January was learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and Snowbasin had a host of awesome deals to help get your kids on the trail. But let’s be honest, ski school is only half the battle for a parent.
Below is our insider guide for families. Our favorite food, our favorite runs, our tricks for hauling gear and making your day as hassle free as possible.
What is the easiest way to haul our gear to the base?
If you have two adults or older children, drive right up the curb and drop off the kids and all the gear. Snowbasin provides green wheelbarrows that easily fit all the gear for our family of five so we don’t even have to carry it to the ski school building or the gondola.
If you are solo with the kids, a ski shuttle will pick you up near your car and bring you to the base. They run frequently and the Snowbasin staff is very helpful loading and unloading with children.
What is the best dining experience?
By far our favorite lodge is the John Paul Lodge perched below the Allen Peak Tram and scenically tucked in next to majestic peaks. Many people miss out on this super scenic dining experience because of the difficult terrain off the John Paul lift. However, you can download (ride the lift back down) if you and your family are not up for skiing down.
Best Family deal for lunch?
Our family favorite is ordering a whole pizza at Earl’s Lodge for $25. The pizzas are loaded with toppings and are enough to feed 6-10 people depending on the ages and appetites of the crowd. And pizza is a crowd pleaser for all ages!
I want to escape the crowds, where do I go?
If I am looking to skip a lengthy line at Needles Gondola, I take the Little Cat Lift to the Becker Lift. From the top of the Becker you can access some great intermediate terrain that will drop you at the bottom of the Strawberry Gondola, and often further away from any crowds.
Best terrain for my beginner kids?
The obvious beginner terrain is the Powder Puff beginner run right outside of Earl’s Lodge. Beyond this, take the Becker lift up for more beginner and intermediate terrain that allows you to enjoy the mountain yet remain closer to the base accommodations. Great ski runs include Bear Hollow and Snowshoe.
Where do I find the best view?
From the top of the Strawberry Gondola you will simultaneously ski past views of the valleys on either side of the range. On a clear day you can see Ogden stretching all the way to the Great Salt Lake and the Weber Valley on the other side.
Best way to experience extreme terrain while my kids are in ski school?
The Allen Peak Tram accesses vertigo inducing views and extreme terrain that every advanced skier should experience. If you are looking for more of an adventure and don’t mind a short hike, hike the ridge line over to No Name, a favorite amongst the locals.
How can I involve my non-skiing family in our ski day?
Snowbasin has a whole host of fun activities for the whole family! Enjoy riding the Needles gondola and meeting your skiing family members on the mountain for lunch. The Snowbasin tubing hill is now open for business and is a great way to spend a few hours. Lastly, if your non-skiing family members are infants or toddlers, feel free to hang out with them in Earl’s Lodge, take a short snowshoe hike on the many trails in and around the Snowbasin base area, or make use of the friendly Day Care Center located in the Ski School building.
Alyssa Erickson I am a wife, mom, rock climber, skier, coffee lover and all around adventure lover with a passion for writing. I have my B.A. in English Literature from the University of Colorado and am the founder of KidProject.org. I live and play near the Wasatch Range, partnering with my husband and teaching my kids to make the most of life and the One who gave it to us.