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Snowbird Resort Reviews

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Visitor reviews for Snowbird Ski Resort

  • October 24, 2010
    from United States

    Snowbird is an expert paradise. It has everything you could want, certainly the best snowfal, 500"/yr) in the USA and likely the planet. Endless possibilities of expert terrain from top to bottom. Three huge bowls. Beautiful Scenery. And if you stay just 25 minutes away in the Salt Lake Valley (Sandy/Midvale) the most inexpensive ski vacation you could find. You can board a flight from most major US airports in the morning, including the East Coast, and be skiing by 1pm. And you can do the same on the way home, skiing until noon or later and arriving back home(US) that evening.
    If you tire of Snowbird, Alta is right next door and then there are 6 other terrific resorts to explore, all within an hour's drive.

  • Snowbird Ratings

    Overall: 3.8. Based on 4 votes and 5 reviews. Vote

    Access: 4.8

    (1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Snowbird.

    Public Transport: 4.3

    (1) There are no buses or taxis to Snowbird, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

    Scenery: 2.5

    (1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

    Accommodation: 4.0

    (1) No places to stay in/near Snowbird, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

    Cheap Rooms: 4.2

    (1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

    Luxury Hotels: 3.8

    (1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Snowbird.

    Ski in/Ski out: 3.8

    (1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

    Childcare: 3.0

    (1) There are no child care facilities at Snowbird, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

    Snowsure: 5.0

    (1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Snowbird is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

    Snowmaking: 3.5

    (1) Snowbird relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

    Snow Grooming: 3.5

    (1) There are no snow groomers at Snowbird, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Snowbird are groomed daily.

    Shelter: 3.2

    (1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Snowbird is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

    Nearby options: 4.5

    (1) If snow conditions are poor at Snowbird, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

    Regional rating: 4.5

    (1) Snowbird usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

    Lift Staff: 4.5

    (1) The staff at Snowbird are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Snowbird are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

    Crowds/Queues: 3.8

    (1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

    Ski Schools: 3.8

    (1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

    Hire and Repairs: 4.0

    (1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

    Variety of pistes: 5.0

    (1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Snowbird has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

    Beginners: 2.2

    (1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

    Intermediates: 3.8

    (1) No intermediate terrain at Snowbird, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

    Advanced: 4.8

    (1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

    Snow Park: 4.0

    (1) Not even a kicker at Snowbird, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

    Off-piste: 4.8

    (1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

    Cross-country: 2.7

    (1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Snowbird, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

    Luge/Toboggan: 3.3

    (1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Snowbird has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

    Mountain Dining: 4.0

    (1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

    Eating: 3.2

    (1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

    Apres-Ski: 3.0

    (1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

    Other Sports: 3.2

    (1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

    Entertainment: 2.8

    (1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

    Winter Walks: 2.7

    (1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

    Ski Pass Value: 3.2

    (1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

    Value (National): 4.2

    (1) Overall, Snowbird is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

    Value (Global): 4.2

    (1) Overall, Snowbird is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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  • February 05, 2009
    from United States

    Snowbird rocks. I live nearby and go up as often as I can late afternoons during the week and on weekends. The snow is superb and the resort is huge.

    I'm an intermediate skier and enjoy runs off Peruvian and Gadzoom. I've also stayed in the Cliff Lodge at Snowbird and must say that the pool and hot tub are fantastic. El Chanate has tasty Mexican food, and the Aerie (top floor of Cliff) has fantastic Sushi and a host of other nice dishes, but a bit pricey.

  • January 21, 2009
    from United States

    Snowbird/Alta have the most dependable snowfall in North America. Snow quality is fantastic. Terrain is varied, but tends towards expert. Accessibility to Salt Lake Airport (which is a Delta hub) is a huge plus. There is zero nightlife in Big Cottonwood Canyon, so these areas are strictly for serious skiers. Those who want to bar hop should go to Park City, but recognize that the areas around there get about a third less snow than Snowbird/Alta, and the terrain isn't as challenging either.

  • November 28, 2005
    from United States

    I had a perfect vacation at Snowbird. It snowed tons when we were there. We stayed at Cliff Lodge and would definitely recommend this resort. I'm too pooped at the end of the day for a night life anyway.

  • October 25, 2005
    from United States

    Incredibly easy access via SLC Airport - 45 minute trip. Leave Boston at 6am and ski the afternoon.

    Alta/Snowbird is for the dedicated skier. Ski almost all the terrain of both areas. Fabulously light snow and lots of it.

    Mineral Basin is vast and breathtaking. Easy access to both Alta and Snowbird from here.

    Not a lot of night life, but if you want to enjoy these areas, you will need your rest anyway.

    The Cliff Lodge is worth the money. Hot Tub and heated pool on the roof. End of day watch the last runs while you get the lactic acid out of your legs in the tub.