Description - Snowbird averages approximately 500 inches of low-density, "dry" Utah powder annually. Thanks to ideal geography and a phenomenon called Lake Effect, Little Cottonwood Canyon powder is known worldwide.
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Cat skiing at Snowbird
- Snowbird's 2,500 skiable acres are accessed by one Aerial Tram, nine chairlifts including two high-speed detachable quads and seven doubles (most with arm and leg rests) and two rope tows. For the 1999-2000 season, Snowbird expanded into Mineral Basin. With its whopping 500 skiable acres, it's the single largest terrain addition Snowbird has made since opening in 1971. Four slopeside lodges the Cliff Lodge, Lodge at Snowbird, The Inn and Iron Blosam offer rooms by the night, week or longer as well as timeshare opportunities.
Recreation - In addition to world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, Snowbird offers ice skating outside the Cliff Lodge, tubing, orienteering and snowshoe tours.
Climate - Several weather effects combine to bring Utah its famous powder snow. Prevailing winter winds winds push clouds full of moisture east from the Pacific Ocean, across California and Nevada and to Utah. When the clouds meet Utah's Rocky Mountains, the remaining moisture rises, cools and condenses, and precipitation hits the Utah ski resorts with deep powder snow that is particularly light and dry. Another weather element that feeds Utah's "snow making machine" is the Great Salt Lake Effect. The lake releases water into the air that then rises into clouds of snow, producing squalls on the lake's eastern flanks. These squalls contain some of the lightest, fluffiest snow in the country which falls in feet - not inches- in the Wasatch Mountains.
Snowbird, Utah is in the heart of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Little Cottonwood Canyon, just east of Salt Lake City, one mile down canyon from Alta. Snowbird is 29 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport
Directions from Salt Lake City: Travel east up Little Cottonwood Canyon from the southeast side of the Salt Lake City metropolitan area. Snowbird is only 29 miles from the Salt Lake International Airport. Several transportation companies offer nonstop shuttles from Salt Lake International Airport to Snowbird's front door.
Normal Ski Season:
Mid-November through Late April.