This one area alone is bigger and more diverse than most ski resorts.

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How to Ski It » Start the morning on the Little Cloud chair, now a high-speed quad. Take the Cirque Traverse out to Wilbere Bowl and Wilbere Chute. People tend to drop into the steeper but shorter pitches of the cirque while overlooking these fall-line shots back into Gad Valley. Later, move over to Gad 2 (another new high- speed quad) and explore the trees. It can be tricky to time rope drops in this area, but early tracks in Tiger Tail and Thunder Bowl never disappoint, and you’ll typically be all by yourself.

Fuel Up » Feeling a little fancy after a day full of face shots? Grab après drinks and sushi in the Aerie on the 10th floor of the Cliff Lodge. In the spring, it’s the best place to watch the sunset. Be sure to order the Snowbird Roll. Trust us.

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