Snowbasin Ski Resort, Utah
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Snowbasin Ski Resort in Utah and Escape2ski provides info on; vertical drop 3000ft/914m, total trails 104, closest airport 46mi/74km, lifts 11, and more. The ski resort is located in Weber County in an area known as Wheeler Basin on the backside of the Wasatch Mountain Range near Huntsville, Utah. The Snowbasin Ski Resort, as it […]Read More
Snowbasin Ski Resort in Utah and Escape2ski provides info on; vertical drop 3000ft/914m, total trails 104, closest airport 46mi/74km, lifts 11, and more.
The ski resort is located in Weber County in an area known as Wheeler Basin on the backside of the Wasatch Mountain Range near Huntsville, Utah.
The Snowbasin Ski Resort, as it is known today, began with the transfer of approximately 5000 acres of land in Wheeler Basin to the US Forest Service. With a growing interest in winter recreation, the US Forest Service Recreational Advisor Al Engen, a Norwegian American skier who helped establish many ski areas in the Western US, recognized the Wheeler Basin as an ideal location for a future ski area.
So in 1939, the Wheeler Basin became home to Snow Basin Ski Park on Becker Hill with two rope tows and several trails. The ski area was an immediate success, and soon after came the construction of an access road, more runs, and in 1941 the start of construction of the first chairlift.
Unfortunately, soon after World War II started, the US Forest Service halted all improvements and subsequently closed the resort until 1945. With the end of the war, a fresh enthusiasm for winter recreation was apparent, the resort reopened, and the first chairlift became a reality.
In 1957, Ogden City sold the ski area to Sam Huntington, a Colorado developer who had a dream of expanding the ski area. Unfortunately, Sam had a fatal accident while working on a chairlift at the resort. His expansion plans would not be realized until the Snow Basin Ski Lift and Development Co. was sold to three prominent business people from Ogden City, Ralph Benowitz, Roy Nelson, and Fred Baker. They championed further improvements to the resort that included new chairlifts, terrain, and amenities. In 1978, Pete Siebert bought the ski area and changed the name to Snowbasin Ski Resort.
In 1984, Snowbasin Ski Resort experienced another ownership change when Earl Holding of the Sinclair Oil Company purchased the ski area. The Holding family still owns the ski area today. Under their ownership, Snowbasin Ski Resort has continued to make significant improvements, including installing a high-tech snowmaking system in 1999.
Snowbasin Ski Resort’s most significant achievement was hosting the Downhill, Combined, and Super G skiing events for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, which help put the ski resort on the world stage.
Snowbasin Ski Resort has grown into a year-round resort that offers skiing and snowboarding on Mt Ogden and Demoisy Peak. The mountain is divided into three unique areas; Needles Gondola, Strawberry Gondola, and John Paul Express, each with fantastic terrain, modern chairlifts, and awesome views.
On the Slopes
- Located near the mountain's base area is a dedicated beginner area with access via the Littlecat Express Chairlift.
- The ski area has an excellent selection of intermediate terrain to get you from the summit to the base area. Sweet Revenge, Steins, and Dan’s Run are just a few runs found to the left of the Needles Gondola.
- The Allen Peak Tram will get you to the summit of Allen Peak, and from here, you can gain access to the expert rated terrain in Mt Ogden Bowl, plus enjoy the advanced terrain of Grizzly Start, Wildflower Start, and Easter Bowl.
- Snowbasin Ski Resort offers complimentary 1-hour mountain tours available on weekends and holidays. Tour times are 11:00 am and 1:00 pm and start from the top of the Needles Gondola. Intermediate to advanced skill level is recommended.
- Snowbasin Ski Resort has three terrain parks for those who enjoy the thrill of rails, boxes, rainbows, and small to medium jumps lines. Two parks are located near the base area, while the larger park is located near mid-mountain with access via the Wildcat Express Chairlift.
- Snowbasin Ski Resort has a dedicated group of professional snowsports instructors who can help get you on the slopes for the first time or improve your skillset. They offer adult group and private lessons, youth programming, Learn and Earn Programs, women’s programs, and Adaptive Programs.
- On-mountain dining options include Needle Lodge, John Paul Lodge, both located at different peaks and offer magnificent views. Next to the Strawberry Gondola is the Strawberry Café. You can find Earl’s Lodge, at the base area, which is open for breakfast and lunch, plus inside Earl’s Lodge is Cinnabar for après ski on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
- Inside the Grizzly Center, visit the retail shop to find sportswear, outerwear, local jewelry, and souvenirs of your visit to Snowbasin Ski Resort.
Off the Slopes
- Snowbasin Ski Resort does not have any lodging options at the mountain. It is a day-use ski and snowboard facility that offers an outstanding mountain experience.
- You can find limited lodging in the rural community of Huntsville, only a short distance away from the mountain, as well as the town of Eden. As an alternative, you can also stay in Ogden, which is about an hour away. Here you’ll find many lodging options such as hotels, motels, B&B’s, as well as Airbnb’s.
- Only about 10mi/18km away from the ski resort, you will discover the North Fork Park Nordic and Snowshoe area. There is 12mi/20km of groomed trails to enjoy as Snowbasin Ski Resort has no Nordic facilities. Call 801-648-9020 for more info.
- There are a few locally-owned restaurants in Huntsville and Eden featuring comfort food to fill you up after a great day of skiing. In Ogden, you will find a vast selection of well-known chains and independently owned restaurants. Also, there's shopping in Huntsville and Eden, and in Ogden, there’s sports shops, clothing, and big box stores.
- Snowbasin Ski Resort currently does not offer any childcare services. However, High Altitude Kids, located in Eden, Utah, provides childcare for kids as young as 18 months. There are games and other fun activities. Call 801-745-2653 or use the Helpful Links section below for more info.
- The Utah Transit Authority, Bus 675, provides service from Ogden, UT to Snowbasin Ski Resort from Mid-December to late March. The service operates several times per day. Also, Bus 677, from Layton, UT, operates on the same dates. Both routes have multiple stops and are a paid service. The Helpful Links below can provide more details.
Current Status: Open
3000 ft / 914 m
6465 ft / 1971 m
9465 ft / 2885 m
350 in / 889 cm
Total Trails: 104
Beginner: 7 (7%)
Intermediate: 39 (37%)
Advanced: 49 (47%)
Expert: 9 (9%)
Terrain Parks: 3
Snow Cross: No
Super Pipe: No
Half Pipe: No
Jib Park: Yes
Ski & Snowboard School: Both
Rentals & Repairs: Yes
Retail Shops: Yes
Children’s Ski Programs: Yes
Women's Ski Programs: Yes
Adaptive Ski Programs: Yes
Day Lodges: Yes
Salt Lake City UT, 46mi / 74km
Nearest Major City:
Ogden UT, 20mi / 32km
Huntsville UT, 10mi / 16km
Season Dates: Nov 22 to Apr 16
Skiing & Snowboarding: Both
Open Days: Open Daily
Hours of Operation:
9:00am to 4:00pm : Hours maybe subject to change.
Night Skiing: No
Total Lifts: 11
Express-6 Chairs: 1
Express Quad Chairs: 2
Triple Chairs: 3
Surface Lifts: 2
Within 20mi / 33km: Yes
Closest Airport(s)What our Convenience Rankings™ mean
Salt Lake City Intl Airport
Distance: 46 mi / 74 km
Ranking: Most Convenient
Central Reservations: 1-888-437-5488
Direct Phone: 801-620-1000
Snow Phone: 801-620-1100