Snowbird, Utah Mountain Stats
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort
Highway 210, Little Cottonwood Canyon
P.O. Box 929000
Snowbird, UT 84092
Resort Information: 1-801-742-2222
Snow Conditions: 1-801-933-2100
Snowbird is 29 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport with more than 600 daily non-stop flights from most major U.S. cities and 25 miles from downtown Salt Lake City. Snowbird is a scenic 45-minute drive from the airport, making same-day skiing and flying a reality.
Getting to the Bird is easy. Several transportation companies offer non-stop shuttles from Salt Lake International Airport to Snowbird’s front door. Once at Snowbird, the only transportation needed is a pair of skis or a snowboard – the Tram and chairs provide the rest.
One Aerial Tram, 10 chairlifts including three high-speed detachable quads and seven doubles (most with arm and leg rests) and two rope tows. Most lifts run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except Chickadee, which is open until 8:30 p.m. for night skiing on Wednesdays and Fridays and luge on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
16,800 skiers and snowboarders per hour.
27 percent beginner, 38 percent intermediate, 35 percent advanced/expert.
Snowbird averages approximately 500 inches of low-density, "dry" Utah powder annually. Thanks to ideal geography and a phenomenon called Lake Effect, Little Cottonwood Canyon powder is known worldwide.
The expanded Snowbird Terrain Park moved to the Blue Bell run last season and now is serviced by the nearby Baby Thunder lift. This year’s Terrain Park will explode with more features, hits, quarterpipes, rails and jumps. Snowbird’s expert halfpipe is located on the Big Emma run and is accessed by the Mid Gad or Gadzoom lifts. New this season, Snowbird will build features and install rails creating an intermediate park near the Big Emma halfpipe. Look for beginner features on the Chickadee run near the Cliff Lodge.
Snowbird, Utah is in the heart of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Little Cottonwood Canyon, one mile down canyon from Alta.
Top of resort is 11,000-foot Hidden Peak, lowest point on the mountain is bottom of Baby Thunder chairlift at 7,760 feet. Thanks to a spring computer upgrade, the 125-person Tram covers 2,900 vertical feet in approximately seven minutes.
Chip’s Run, 2.5 miles.
Gad Valley, 3.5 miles.
Snowbird’s Mountain School offers a plethora of instruction from class lessons to women’s ski and snowboard camps.
Utah’s longest ski and snowboard season, mid-November through mid-May (conditions permitting).
In addition to world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, Snowbird offers ice skating outside the Cliff Lodge, tubing, orienteering and snowshoe tours.
15 serving everything from fine dining to burgers and beers.
$56 all-day adult Tram pass; $48 half-day Tram; $47 adult chairs only; $40 half-day chairs only; two children 12 and under ski free with paying adult; senior discounts available. The Alta Snowbird Pass for the 2002-03 season has been reduced to $64 day, $56 for 3-4 days and $52 for 5-plus days.
Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, Little Cottonwood Canyon Road, Snowbird, Utah 84092. Mailing: PO Box 929000, Snowbird, Utah 84092-9000.
Four slopeside lodges – the Cliff Lodge, Lodge at Snowbird, The Inn and Iron Blosam – offer rooms by the night, week or longer as well as timeshare opportunities. Snowbird offers 882 total rooms.
The luxurious Cliff Spa on the top two floors of the Cliff Lodge offers a full complement of services provided by a staff of 40 trained massage therapists, facialists and other specialists. Treatments include stone massage, aroma therapy and hair care.
A slopeside ice rink at the Cliff Lodge provides a great alternative to skiing or evening fun.
Snowbird’s mountain village includes 29,000 square feet of dedicated meeting space with all contemporary A/V equipment, conference services and catering. Snowbird’s meeting space expands to 44,000 square feet with an outdoor tent with a 1,000-person capacity.
No trip is complete without souvenirs and Snowbird has plenty of choices. From Dick Bass’s handpicked items at Marco Polo to Snowbird logo hats and T-shirts at Wings, shopping is plentiful at the Bird.
Snowbird’s Central Reservations can handle all travel needs with one call – (800) 453-3000 or (801) 947-8220. For general resort information, call (801) 933-2222.
Dick Bass. Opened resort Dec. 23, 1971. The 2002-03 season marks Snowbird’s 31st anniversary.