Skiers Guide to Snowbird Utah

To start I have to say that I love Utah and Snowbird is what made be love it there. The resort is probably the best terrain in North America and is one of the most accessible resorts for skiers and snowboarders alike. Having lived there for 17 + years, every year of which I had a season pass, I am hoping to pass along a little local knowledge with this post.


Getting To Snowbird

Thankfully, SLC International Airport boasts direct flights to and from more airports than almost any airport in the continental United States. From the east coast, you can get to SLC international airport before 11am and literally get onto the hill in the same day!


Where to Stay Near Snowbird

Cliff Lodge

Nicest option and right on the hill.


Iron Blosam

Could use an update but it's also right on the hill.


Other lodging options include a host of VRBO's located in the towns of Sandy and Cottonwood Heights. Both are within a 15 minute drive of the mountain (more on that in a minute) and it's usually easy to find large and inexpensive properties for rent. In addition, you can stay at any of the properties located at the base of Big Cottonwood Canyon for quick and easy stays.


Best Runs at Snowbird

Take the Cirque Traverse over to a handful of amazing runs off both the East Side and Westside of the the traverse including, Elevator (my favorite), Upper Cirque, Lower Cirque, Daltons, Tower Three, Lone Pine, and Wilbur Bowl. If you are up for some hiking Baldy offers some amazing inbounds terrain just a short hike off the tram.


Best Restaurants Near Snowbird

Here is the deal... if you are staying at Snowbird your options are pretty limited. If you want to venture out a bit or are staying in Sandy or Cottonwood Heights, check out the local pics below.


Porcupine Bar and Grill

Everything here is good but go for the local beers and fish tacos! Priced reasonably.


Shallow Shaft

This place is expensive but extremely good and has a cool ambiance to it!


Copper Kitchen

Everything here is good. Sister restaurant to the Copper Onion in downtown SLC. Cant go wrong.


Tiburon

Doesn't look like much but some serious foodies have been wowed by this place.


Best Adventure Guides Near Snowbird

Backcountry Skiing with Todd Passey

Backcountry Skiing with Taylor Pratt

Ski with Utah Local Pro Ryan Mcelmon


Insider Tips

Pay attention to this one! If it is a powder day the canyon will fill up with an endless line of cars for hours! This is of course, if they don't just outright close Little Cottonwood Canyon all together. Ideally, get up early and check the road report on UDOT's website but don't waste your time if they say the canyon wont open until later in the day. Just check back, let the massive line of cars clear out and then head up. Of course, if you are staying at the resort you won't have to deal with this problem and might be on deck for an epic powder day with a limited crowd.

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