Reclaiming the crown as the Best Overall ski resort in North America, Snowbird is no stranger to this seat—with skiers voting and honoring the resort with the same title in 2012. So, what is it about this mountain?
"Our mission statement is making memories to match our mountain, meaning we strive to make the lodging, dining and spa experiences as spectacular as our world-class terrain," says Emily Moench, director of public relations, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort. "We started a customer-service initiative the season we won our first Best Overall Resort VCA, and stepped it up the season we won our second Best Overall Resort VCA."
Utah is notorious for being steeper and deeper, and Snowbird is no exception, with an annual average of 500 inches or almost 42 feet of snow to blanket its famed terrain that spans 2,500 acres between 27 percent beginner, 38 percent intermediate and 35 percent advanced/expert slopes.
But this isn’t just any snow or ski scene. There’s a reason why so many prestigious industry ski tests have landed at Snowbird.
Thanks to its Little Cottonwood Canyon aspect, the powder at Snowbird is dry, light, effortless and glorious. The runs buried deep underneath? Epic. From the Cirque steeps and the bottomless bowls of Mineral Basin to the indescribable allure of the double black gates and glades peppered throughout Gad Valley, every face of this ski area has a distinct personality. Every one of its 85 runs—endless unique lines and a new challenge to excite all-level skiers and snowboarders hiding around every corner.
Simply put, this no-frills mountain is all about the insane terrain. But don’t take our word for it. OnTheSnow readers can’t stop gushing about Snowbird this season, calling the Bird “the best in the world” a “true skier’s mountain” and that “this is what skiing should be!” Skiers also praised this “perfect getaway” at the “heart of the Wasatch” as a “powder heaven” and “garden of snowy delights.”
Lining Snowbird’s base area, 15 restaurants and five bars offer ample dining and après options, and four slopeside lodges have 882 rooms between them for plenty of spots to crash after a hard day on the hill.
Next up? "Snowbird will start construction on a new building at the top of the Aerial Tram (Hidden Peak), which will house a new restaurant to open in 2015," Moench reports, also mentioning some really cool new mountain school programs, including a camp for teenaged girls over MLK weekend, on Snowbird’s horizon.