As Salt Lake City grows and the Park City resorts and Little and Big Cottonwood Canyon hills get packed on powder days, Snowbasin, Utah 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.
No. 14 in the West: Snowbasin Resort, Utah
Snowbasin Resort Mountain Stats
Snowbasin Resort Pass Info
Snowbasin is on the Ikon Pass. Ikon Pass holders get 7 days at the resort; Ikon Bass Pass holders get 5 days at the resort. Snowbasin is also on the Mountain Collective pass, where skiers get 2 at the mountain and 50 percent off additional lift ticket.
Read up on the SKI Editors’ top recommendations for the best places to eat, sleep, play, and ski at Snowbasin this winter.
As noted above, Snowbasin switches to the Ikon Pass for the 2022-’23 season after three years on the Epic Pass.
Also, the resort is planning to get a leg up on the ski season this winter by adding 22 new snowmaking machines across 10 acres of terrain. The mountain hopes to be able to open terrain off of the Middle Bowl Express chair.
Try the massive house-cured pastrami panini at the John Paul Lodge amid 360-degree panoramic views of the resort.
Grizzly Downhill, the men’s course from the 2002 Winter Games, drops from 8,481 feet to 6,391 feet.
Nearly three-mile-long Elk Ridge is just one example of the resort’s keen ability to lay beautiful corduroy.
Skiing two miles downhill without taking a break is hard enough. Try doing it at 80 mph on a sheet of ice. That's what it feels like to be an Olympic racer, and you can still ski the 2002 Olympic Downhill Course at Snowbasin if you're willing to give it a try.
Sure, Utah's 13 resorts are known for their unbelievable snow. But the drinking scene has remained, well, questionable. Not anymore: Utah's changed their liquor laws. And that's only one of many improvements the state boasts for the 2009-10 ski season.