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Opening Week Recap!

By Alyssa Erickson Sat Dec 07 2019

This past week was unequivocally the best snow for opening week in my recent memory! That is really saying something, since last year was also a record year for snowfall, powder days, and early season openings across the western U.S.

Opening day recap:

Snowbasin Resort celebrated opening day with prizes, free t-shirts and helmet decals for the first 100 guests in line. The festive atmosphere was contagious, both for those who made it up and those of us who watched through social media. The party continued all weekend as the Snowbasin family reunited around their common love of snow.

Snowbasin received 51” of snow over opening weekend. That is over 4 FEET of snow folks! In addition to Snowbasin’s renowned snowmaking systems, it made for a ton of terrain open to the public and 2,300 feet of leg-burning-vertical per lap. 

In fact, while my family expected lots of crowds, busy ski runs, and the classic start-of-season firmness, we had none of it. Lift lines at Needles Gondola are running fast and efficient. The snow is powder and packed powder on 18+ runs. And at the end of day one, I turned to my husband saying, “You know what I haven’t felt today? That early season to-many-people on too-few-runs feeling that I am used to.” In fact, when we ventured onto runs such as Pork Barrel, Harolds or Two-Bit-Street, we had the entire slope to ourselves. From a patron’s point of view, this was the most well-organized and smooth opening weekend I’ve ever experienced at Snowbasin. Good job team!

Early season conditions exist. What does this mean?

Keep a lookout for rocks and obstacles that perhaps you wouldn’t expect on some of your favorite runs. Also, runs marked as “all-natural” or with signed warnings of early-season conditions are NOT groomed. We especially appreciated this because we love skiing moguls and the turns were soft. However, if someone is expecting a groomed run, this could catch them unprepared. 

Check out what is new:

JUST OPEN! The new servery in Earl’s Lodge opened for business this weekend. Already ranked #3 in the industry by Ski Magazine for dining, Snowbasin Resort continues to up its game. A few new stations like the Beehive Beer and Coffee and Bakery area with their gorgeous pastries caught our family’s attention! New menu additions, including Pork Al Pastor Tacos and French Onion Soup, looked amazing but we just couldn’t resist the Chili Fries. They are always a family favorite.

New parking! Snowbasin invested time and energy into revamping their overflow parking situation - something that has been a debacle in the past. New overflow lots, labeled with new signage are now sprinkled along Snowbasin Road. Snowbasin has more shuttle service to all lots as well as better signage to make the guest experience easy between their cars and the base area. 

On The Mountain: 

New Terrain Park Features: Snowbasin has one terrain park with 8 features open at this time. My kids had a blast on the new features in the mini-orson’s terrain park, including barrels made from the old Wildcat lift!

Safety Gondola: Safety is always a top priority for Snowbasin Resort. New this season, the Safety Gondola will be on the line of Needles Gondola on Saturdays with additional days during the holidays. Snowbasin has a staff member in there to talk about safety on the mountain. Make sure to familiarize yourself with good early season safety practices and you could win prizes while in the gondola. 

Check here for the latest report on open terrain at Snowbasin Resort.


Alyssa Erickson

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