As Salt Lake City grows and the Park City resorts and Little and Big Cottonwood Canyon hills get packed on powder days, Snowbasin is popping up on more skiers’ radars. It’s super-easy to get to, boasts a quick and efficient lift system, and has some of the most underrated terrain in the Wasatch.
Truth be told, there’s no lodging at the base and thus virtually nothing going on after the lifts stop spinning. But thanks to its role hosting the downhill, combined, and super-G events at the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics, the resort’s on-mountain lodges are a treat. (Not to mention, the jaw-dropping views from John Paul and Needles Lodges.) And get this: The on-mountain food is so good, it gives Deer Valley’s cuisine a run for its money. Between Earl’s Lodge at the base and John Paul and Needles on the slopes, the offerings are robust and tasty.
The secret, it seems is out. This just might be the year to get off the beaten path and venture north to Snowbasin. - Jeremy Pugh
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ON-MOUNTAIN FOOD Try the massive house-cured pastrami panini at the John Paul Lodge amid 360-degree panoramic views of the resort.
CHALLENGE Grizzly Downhill, the men’s course from the 2002 Winter Games, drops from 8,481 feet to 6,391 feet.
GROOMING Nearly three-mile-long Elk Ridge is just one example of the resort’s keen ability to lay beautiful corduroy.
DINNER RESERVATION Needles Lodge’s “Culinary Expeditions” evenings feature prix-fixe menus exploring different food cultures.
OFF THE TRAIL MAP Hike a bit off the Allen Peak Tram to the summit of No Name for true adventure skiing.