Overall Rating

Snowbird

Snowbird3.5/515
Snowbird3.5 out of 5 based on 15 reviews
  • Recommend
    80%
  • Would Revisit
    87%

Snowbird - Reviews

Snowbird - Reviews

No longer

Dave Morgan19/02/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    December

No longer

Dave Morgan19/02/2019
One star review and I'm not Greg from LA. In fact I've skied the Bird for over 40 years but no longer. The terrain is for expert skiers but if you are such, be aware of “mtn safety” patrol watching your every move. Constant gestures, blowing whistles and screaming at you. Yet we are entirely skiing in control. Such great customer service? They have lost sight of it! My family's ski dollars are going elsewhere now and spreading the word. Thru Icon, we ski Solitude as our home base and many other resorts. Simply put, they are very polite and accommodating, a whole different vibe! Now we avoid 1+ hour tram lines for 1 minute lift lines and equally good powder skiing.

Not For The Faint Of Heart

Paul15/01/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    January

Not For The Faint Of Heart

Paul15/01/2018
Snowbird is a great resort with a great variety of trails from expert to beginner. However, there are more advanced-expert trails then beginner trails and boy are they steep. We went when it was whiteout conditions and the winds where blowing 20+ at the summit. Awesome slopes.

Snowbird is great!

Christian Opfar16/10/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    December

Snowbird is great!

Christian Opfar16/10/2017
Snowbird is definitely one of Utah's number one resort, it has everything; hotels, restaurants, clothing stores, gift shops, and the mountains. The prices for lift tickets and season passes are fairly priced unlike others places in Utah like park City. It is a lot less crowded then most resorts. The lodges have really good food to eat when you get hungry for lunch. I went to the restaurant in the Cliff Lodge called El Chanate and it was really good food and the service was good. The mountain has lots of options for different types of skiers, they have lots of lifts, they have good groomed trails for different level of skiers, and they have awesome powder and off the trail runs. I would recommend going to Snowbird.

Best Resort in Utah!

Dslater28/09/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    February

Best Resort in Utah!

Dslater28/09/2016
The best overall resort in Utah! Great Snow, Great Atmosphere, Best Views!

Good terrain but crowded

Nick22/08/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    12-17

Good terrain but crowded

Nick22/08/2015
I've skied at Alta and Snowbird dozens of times and snowbird has better terrain than Alta and is larger too but its way more crowded and the staff here is uptight and rude compared to the staff at alta. So if you go to snowbird dont expect a patroller or the mountain saftey acting rational if you speed in a slow zone or do something else of that significance. This previous season i got my ALTA/SNOWBIRD SEASON PASS pulled for a week for speeding in a slow zone then I went to get my pass back a week later and they lost it and told me to come in the next day to print a new one. Also plan on paying $10 for a slice of pizza and bottled water. Overall I'm not saying you shouldn't go here I'm just saying that you need to really watch for patrol and mtn saftey, especially on the weekends. So if you want an abundance of steep and cliffy terrain at the general cost of customer service, price and vibe snowbird is the place for you.

but, I highly suggest you try both mountains.

Lots of Powder Hounds

POWDERHOUNDS.COM09/07/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50

Lots of Powder Hounds

POWDERHOUNDS.COM09/07/2015
If there was one place where this powder hound could settle down, it could possibly be Snowbird and Alta. Plenty of dry powder, steeps, varied terrain and character, and a city just down the road. What more could one ask for? Well it would be awesome if it was a secret and freshies lasted for days, but unfortunately lots of people know about how good Snowbird is. Other powder hounds have moved there (or at least on the outskirts of SLC) as have many pros, and some of them think they own Snowbird and all its powder stashes.

Snowbird isn’t steeped in history like Alta, but its 70s retro flavour is pretty cool. It feels like you’re in the hot tub time machine movie (except that the time machine is from the 70s not the 80s).

See the Snowbird overview page for our thoughts on the pros and cons of this resort, and also see the USA ski resorts ratings to see how Snowbird compares to other US resorts.

Wow!! New Favorite in the US?

Andrew Mueller20/03/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35

Wow!! New Favorite in the US?

Andrew Mueller20/03/2015
This was by far the best, most challenging, and most fun (best snow too) of the bunch - we also hit Brighton, Park City, and Solitude. If you want to test your boarding or skiing skills, go here. The single blacks were off the charts compared to what we have on the East Coast (equivalent to 3X or 4X blacks?). Some of it was positively frightening.

Excellent snow. Bowls, cliffs, jumps, tree runs. This place had everything. Perfect size. Big enough to spend most of the day trying to hit everything, but not too big to accomplish your goal, and not so big (like Vail - which I LOVE) that you feel completely lost all of the time.

Tons of fun. I need to book another trip to UT, if only to hit Snowbird again (and Brighton)..

Big back country!

Greg22/10/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35

Big back country!

Greg22/10/2012
We skied here the least of the canyon resorts, but only because we found it to be the most crowded. I got sick of going up the tram lift.

However, don't get me wrong... This is a fantastic resort. The snow is (like the other 4) as good as it gets and this place has got some serious back country skiing!

If you're like me and you like the challenging terrain this is it! I was initially turned off of the UT resorts because they seemed small, but don't let that get in the way of a great time... At the other resorts, if you're looking for a challenge, you only ski part of the mountain anyways... Here it may be smaller, but you can ski much more of the mountain and still be challenged!

Pros: Easy drive from Salt Lake City, it has amazing snow (so light and fluffy), they get tons of snow... Not huge dumpings, but they get consistent snowfalls all throughout the season... The snow is very, very dependable. The terrain is awesome all over the mountain. They have some of the best back country skiing in Utah!

Cons: The crowds are bigger here and it is a little (just a little) more expensive than the other canyon resorts. The accommodations are okay, but still not great. There is very little nightlife. You can travel to Salt Lake City for the nightlife though, but still, it's a town whereby the cutoff time for the bars is 1 am (lots of Mourman's *sp - sorry). Also, if you are driving to the mountain, the roads close often to vehicles that are not equipped.

I would definitely ski here again!!!!!

Snowbird

Bob Legasa21/10/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70

Snowbird

Bob Legasa21/10/2012
Bob Lagesa Snowbird Located just a short 45 minute drive from the Salt Lake City International Airport sits Snowbird Ski Resort. This mega resort is wedged in the upper end of the legendary Little Cottonwood canyon in the heart of Wasatch Mountain range. This zone is world renowned for Dry Utah Pow-Pow and it’s not uncommon to have Ullr the Snow God drop a big dump of freshies at night and clear the skies for you during the day .

Snowbird or as the locals call it “The Bird” has over 2500 skiable acres, a vertical drop of 3240 feet, 500 inches annual snow, 1 tram, 4 quads and six doubles you can see this place can be a lot of fun and with that type of uphill horsepower you have easy access to one of favorite playgrounds to many of the world’s best skiers. The Bird is well proportioned with its terrain, 27% percent for beginners, 38% intermediate and 35% percent for the advanced/expert.

As far as the riding goes, it’s first rate and there’s nothing better than long high speed cruiser laps on the intermediate/advanced Chips Run which goes from the top of the upper tram to the lower Tram Deck at the base of the mountain. Chips Run winds its way down the middle of the Peruvian Bowl and If the 2.5 mile groomed run doesn’t get the legs pumped up then just pop over into Gad Valley for plenty more groomers.

Scott Evans Snowbird If you’re like me and like venturing off for a little steep and deep, which by the way there’s plenty of that at The Bird, then slip into one of my favorite haunts in Mineral Bowl and ride the steep, rocky crags known as the Bookends or you can push the envelope and challenge your skills on the same venue that the North Face Masters snowboarding event takes place at off the front side of North Baldy. There’s plenty of nail biting terrain that will make the most advanced riders get a little pucker!


With four slopeside lodging options to choose from amounting to a total of 882 rooms and plenty of restaurant choices it’s pretty easy to see why Snowbird is well known in the international ski world as the place to go.

Snowbird

Leftie20/10/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    N/A

Snowbird

Leftie20/10/2012
Snowbird is one of the best places to ski in Utah. An easy drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon from Salt Lake City and you're in. Cottonwood Canyon has several good ski resorts and Snowbird is up there. Hit it early when the storms come in and you will be rewarded with that famed Utah powder. They have a tram and if it gets too windy you can still access steeps from the Peruvian lift which stops below the ridge line. Great place for skiers who like a lot of long, steep runs.

Pros: Tons of steeps, chutes, and gullies which are epic when the snow isn't tracked out. There's a cool tunnel from the Peruvian lift to Mineral Basin on the backside. Find some fun in Bookends in that basin. Primrose Path for bumps. Not a lot of first time skiers here.

Cons: The lodges at the base remind me of European avalanche bunkers--lots of concrete in the construction. Skiing can get crowded and tracked out. Bright, sunny mornings thrash Mineral Basin.
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