Snowbird Ski Getaways

ski getaways

An abundance of Utah's famous powder and Snowbird's admirably varied terrain combine to offer excellent skiing and snowboarding for all ability levels. The recent expansion in Mineral Basin added some welcome new intermediate and advanced-intermediate terrain to Snowbird and created a lift-served connection to neighboring Alta. Both resorts can now be skied using a "dual-resort ticket," providing access to a combined 5700 acres of skiable terrain. Bear in mind that the ticket doesn't mean you can board from the 'bird into Alta, where snowboards are still forbidden.

The heart of Snowbird may well be the Tram, which rises 2875 feet from the base to the summit of Hidden Peak. This lift alone provides access to about half the terrain and is the focal point of attention early on a powder day. Well-known shots like Great Scott and Peruvian Cirque will be found from the top; the High Baldy Traverse leads to many fine powder lines into Peruvian Gulch. If you don't like sharing a lift with 124 other people there are plenty of other choices. The Gadzoom detachable Quad serves 1830 feet of vertical and some fine beginner and intermediate terrain. Gad 2 offers intermediate trails but leans more to the black diamond and double-black side of things. True green-circle cruising terrain is in short supply on the main mountain, but there are a series of fine runs from the Baldy Express in Mineral Basin.

There are three levels of terrain parks and, a half pipe and a Superpipe. There's also a mining-themed fun park for little kids.