Resort Guide 2018: West #25
“A spectacular resort, fit for royalty but available to everyone. Best lift system in Utah by far—handles peak crowds with ease. On-mountain lodging is missing.” - SKI Magazine Reader
Whether it be in the contrails of Utah’s famous light and dry fluff or described in the liftline banter between skiers over Utah’s greatest power struggles—Alta vs. Snowbird, Big Cottonwood vs. Little—spray is the name of the game in the Wasatch. If you dig the former, especially covering a place with face-melting vert served by fast lifts and unspoiled by long queues and chest-puffing contests, we suggest you point it towards Snowbasin. Here skiers go about their business lapping fall-line powder stashes off the John Paul Express, carving cord on the 2002 Olympic venues, and brunching on a local menu at 8,710 feet in the Needles Lodge. Just a few clicks north of the Cottonwoods and Park City, Snowbasin does miss out on some of that sweet lake-effect dumpage. Few locals, though, would trade the resort’s shortcomings for the crowds, ’tude, or swank of the south. As one reader pleads: “Don’t let the secret out.” Our apologies.
Needles Lodge’s “Culinary Expeditions” evenings feature prix-fixe menus exploring different food cultures.
Hike a bit off the Allen Peak Tram to the summit of No Name for true adventure skiing.