The Ultimate Ski Vacation: Snowbird
It’s not every day you get to fill your lungs with the crispest air, bag the highest peaks, or shred some of the most badass terrain in North America. Whether you’re a guy who prefers a high-end, no holds-barred ski vacation, or you’re a ski bum turned corporate dude looking to relive your glory days, your annual ski trip is a sacred, time-honored tradition. In our winter Ski Series, we’re delivering you a go-to guide, so you know where to stay, what to eat, and, in some cases, how to discover things only the locals know.
If Utah has the greatest snow on earth, then Snowbird has the greatest playground. Located only 29 miles from Salt Lake International Airport, Snowbird offers visitors world-class skiing with a convenient location. No need to waste an entire day traveling – when you travel to Snowbird, you’ll be making coffee at your house early morning and making turns on the slopes early afternoon.
Snowbird is a destination for individuals looking for a true outdoor vacation. In 1970, the resort’s visionary Dick Bass said of what he’d hoped Snowbird would become, “My underlying dream for Snowbird is the creation of a year-round resort, which respects and compliments the beauty and inspiration of this natural setting – a place dedicated to increasing human understanding through the enhancement of body, mind and spirit.” Well said, Bass, and we’d have to agree that this idea has come to life.
Where to Stay
Featuring newly remodeled accommodations, The Cliff Lodge is Snowbird’s spot for ski-in/ski-out lodging, whether you’re traveling with the whole family, a group of friends, or just your significant other. The Lodge is conveniently located to provide easy access to the slopes and the pedestrian village. Excellent dining options, a casual elegance, and a rooftop pool – need we say more?
Where to Shred
It’s hard to go wrong anywhere on the mountain, given the 500 inches of low-density, dry Utah powder Snowbird receives annually. Due to the geographic area’s Lake Effect, Little Cottonwood Canyon powder is known worldwide. The three main areas of the mountain are Peruvian Gulch, featuring runs that let you rip the entire vert of the mountain; Gad Valley, which caters to all abilities; and Mineral Basin, which is on the backside of the mountain. Steep and deep is the name of the game, and powder days are anything but rare.
Where to Eat
If you’re a wine lover, dinner at The Aerie is a must. Located in The Cliff Lodge, The Aerie serves up local, organic dishes in a fine dining setting, with an extensive, award-winning wine list that’s nothing to smirk at. Also located in The Cliff Lodge, El Chanate Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar is great for, well, Mexican cuisine. You’ll be shouting, “One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor!” by the time you leave, as El Chanate is home to an award-winning tequila list.
Best Après Watering Hole
What’s better than walking off the slopes at the end of the day and straight into a sports bar? At The Tram Club, you don’t have to miss your favorite team just because you’re on vacation. The big game will get you in the door, Après ski specials will keep you around, and rowdy music will get you on your feet late at night.
Talk of the Town
The bird is the word, and the movers and shakers at Snowbird are putting their money where their mouth is. The resort is investing over $35 million into new capital improvements for the 2015/16 season. Projects include the Summit at Snowbird, an extensive remodel of The Cliff Lodge, a new RFID ticket system, increased snowmaking capabilities and expanded meeting spaces.