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100 Days Out - Letter From Davy Ratchford

By Megan Collins Mon Aug 19 2019 Basin Buzz, Skiing, Snowbasin Report, Upcoming Events

There are just 100 days until we kick off the 2019-20 ski season.  Soon the leaves will be changing, there will be a chill in the air and we will eagerly be anticipating another stellar winter season

Before we look to the exciting future, let’s celebrate together the brilliant winter we had last season. Snowbasin saw the third snowiest winter in history with 429’’ snow, the longest season on record and the highest guest service scores Snowbasin has received ever.  We continue to lead the industry by growing the sport with over 1,000 new winter sports enthusiasts through our award-winning Learn & Earn Program, our locals joined us for more days on the slopes than in prior years and they brought more friends on their buddy passes that no longer had blackout days.

In regard to the future of Snowbasin, I’m excited to announce some major upgrades at the resort for the upcoming season. 

  • The servery in Earl’s Lodge will be getting a major upgrade this fall with the focus on the ease of guest flow and speed improvements, easier grab-and-go options, a craft beer station, and elevated food quality while still retaining some of the Snowbasin favorites (Cheese Fries being one!).  This upgrade is an enhancement to the guest experience with a focus on speed of service and our elevated quality of food.  I’m excited about our two new leaders on the Food and Beverage team who came to us from Sun Valley and will be hard at work this fall getting us ready for the upcoming winter season.

  • I’m also excited to announce that we are relocating our clinic by removing the building from the main ski way by the old day lodge and adding a new clinic in the base area. These changes will create easier access to Wildcat Chair for all guests and I’m grateful for the partnership we’ve created with Intermountain Health Care.

  • Last summer, significant resources were invested to create a better intermediate experience off the John Paul lift with the widening of Mt. Ogden Bowl Road. This improved experience was exceptionally well received by guests and opened up more skiing and riding to that area of the mountain for many. This fall we will be adding snowmaking to that area to accelerate early season opening of the John Paul lift.

  • With our continued effort to improve Bear Hollow and grow the Family Zone, we plan to create a new gladed tree skiing area specifically made for families and kids as well as add another intermediate run off of Wildcat Express.

  • We will be increasing the parking capacity by 12% through multiple initiatives that include better snow removal plans and overflow parking with increased shuttle service.

  • In addition, we are pleased to welcome NASTAR back to the resort. It is the largest public grassroots ski racing program in the world. NASTAR brings greater awareness to the sport motivating participants of all ages to get involved in ski racing. The NASTAR course will be on Showboat and operating Friday, Saturday and Sundays throughout the season starting December 13, weather dependent. Season passes will be available for the course soon or guests can enjoy it day of. 

As we look forward to this winter, remember that now is the best time to buy your season pass. Our passes are diverse in offerings and price points, so we have something for everyone.  The prices will increase on September 3rd and throughout the fall our team will be coming to you for off-site season pass pickup around the Wasatch Front, so check our website for more information.

See you on the slopes,
Davy Ratchford, General Manager





Megan Collins

Snowbasin Announces New Bavarian Fall Festival - SnowWiesn

By Megan Collins Wed Aug 07 2019 Basin Buzz, Snowbasin Report, Upcoming Events

Snowbasin Resort is thrilled to extend summer operations with a new SnowWiesn fall festival that encompasses activities from the Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. SnowWiesn presented by Roosters Brewing and Wasatch Distributing will be held in the base area Sundays September 15th, 22nd, and 29th from 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Roosters will have a specialty SnowWiesn Heffefizen on tap. To see other breweries participating 

The event is free and family-friendly. SnowWiesn will have delicious German-themed food, activities, and entertainment including live music, alphornists, competitions, and more. Come celebrate fall in the mountains during SnowWiesn. In tradition with Munich, Snowbasin’s General Manager, Davy Ratchford will tap the first keg and serve the first glass shouting, “O’zapft is’’ at 2:15 pm each Sunday. 

“With the phenomenal success of Blues, Brews & BBQ, we are pleased to expand our summer operations with a new event, the only premier Oktoberfest in Northern Utah. This fall will be the inaugural SnowWiesn and we look forward to building it in years to come,” says General Manager Davy Ratchford.”

Sara Toliver, CEO of Visit Ogden says, “We are incredibly excited that Snowbasin has decided to expand their summer event schedule with the introduction of SnowWiesn! These events provide a great opportunity for our locals and visitors to enjoy the great entertainment, festive atmosphere and beautiful seasons the mountains and Snowbasin provide.”

Snowbasin will be selling commemorative ceramic Keferholer mugs for guests. Furthermore, Snowbasin will be accepting the commemorative Blues, Brews & BBQ 2019 mugs.

Throughout the day Snowbasin will be hosting Oktoberfest themed events for adults to win great prizes. Guests can test their arm strength during the Masskrugstemmen, stein holding competitions starting at 2:30 pm in men’s and women’s leagues for a chance to win a day ticket for this winter. Entry fee includes the commemorative stein filled with beer. Guests can also test their hand/eye coordination during the free Hammerschlager when guests drive nails into a stump. Plus Snowbasin is encouraging all guests to dress in their best German attire for a weekly costume contest at 4:00 pm for all ages. 

In conjunction with SnowWiesn, Snowbasin will be hosting their inaugural Corn Hole Tournament. Teams of two can sign up for $20 and play in a fall frenzy bracket challenge to be deemed the best each day. Registration is open until 2:20 pm. People can sign up at the ticket window. The competition will start at 2:30 pm. 

The Kids Zone and Wildflower Mini-Golf Course will be open from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm; Needles Gondola will offer lift-served hiking, mountain biking and scenic rides on September 14th and September 15th. Then on September 21st and September 22nd Needles Gondola will be open for scenic gondola rides only. Mountain-Top Brunch will also be available on both Sundays.

Music Line-Up: 

September 15th: Tony Oros Trio
About the Band: Tony Oros has been a staple of acoustic cover music in Park City for over 10 years, with a resume also boasting Las Vegas and international experience. The Tony O Trio (TO3) enhances his eclectic solo set with bass, drums, harmonies, and other assorted sonic additions. 
From Beatles to Creedence, Bob Marley to Bob Seger; from ambiance to singalongs, from whispers to roars. TO3 is the perfect choice for any event that requires sharp-dressed, professional players with an extensive song selection and adaptable volume range.

September 21st: The B &B Allstars
About the Band: Welcome to the official fan page of Utah's premiere polka band, specializing in Western Pennsylvania/Cleveland-style polka music!

September 29th: Park City Polka Players
About the Band: They are a 5 piece polka band. They are classically trained musicians who enjoy the fun of playing polka music at restaurants and events. They are based on the traditional German and American Oompah Band which has more of a brass band quality.

Megan Collins

Snowbasin Resort Reveals Full Summer Activities Programming

By Megan Collins Tue Jun 04 2019 Dining & Entertainment, Dining Discovery Events, Summer Concert Series, Mt. Biking, Snowbasin Report, Upcoming Events

Snowbasin Resort has a great summer in store with free Blues, Brews & BBQ concerts, Mountain Top Yoga, Scenic Gondola Rides, hiking, biking, delicious dining events, free Monday movie nights and more. Snowbasin is the perfect place for weekend outdoor activities.

The 2019 Blues, Brews & BBQ free concert series kicks off with Naughty Professor on Sunday, June 9 and runs through Sunday, September 8. The fun extends all summer long with crowd favorites and powerhouse bands like Andy Frasco, Reckless Kelly, Keller Williams, Dead Winter Carpenters, Kris Lager, North Mississippi All-Stars and more. To see the full schedule visit http://www.snowbasin.com/events

After a successful Mountain Top Yoga debut last summer, Snowbasin is thrilled to offer two Mountain Top Yoga classes on Saturdays from June 22 through September 7. Guests begin their day with a 15-minute scenic gondola ride to the top of the mountain, where they will find sunshine, cool breezes, and Zen. The one-hour yoga classes will combine breath and posture to attain a state of mindfulness. Afterward, guests can check out the healthy post-yoga fuel options in Needles Lodge. Vinyasa Flow classes start at 9:15 am and the All Levels Sun Salutations classes start at 10:30 am. New this year, Yoga Summer Passes are available for $175. Without the pass, each class costs $20.

Scenic gondola rides, lift-served hiking and mountain biking (weather permitting) and weekend summer operations with the Kids Zone and Wildflower Mini Golf Course will start on Saturday, June 22 and run through Sunday, September 8 on Saturdays and Sundays.  

This summer Snowbasin’s new culinary team invites guests to delight in food experiences. Dining Discovery specialty dinners, featuring local ingredients and drink pairings take place on June 21st, July 26th, August 9th, August 15th, September 20th, and October 18th. On Sundays, starting June 23 the team will offer a Mountain Top Brunch, like none other. The culinary team provides the freshest local ingredients which are showcased across a grand buffet while culinary experts dazzle you with their preparation methods. This is a summer bucket list item you have to try in northern Utah. Reservations are required for both these dining occasions and can be made by calling 801-620-1021.

‘Painting in Nature’ classes are back on Earl’s Patio taking place one Saturday each month. Save the dates June 22nd, July 13th and August 17th for a mid-morning 90 minute guided painting class and stay tuned for the pieces the group will be painting.

Snowbasin invites families to enjoy a free feature film on Monday evenings from July 1 - August 5th. The Wildflower Mini Golf Course, Kids Zone, and Earl’s Lodge will open at 6 pm, so families can make a night out of it with dinner, activities, and a free movie starting at dusk. The feature films are shown outdoors on the Blues, Brews & BBQ stage. To see the feature films visit http://www.snowbasin.com/events

In addition to the Kids Adventure Zone open on Saturdays, Sundays, and during Movie Nights, on Sunday afternoons, parents can drop their kids off for a mountain adventure while they have a carefree time enjoying the free live music at Blues, Brews & BBQ. Every Sunday from July 7th – August 25th kids ages 6-10 head out on the mountain for a guided adventure from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Each week has a different theme and includes scavenger hunts, learning to read compasses, artistic activities in the outdoors, learning about wildlife and more.

Spend Summer at Snowbasin and enjoy the array of activities that offer a little something for everyone. To learn more details about summer at Snowbasin visit http://www.snowbasin.com or call 801-620-1000.

Megan Collins

Mt. Ogden Midweek Mountain Bike Race At Snowbasin Resort Offers Fun For All Ages

By Megan Collins Tue May 21 2019

Snowbasin Resort continues to host the Mt. Ogden Midweek Mountain Bike Race Series, with 10 events taking place this summer. Races occur each Wednesday starting June 12th and conclude on August 28th with the exception of no race on June 26th and July 3rd. 

Registration starts at 5:00 p.m. before each event and races start at 6:30 p.m. There is a $20 registration fee each night and a one-time $15 plate fee for adults. A discounted Race Series membership is available for $120, including all ten races and the plate fee. For High School Mountain Bike Racers the cost is just $90. Snowbasin offers a kid race at 6:45 pm. Race registration is $25 for the series or $5 nightly. New this year, guests can purchase their series tickets prior to the start of the season. http://bit.ly/mtogdenbikerace

This is a race that is fun for all abilities and ages. Categories for both men and women include Pro, Expert, Sport, and Beginner. Additionally, Snowbasin offers a kids race at 6:45 pm. Snowbasin will offer food and beverage for purchase on Earl’s Plaza, providing a perfect place to bring the family and grab a bite in the cool mountain air.

Tim Eastley, Terrain Parks Manager says, “We are excited to offer the Mt. Ogden Midweek Bike Race Series again this summer. After the immense growth in last season’s participants, we are enthusiastic to see who comes out this year. With more people joining the sport and the high school cycling teams growing, this is the perfect avenue for everyone to practice their skills in a fun, competitive manner. Each week we have prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for  both men and women in our 4 divisions; Beginner (5-6 miles), Sport(10-12 miles), Expert(15-18 miles), Pro(15-18 miles) We also offer season point tracking for pro, expert and sport classes and the leaders in those divisions all season wear a Hyperthreads leaders jersey each race night. We hope to see you out on the starting line.”

Snowbasin Resort couldn’t put on this bike race series without their title sponsor, McKay Dee Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Clinic, the supporting sponsors, Hyperthreads, Enve Composites, The Front Climbing Gym, Kuhl, and the weekly sponsors, Diamond Peak, Skyline Cycle, Biker’s Edge, 2nd Tracks, The Bike Shoppe and Hyperthreads. 

For more information, please visit www.snowbasin.com or call 801.620.1000.

Megan Collins