Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort in Utah and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging and webcams. Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort is located within the boundaries of the Wasatch National Forest in Little Cottonwood Canyon, east of Salt Lake City, Utah. Long before skiing and snowboarding came to […]

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Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort in Utah and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging and webcams. Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort is located within the boundaries of the Wasatch National Forest in Little Cottonwood Canyon, east of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Long before skiing and snowboarding came to the area, mining supported the region as silver was discovered in 1869. As the Emma Mine was being constructed along with two smelters, a community was beginning to form and people were attracted to Little Cottonwood Canyon from far beyond the local Salt Lake City Area. Growth in the community was incredible, reaching approximately 8000 people, 138 homes, shopping, hotels and even housing for workers. Despite the challenges of the terrain, a railroad was even constructed. As the silver boom began to fade, so did the community and the final blow to this community came in a series of avalanches that eventually destroyed this once prosperous area.

Fast-forward to October 1969, to a party in Vail, where Ted Johnson, who envisioned a ski resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon, met Richard D Bass, an oilman from Texas and avid skier. The two eventually became partners and in December 1971, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort opened with three chairlifts, a tram, the Lodge at Snowbird and the Snowbird Center. These men would guide Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort to continued growth over the years. Eventually, Ted Johnson would retire and Richard D Bass would continue to develop Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort into the four-season resort. Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort is known throughout the world for its incredible terrain, family-friendly atmosphere, great village vibe and its location within the valley surrounded by mountains. In May 2014, it was announced that a new majority owner, Ian Cumming would begin to lead the future of Snowbird Ski Resort.

At Escape2ski you’ll find out – What to know…before the snow.

On the Slopes

  • Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort has every type of terrain you can imagine. It has three unique areas, Gad Valley, Peruvian Gulch and the backside, which features Mineral Basin. It also hosts seven bowls, including Thunder Bowl, Pipeline Bowl and Bookend’s Bowl, with terrain that will most definitely test your skill level and the scenery on a clear day is spectacular. Snowbird is also well suited to a family-friendly experience with the designated terrain of the Baby Thunder Family Area.
  • The Snowbird Terrain Park (aka Big Emma Terrain Park) is crafted with small to medium sized jumps and features jibs and rails for every type of terrain park enthusiast. The park is located off to the side on the middle portion of the Emma Run. It can be accessed off the Mid Gad or Gadzoom Lift. Also, there are many natural areas located throughout the mountain that would easily qualify as a terrain park experience.
  • Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort has many unique features and here are just a few that will interest the destination skier and snowboarder. There is a 125 person Tram that travels a vertical rise of 2900ft/884m and will take you from the base to the summit in 7 minutes. Next there is Night Skiing on the Chickadee Slope every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday depending on snow conditions from 5:30 pm until 8:30 pm throughout the season. Lastly, the Mountain Host program offers complimentary ski tours daily at 9:30 am and 10:30 am to anyone with a valid lift ticket with an interest in getting familiar with the mountain. Tours depart from Snowbird Center Plaza, just locate the sign that reads “Free Guided Ski Tours” and you’ll be set.
  • The Snowbird Mountain School and their dedicated team of professional instructors are ready to provide you with all types learning programs to help you get the most out of the slopes. The school offers lessons for children and adults that range from group lessons to private instruction where one to one support will help keep you focused achieving your goals. Also, check out the Women’s Wednesday Getaways.

Off the Slopes

  • If staying on the mountain is not an option for you then Sandy, Utah is only a short distance away at the end of the Little Cottonwood Canyon Road. In Sandy, you will find a countless number of lodging, dining and shopping choices. The Utah Transit Authority public bus offers a regular transit schedule that will get you to the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort if you prefer to leave the driving to someone else.
  • For parents who would like some adult time on the slopes, Camp Snowbird is a childcare facility that can accommodate children as young as 6 weeks to the age of 12. This center is licensed by the state and provides half and full day activities to keep your children engaged, with activities such as skiing, lunch and more. Reservations can be made by calling 801-933-2256.
  • Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort is also a wonderful place to enjoy many off-mountain activities. A ride on the Tram is always a popular way to see the incredible terrain that skiers and snowboarders embrace. And snowshoeing is a great way to enjoy the fresh air and to get the juices flowing as you enjoy walking on snow covered trails. Finally, a Snowcat Skiing guided tour or Snowmobiling on a 2 or 3-hour tour can be a great compliment to your time spent at Snowbird. Call 801-947-8222 for more details.
  • Snowbird Ski and summer Resort provides a complete village experience complete with shopping, dining, lodging and more. The resort boasts 15 restaurants, 5 bars and four slope-side lodges that provide over 880 total rooms. The Cliff Lodge, The Lodge at Snowbird, The Inn, and Iron Blosam are well-positioned accommodations at the heart of Snowbird and don’t forget The Cliff Lodge is home to the Cliff Spa when your muscles could use some much-needed rejuvenation.
  • There are several shopping outlets at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, including Wings for logo wear, Pipeline for your latest ski and snowboard apparel and even a postal outlet when you want to share your adventure with friends and family at home. Hopefully during your stay you won’t require medical attention, but if you do, there is a medical clinic and pharmacy ready to provide the care you need.
  • Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort not only provides transportation to and from the resort on the public UTA, but there is also the Parking Lot Shuttles and In-Resort Shuttles that get you around this awesome resort with ease.
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Mountain Information

Current Status: Open

Mountain Essentials

Vertical Drop:
3240 ft / 988 m

Base Elevation:
7760 ft / 2365 m

Summit Elevation:
11000 ft / 3353 m

Skiable Area:
2500 acres

Average Snowfall:
500 in / 1270 cm

Trail Map

Snow Report

Weather Conditions

Mountain Terrain

Total Trails: 169

Beginner: 46 (27%)

Intermediate: 64 (38%)

Advanced: 31 (18%)

Expert: 28 (17%)

Terrain Parks: 1

Snow Cross: No

Super Pipe: No

Half / Mini Pipe: No

Jib Park: Yes


Ski & Snowboard School: Both

Rentals & Repairs: Yes

Parking:  Free and Paid

Retail Shops: Yes

Family Friendly: Yes

Children’s Ski Programs: Yes

Women's Ski Programs: Yes

Adaptive Ski Programs: Yes

Childcare: Yes

Day Lodges: Yes

Restaurants: Yes

Distance from...

Nearest Airport:
Salt Lake City UT, 32mi / 52km

Nearest Major City:
Salt Lake City UT, 27mi / 44km

Nearest Town/City:
Sandy UT, 12mi / 20km

Contact Info

Central Reservations: 1-800-232-9542

Direct Phone: 801-933-2222

Snow Phone: 801-933-2100

Mountain Operations

Season Dates: Nov 22 to May 7

Skiing & Snowboarding: Both

Days Operating: Everyday

Operating Hours:
9:00am to 4:30pm : Night session Wed,Fri,Sat 5:30pm to 8:30pm on Chickadee Lift : See website for any updates

Night Skiing: Select Nights

Lift Ticket Prices


Lift Information

Total Lifts: 13

Trams: 1

Gondolas: 0

Chondolas: 0


Express Six: 0

Express Quads: 6

Express Triples: 0

Quads: 0

Triples: 0

Doubles: 4

Surface Lifts: 2


Mountainside: Yes

Within 30mi / 48km: Yes

Closest Airport(s)

Airport Convenience Ranking™

Salt Lake City Intl Airport  (SLC)
Distance: 32 mi / 52 km
Ranking: Most Convenient

Helpful Links

Ski Resort Website

Mountainside Lodging

Nearby Lodging

Tourism Site

Local Transit Service

Local Transit Map

Airport Transportation