Snowbird, Utah

High quality snow and terrain make Snowbird a skiers mountain.
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High quality snow and terrain make Snowbird a skiers mountain.

Resort Guide 2018: West #17

Average SnowfallAcresLiftsTrails

500"

2,500

11

169

After several lean years, face shots returned to the Wasatch last winter. When the storms finally lifted, 598 inches of snow had fallen on the ‘Bird, nearly 100 more inches than the previous year. “Light, fluffy snow,” says one reader. 

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Another put it more succinctly: “Greatest snow on Earth.” Plenty of readers agreed, garnering Snowbird a No. 3 ranking in that category. But it’s not just that quality of snow that makes Snowbird special. The tram and other speedy lifts (No. 9) access 3,240 vertical feet of terrain, including 40-degree glades in Tiger Tail and open bowl skiing in the Cirque and Mineral Basin—plenty of bumps, steeps, and cornice drops to earn Snowbird a No. 6 for Challenge. But Snowbird still has its flaws. Readers knock the ski area’s dearth of dining options (No. 26) and kid-friendly activities (No. 31). But as one astute reader points out, “The supposed weakness of a lack of après options, dining options, etc. is a plus for anyone whose priority is skiing.”     

Dinner Reservation

The Aerie’s menu is diverse—you can order anything from a fried-chicken sandwich to elk meatloaf. But do try the truffle parmesan fries.

On-Mountain Eats

Going into its third season, the Summit, located at the top of the tram, serves up artisan pizzas, microbrews, and 360-degree views of the Wasatch.     

Off-the-Map Trail

Tiger Tail has glades and 40-degree steeps. And since it’s tougher to get to it sees less traffic, meaning powder stashes stay fresh longer.

What's New

The spa at the Cliff Lodge has been upgraded with outdoor fire pits; cell towers have been added across the mountain; and the Creekside area will feature several new kid’s programs.     

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