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Make Snowbasin a part of your family campout this summer!

By Alyssa Erickson Wed Jun 27 2018 Basin Buzz, Snowbasin Report, Upcoming Events

The feel of wet forest, crisp from melting snow, the splash of kids swimming in the nearby lake, the faint smell of campfire from last night’s s’more roasting fills my senses. I grew up camping in the mountains and alongside lakes every weekend during my childhood.

Every summer it feels like coming home.

It is amazing how a weekend away from the city can bring both my family and my hope in humanity back into focus.

A quick “good morning” at the community water faucet as we brush our teeth or a collective cheer as the sun sets over the Wasatch mountains and paints the sky pink and orange.

Snowbasin offers so many amazing ways to enjoy the outdoors during the summertime! Last summer we decided to incorporate Snowbasin Resort’s family-friendly activities into our July campout and it is still one of my favorite memories!

Weekend Fun at Snowbasin Resort

We backed into our site, Pineview Reservoir in front of us and the bright green flanks of the Wasatch behind us. The morning was cool and crisp, perfect for some mountain recreation so we headed up to Snowbasin for a hike. The Needles Cirque trail, is our favorite due to the amazing views of Ogden Valley, abundant wildflowers in late July and the lingering snowfields that make for a fun snowball fight.

The next morning we hauled out the bikes and cruised the Moose Loop a few times and finished on the Maples trail. I needed some kid-free exercise during a few of our days, so my husband and I took turns riding the Green pond trail and Sardine Peak. For more information on kid-friendly mountain biking at Snowbasin visit my post: Tips for taking your kids mountain biking this summer.

After a morning of getting all tired and sweaty, we retired back to camp for some afternoon swimming at Pineview and resting in the hammock. If you are looking for other morning options, Snowbasin is now offering a certified yoga instructor for yoga at 8,900 feet every Saturday, June 9 – September 22. There is a Vinyasa Flow class at 9:15 am and a Slow Flow class at 10:30 am. Reserve your spot ahead of time here

Snowbasin is also offering a host of workshops this summer for kids on Sundays and adults (12 and up) on Saturdays. Topics include bike maintenance and skills, yoga, trail running, and painting! If you are looking for some kid-free time, plan on spending Sunday Afternoon at Blues, Brews & BBQ. While my kids enjoyed time at the various Snowbasin adventure camps, my husband and I kicked back and enjoyed good food and music at the base area.

Evenings are Magical

Evenings are one of my favorite times while camping. Campfires, sunsets, s’mores. On the last evening of our long weekend, we went up to Snowbasin for their Monday night free Family Movie Nights on the Earl’s Lodge lawn. The movie started at dusk, so we were happy we brought hoodies and blankets! Snacks and treats were available till the movie was over

Camping near Snowbasin Resort

There are many options for camping near Snowbasin Resort. Two of the closest options are Anderson Cove and Jefferson Hunt Campground at Pineview Reservoir. I suggest reserving spots ahead of time as weekends often book up. These campgrounds are only 10 minutes from Snowbasin and allow you to enjoy all the recreation provided at the lake including swimming, paddling, boating, biking, and hiking.

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.