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Mountain Facts - History

Snowbird resort is a year-round ski and summer resort located in the heart of the Wasatch National Forest on the eastern border of the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy. It is 29 miles (46 km) from Salt Lake International Airport, 24 miles (38 km) from downtown Salt Lake City. With its world-renowned Snowbird Mountain School and family emphasis, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort is the ultimate destination for nonstop fun.Skis on the Run ski rental delivery service will also deliver to people heading up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Snowbird – a year-round ski and summer playground. The entire resort is located in the heart of the Wasatch National Forest on the edge of the Sandy suburb. The Snowbird resort is about 24 miles south of the Salt Lake City airport and downtown. The Snowbird Mountain School is one of the ultimate destinations for nonstop fun with the help of amazing front door ski rental delivery services like Skis on the Run.

Snowbird currently has 11 ski lifts (4 High-Speed Quads, 6 Doubles, and a surface lift), an aerial tram, and a 600-foot (180 m) tunnel enclosing a one-way conveyor lift connecting Peruvian Gulch to Mineral Basin allowing easier access for beginners and intermediates to new terrain. The tunnel, the first of its kind in North America, also allows for skier transport when winds require the closing of the aerial tram.

As a full-service resort, Snowbird focuses on both recreation and relaxation. Luxurious suites, outdoor heated pools (even during the winter), spa services, and ski-in/out lodging characterize just a few of Snowbird's amenities. A number of diverse restaurants, festivals, and retail opportunities give guests a full mountain community experience. Exciting mountain biking and hiking trails are among the popular summer activities available at Snowbird. The Little Cottonwood Canyon resort has a total of four lodges, including the Iron Blosam, the Inn, the Lodge at Snowbird, and the Cliff Lodge.

History of Snowbird

Long before skiers discovered the powder paradise that is Little Cottonwood Canyon, miners discovered their own treasure within the rugged confines of the glacial canyon. The history of Little Cottonwood Canyon and the town of Alta dates back to the 19th Century, when a soldier in the U.S. Army first prospected for silver in 1869. The tiny minerals he stumbled upon quickly evolved into a massive industry attracting fortune-seekers who would otherwise never step foot in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

What the soldier had discovered will go down in history as one of the largest producers of silver ore in the Wasatch Mountains. Known as the Emma Mine and the namesake for the Big Emma run in Snowbird's Gad Valley, the soldier's find eventually produced more than $3.8 million in silver.

At its peak, 8,000 people lived and worked in the narrow canyon, which boasted two smelters, 138 homes, hotels, boarding houses, stores and even a railroad. The entire town was later destroyed by a series of avalanches.

Snowbird was opened by Ted Johnson in December of 1971 with three lifts, the Tram, the Lodge at Snowbird and the Snowbird Center. The Inn (then called the Turamura) was constructed in 1972, the Cliff Lodge west wing in 1973-74, and the Iron Blosam in the fall of 1974.

In June of 1974, after many years of dedication to the project, Johnson was ready for a well-deserved rest and wanted to spend more time with his family. He sold his interest in Snowbird to Bass.

In 1986, after three years of construction and renovation, an enlarged Cliff Lodge opened its doors to the public. The Cliff is among the finest resort hotels anywhere with a world-class health spa, conference center and the world's largest privately held collection of oriental rugs. The 11-story atrium, which connects the original building with the new wing, offers a spectacular view.

Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort includes the finest facilities the skiing world has to offer combined with an unparalleled accessibility to a major metropolitan city and international airport. Snowbird has also fostered a reputation for its environmental stewardship, for which it also has been awarded numerous prestigious awards.

Location Wasatch National Forest, Little Cottonwood Canyon Salt Lake County, Utah
Vertical drop 3,240 ft / 988 m
Top Elevation 11,000 ft / 3353 m
Base Elevation 7,760 ft / 2365 m
Total skiable acreage 2,500 acres / 10 km²
Runs 89 total
Ability Levels: Easier 27%
More difficult 38%
Most difficult 35%
Longest run 2.5 miles / 4.0 km
Total Lifts 13
Trams 1
High-speed quads 4
Double chairs 6
Surface lifts 2
Lift capacity 17,400 / hr
Snowfall 500 in. ave. / 1270 cm (776 in. / 1971 cm record, set in 2011)

Lifts, Trails & Lodges

Snowbird currently has 11 ski lifts (4 High-Speed Quads, 6 Doubles, and a surface lift), an aerial tram, and a 600-foot (180 m) tunnel enclosing a one-way conveyor lift connecting Peruvian Gulch to Mineral Basin allowing easier access for beginners and intermediates to new terrain. The tunnel, the first of its kind in North America, also allows for skier transport when winds require the closing of the aerial tram.

Snowbird TunnelKnown for its deep powder snow, Snowbird made a conscious effort to expand its beginner and intermediate terrain with the installation of the Baby Thunder Chairlift in 1995. Two years later, "The 'Bird" entered the age of high-speed chairlifts when the Gad I chairlift was improved to a high-speed quad and appropriately named Gadzoom.

In the summer of 2001, just months before Utah would play host the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Mineral Basin received its second high-speed chairlift with the installation of Baldy Express. Not only did this expand the skiable terrain in Mineral Basin but it provided a connection with Alta and allowed the two resorts to offer one lift ticket to ski a whopping 4,700 acres of powder-filled terrain. SKIING Magazine has ranked Alta and Snowbird the No. 1 resort in the United States multiple times since the two joined at Sugarloaf Pass, and Outside Magazine named Alta and Snowbird the No. 1 ski resort in North America in 2008.

The Peruvian Express Chairlift and Tunnel opened in December of 2005, allowing easier access to Mineral Basin through a 600-foot, one-of-a-kind original (the only ski tunnel in North American)! More recently, Snowbird has received environmental accolades for its award-winning mine cleanup projects in Mary Ellen Gulch, including 2007 Golden Eagle Award for Overall Environmental Excellence by a ski resort.

Snowbird Aerial Tram

Snowbird Lodging

The Little Cottonwood Canyon resort has a total of four lodges, including the Iron Blosam, the Inn, the Lodge at Snowbird, and the Cliff Lodge. The resort also has many gift shops, restaurants, arcades, a popular fine-dining Sunday brunch, hiking trails, several pools and a full-service rooftop spa.

Snowbird also offers one of the most accessible mountain meeting destinations in North America. The resort has 50,000 square feet (4,600 m2) of meeting space along with 31 meeting rooms and a 15,000-square-foot (1,400 m2) Event Center available in the summer.

The Cliff Lodge & Spa

Cliff LodgeOriginally built in 1973 by the Gaylord family, the Cliff Lodge has since doubled in size and increased dramatically in amenities and services since it was purchased by Snowbird Owner Dick Bass. Offering three restaurants, two lounges, two swimming pools, four hot tubs, extensive meeting space and Snowbird's only ski-out, ski-in accessibility, the Cliff Lodge is the flagship of the four lodging properties at the resort.


The Lodge at Snowbird

Lodge At SnowbirdThe Lodge at Snowbird offers a variety of condominium accommodations from hotel bedrooms to one-bedroom studios with loft, all with free wireless internet. Fireplaces and full kitchens are available in many of the accommodations which make staying at The Lodge a comfortable, worry-free experience. Every room has an exterior balcony and presents a spectacular view of the ski mountain.


The Iron Blosam

Iron Blosom LodgeOne of the world's first and most successful shared-ownership condominium lodges, 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 apres-ski scene make the Iron Blosam Lodge the perfect place to return to at the end of the day.


The Inn at Snowbird

Inn at SnowbirdFriendly 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, exercise 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.

Ski Conditions

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Skiing Magazine ranked the Alta-Snowbird ski area second in North America overall and first in the United States for the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons. According to SKI Magazine (October 2002) Snowbird ranked 20th in North America with Gold Medals in snow, access, challenge, terrain, scenery, weather, and lifts. In specific categories it was ranked third in North America for snow, fourth in North America for challenge, and fifth in North America for terrain. Snowbird ranks as the second best resort in North America, runner-up to Whistler Blackcomb resort in Canada, according to Skiing Magazine. More recently, Outside named Alta-Snowbird the number one ski destination in North America for the 2008-09 season. The ski school at Snowbird is well regarded.

mountain snow With over 600 inches of legendary Little Cottonwood Canyon snow and 180+ ski days in each of the last three seasons, Snowbird is the ultimate powder paradise. Snowbird set a resort record of 776 inches (1,970 cm) of cumulative snow (mid-mountain measurement) in May 2011. The award-winning terrain, unmatched accessibility, and first-class service add up to an unparalleled destination.

Other Amenities

Ski Rentals

vanYou can have your equipment delivered to you in the comfort of your lodging and leave it at the Canyons in the overnight ski check. Just call Skis on the Run and you can have equipment from – Volkl, Nordica, K2, Salomon, Rossignol, Blizzard, Atomic or Dynastar. They also provide rental clothing, helmets, radios and other accessories in case your luggage was lost or you forgot anything. Prices are comparable to a traditional rental shop and everything is brought to you. If you have any problems Skis on the Run will meet you at the base of the mountain or where ever is most convenient for you, usually within 30 minutes. When you are done skiing simply call Skis on the Run and a ski technician will come pick up the equipment either at your lodging or where ever is most convenient for you.

Snowbird Rentals

Prices – Lift Tickets & Ski School

Ski Lessons 2013/2014 Season
Lessons Times Single Rate Group Rate (2-5 people)
3-Hour Half Day 9:00-noon or 1:00-4:00 $405 $470
6-Hour All Day 9:00-4:00 $635 $740
Low Season Discounted Private Lesson Rates
If purchased before November 1st
Lessons Times Single Rate Group Rate (2-5 people)
3-Hour Half Day 9:00-noon or 1:00-4:00 $385 $445
6-Hour All Day 9:00-4:00 $605 $705
Lift Ticket Pricing
Adult Daily $92
Youth Daily (7-12 years) $45
Senior Daily (65+ years) $75
Kids under 6 FREE
Half Day Adult (12:30-close) $82
Half Day Youth (12:30-close) $36
Half Day Senior (12:30-close) $69
Adult Consecutive 2-Day $87/day
Adult 3 out of 4 $78/day
Adult 4 out of 5 $78/day
Adult 5 or more $71/day

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