Meimei Ma
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Meimei Ma
  • Great challenging terrain for intermediate and experts skiers
  • Connected to Alta (only good if you're a skier)
  • Efficient lift system and long ski seasons
  • Not suited for beginners along with limited dining, nightlife and lodging options



Visit Snowbird, and you’ll quickly learn why so many professional freeriders and extreme skiers call it home. The terrain is as rugged as you’ll find anywhere so even the most experienced shredders will get a rush going down challenging lines. And let’s not forget about the snow! In a normal year, Snowbird and its neighbor, Alta, get 500 in of the “greatest snow on earth” dumped onto the highest resort terrain in Utah. The mountain gets the lion’s share of the magical stuff and can sometimes get twice as much snow as nearby resorts in a single storm! The trees, bowls and chutes will hide these powder stashes for days, just waiting for you to draw your lines.

Best month to go

Mid- February to early March

Snowbird’s season typically begins no later than early December. Even though Mother Nature delivers an almost unbelievable amount of snow, the ski resort still maintains some snowmaking equipment to make sure they’re able to get some groomers open before the blizzards come. You don’t need to be there that early though. January is when you’ll see a good coverage of snow on the advanced and expert runs at Snowbird. The season lasts as long as there is snow, so it’s common for the lifts to run through late May and beyond. We like to visit mid-February to early March, when there’s plenty of snow and sunshine. That said, if you’re lucky, you can catch a powder storm later in the season and skip the hustle and bustle of the holiday season which means cheaper lodgings. If you find yourself at Snowbird late into the season, follow the sun over the course of the day to find the best conditions.


Salt Lake International Airport


Snowbird (45 minutes)

Base of Snowbird (Walk)

  • Made up of four resort owned lodging including one ski-in/ski-out
  • Great for skiing at Alta
  • Small convenience store

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Base of Alta (1-2 mi)

  • Neighboring ski resort with five convenient lodges
  • Great for skiing at both mountains
  • Breakfast and dinner included

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Between Alta and Snowbird (1-2 mi)

  • Condos and vacation rentals
  • Lack the convenience of prepared meals at Alta
  • Easy access to the slopes

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Salt Lake City (25-30 mi)

  • Cheaper and wider selection of lodging options than Snowbird
  • Convenient base for skiing at other resorts
  • Small risk of road closure due to heavy snowfall

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For beginners

Although over a quarter of the Snowbird mountain is rated for beginners, the easy terrain isn't very accessible for the inexperienced and the progression to more advanced terrain is abrupt. If you're a never-ever, give Alta or Park City a shot instead!

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For intermediates

There's plenty on offer for intermediates across the resort but more adventurous skiers and snowboarders should check out the Mineral Basin. Our pick would be Lupine Loop into Bassanova then take the Path to Paradise to Junior's Powder Paradise. Snowbird has some intense yet wide blue runs, surrounded by black diamond terrain and stunning views of the Wasatch Range!

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For experts

From steeps and chutes to trees and bowls, Snowbird is truly an expert's playground. Hoop's is our winner here; it's a black diamond off the Knucklehead Traverse that's also north facing on the upper mountain so the pow there stays fresh late into the season.

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Find freshies

Few people head out to Little Cloud and Gad 2, making them perfect for finding the fresh stuff, even days after a storm. Be sure to also check out the powder bowls of Mineral Basin!

Ditch the crowds

Queues for the aerial tram begin at 8.30am, so either get there at 8:00am or take the Peruvian lift for some superb skiing at Peruvian Gulch or continue into the tunnel through to the Mineral Basin (backside) area.

Non skiers

The small town with limited options at Snowbird could leave non-skiers rather bored here. However, there are loads of attractions in Salt Lake City, just 30 to 45 minutes away.


If you have inexperienced beginners in your family, Snowbird might not be the best resort as the beginner terrain is quite limited. Additionally, getting to and from lodging and parking isn't easy either. The town of Snowbird is also small with limited dining and shopping.


SnowbirdAlta Ski Resort
beginner27 %25 %
intermediate38 %40 %
advanced20 %35 %
expert15 %-
total runs169 116
ski area2,500ac 2,200ac
summit elevation11,000ft 10,550ft
total lifts11 11
child lift ticketFree $54
adult lift ticket$129 $104
back country
value for money
average total snowfall356″ 290″

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Snowbird Reviews

Fabulous 4.2 / 5
based on 84 reviews

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Fabulous!4.3 / 5Apr 20, 2020
Snowbird ReviewsVaughn T.
expert skier
Snowbird is the best resort in Utah when the snow has dumped, its steep and deep the way I like it. It’s not for novices even though there is some terrain for them. The only place in Utah you can ski over half hour from the top moving at a consistent clip. The true big Mountain experience no flat grade to get stuck in its truly amazing.... More
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Apr 20, 2020
Snowbird ReviewsLisa F.
advanced skier
Definitely my favorite Utah resort. Great black and advanced blue runs, amazing co-ed spa with incredible views, great restaurants and sandwich shops. Great resort, great skiing, awesome amenities, great staff.... More
Very Good!4 / 5Mar 22, 2020
Snowbird ReviewsSab K.
advanced snowboarder
If you are an advanced/expert skier/boarder you will absolutely love this resort. The difficulty of the runs cater to intermediate-advanced skiers. So don’t come here expecting a lot of wide groomed runs! Or for that matter a ski town! Come for the challenging runs and all the fresh powder (even in late March & early April).... More
Very Good!4.2 / 5Mar 22, 2020
Snowbird ReviewsRoger G.
beginner skier
Haven't been in a while but it's great for beginners and advanced and it will be my grandson first time reasonable price and trying to lift his spirit up after losing his grandfather a year ago he was like a farther to him and his grandfather SKIED here so I thought we could make memories they have a friendly staff easy to get to slopes and food ... More
Good!3.7 / 5Feb 25, 2020
Snowbird ReviewsJimmy P.
beginner skier
I was really disappointed that the mountain had so much powder that we had to wait a few hours for it to open. Once it was open nothing was groomed and we had to go through several feet of powder.... More
Superb!5 / 5Feb 20, 2020
ANAndrew N.
expert snowboarder
I grew up learning on Brighton mountain thinking it was amazing. I matured on Beaver mountain in college. However, Snowbird was where I learned what a big boy mountain was all about. I've skied Jackson, Heli skiied Whistler, Slashed Big Sky on 2 feet of pow but I always default Snowbird as my all time favorite. Snowbird can definitely get... More
Average!2.9 / 5Jan 22, 2020
Snowbird ReviewsRoger G.
advanced skier
Would love to win never been to this one but iv been to park City I will be there in Dec thru Jan and my grandson to it's a vacation we both need my husband past and his grandpa also his mom's in kidney failure we could use some fun in our life... More
Average!3.4 / 5Jan 22, 2020
Snowbird ReviewsZackary M.
intermediate skier
The terrain is amazed and there are plenty of great areas to explore. I love how steep the mountain is and how different each of the main areas are. Perfect for experts and those looking to get better!... More
Good!3.8 / 5Jan 15, 2020
Snowbird ReviewsJason T.
expert skier
The best. Loved it so much, I moved from the east coast to make The Bird my home mountain. The best terrain and features are not on trail maps. You have to hunt and find small orange plastic diamond-shaped signs with numbers on them. These mark the most serious and intense features such as cliffs, dropoffs, and crazy chutes. And for the best tips... More
Fabulous!4.5 / 5Jan 05, 2020
Snowbird ReviewsSolei S.
advanced skier
I had my season pass at Snowbird during the 17-18 season. If it is a POW day, Snowbird is where you want to be. They have a lot of advanced and steep terrain, and get the most snow. Overall a terrific resort.... More

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