It's hard to resist the cuteness of the hard working furry friends that are seen on our mountain. The avalanche dogs at Snowbasin and other resorts in Utah are trained to rescue people if there is ever an avalanche. These dogs are trained to cover the size of two football fields in 30 minutes. In comparison, to cover this amount of terrain in the same 30 minutes would require 150 trained two-legged searchers. All these trainings and classes are funded through the local non-profit, Wasatch Backcountry Rescue (WBR).
This past March Snowbasin Resort and Snowbasin Ski Patrol hosted their second annual fundraiser for Wasatch Backcountry Rescue in Ogden, Utah. The event was filled with live music from The Johnny Utahs, a silent auction with great prizes from a variety of local vendors, specialty cocktails from New World Distillery, and the biggest draw - meet and greets with all of Snowbasin's avalanche dogs.
Snowbasin Resort is home to five avalanche dogs Flint, Stash, Jiggs, Molly and the newest puppy in training, Slayer, who joined the team just days before the fundraiser. All these furry rescuers and their handlers go through two years of intense training, followed with annual classes. The funds raised for WBR, pay for the avalanche training and allow dog trainers to attend domestic and international dog training schools, backcountry rescue workshops, and snow science workshops. These schools help develop the experience needed for rescue as well as bring new ideas into the organization. In order to stay on the cutting edge of professional backcountry rescue, research, and training, it is important that both dogs and their human trainers receive the best education and training possible.
We want to thank everyone who donated products for the silent auction, their funds and their time to raise over $10,000 for WBR! If you missed this event, stay tuned for details about the next one.
You can always donate to WBR and learn more about Wasatch Backcountry Rescue by visiting their website.
Snowbasin Resort is adding more summer programming for both adults and children on Saturdays and Sundays this summer. Everything from mountaintop yoga, bike clinics, trail running clinics, and painting in nature, to weekly kids’ adventures tours and more, Snowbasin is the place for weekend outdoor activities. Andrew Barfield, Director of Base Area Services says, “Building on the positive reception to our Blues, Brews & BBQ Sunday concert series, the timing felt right to expand our summer offerings to everyone. We realize summer isn’t really the off-season anymore and wanted to offer a variety of activities providing an experience which is both adventurous yet comfortable for all ages.”
Join a certified yoga instructor for yoga at 8,900 feet every Saturday this summer June 9 – September 22. Classes start at 10:30 am at Needles Lodge. The class will combine breath and posture to attain a state of mindfulness and improved sense of well-being. Guests are asked to bring their own mat and water. Classes will cost $15 and include a complimentary gondola ride. You can sign up for these classes prior online
Snowbasin is bringing back their popular Introduction to Mountain Biking Clinic, every Saturday starting June 16th – September 1st and adding an Advanced Mountain Biking Clinic a few select Saturdays throughout the summer. Bike clinics will run from 10:30 am – 2:00 pm. Cost is $40 per participant and includes a complimentary gondola ticket. The introduction clinic is designed for a beginner to intermediate ability level, who feels comfortable riding a bicycle on the pavement. This clinic will use grassy fields and the trails Inner Moose Loop, Moose Loop, Maples Trail and/or Cirque Trail. The advanced clinic will be held on Saturday, June 30th, July 21st, August 11th, and September 1st. This clinic will teach advanced maneuvers including bunny hops, navigating logs or large rocks, wheelie drops, and riding down steep grades with confidence. All the clinics are taught by PMBI certified instructors. Sign up prior for both clinics, especially the Advanced Clinic online.
On Saturdays throughout the summer, Snowbasin is offering guided workshops covering an array of genres. Each workshop runs for about ninety minutes and is for guests twelve years and older. For the Yogi, there is a workshop exploring the philosophy of yoga and how to expand their personal practices on July 7th and August 14th for free. For the biker, there will be a trailside bike mechanics workshop, where the guest will learn the quick fixes to continue rides when their mechanic isn’t with them and something goes wrong on July 14th and August 11th for $15 For guests looking to get into trail running, there will be a workshop teaching the basics to get started on July 21st and August 18th for free. For the creative guest, there will be a painting in nature workshop on July 28th at the top of John Paul Chairlift and on August 25th at the top of Needles Gondola for $25, which includes paint, canvas, and instruction. Sign up online prior to the course here. Please note the painting classes will max out at 25 participants.
On Sunday afternoons, parents can drop their kids off for a mountain adventure while they have a carefree time enjoying the free live music at Blues, Brews & BBQ. Every Sunday starting July 1st – August 19th kids ages 7-11 head out on the mountain for a guided adventure from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Each week has a different theme and includes scavenger hunts, learning to read compasses, doing artistic activities in the outdoors, learning about wildlife and more. For just $15, kids get a snack, a lift ticket, and a guided adventure. The kids will come back happy, tired, and have a little more knowledge. Sign up kids prior online.
For more information, please visit www.snowbasin.com or call 801.620.1000.
With the success of last year, Snowbasin Resort is delighted to bring back the free Movie on the Mountain Series for sevens Mondays throughout the summer with a new addition of the Kids Adventure Park operating. The Kids Adventure Park will open at 4:30 pm on Monday afternoons and stay open until the movie starts at dusk. Families can now come a little earlier and let the kids play in the adventure park prior to the movie. Snowbasin invites families to watch a free feature motion picture under the stars in the cool Wasatch Mountain air on Earl’s Lodge Lawn. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy ‘dinner and a movie’ in the great outdoors. Food and dinner specials will be available from 6:00 pm – until the show starts at dusk. The menu will feature all the trappings of a theater experience with Snowbasin flair. After the movie begins, snacks and treats will be available until the film ends.
Feature Film Schedule:
July 9th – Despicable Me 3
July 16th – The Goonies
July 23rd - Cars 3
July 30th – Coco
August 6th – Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2
*No outside food and drink are allowed. If guest has proof of age of 21 and older, beer will be available for purchase.
Snowbasin Resort continues to host the Mt. Ogden Midweek Bike Race Series this summer. There will be ten races starting on Wednesday, June 20th and go through Wednesday, August 29th with the exception of no race on Wednesday, July 4th. This is a race that is fun for all abilities and all ages. Registration starts at 5:00 pm and the races start at 6:30 pm. There is a $15 registration fee each night and a one-time plate fee of $10 for adults. A competitor can purchase the whole season and save money. A Race Series membership is $125 and includes 10 races, plate fee, and summer gondola pass. There are categories for both men and women including Pro, Expert, Sport, and Beginner. Snowbasin even offers a race for the kiddos that starts at 6:45 pm. Race registration for the kids’ race is $5 per a night with a $10 one-time plate fee. New this season, Snowbasin will be offering food and beverage for purchase on Earl’s Plaza at the Plaza Pick-Me-Up Cart from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. So the races are a perfect place to bring the family to cheer the bikers on and grab a bite in the cool mountain air.
Tim Eastley, Terrain Parks Manager says, “We are excited to offer the Mt. Ogden Midweek Bike Race Series again this summer. After the immense growth in last season’s participants, we are enthusiastic to see who comes out this year. With more people joining the sport and the high school cycling teams growing, this is the perfect avenue for everyone to practice their skills in a fun, competitive manner. Each week we have prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for both men and women in our 4 divisions; Beginner (5-6miles), sport(10-12miles), Expert(15-18miles), Pro(15-18 miles) We also offer season point tracking for pro, expert and sport classes and the leaders in those divisions all season wear a Hyperthreads leaders jersey each race night. We hope to see you out on the starting line.”
Snowbasin Resort couldn’t put on this bike race series without their title sponsor, McKay Dee Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Clinic, the supporting sponsors, Hyperthreads, Enve Composites, The Front Climbing Gym, Shiftworks, and the weekly sponsors, Diamond Peak, Skyline Cycle, Biker’s Edge, 2nd Tracks, The Bike Shoppe and Hyperthreads.
Learn more about the races at www.snowbasin.com/mtogdenraceseries
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