As you wind your way up Little Cottonwood Canyon, the steep crags close in. And just as you think they’ll pinch off the road, Snowbird's massive profile looms into view.
Snowbird Ski Resort first cranked on the power in 1971 by entrepreneur Dick Bass. It is still privately owned and has since become a temple to local and international hardcore riders who relish the Bird’s long, continuous runs and deep powder bowls. More than a few locals work double overtime construction jobs in the summer so they can worship the Bird every day of the ski season.
The permit area, as dictated by the Wasatch Cache National Forest Service, ranges from Peruvian Gulch, which borders neighboring Alta to the east, to the Gad Valley to the west. Not much horizontal but plenty of vertical. Snowbird’s runs rate intermediate-level and above; five percent in the “good luck” category. The upper third of the mountain is largely above treeline and drops away from the 11,000-foot summit of Hidden Peak. The hardest stuff is serviced by the tram and runs along the ridge known as the Cirque Traverse.
Snowbird is 29 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport via I-80 East to I-215 South. Take the 6200 S exit and follow the signs to Little Cottonwood Canyon along Wasatch Blvd.
Winter season runs Thanksgiving to Memorial Day, 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
2900 consistent vertical feet from the top of the aerial tram to the base, 10 lifts, terrain park, ski school, nightskiing on Chickadee, Avalanche Training Center, snowmobile and snowshoe tours, heli-skiing, four lodges, 15 restaurants (two on-hill cafeterias), childcare, post office, four bars, spa, conference services, four rental/repair shops.
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort
P.O. Box 929000
Highway 210, Little Cottonwood Canyon
Snowbird, UT 84092-9000