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Snowbasin Resort Announces Basin Days

By Megan Collins Mon Feb 24 2020

Snowbasin Resort is excited to welcome springtime on the slopes with Basin Days, featuring free live music and local breweries on Earl’s Patio in the base area on weekends in March and April. Beer service starts at 11 a.m. and music starts at 2 p.m. Basin Days will finish on closing weekend, with the annual Pond Skim on April 11 and Easter on April 12.

March 7 and March 8 Roosters Brewing will be featured on Earl’s Patio. On March 7 there will be music from B.D. Howes, and on March 8 music from the Proper Way.

March 14 and March 15 Uinta, Moab, Kiitos and Roadhouse will be pouring beer on Earl’s Patio with music from Lost in Bourbon on March 14 and Sin City Soul on March 15.

On March 21 and March 22 Wasatch, Odell Brewing Co, Shades and UTOG will be pouring beer on Earl’s Patio. The tunes include music from Muddlepuddle on March 21 and Ike & Martin on March 22.

On March 28 and March 29 local breweries on Earl’s Patio include Epic, Talisman Brewing Co and Bohemian Brewery. The music will be from Nate Robinson Trio on March 28 and Wildflower Moon on March 29.

On April 4 and April 5 Melvin, Cerveza, and Mother Earth will be pouring beer on Earl’s Patio and there will be music from Eric Heidman on April 4 and from The Proper Way on April 5.

Festivities conclude on closing weekend, featuring the annual Pond Skim on April 11, featuring skiers and snowboarders riding across a 120’ pond. Closing Day is anticipated for April 12 with the annual Easter Brunch.

To learn more about events at Snowbasin, visit http://www.snowbasin.com/events or call 801-620-1000.

 

 

Megan Collins

Skiing with Kids: Five Tips for Success

By Alyssa Erickson Fri Feb 07 2020 Basin Buzz, Skiing, Snowbasin Report, Snowboarding

Hello Snowbasin Families! I see you out there, loading your toddler’s skis into a wagon and trekking it through the base area. I see you kneeling in the snow to get their boots in their bindings, lovingly loading their skis in the gondola, endlessly encouraging them along on their journey to becoming a skier or rider. 

I know every victory and every hiccup and let’s be honest… every tear, because I lived through them and our family is still in this process every weekend. My three kids are older now, get dressed on their own, and thankfully still love to ski despite some failed days. However, I remember the dozens of laps on Little Cat. I remember forgetting one kid’s skis and another child’s boots. (Friends, that it what the rental center is for!) And I remember when my youngest refused to take off her princess tutu that morning - so it went on right over the ski bibs!

Snowbasin became our family homebase for skiing in Utah largely because it is SO beginner and family friendly.  We also learned a lot about how to help our kids on the ski hill, when to sign them up for a lesson with the Learning Center, and when to call it a day and go in search of a treat. 

Our five tips for skiing/riding with your young children:

  1. It is less about what you teach and more about how you are interacting with your kids on the ski hill. This is STILL true with my older kids. Make it fun, limit the stressors, pay careful attention to when your encouragement becomes lecturing. I am a firm believer that some professional instruction is a good start and then follow it up with quality time on the mountain during the season. That is where you play a major role.
  2. Try your best to take an objective look at what your child needs. (Easier said than done.) Having skied with my own children through the toddler and early elementary ages, I’ve seen just how different their “ski needs” can be. What motivates each child is often different. One child might resist ski school lessons and just want to ski and spend time with mom and dad. If this is you, make the most of it by prioritizing the types of terrain they enjoy the most. Set aside your agenda and let them lap the terrain park or spend the day showing you all their favorite tree trails. 
  3. On the other hand, you might have a child that is more motivated when skiing with kids their own age. If, like us, you spend a lot of time skiing with your kids on the bunny hill but have hit a wall in terms of learning or desire to learn, try a lesson. Snowbasin’s certified instructors are trained in a variety of techniques that might just help your child reach that next level. Kids are often motivated by being around other kids and can learn a lot by simply observing other kids at their same level learning alongside them. 
  4. We think a lot about how to set our kids up for success. However, we should also set the rest of the family up for success. Did your Saturday ski day turn into a 10” powder day? Cash in on that lesson or day for your child in the Learning Center while you enjoy a much needed adult day on the slopes. Try to limit your own frustration by giving yourself time to ski or ride at an adult pace.
  5. I’ve come across many parents asking, “What do I do with my kid that just doesn’t want to ski??” This is a complicated question, but I want to encourage you with this - that same fickleness that can take them from smiling to screaming at you on the same ski run, can also swing back the same way. I have one child that fought us for a few years, telling us she hated the outdoor stuff we did. She has just a quickly swung 180 degrees the opposite direction and now is the one dragging us out the door and asking to do one more run at the end of the day! 

The Snowbasin Quick List:

  • Take advantage of the shuttles that run from all Snowbasin parking lots or drop off your family at the skier drop off area up front. Wagons are provided for you to cart all the bags and gear that inevitably come with your crew of adventurers. TIP: They are also great for wheeling those exhausted toddlers back to the car at the end of the day.
  • Any other parents out there have a child terrified of the “scary potties”?! (ie. The auto flushing toilets.) After a long search our first season, we realized the Learning Center has normal flushing toilets for children! Yay!
  • Need a carrot at the end of the day? Earl’s Lodge has fresh baked $1 cookies at 3 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and a sweets selection to please any appetite at the new bakery.
  • Want to have a bag filled with supplies close to the lifts, but don't want to carry it around? There is a bag check downstairs in Earl's Lodge, you can leave your bags for just $3 and access them as many times as you want throughout the day. Great place to store layers and treats close to the lifts! 

In the end, all this is to say, if we can foster a love of being out in the mountains, then we are winning. The process and the story will be different for each child. But one thing is the same - keep showing up as parents, instructors, and taking the time to connect your little people to the mountains. 

See you on the slopes! 

 

Alyssa Erickson

A recap of SAFERmtn’s Safety Basecamp

By Alyssa Erickson Thu Jan 30 2020

Sign gardens. Grilling in the sunshine. Happy avalanche dogs. Free swag and food! All in celebration of NSAA’s Safety Month!

You might have noticed the presence of the new SAFERmtn Team around Snowbasin this year.  New this season, the SAFERmtn Team is working hard to educate Snowbasin patrons about responsible riding and they are having a ton of fun while doing it.

In celebration of Safety month, SAFERmtn hosted a Safety Basecamp at the base of the Middle Bowl Lift. Saturday, Sunday and Monday of MLK weekend, skiers and boarders were greeted with free food, free swag, demonstrations and education. 

Ski Patrol had a beacon park up and running where young and old alike learned first-hand how a beacon works and how to search for someone who is buried in an avalanche. 

Snowbasin patrollers had the avalanche dogs out doing demonstrations. I was able to meet Flint (age 3) and his handler Casey. I learned it takes roughly two years to train a dog in search and rescue. 

Shelley Ekman, one of the new safety ambassadors, shared, “we want people to feel free to ask questions and have conversations with us.” Truthfully, many of us shy away from patrol or safety employees. So I took my chance to ask a few questions of my own. 

“Sometimes the safety rules can get overwhelming or are easily forgotten when powder stoke takes over. What is one thing you’d really like us to remember?”

Shelley replied, “I always remind people to read and follow the signs, especially the Slow signs. But the definition of slow can be different for everyone, right? So it is important that we ski or ride at the same speed or slower than the guests around us in those higher traffic zones.” 

I asked Ski Patroller and handler of Jigs (Snowbasin rescue dog), Eric Landretch, a similar question about how we can support their work on the mountain. “Please come on up and ask us questions! Even when we are with the dogs or out working. Regarding the dogs, please ask permission to approach them and be super cautious with your skis or boards around them.” 

The SAFERmtn team has been working hard this season to make skiing safe. If you missed the fun and festivities, check out the Safety Cabin, circulating around the resort this season.  Stop by, say hello and answer a safety question to win cool prizes. The second Safety Cabin will be launching every Friday on Needles Gondola. The lucky cabin riders will have a chance to win giveaways and be entered into a weekly drawing! 

snow safety at Snowbasin

 

Alyssa Erickson

Snowbasin Named Winner of the Knot Best of Wedding Venues for 2020

By Megan Collins Thu Jan 23 2020 Basin Buzz, Upcoming Events

Snowbasin Resort is pleased to announce that they have been selected as a 2020 ­­winner of The Knot Best of Weddings, an accolade representing the highest- and most-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot, a leading wedding planning brand and app.

In 2020, only five percent of hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals listed on The Knot received this distinguished award. In its fourteenth annual year, The Knot continues its longstanding tradition of supporting local wedding vendors with The Knot Best of Weddings 2020, an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. To determine the winners, The Knot analyzed its millions of user reviews across various vendor categories, including venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more, to find the highest rated vendors of the year. These winners represent the best of the best wedding professionals that engaged couples should consider booking for their own unique wedding.

Tonja Hanson, Executive Director of Sales at Snowbasin Resort shares, "Snowbasin Resort is thrilled to be recognized by the Knot as a top wedding venue across America. Snowbasin Resort offers a custom individualized approach for every bride and groom; from their personalized venue tour, hands on detailed planning process, and the meticulous assistance on their special day. We work with the couple to create their dream wedding through excellent guest service from our Catering Services Team, a variety of unique venues, and delicious food from our world class culinary team. The interior venues at Snowbasin are luxurious, elegant lodges; with a variety of set up options that include base area venues and on-mountain lodges at 8,000 feet above sea level, to accommodate weddings for small and large gatherings. Snowbasin also offers a variety of on-mountain locations in open spaces for a more intimate experience, as well as unique concepts such as a glamping venue. With engagement season in full bloom and Valentine’s Day fast approaching, Snowbasin would love the opportunity to work with couples near and far to create their perfect day.”

The Knot has inspired 25 million couples (and counting!) to plan a wedding that’s uniquely theirs. With a rich history of providing high-quality content and inspiration, The Knot makes it easy for couples to connect with and book the right wedding professionals to create their perfect wedding day. On The Knot Marketplace, couples can get connected to any of the hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals across the country. The Knot Best of Weddings gives couples the confidence to find and book the best local vendors to bring their wedding visions to life. In combination with years of trusted content, The Knot’s innovative technology makes planning one’s wedding celebrations easier and more enjoyable.

Wedding professionals who win The Knot Best of Weddings are members of WeddingPro, the leading B2B wedding brand. As the largest marketplace and community for wedding professionals, WeddingPro connects businesses with more than 13 million visitors per month who are planning weddings on The Knot and WeddingWire, as well as with hundreds of thousands of pros in the industry. Through its online marketplaces, educational programs, and community-building events, WeddingPro is dedicated to helping wedding professionals build relationships with couples and pros that grow their businesses.

For more information about The Knot Best of Weddings and this year’s winners, please visit https://www.theknot.com/vendors/best-of-weddings.

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About Snowbasin Resort

Snowbasin Resort, located in Utah, is one of the most accessible ski resorts in North America, less than 40 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport and only 50 minutes from Park City. It was the host venue for the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic alpine events, including downhill, combined (downhill and slalom) and super-G with men's and women's downhill courses still in place for guests to experience. Snowbasin is regularly top-rated by Ski Magazine in the categories of Accessibility, Service, On-Mountain Food, Lifts and Grooming. It offers families and outdoor enthusiasts a variety of activities and features championship-level skiing and riding, with nearly 3,000 skiable acres, an average snowfall of over 300 inches, and 3,000 vertical feet. Consistently recognized as one of the best family resorts in North America, Snowbasin Resort is one of the oldest continuously operating ski resorts in the nation. In the summer Snowbasin offers scenic gondola rides, hiking, biking, free Blues, Brews & BBQ concerts, and more, making Snowbasin the perfect year around destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Snowbasin Resort is a member of the Grand America Hotels and Resorts family. Sister properties include Sun Valley Resort, The Grand America Hotel, Little America Hotel (all Salt Lake City, Utah); The Westgate Hotel, San Diego, Calif.; Little America Flagstaff, Ariz.; Little America, Wyo., and Little America, Cheyenne, Wyo. http://www.snowbasin.com | 801.620.1000 | @snowbasinresort | #snowbasinresort

 

About The Knot

The Knot is the nation’s leading multiplatform wedding resource offering a seamless, all-in-one planning experience—from finding inspiration and local vendors to creating and managing all guest experiences, wedding registries and more. The trusted brand reaches a majority of engaged couples in the US through the #1 wedding planning website TheKnot.com and #1 iOS and Android mobile app The Knot Wedding Planner, The Knot national and local wedding magazines, and The Knot book series. Since its inception, The Knot has inspired approximately 25 million couples to plan a wedding that’s uniquely them. Visit The Knot online at TheKnot.com and follow on social media: Facebook.com/TheKnot and @TheKnot on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

 

Megan Collins