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Making the Most of your Epic Pass at Snowbasin Resort

By Alyssa Erickson Mon Dec 23 2019

New this season, Snowbasin Resort is a part of the Epic Pass family.  We can’t wait to show everyone what we believe is Utah’s greatest mountain secret: A huge mountain, plentiful powder, epic mountain views, and fewer people!

I first visited Snowbasin Resort nine years ago and I am still finding secret powder stashes, tree lines I’ve never skied before, favorite menu items, and a local community that is authentically stoked on skiing and riding. 

Whether you are here for one day or one week, here are five things you don’t want to miss… the things that have people coming back year after year:

Endless Terrain for Everyone

Snowbasin Resort has an amazing amount of terrain for every skier and rider. Beginner-friendly greens, world-class groomers dropping 2,500 feet in a single run, steep chutes and tree lines. Locals say you can ski here for years and never discover all of Snowbasin’s secrets. 

The beginner and intermediate terrain at Snowbasin is serviced by the Little Cat and Becker Lifts as well as the six-pack Wildcat lift. They are a great way to introduce yourself to the mountain.

Advanced riders do not want to miss the steep tree lines off the John Paul lift or the classic Lone Tree Chute accessed off the Strawberry Gondola. Mt. Ogden Bowl and the Cirque are also great places to challenge your steep skiing skills. Explore off the main runs and you can often find fresh powder turns days after a storm. 

Part of what makes Snowbasin so great, is that both beginners and advanced skiers will find terrain that is fun and challenging! 

Allen Peak Tram

Also known by locals as the Tin Can Tram (in reference to appearance only), the Allen Peak Tram is an iconic part of Snowbasin Resort. Delivering patrons to the top of Allen Peak, it is the same tram that delivered Olympic Downhill racers to the top of the racecourse in the 2002 Winter Olympics. Unmatched views of the valleys to the east and west should not be missed.

Feeling uncertain about tackling the black diamond terrain off the tram? That is fine! Don’t miss the experience, simply ride the tram back down to the John Paul Lodge.

Experience Snowbasin With First Tracks by Booking a Private Lesson

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have the whole mountain to youself?? I did, so I took advantage of the early load options. It was amazing how much terrain we covered without any one else on the mountain! Both ripping virgin corderoy and making first tracks through unbroken powder before the 9 a.m. lift openings are among some of my favorite memories at Snowbasin.

The best way to learn the ins and outs of Snowbasin is to book a private/semi-private lesson. Not only will the awesome instructors show you around, but you can even get some coaching tips along the way.

Booking a private lesson also allows you to access the mountain 1 hour BEFORE the public! Think about how much skiing and riding you can do with the mountain to yourself. A private lesson is good for up to five people. Reserve yours today to experience Snowbasin in a whole new way! 



Eat at one of Snowbasin’s On-Mountain Lodges

The first time I rode up the John Paul Lift, we came over the upper ridge and the John Paul Lodge came into view, perched on rocky crags. I thought someone had dropped me in the Swiss Alps. 


Snowbasin is also known for its spectacular dining options all three lodges: Earls Lodge in the base area, Needles Lodge at the top of Needles Gondola, and the John Paul Lodge at the top of the John Paul Lift. Each of the lodges are a great place to meet your group for lunch.

In my opinion, John Paul Lodge has the best views. Needles Lodge is great for those looking to maximize on-slope time and want a quick bite between laps. Looking for a budget-friendly option for feeding all the hungry stomachs in your family? The made to order pizzas at Earl’s Lodge are our family’s favorite and you can feed 4-8 people for $35. Looking to warm up from a cold day? Don’t miss the famous Tomato Basil Bisque or the new French Onion Soup at Earl’s Lodge.

Need a treat for your littles ones? Don’t miss $1 Fresh Baked cookies at Earl’s Lodge at 3 p.m!

Strawberry Gondola

Strawberry Gondola and the adjacent terrain is amazing after a fresh powder dump, but in my opinion, it really shines on a clear day. Don't miss the best summit views on the whole mountain and well as wide-open bowls and endless intermediate terrain over at Strawberry. 

Welcome to the Snowbasin Family! We hope you enjoy your time here.


Alyssa Erickson

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