Snowbasin Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 7 Beginner
  • 60 Intermediate
  • 20 Advanced
  • 26 Expert
With 300 inches of snow per year and 3,000 feet of vertical, what's not to love about Snowbasin Resort, UT? Snowbasin Resort is just 35 miles north of Salt Lake City with easy access to the Park City Area. Après ski in Earl’s Lodge at the Cinnabar Lounge as well as Downtown Ogden, just 17 miles away. Find out why ... Snowbasin Resort is consistently recognized as one of the best of the ... best! With diverse terrain for beginner ease to challenging expert runs, Snowbasin also offers four progressive terrain parks and 26km of groomed Nordic trails. With 3,000 skiable acres and 3,000 vertical feet, Snowbasin Resort is best known for wide-open bowls, gladed runs, manicured groomers, powder stashes days after a storm, and rarely a lift line.

Snowbasin has world-class snowmaking and one of the most advanced lift systems in the West. Enjoy award-winning cuisine including mountaintop dining with spectacular views and magnificent day lodges.

Make the most of day on the mountain with more than 100 certified instructors, adaptive programs, state-licensed day care and children's programs. And for more family fun, don't miss the four-lane lift assisted tubing hill.
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Snowbasin Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Grooming Grooming
    This resort grooms a portion of its slopes.
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
    This resort is known for providing a family friendly atmosphere.
  • Expert Favorite Expert Favorite
    This resort is known for its challenging terrain.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Snowbasin Operations


Opening Soon for Snow Sports

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 10

Weekday Hours


Trails Open/Total

0 of 113

Weekend Hours


Snowbasin Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

6,450 ft

24-hr Snowfall


Vertical Drop

2,959 ft

Avg Base Depth


Peak Elevation

9,350 ft

Snowbasin Ski Pictures and Photos

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Snowbasin Reviews & Tips (86)

The groomers at Snowbasin have an uncanny ability to turn previous days snowfall (Monday, February 22) into CONCRETE. I wish I had brought my regular camber board for more bite. It was not hard packed powder, it had an underlying layer of ice in it. I have a Burton Flying-V (half rocker, half camber) and did not have an enjoyable time. The only thing this surface was good for is if you wanted to go fast and bomb the mountain. I don't. Heard from others that Alta (a non-snowboarder hill), and Park City were not like this on Tuesday. Went to Park City on Wednesday and it was hard packed, but not like Snowbasin was. It was hard packed powder. Perhaps the previous weeks at Snowbasin contributed to the much harder base than that at PC or Alta.
Snowbasin review written Feb 26 2016 - 07:31 PM
Al Intermediate Snowboarder
Best mountain in Utah. You can keep your Deer Valleys and your Snowbirds. John Paul Lodge at Summit is incredible. Snow can get crunchy due to the large rock formations at summit that block winter sun by early afternoon. Couloirs between rock formations are serious extreme skiing.
Snowbasin review written Feb 26 2016 - 05:22 PM
Stephen Liutz Advanced Skier
With clear skies the place is magnificent. Lunch at the John Paul lodge worth the price of admission. The men's downhill was a blast. Bottom 1/3 of the mountain will be icy unless warmed by the sun.
Snowbasin review written Feb 26 2016 - 08:25 AM
GT Advanced Skier
The clouds can come in fast and create an issue with visibility...always no where you are. The runs are longer with more consistent slopes than any of the cottonwoods and park city side. I was able to get tickets for $78 on liftopia but they should still have better weekday deals. The lodges are absolutely amazing and the terrain off John Paul and the tram are tough to beat when the snow is right.
Snowbasin review written Feb 24 2016 - 02:51 PM
Robb Langjahr Advanced Skier
Don't head to the far left of the trail map "Strawberry" area on a poor visibility day. We got socked in and literally couldn't see more than 10-15 feet ahead of us as the storm enhanced. There were "low visibility" signs all around but we figured it was ok, we got this... nope. Low visibility means NO visibility. It was a "perfect storm" type day, wetter snow than the Utah usual because of warmer temps... that mix made it pea soup fog
Snowbasin review written Feb 03 2016 - 11:11 AM
Paul Advanced Skier
Snowbasin was super duper!
Snowbasin review written Jul 30 2015 - 05:58 PM
Bill Intermediate Skier
Snowbasin was great! Amazing lodges, food, and skiing!
Snowbasin review written Jul 30 2015 - 05:57 PM
Dave Advanced Skier
Accomodations are over the top! This is the fanciest resort I have been to. The mountain is nice, but at least in our recent trip, conditions were significantly worse than alta/snowbird. I can't blame the resort for the weather this year and I'd love to go back, but I'd save snow basin for a more typical Utah Winter when snow quality and quantity is better.
Snowbasin review written Mar 22 2015 - 10:24 AM
Glenn Advanced Skier
My first time on a snowboard was this past Friday. Although the conditions in Utah haven't been favorable this year, I picked up snowboarding in 1/2 day thanks to some excellent instruction from Mike. If you are attempting to snowboard (or ski) for the first time, Snowbasin is a great place to learn due to the quality of instruction and the massively wide, gentle sloping bunny hill. I returned to Snowbasin for a full day on Saturday and had trouble with the bunny hill being a bit icy in the morning. By afternoon, though, it became softer and doable for a beginner like me. I did not muster the courage to try the first green run after the bunny hill, but others at the resort told me the leap from the bunny hill to the first green run is substantial. I went to Park City the next day with friends who encouraged me to try the green runs there and I had no problems, so I'm sure I'm ready for Snowbasin at this point. Based on my experience, Snowbasin is a great place to learn, but not a great place to grow as a beginner. I recommend going to Park City to "get better" since that resort offers more in terms of beginner-level slopes. Snowbasin seems to cater to true beginners and advanced-level, not between. Overall, the prices via Liftopia for tickets were great, and the food, although expensive, was served in large quantity and was good. The views are fantastic from the upper lodges and the resort has a quality feel to it with excellent staff. I will return next time we go to Utah.
Snowbasin review written Mar 17 2015 - 11:49 AM
phiNole Beginner Snowboarder
Snowbasin definitely has the goods, big open bowls, trees, natural halfpipes & lots of hike to terrain of the Allen Peak Tram. Our 1st visit in '13 was awesome. The mountain was in great condition, with lots of deep, soft Utah powder. 2015 was our 2nd visit to the Ogden Valley. Not a great year for snow but the mountain rode unexpectedly well, considering. Great lift system (rarely any lines) w/ unbelievable views from the Needles & John Paul lodges (by far the most luxurious we've experienced and great food). Wonderful ski school for our 5yr old (she was doing laps on the gondola & cruising down fairly steep blue runs). Hit it after a storm & you'll wonder why this place isn't on anyones "must visit" list. It's a little pricey, but Liftopia savings helped out.
Snowbasin review written Mar 10 2015 - 03:09 PM
Edward C Advanced Snowboarder
Just returned to Tampa, FL. from another great week in UT. The highlight of our trip this year was getting to ski two days at Snowbasin. Skied lots of fresh powder on Tuesday and groomed on Thursday. I've skied a lot of different resorts, Snowbasin is now at the top of my list. The best runs, the best food and the best lodges you will find anywhere. To top that off the staff the staff is also very helpful. This facility gets and A+
Snowbasin review written Mar 08 2015 - 05:06 PM
Bill Martins Intermediate Skier
Forgot my lift ticket vouchers at the Hotel but Liftopia's system had me registered at Snowbasin. all I had to do was show my photo ID. Saved me 45 min. of driving back to Ogden.
Snowbasin review written Feb 28 2015 - 08:55 PM
Don McHenry Advanced Skier
Glad I saved $27 on a pass! Co-worker told me about this site 2 days before going. Bring your photo ID or driver's license! I thought I left my wallet home, went to ticket window with printed pass, needed ID, another lady in customer service looked up my info, I had to verify address, phone number to get lift ticket, but they were helpful about it. I got home and found my wallet in the "black hole" between the car seat and console anyways. If it hasn't snowed for a while, stick to the groomed runs and not the choppy, icy runs in the shade. Enjoy the view at the top!!
Snowbasin review written Feb 07 2015 - 02:50 PM
Dr. A Advanced Skier
Being from Seattle and having Whistler/Blackcomb, Sun Valley, & Bachelor as the best world class resorts close by, Snowbasin is eerily similar to Sun Valley, ID - except without the "upper-crust-look-at-my glittery-ultra-pricey-outfit" clientele. The lodges & facilities were obviously built by the same architects as SV and quality dining & service is also nearly identical. There are also some similarities in the terrain: expansive with long runs. Not quaite as much area as SV but would (arguably) be better than SV on a deep snow day. Trees are nicely spaced in off-piste areas and there is a lot of expert terrain to explore. During the Friday and Saturday I was there (during Sundance FF Week). There was not any new snow but the grooming was impeccable and the lower, constant Utah temperatures make for great packed powder. The only challenge I faced was finding the right demo ski at the demo shop best for high- speed groomers (Go with the Elan Amphibo) most of the demos offered are rockered, wide-waisted freeride skis. The staff in the rental and demo shop and in the restaurants were all very courteous and professional - the staff allowed me to go in their back room to look through their racks of demo skis and pick out what ever I wanted. I swapped-out multiple times and each switch was a fast and easy. All of my skier-type info was kept in their computers so adjustments to binding were super-fast. Lift operators are extremely friendly and offer to help load your skis in the gondolas.The crowd was non-existent Friday and fairly busy on Saturday. I heard the locals say that Sunday is always way less busy. Observing the terrain, this resort would be off the charts on a good powder day. Only down side of planning a trip here is that there is no "ski town" close-by so the party atmosphere is virtually non existent. Park City obviously would be the place for that. Prices for food and beverage is reasonable considering the great quality offered. I would definitely ski here again. Hopefully next time getting lucky enough to experience a good powder dump. - dz (home ski area, Crystal Mountain, WA)
Snowbasin review written Jan 27 2015 - 12:03 PM
Duayne Advanced Skier
Lower runs get a bit crowded with beginners but the runs are definitely beginner friendly. Middle Bowl and Porky's Face have excellent intermediate runs with some challenging spots. Also, there's a lot more open space the higher up the mountain you go. Those are the areas we focused on for our first winter trip here. Even if there are lots of people at the resort there are a lot of runs for them to spread out. Earl's Lodge is great, lots of indoor seating, if there's not an open spot just wait a few minutes and you'll get one. There's outdoor seating too. There is free cubby storage downstairs next to the restrooms. Needles lodge is sweet. Great views and good food. We hiked there in the summer and rode the gondola down for free, great hike, great views, great lodge and a free ride down. On warmer days head to the top, the temps are lower and the snow is a little better. There are lifts mid mountain so you don't have to go all the way back down. We had a great time and will definitely be back.
Snowbasin review written Jan 22 2015 - 01:28 AM
Josh Intermediate Snowboarder
Snowbasin is such a gem, I hardly want the secret to get out! My hubby and I skied there last March (2014) for the first time. We lucked out with a beautiful bluebird day that wasn't cold at all (but got a little slushy at the base in the afternoon). Gondolas were comfy, the views were great, and the food and lodges amazing as well. No crowds, and long cruising runs. I've skied all of the other popular resorts in the SLC area (Solitude, Brighton, Alta, Snowbird, Park CIty, Canyons, and Deer Valley) and this is definitely my favorite. very worth the extra drive. We can't wait to go back.
Snowbasin review written Nov 13 2014 - 12:42 PM
Lucy Intermediate Skier
The most luxurious skiing I've ever experienced. The facilities are excellent, the lifts are uncrowded, private gondola rides, the lift operators trip over themselves to help you with your equipment and in general, and the variety of runs and hills is top notch. It puts Snowmass and any other "luxury" mountain to shame. Do yourself a favor and take one day to drive up to experience the most luxurious skiing in the Western Hemisphere.
Snowbasin review written Apr 08 2014 - 03:32 PM
Jeff Advanced Skier
This is the best ski mountain I've ever skiied on. Compared to Aspen, Vail, Snowmass, Brighton, Solitude, and Snowbird - this is pure class all the way. Private gondola rides, nicest facilities, food is fantastic, and lift operators literally carry your skies to the chairlifts for you. Staff was courteous, professional, and pleasant the entire time. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!
Snowbasin review written Apr 08 2014 - 09:32 AM
Brett Advanced Skier
Skied Snowbasin during a cold spring snow storm. Snow was dense at the base, but very light over 8k feet. Both Gondolas were open, but the tram to the top of the downhill course was unsurprisingly closed. However, there was a one hour shutdown of ALL lifts around lunch time because of... LIGHTNING! (it was still snowing too) Yeah, that was a first for all of us. The terrain complimented the 6 - 10 inches of new snow nicely. The top quarter of Strawberry had brutal visibility (read: none) but cleared out enough to make clean runs once the tree line started. Even in no visibility, we could always follow the signs for the cattrack to the base. The staff was incredibly friendly. Most of them seemed sincerely happy to be working there and not just posing a corporate brain washed facade. Prices in the cafes reflected the "A Sun Valley Resort" motif, but I suppose that's the price you pay for private marble and granite bathrooms in each Lodge (very fancy). Finally, plan to tailgate if you want any sort of apres ski. This place shuts off the lights and rolls up the sidewalks once the last lift stops running. All the locals were out in the parking lot sharing libations though.
Snowbasin review written Mar 29 2014 - 04:43 PM
Bayley Advanced Skier
If it is a windy day, they are likely to close the Strawberry gondola which cuts off a third of the mountain. Also, the storm systems of late (early March '14) have all been very warm, so it has rained at the bottem and snowed at the top. There is plenty of snow, but its very soft at the bottom
Snowbasin review written Mar 13 2014 - 11:23 AM
Mark Intermediate Skier
We had spring conditions and great skiing. It's a great mountain with lots of terrain variety. There are a few spots that take some local knowledge to find that are great skiing. Wonderful lodges and service !
Snowbasin review written Feb 27 2014 - 06:10 PM
Kevin Advanced Skier
Snowbasin has always been Utah's secret. The lodges are high quality while the lift day passes are reasonably priced. There are normal lift lines in the morning, but the mountain is large enough that you rarely wait more than 5 minutes after the first load. We purchased two consecutive days at a 33% savings! Easy to obtain your purchase through the CS desk. The employees are amazingly helpful and knowledgeable. The shuttle driver gave us a heads up on the Burbon Steak chili and it was cheap and amazing. The upbeat employees attitudes seems to rub off on the patrons. Every lift ride was full of great conversation and smiles. I love this place! Stay at the Alaskian Inn if you can find a discount coupon. Just down the Ogden Canyon and within 15 minutes of the resort. Happy turning!!
Snowbasin review written Feb 24 2014 - 02:56 PM
Jackson Advanced Skier
Snowbasin is a nice resort. Unfortunately the weather was really bad while we were there Feb 7-9. They were closed one day and offered to refund the ticket bought here on Liftopia if we came to the resort with the voucher. They were really understanding of the weather complications. They ended up being open the day we planned to go and the weather was so foggy you could barely see 5-10 feet on most of the top of the mountain. We also learned that the Strawberry side of the mountain usually has limited visibility however the main part of the mountain is usually clear.
Snowbasin review written Feb 11 2014 - 02:16 PM
Cora Intermediate Snowboarder
Dont buy until youve seen the weather. We got snow, but it was very iffy this year. Try powder mountsin for a day. Went there today and it was better (and friendlier by far) than snow basin. Huge!
Snowbasin review written Jan 31 2014 - 07:27 PM
Beau Advanced Skier
This is a great Mountain. The Lifttopia credit was easy to exchange. If you want to see a high class resort at a mid price point, this is it. Got there on a storm day and like many resorts, visibility and wind can be an issue. The next 2 day were bluebird, and this resort has magnificent views. If you are real a good skier/boarder off pist from Mt Allan tram is an all day delight.. My resort in California on a powder day would have been skied out in an hour. Found good snow for 2 days.
Snowbasin review written Jan 17 2014 - 06:36 AM
Ken Advanced Skier
This year, Utah in general has wet, heavy snow and Snowbasin is no different. Lots of humidity (88%) and fog up high so visibility can be terrible. Along with high winds and blowing snow the other day, it was whiteout conditions at the top of Needles and Strawberry and treacherous if you don't know the resort's layout. It's not easy to get from Strawberry back to the main lodge area and trails are not always marked. Definitely try Powder Mountain, which is close by, bigger and cheaper.
Snowbasin review written Jan 12 2014 - 11:42 AM
Larry Advanced Skier
We skied Snow Basin Xmas week. I was pretty damn happy with the Liftopia price I got for 2 day lift tickets - $25 a day cheaper than rates at the mountain for Holiday week! Lots of variety for inter-advanced skiers, lodges are very nice and comfortable - at base and top, seriously the nicest bathrooms I have ever seen at a ski resort. Convenient shuttle from parking to curb of lodge/box office, wide groomed trails and lots of off-trail tree areas if you're into that. Nice long runs from top to bottom. We ate at the base lodge one day and took a cooler lunch the next. The food is pricey, but really very good and large portions - my 2 teen boys were stuffed after the pulled pork sandwich. It was worth the splurge. We took lunch the next day.You can get a large locker for $5 for the day that includes 2 tokens to open - if you only use 1 they refund $2. When I opened my locker I found a token someone left behind - I paid it forward and left my extra behind also. Bonus: we saw 2 moose sitting among the trees under Needles Gondola - they were there all day.
Snowbasin review written Jan 02 2014 - 01:48 PM
ami Intermediate Skier
We have been to many resorts including Park City and Canyon resort. This year we went to Snowbasin and it is great. One of our friends introduced us to this place. It has really nice facilities and great staff. Other people took our rental ski the first day during lunch time by mistake. The staff gave us a new pair and compensated us for one more day. Great service. We labeled our ski after that and there were more no issues.
Snowbasin review written Dec 31 2013 - 07:21 PM
Michael Advanced Skier
This was our first time to Snowbasin and we had a great day. There is something for everyone. I enjoyed the long, open runs. Lots of Olympic Spirit here. We took the lift up to the Olympic runs and my husband and daughter skied down. We'd love to come back!
Snowbasin review written Apr 15 2013 - 08:42 AM
Julie Intermediate Skier
Snowbasin is bizarre, in a good way. This amazing mountain climbs out of the middle of nowhere. If you have a non-skier with you, buy the foot passenger pass and check out both Needles, and John Paul lodges. Also go up the additional tram at the John Paul lodge that takes you to the Olympic downhill start locations. Advanced skiers can ski down from here, but the narrow pathways can be unnerving. Only complaint is that we went on Easter Sunday and we were shunned from the base lodge because of the Easter brunch.
Snowbasin review written Apr 02 2013 - 05:39 PM
db Advanced Skier
We skied at Park City this past March - really tough getting equipment from car to a place to change. The next day we skied at the Canyons - a bit more convenient to get ready to ski. We had skied at both places about 10 years ago. This time, through an acquaintance, we tried Snow Basin for the first time. There were 4 of us. Very convenient to get equipment from car to the lodge and change. The lodge was the most beautiful I had ever seen. Staff at Snow Basin could not be nicer. All of us agreed Snow Basin was the most beautiful place we had ever skied - lots of diversity in terrain. We loved the wide open bowls. Much cheaper than Park City, the Canyons & Alta. It was a real find. We all plan to come back!
Snowbasin review written Apr 01 2013 - 11:39 AM
Jo Thomas Intermediate Skier
3rd or 4th trip to Snowbasin, enjoyed each time. Lots of fast wide perfectly groomed runs. Found a few good glade areas with fresh snow. Can't recall having to push over any flats. Two gondolas, and plenty of other lifts. Cannot recall waiting for a lift there. Friendly & helpful staff. Most beautiful lodges I have ever seen, including luxurious bathrooms. Watched from John Paul lodge as lunatics climb and ski down a near vertical rockface. Weather was perfect this trip. Saw fog at the top two other times - made it exciting to descend into the cloud, not knowing the terrain underfoot. Have seen extreme wind and icy slopes on Strawberry side some trips. Watched the staff put the gondolas away, inside/underground on Sunday and Thursday nights!
Snowbasin review written Mar 26 2013 - 04:27 PM
Steve C Advanced Skier
great runs, NO LIFT LINES, nice staff, good food choices
Snowbasin review written Mar 17 2013 - 02:34 PM
mary k Advanced Skier
This place was awesome for all levels of skiers/snowboarders. I've predominantly skied in Michigan and this was my first time in Utah. The runs are long and enjoyable, especially strawberry and Jean Paul. In addition, they have great food to enjoy when you take a break for lunch. All in all, a great experience. I will be returning next winter.
Snowbasin review written Mar 11 2013 - 02:09 PM
Aaron Beginner Skier
Snowbasin was a great experience. I've skied the Big 7 in Park City/SLC and Snowbasin combines many of them into one resort. Service: It was as good if not better than any Park City resort. Starting with the parking lot shuttles that bring you right to the base lodge. The staff was extremely friendly from the ticketing to the gondola attendants loading and unloading your skis for you. They don't just take them, they kindly ask if you would like help with your skis/board. Amenities: The lodges at the base and on mountain were luxurious. Even more so than Deer Valley. The base lodge was like a country club club house. Large fireplace. Leather seats. Huge chandelier. Great food selection. The platforms for the gondola at the base and at the top are done with interlocking pavers and not just a concrete slab or metal grate. Gondolas were clean and comfortable. Terrain: Slopes were great. The groomers were wide and meticulous. The blacks and double blacks were challenging, but easily accessed. Not a lot of traversing required like at Snowbird. Boundary to boundary skiing like Brighton, but even better because you could hit an ungroomed section and then easily hop back onto a groomer if needed. Wish it didn't take me so long to discover this place. Well worth the trip from SLC or Park City.
Snowbasin review written Mar 05 2013 - 06:22 AM
Scott Advanced Skier
Snowbasin is the best for all; terrain, snow, food and people. Liftopia was great. We had our flight canceled from Chicago. We called Mark from the airport and he moved our vouchers to next day right away. Fantastic prices and service. Thank you
Snowbasin review written Mar 04 2013 - 03:54 PM
Rob Intermediate Snowboarder
Don't pass by any deal you see for Snowbasin. It is a fantastic mountain with so much great terrain, for all ability levels. My husband and i were able to do off piste challenging runs in the mornings and easier mogul or groomed trails in the afternoon when our legs were . Like another reviewer said, I would use the John Paul lift in the mornings to avoid crowds at the gondola. There are also a lot of great hidden spots in the middle bowl, even 3 days after a storm.My husband and I also ran into locals who said not to tell anyone about this resort back home, not sure why this is said by so many people. The John Paul lodge is cozy and I would recommend it for the views and overall feel. Food at the lodges is very good, far better than the average ski resort If you are staying in Ogden, I recommend the UTA bus from Ogden to snowbasin. It is stress free and easy to use, plus you don't have to worry about parking. I wish the resort itself would have more information about the Olympics that took place there! I think this would attract people, which they may not want, but as a visitor I would have liked to see memorabilia or been able to go into the men's and women's start shacks.
Snowbasin review written Mar 01 2013 - 08:07 PM
Karen Advanced Skier
two days in the powder over 2/23 & 2/24 - second time here and still a great experience - weekend mornigns the needles gondola is very crowded - head straight for the John Paul lift for your first couple of laps, and defintiely ride the mid-mountain chairs if there are any live eslewhere, which is unusual!
Snowbasin review written Feb 27 2013 - 06:08 AM
MARK Advanced Skier
We were there for the 27 inches in two days last Sat 2/23. It was unbelievable. The snow was great, the lifts were good, and the lodges were amazing. Also, of the 5 mountains we skied (alta, snowbird, brighton and the canyons) the lift operators were the friendliest at Snowbasin by far. well done!
Snowbasin review written Feb 26 2013 - 10:16 AM
stacie Advanced Skier
Snow Basin is my favorite Utah ski place so we skied there 2 days this trip and again were not disappointed. Apparently is is not unusual for the Strawberry gpndpla to have poor visibility but there are plenty of other great runs from the Needles gondola and other chairs. Great runs, staff, lodge....
Snowbasin review written Feb 17 2013 - 06:33 PM
John C Intermediate Skier
Great lift system and zero crowds. We skied hard, had a nice, well-priced and tasty lunch, did not try to rack up vertical and still skied 28,715 feet (and skipped a final gondola ride that would have put us well over 30K). Although it hadn't snowed in several days (and hadn't snowed much them) we found a decent amount of unbroken snow and overall excellent conditions. The mountain is a monster, and if you actually value skiing/riding you will be scratching your head wondering how in the world it could only be rated #30 in the West in the Ski Magazine poll!
Snowbasin review written Feb 15 2013 - 06:35 AM
Pete Advanced Skier
Awesome!! Everything is in perfect conditions and the area is full of entertainment!!
Snowbasin review written Feb 13 2013 - 11:07 PM
Andre Petroff Advanced Snowboarder
Weekdays are nearly empty on the slopes. The lift ticket price through liftopia was very reasonable for a resort this nice. The mountain is huge and had amazing snow. The terrain park isn't great. Its set up with mostly rails and very few jumps. You have to ride the gondola all the way to the top to get to it. The lodge is beautiful and the food is amazing for a ski resort. A company called Faceshots sets up on the mountain and takes your photo as you board. I ended up buying a photo package. The gift store is reasonably priced. Overall, I'd give Snowbasin 4.5/5 stars Check out my blog for some pictures and videos of the resort
Snowbasin review written Feb 08 2013 - 04:33 PM
John H Advanced Snowboarder
Great Mountain. Locals don't like the crowds so they post bad reviews. This place is AMAZING.
Snowbasin review written Feb 04 2013 - 02:22 PM
Ric Mc Advanced Snowboarder
I don't know where some of these commentors came from but a couple of them are full of it. I would suggest to NOT listen to the locals because they do not want more people here. Twice when my wife and I were on the gondola, we encountered local skiers who told us not to tell anybody about this place. Snow Basin is by far one of the best ski areas I've been to and I've been to many in the West and East. They did not have a lot of snow when we were there but the skiing was still fantastic. The lodges and restaurants on the mountain are nothing but first class. The people working there could not have been more friendly, cordial and accomodating. I would go there again in a heart beat. Don't let my intermediate status fool you, I know what advanced skiing is. This place has plenty of both. The Olympics couldn't have been wrong.
Snowbasin review written Jan 25 2013 - 12:35 PM
Jerry D Intermediate Skier
Amazing skiing! Friendly/helpful staff extrodinaire. Delicious food. Four star ammenities. What an experience!guaRepen good
Snowbasin review written Jan 13 2013 - 10:55 AM
Kathy Trader Intermediate Skier
Snowbasin is great mountain. Not crowded like other Utah ski areas. Liftopia makes skiing this mountain far cheaper. Thanks!! If your visiting Salt Lake you need to ski this resort. You will keep coming back.
Snowbasin review written Jan 09 2013 - 07:32 PM
Jim N. Advanced Skier
Killer resort! Gondolas are awesome. All the terrain you want from beginner to expert. Food was excellent and the staff helpful and friendly. Still Running through fresh powder at the end of the day! I will definitely be back.
Snowbasin review written Mar 29 2012 - 02:51 PM
Jeremy B Advanced Skier
I have skied most mountains in the U.S. and tried Snowbasin for the first time and loved it. We didn't have new snow, which would make it fantastic. We are staying in Deer Valley and the grooming at Snowbasin was just as good. It's on my list to ski again next time we are in Utah.
Snowbasin review written Mar 14 2012 - 04:41 PM
Tom Advanced Skier
Love Snowbasin. Hit Strawberry in the mornings as it can ice up in the afternoon. Great snow in Jungle below the John Paul lift.
Snowbasin review written Mar 07 2012 - 04:04 PM
philvickman Advanced Skier
Fantastic amenities, superb terrain, awesome powder! Loved having gondolas to be able to be protected from the weather when it was snowing. The Jean-Paul runs were fantastic. Enjoyed the food in the restaurants - servings were large enough for 2 people to share! Can really recommend the ski area.
Snowbasin review written Mar 06 2012 - 06:18 PM
Jan, New Zealand Advanced Skier
The lodge is within parking distance and they have shuttles to take you to and from your car. THe food is expensive ($30 for lunch for my son and I) so you could bring your own food and leave it in your car. Awesome hill!
Snowbasin review written Feb 14 2012 - 02:45 PM
Amy Advanced Skier
Snowbasin is our family's favorite resort. A little pricey for our tastes, but Liftopia makes it easier to swallow. We've skied other resorts in Utah, but Snowbasin is hard to beat when it comes to comfort, parking proximity, friendliness of staff and the mountain itself. It's got something for everyone. And if you are considering lessons - this is the place! The lessons are reasonably priced and the instructors are all incredible. They make skiing fun for the kids and encourage them to come back. The lodges are beautiful - luxury! You won't be sorry you came to Snowbasin!
Snowbasin review written Feb 14 2012 - 08:44 AM
Monica Intermediate Skier
Awesome value with Liftopia!! Great terrain good for all levels. Lessons were good too, my daughter (12) improved greatly. Lifts make it easy to get around the entire mountain. Food is outstanding and reasonably priced, especially for the quality. It's well worth the extra drive for what you get.
Snowbasin review written Feb 13 2012 - 05:17 PM
Chris Intermediate Skier
Great resort with plenty of great plces to ride. Love the hole Strawberry express hill especially. Hanging out in the lodge after the day is over is definitely worth doing. The food is great and the atmosphere is euphoric as everyone shares thier best runs.
Snowbasin review written Feb 06 2012 - 12:56 PM
Mike H Advanced Snowboarder
We skied at Snowbasin 1/17 and 1/18. There was little natural snow, but they did a great job with snowmaking and grooming. The views were spectacular and the lodge is beautiful and a great place to hang out. It started to snow on the 18th, by end of day we had several inches of powder. Conditions will be great after these next few days of snowstorms. Would definitely go back with better conditions to check out more challenging terrain (which they had plenty of).
Snowbasin review written Jan 20 2012 - 02:38 PM
Cheryl Advanced Skier
We skied Snaowbasin over Christmas weekend, and loved it AGAIN. This has been confirmed as our favorite Utah resort for the following reasons: beautiful, new facilities, and lots of places to catch a bit to eat, so you don't have to wait in huge lines; Configuration of main lodge feels like The most upscale place you could find; no lines for lift passes or rentals. The food is outstanding (try he bacon cheeseburger), and easy to get. All in all, we give Snowbasin a 5-star rating.
Snowbasin review written Dec 27 2011 - 07:39 PM
Jennifer Intermediate Skier
My husband (advanced skier) and I skied Snowbasin for the first time this week. We generally have season passes in Co and have been to several resorts in the US and Canada. We loved Snowbasin. The staff excelled at making visitors feel appreciated and welcomed.There was plenty of terrain and the conditions were quite good. Grooming was well done. The resort property was beautiful and well maintained. Although we have enjoyed other area resorts, Snowbasin became a quick favorite.
Snowbasin review written Dec 16 2011 - 04:03 PM
Lorraine Intermediate Skier
we skied here for the first time in Feb. and just loved it-lots of varied terrain,powder for all ski levels,not to mention the gorgeous lodges and great,fairly priced food. We came back for early season in Dec., and while not fully open,had a good day-everyone is so nice too!
Snowbasin review written Dec 14 2011 - 08:54 PM
Debbie Intermediate Skier
went up on april 15th what a great day John Paul lift was great the whole mountain was great. too bad it has to end I was just getting warmed up. so glad I heard about liftopia you guys are great
Snowbasin review written Apr 17 2011 - 06:41 PM
gary g Advanced Skier
Steep & deep last weekend. Fresh snow was Utah Awesome! If you go, don't miss the Tram to the top of the Men's downhill at the top of John Paul. If it is clear the view is Top of the World, and the run down....WOW!!!
Snowbasin review written Mar 29 2011 - 02:39 PM
Tin Woody Advanced Skier
Had a good time - had some white out conditions. This is the 2nd time at Snowbasin and it is a very nice resort. Would go again - the property knows how to make you feel comfortable and the runs are in good condition.
Snowbasin review written Mar 27 2011 - 03:41 PM
Steve Intermediate Snowboarder
Snow Basin my favorit resort!
Snowbasin review written Mar 23 2011 - 07:30 AM
Marina Roussakova , Canada Intermediate Skier
Beautiful establishment, nice runs and tasty food for lunch beyond the ususal hot dogs and chili (though they have those also). Excellent ski school - almost like private lessons with an enthusiastic, skilled staff that work at getting kids onto the lifts and skiing greens so that you are able to family ski sooner rather than later. We gave our kids a choice of where to ski the last day and they all wanted to return - and we were glad!
Snowbasin review written Mar 22 2011 - 08:31 PM
Jill (Blue Skier, Mom of 3 New Skiers) Intermediate Skier
Skiing was great. Snowbasin is a beautiful location and it was easy ordering the tickets via liftopia. However, pick up was a bit of a challenge. Everyday we had to wait for the staff to sort through names to provide us with our passes. As each pass is for a different day, it would be easier to pick up all passes at once OR one pass for the entire trip. But I would definitely ski at Snowbasin again and will certainly check on Liftopia for passes.
Snowbasin review written Mar 22 2011 - 08:32 AM
Laura Griffith Intermediate Skier
Snowbasin had $$MM poured into it when the olympics came and it shows. Nicer lodges than Aspen, almost all new lifts. I took more pictures in the bathroom than on the mountain, seriously it's crazy. Skiing wise it's a nice mountain, lots of good long groomers here and some nice steeps too, usually small crowds as well. However, from a terrain/snow stanpoint this does not compare to LCC or BCC. More of an intermediate moutain than those near SLC. If you are advanced skiier you will enjoy this place but it won't challenge you like snowbird/alta. If you are from out of town be aware there is NO lodging at the mountain you will have to stay in Ogden....this is why they have not made back the $$ they put in during the olympics.
Snowbasin review written Mar 21 2011 - 03:08 AM
Jon D Advanced Skier
Stay off of Strawberry on a windy day, you may end up in Ogden otherwise. Dan's trail on first run is a great warm up. Get the chili at Earl's Lodge for lunch, at $6.50 a bowl you'll be stuffed.
Snowbasin review written Mar 19 2011 - 09:04 AM
Pete Advanced Skier
Great skiing. Great facility. You guys are extremely easy to work with. Thanks for saving me ~$100.
Snowbasin review written Mar 14 2011 - 10:35 AM
Jeff Advanced Skier
Snowbasin is AWESOME! The only time I've experienced problems is when visibility is bad which isn't that often and Strawberry becomes a big whiteout. Moose Mound is my favorite run but if your looking for the ultimate challenge hit John Paul. Been snowboarding here for years during ski week (President's Holiday) and still love coming back to this sugary powder!
Snowbasin review written Mar 11 2011 - 12:54 PM
Debbie Advanced Snowboarder
Ski here now! Snowbasin is not grouped with the other major Utah resorts so most people miss out. I have been skiing Utah for over 25 years and this is the premier resort. Best lodge, best lift layout, most beautiful here now!
Snowbasin review written Mar 08 2011 - 11:44 AM
Rob Billas Intermediate Skier
Snowbasin was wonderful! The powder was great, and there was a lot of terrain. For lunch, make sure to eat at John Paul lodge at the top-you can watch people ski down the chutes and cliffs right above!
Snowbasin review written Mar 07 2011 - 09:07 AM
Christine Advanced Snowboarder
Great, lots of snow in 2011. Snowbasin has great mountain biking as well.
Snowbasin review written Mar 06 2011 - 04:17 PM
Joel Advanced Skier
Nicest lodges I've ever seen. Mountain is beautiful; terrain is varied; grooming is excellent. Didn't catch it on a powder day but imagine it would be amazing.
Snowbasin review written Mar 03 2011 - 08:18 PM
Brad Advanced Snowboarder
The fanciest ski lodges I've ever seen: base, top, everywhere - carpets, chairs, huge wooden logs, marble, fireplaces, ceiling lights... - big money invested. Spectacular views, the most picturesque resort in Utah (IMHO): steep, big cliffs. Take Porcupine lift (the coldest one), between 2 cliffs on the top - very nice. And must see vistas - John Paul Quad Chair and then Mnt. Allen Tram to the very top - views of Ogden and Great Salt Lake. Great double diamond runs from there: powder, trees. A little hike needed for some. Ski Men's Olympic downhill trail (Grizzly) to understand how challenging it was when icy during 2002 games. Hat off to racers. Didn't ski Strawberry a lot because of bad visibility - so no comments on those trails. Never seen Wildcat lift running (???), so there are some nice black runs with soft snow: Centennial, Bash, Becks... A little hike to access without lift from 1.19 trail. Try NASTAR course on Bullwinkie trail via Middle Bowl lift, not steep enough as NASTAR in Deer Valley, rather similar to Park City NASTAR pitch, but fun anyway - only $10 for unlimited runs from 11am to 3pm on Sat & Sun. The cheapest hot chocolate in Utah: just 2 bucks, inside nice lodges even better. Highly recommended resort, would ski again.
Snowbasin review written Mar 01 2011 - 09:43 AM
olskier Advanced Skier
Beautiful snow and good food. The Strawberry side was super windy and visibility was extremely low, but that just added to the adventure for me.
Snowbasin review written Feb 28 2011 - 05:32 PM
Dan Advanced Snowboarder
Great snow but a lilttle windy this week. Next week should be beautiful
Snowbasin review written Feb 26 2011 - 08:46 PM
Ski UT Intermediate Skier
Check weather, Strawberry Gondola goes down when the wind blows (and not in the good way)
Snowbasin review written Feb 24 2011 - 02:33 PM
DkskiVT Advanced Skier
The best lodge I've ever been to. Beautiful place - one of my fav place to board. The place offers many different terrains - the John Paul's side is for advance skiers/riders. But Strawberry has my heart - love the openness of the place, the tree runs and the natural half-pipe. Riding on the powder days were the best!!
Snowbasin review written Feb 22 2011 - 07:57 AM
Aimz Advanced Snowboarder
What an excellent resort. We're here on Presidents weekend and didn't have to wait more than 10 min max on any line. Plenty of extreme, trees, groomers, and cruisers. Best lodge I've ever been to. If you take strawberry express -watch the time - we missed last gondola but got nice snowmobile ride.
Snowbasin review written Feb 20 2011 - 10:28 AM
Larry cooper Advanced Skier
Stay in the trees for the best powder. I just wish they had microwaves in the loges to warm things up.
Snowbasin review written Feb 10 2011 - 09:36 PM
Darren Advanced Skier
Check the weather and lift status before going. I was there on February 5th. The top visibility was terrible and with the Strawberry gondola down, everyone was congregaqting at Needles.
Snowbasin review written Feb 09 2011 - 08:29 AM
Ed Advanced Skier
Snowbasin needs snow as of this e-mail. It was very windy, flat light, cold and crusty snow. 1/2 the mountain was closed due to winds. Will go back because it appears to be an amazing mountainb, but we just hit it on an overall bad day. Hey but we were skiing..right;)
Snowbasin review written Feb 07 2011 - 03:03 PM
jojoskier Advanced Skier
Worked out extremely well. Tickets were waiting for us at will call as you indicated.
Snowbasin review written Feb 04 2011 - 04:00 PM
phillip Intermediate Skier
Amazing. Hadn't snowed much for weeks and the conditions were still great. Strawberry seems to be get crowded in the morning but thins out later in the day. Hard to go wrong, every line seemed to have good snow and lots of space.
Snowbasin review written Jan 30 2011 - 02:09 PM
Gregg Advanced Snowboarder
Absolutely fabulous-- start your day at Strawberry and migrate to John Paul don't miss taking the tram to the lens start and be an Olympian in your own mind! No lines great conditions
Snowbasin review written Jan 25 2011 - 03:17 PM
Tracey Advanced Skier
Snowbasin can be a great resort! Visibility can be rough at John Paul, and Strawberry closes with the wind.. but nice day!
Snowbasin review written Jan 24 2011 - 05:07 PM
Marinda Advanced Snowboarder

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