Visitor reviews for Snowbasin Ski Resort

Snowbasin Ratings

Overall: 3.8. Based on 2 votes and 6 reviews. Vote

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) Snowbasin is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 4.0

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

Off-piste: 4.0

(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.

Scenery: 4.0

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

Access: 4.5

(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 Snowbasin.

Public Transport: 5.0

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

Accommodation: 2.0

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

Cheap Rooms: 2.0

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

Luxury Hotels: 2.0

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

Ski in/Ski out: 3.0

(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: 4.0

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

Snowmaking: 5.0

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

Snow Grooming: 5.0

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

Shelter: 4.0

(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) Snowbasin is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 3.0

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Snowbasin, 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: 4.0

(1) Snowbasin 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: 5.0

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

Crowds/Queues: 4.0

(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: 4.0

(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: 5.0

(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.

Beginners: 5.0

(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: 5.0

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

Advanced: 4.0

(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 Snowbasin, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 1.0

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Snowbasin 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: 4.0

(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: 4.0

(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: 1.0

(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: 2.0

(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: 3.0

(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: 4.0

(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): 4.0

(1) Overall, Snowbasin 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): 4.0

(1) Overall, Snowbasin 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.

Show all 34 ratings

January 29, 2006
matt from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Snow, snow and more snow. It's called Snowbasin for good reason. A nicely developed resort that's big enough to have plenty of terrain and small enough to have a country resort feel. Great riding. Loads of places to get in the trees with lots of walls to play with. Runs are long, very long. Just get the lift from the bottom of the mountain to the top then ride all the way back down; fantastic.
March 30, 2006
Mike from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Good sking and a superb modern lift system all make Snowbasin a resort worth visiting. All runs from the top include blues so all intermediate skiiers will cope. Ride the Strawberry Express gondola up and take in the great views across to the great Salt Lake, the Strawberry Park traverse and down into the Park area which can be tricky in adverse weather. Even on a clear day the wind at the top can be very strong. The runs to the bottom are long and diverse and the hot shots can catch the John Paul Express then hop onto the tram up to the start hut and then try the 2002 Olympic downhill. They can also catch the tram back down if they have second thoughts. But what you must also see are the luxurious mountain restaurants, the Needles Lodge and the John Paul Lodge, quite the best we have dined in. More like a 4 star hotel, with marble restrooms and wonderful dining furniture complete with chanderliers, but surprisingly not as pricey as you might expect in such suroundings. Snowbasin has no lodging or shops (a small gift shop by the ticket office) the nearest being in Ogden and Huntsville some few miles away, but couple it with Powder Mountain and you will get some great and varied skiing. A ski holiday for the more adventurous who want to get away from the normal Utah destinations served by the main ski holiday agents.
July 24, 2006
Scott McNair from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
It's awful, don't go!! - the locals made me say that. Utah freeride fun in Snowbird like depth of snow without the crowds. Take me back please.....
November 26, 2007
colster from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Love this resort & can't wait to go back. Stay in www.moosehollow.com in Eden if you're in the area for a few days.
April 15, 2009
RB from Ski United States United States
Snowbasin is a nice resort with varied terrain, excellent lift system and fantastic day lodges. The latter are so nice (oriental rugs, fine furniture) that it seems incongruous to plod around them in ski boots. Snowfall is solid, but not quite on a par with Cottonwood Canyon resorts. One drawback: very little local lodging thanks to forest service restrictions. On balance, Snowbasin is definitely worth a visit if you are skiing in the Salt Lake area.
January 15, 2010
Chris F from Ski United States United States
Snowbasin is an unbelievable mountain. It's huge, has great lifts & gondola service, and amazing dining on the mountain thanks to the Salt Lake Olympics a few years back. One caution is that windy days can tend to shut down Strawberry Lift which accesses some incredible, huge, open bowl skiing. The view off the back of Strawberry Lift is absolutlely amazing - something every skier should see at least once. The only downside is that there is no lodging on the montain. A good B&B in nearby Huntsville (try the Atomic Chalet, ask for Wes) is the best way to go. Otherwise, you have to drive in from Ogden.