With the mercury sitting comfortably in close-to-three-digit territory, it's hard to imagine that ski season is just around the corner. But with autumn nearly here and the holidays securely in sight, it's time to set your sights on the slopes. And if you're unfamiliar with Snowbasin, one of the state's premier resorts, there are several reasons to make it your go-to for the 2021-2022 season.
It's in your backyard
Conveniently located just 45 minutes north of Salt Lake City, it's accessible for all getaways and weekend trips. It's an easy highway drive, where traffic usually heads in the opposite direction. With multiple ways up to the resort, Snowbasin doesn't face canyon closures and is always accessible on a powder day. On top of that, Snowbasin is expanding its parking this season, which already boasts the most parking at any Utah resort. Did we also mention parking is free?
One word: tradition
Founded in 1940, Snowbasin isn't just one of Utah's best ski resorts – it's one of its original ski resorts. In fact, Snowbasin is one of the oldest operating resorts in North America, with pros, amateurs and enthusiasts enjoying its slopes for more than 80 years. In 2002, Snowbasin played a big role in the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics as a venue for alpine speed events.
That little claim gracing Utah license plates isn't just a flippant phrase. Utah's reputation for having the "greatest snow on earth" is backed up by science, thanks to the climate conditions that combine over the Wasatch Mountains, says SkiUtah.com.
That great snow is put to great work at Snowbasin. The resort encompasses more than 3,000 acres and a 3,000-foot vertical drop serviced by high-speed quads and comfortable gondolas. Novices can enjoy finding their groove on a gentle, 11% slope with two magic carpet lifts. For skiers looking for more adventure, higher elevations feature challenging glades, swooping groomers and bowls filled with glimmering powder—not to mention stunning view.
Snow for all ages and abilities
Sure, it's good for the pros, but Snowbasin isn't an experts-only kind of ski resort. In fact, Snowbasin's comprehensive Snow Sports School is the perfect way for novices to embrace the finest snow on earth. From private lessons with focused, one-on-one instruction, to adult and youth group lessons to ski teams and other seasonal programs, there's an option for every age and ability level.
For newbies ready to invest in their ski game, Snowbasin's Learn and Earn program is the perfect way to embrace the sport over a three-year period, with lessons, equipment rentals, lift tickets and special deals continually available.
State-of-the-art lifts and lodges
At Snowbasin, the mountain is impressive—but so is the resort's infrastructure. It features an advanced lift system, including two gondolas, a tram and high-speed lifts. Additionally, inside the lodge, the ski lifestyle is king, with crackling fires, comfortable seating, and delicious food options to warm and refuel your body.
This year, skiers will experience two major upgrades on the mountain—including the middle bowl express chairlift and more expansive parking options.
Ski season is around the corner—and so is an increase in season pass prices. The Snowbasin Premier Pass provides unlimited winter access, along with summer gondola access for hiking, biking and sightseeing—plus five days at Sun Valley resort in Idaho. Prices rise after Labor Day, so head over to Snowbasin to save on an entire year of adventure.