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Snowbasin Ski Resort Guide

Snowbasin, United States

Rated: 2/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Snowboarders and Snowfall.
Highest Lift2,820m
Resort Height1,780m
 Nearest AirportSalt Lake City
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The location for downhill and Super G events in the 2002 Winter Olympics. Snowbasin has the same owners as Sun Valley in Idaho. Snowbasin is one of the oldest continuously operating ski areas in the US. Ever since the first hearty skier schussed down the slopes in 1939, people from all over the United States have come to enjoy the powder snow and majestic mountain scenery.


The American ski resort of Snowbasin is at an altitude of 1,780m.

Snowbasin has direct access to 53 marked pistes, served by a total of 9 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 1,780m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,820m, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Snowbasin?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Snowbasin.

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Ski Area Stats

Snowbasin Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Cross Country
Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Snowbasin Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,820m
Lowest Piste1,780m
Resort Altitude (Snowbasin)1,780m
Max Vertical1,040m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Snowbasin
Intermediate Skiers

Snowbasin Overview

Snowbasin is one of the oldest, continuously operating ski resorts in the United States and it provides all the style of a superior resort coupled with the excitement of a world class venue. The area was named by a Mrs Geneve Wood in 1939 after she won the contest to name the as yet undeveloped area three miles (six kilometres) east of Ogden, Utah. Development of the Snowbasin area began in 1940 at the recommendation of Alf Engen and the Civilian Conservation Corps. The resort opened for business the following year with two rope tows serving 6 runs, a ski school and a fleet of dog-sled taxis. The opening ceremony was spectacular with ski jumpers showering the crowds with flowers and racers competing in downhill and slalom events.

Earl Holding, who already owned Sun Valley acquired Sunbasin in 1984 and had big plans to develop the resort. The Sun Valley Co, began negotiations with the US Forest Service for a land exchange deal involving some 5,000 acres. $3 million were invested in on-mountain improvements and in 1986, the Becker and Porcupine triple chairlifts opened and Snowbasin's uplift capacity rose to 7,400 skiers per hour. Access to Snowbasin was dramatically improved with the construction of the Trappers Loop Highway.

Over the next few years Snowbasin proved itself in hosting several big ski events and in 1995 Salt Lake City was successful in its bid to host the 2002 Olympic Games. Snowbasin had been chosen to host the Downhill and Super G events. Congress passed the Land Exchange Act in 1996 which allowed the land swap and base-area development to proceed and Snowbasin's expansion was finally about to happen. Four major new lifts were added - two 8-passenger gondolas, a high-speed quad and the Olympic Tram. The land-exchange deal with the Forest Service was completed in 2000 and the Snowbasin Road built, providing a more direct route from the Salt Lake Valley reducing round-trip drive time by 30 minutes. On the mountain, three new day lodges were added in the build up to 2002.

Utah's positioning in the Rocky Mountains benefits from a phenomenal weather pattern which provides the area with its coveted snow conditions. Clouds filled with Pacific Ocean moisture from the west coast travel across western deserts, where most of the moisture is baked out. When those clouds hit the Rockies, temperatures cool, precipitation begins, and the snow that falls is perfect - ultra-light, dry and fluffy just like talcum powder!

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Snowbasin is 5km long.


Snowbasin has more than 100 designated runs with something for everyone. Half the runs are best for intermediates, 20% for novices and 30% for experts. Serviced by 13 lifts including two 8-passenger gondolas and a high speed detachable quad, the mountain's uplift capacity is 14,500 skiers per hour. Installed since Olympic selection, the new lifts have given access to even more terrain and almost doubled the skiable acreage to 3200 acres.

The Olympic events will be held in the John Paul ski area taking up about 30% of the skiable terrain. The area was named in honour of John Paul Jones, an avid believer in the Snowbasin concept, who sadly died in WW2 before he could ever see the realisation of his dream for the mountain. The John Paul lift and one of the new day lodges have also been named in his memory. The Olympic downhill course was designed by Bernard Russi, 1972 Olympic gold winner and it has been said that this run with 2,900 vertical feet will be one of the the best downhill courses in the world.

Snowbasin offers good sking, particularly, for Expert and Intermediate skiers.


All lifts are open to snowboarders and retaining devices are required.

Location and Map

Where is Snowbasin?

This ski resort is in Weber, Utah, United States.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Snowbasin is Salt Lake City, 62 minutes drive away.


Ski Lift Capacity

The nine ski lifts are able to uplift 15,550 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, with 600 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Snowbasin open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is late November, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Snowbasin, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

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Aprés Ski

Huntsville, the nearby town, has a choice of bars and clubs. Further afield Salt Lake City has a wider variety of clubs for music and dancing, the Comedy Circuit for light entertainment, and a great sampling from the arts - Ballet West, the Utah Symphony, the Salt Lake Acting and Pioneer Theatre Company and The Promised Valley Playhouse. On the darker side there's the Hansen Planetarium. Sports Fans should be sure not to miss the Golden Eagles Hockey Team or the world famous Utah Jazz basketball.

In 2009 a new law came into effect changing Utah’s bar scene. In the past purchasing a temporary membership was required to get into a bar or club. Bars, pubs and clubs now have an open door policy to welcome all comers over 21 and no longer require customers to purchase a temporary membership.