UTAH – SNOWBIRD

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Famous for steep and deep with 3,000-foot vertical runs from the top of the tram. Now interconnected, Snowbird and Alta collectively offer some of the most dramatic terrain in the country with steep chutes, wide- open bowls, long groomers and plenty of deep powder. The two ski area’s have recently linked and you can ski […]

Famous for steep and deep with 3,000-foot vertical runs from the top of the tram. Now interconnected, Snowbird and Alta collectively offer some of the most dramatic terrain in the country with steep chutes, wide- open bowls, long groomers and plenty of deep powder. The two ski area’s have recently linked and you can ski them both on the one pass.

The Snowbird tram gets you to the summit in eight minutes, so you can ski your heart out. New this season is the Peruvian High Speed quad providing access to a 600 foot tunnel (with a four-minute “people mover” style lift through it – you don’t have to walk) and the best intermediate terrain of Mineral Basin. Aptly named, Snowbird really does have “the greatest snow on earth” and plenty of it.

Alta is one of those areas that never changed its desire to preserve and protect the ski experience of its guests. The Alta “skiing emphasis” attempts to match the number of skiers with its facilities. Check out the new Wildcat Base Area – Alta’s first big facelift in years. There is little question that the small cluster of classic ski lodges atop Little Cottonwood Canyon is home to one of the finest ski experiences in the world.

And if you need a big city fix, Salt Lake City is just 35 minutes down the canyon. The city has inexpensive winter lodging and makes an ideal base for a “ski safari” to all the area resorts.

Resort Statistics
SNOWBIRDDates and hours of operation:
Mid-November through Mid-May
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. dailyTerrain:
2,500 acres of in-bounds terrain
Vertical drop of 3240 feet
Base elevation: 7,760 feet
Summit elevation: 11,000 feet
Uphill capacity: 17,400 skiers per hourRuns:
35% Advanced/expert
38% intermediate
27% beginner

89 Named Trails on the map

Snow: Average of 500″/year
ALTA

Note – Snowboarding is not permitted at Alta.

Dates and hours of operation:
November 21, 2008 – April 19, 2009
9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Terrain:
2,200 acres/890 hectares
Base Elevation: 8,530 ft./2,600 m
Summit Elevation: 10,550 ft./3,216 m
Lift Capacity: 22,386+ skiers per hour
Lift-Served Vertical Drop: 3,845 feet/1,172 m

Runs
25% Beginner
40% Intermediate
35% Advanced
Total Trails: 116+

Snow: Average Annual Snowfall 500″/1,270cm

 

 

 

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INN AT SNOWBIRD, 3 STAR

Friendly and first-class, the Inn offers all the comforts of home including kitchens and wood burning fireplaces in most units. Accommodations vary from single bedrooms to studios to a studio/loft with attached bedroom.
Other amenities at The Inn include a pool, hot tub, excercise facility, steam room and equipment lockers. The most intimate lodge at Snowbird, The Inn offers a relaxing atmosphere that keeps guests returning season after season.

 

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IRON BLOSAM LODGE, 3 STAR

One of the world’s first shared-ownership condominium lodges, the Iron Blosam Lodge offers the visiting vacationer everything necessary for the perfect holiday in any season.
Also located within the lodge is the Wildflower Restaurant and Lounge. Its superb Mediterranean influenced cuisine, and lively après-ski scene make the Iron Blosam Lodge the perfect place to return to at the end of the day.
The Iron Blosam Lodge offers units that range from hotel rooms, studios and condos. Iron Blosam is a short 50m walk to the Wilbere Ski Lift.
Amenities: Indoor and outdoor heated pool & hot tubs, complimentary wireless internet, steam room, fitness room, sauna, resort shuttle service,

 

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CLIFF LODGE, 3 STAR

SNOWBIRD’S ONLY SKI IN / SKI OUT LODGING!
Cliff Lodge offers an assortment of room types including standard bedrooms with mountain or canyon view. Each room includes a spacious slope side locker with boot heaters to cut down on room clutter. Amenities include a new outdoor pool complex, health spa, children’s center, and four restaurants.
The Cliff Lodge also offers high-speed wireless internet throughout the property, a business center, meeting rooms, a ski shop with full rental facilities, a ticket window, Mountain School office, concierge and entertainment throughout the winter.
Included in each Cliff Lodge room: Hairdryer, coffee maker, small refrigerator, iron and ironing board.