Where is Snowbasin?

Snowbasin ski resort is located in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest near the small town of Huntsville in the Ogden Valley. Even though Snowbasin is further away from Salt Lake City airport than other Utah ski resorts, it is still really close at only 61 miles away (1:28 hours). The city of Ogden is 17 miles from Snowbasin.

Other Ski Resorts Nearby

Powder Mountain is also in the Ogden Valley area, 2 m2iles (0:53hours) away. Snowbasin and Powder Mountain are complete contradictions. Unlike Snowbasin, Powder Mountain is a laid-back no-frills resort with limited groomers and lift infrastructure. The family ski resort, Nordic Valley, is even closer to Snowbasin.

Getting To Snow Basin

A rental car is the way to go when travelling to Snowbasin, although a number of bus shuttles do make the journey.

Car: From the Salt Lake City airport, take I-15 North to US Hwy 89 (exit #324). Go north to I-84 to Mt Green/Huntsville (exit #92) to Highway 167 (aka Trapper’s Loop). Turn north at the Sinclair station. The new Snowbasin Road 226 exits west from Trappers Loop.

From Park City take I-80 east I-84 at Echo Junction. Continue west on I-84 to Mt Green/Huntsville (exit #96). Follow to the signs to north Highway 167. Turn north at the Sinclair station then west on Snowbasin Road 226 to Snowbasin. The road up is wide and almost like a highway.

From Ogden, travel east through Ogden Canyon via 12th St and Hwy 39 to south Hwy 167. Follow the signs west on State Road 226 to Snowbasin.

Private transportation: A few companies offer transportation from the Salt Lake City International Airport to either the resort or Ogden Valley accommodation. One example is Black Diamond Shuttle.

Other options: From downtown Salt Lake City, another option is to catch the Frontrunner train from the Intermodal Hub (ie train station) to Ogden. From the Ogden train station, a Snowbasin van picks up skiers and boarders and transports them to the resort for a small fee. This service is not available for those staying in Ogden, only train commuters. No reservations are required. This service is somewhat clunky and considering that it doesn’t operate on Sundays, it is probably much better to rent a car. This will also afford much more flexibility to get around the Ogden Valley area.

Getting from Lodging to Snowbasin

A car is the best way to get between Snowbasin, off-mountain accommodation and the shops, restaurants and bars in the Ogden Valley area. The drive up the mountain is easy.

There is a shuttle that operates between the Lakeside Village and Snowbasin. This is a bit of a clunky service with reservations and vouchers required, and only four services each way per day. Wolf Creek Resort and various hotels also offer a free shuttle service to the resort. If staying in Ogden and you require a shuttle, check with the hotel prior to booking.

Getting Around

The fancy car park at Snowbasin is serviced by frequent “zoo trains” that ferry people from their cars right up to Earl’s Lodge.
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