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Snowbasin Resort Announces Partnership with Epic Pass for 2019-2020 Season

By Megan Collins Wed Feb 06 2019 Skiing, Snowbasin Report, Upcoming Events

Snowbasin and Sun Valley announced today that they are joining the industry-leading Epic Pass in a multi-year alliance beginning with 2019-20 winter season. Both Snowbasin and Sun Valley remain independently-owned and operated and are pleased to participate in the Epic Pass. This new season pass alliance offers broad appeal for many pass holders. Snowbasin season passes go on sale in early-March.

"Snowbasin and Sun Valley are crown jewels of our family-owned businesses and we are always looking for new ways to provide outstanding service to our guests," noted Carol Holding, whose husband, Earl, bought Sun Valley in 1977. "As we remain committed to investing in and operating our properties for many years to come, this multi-year alliance with the Epic Pass will bring value to our pass holders and introduce more guests to our unique traditions."

“As one of the most accessible and historic ski areas in North America, Snowbasin is pleased to offer Epic Pass holders another option in Utah,” said Davy Ratchford, Snowbasin’s General Manager. “This will also greatly benefit Snowbasin’s longtime clientele with expanded access to resorts across the globe.”

Snowbasin has been busy enhancing on-mountain skiing and riding with the improved Mt. Ogden Bowl Road, which has been widened and graded to provide a better skiing and riding experience down from John Paul Lodge. Additional snowmaking and the implementation of multiple highly-efficient snowmaking guns also highlight Snowbasin’s commitment to the environment and provide guests with the best early season conditions. The day lodges will undergo renovations that will be ready for the 2019-20 season.

“Together with nearby Park City Mountain Resort, Snowbasin has an incredibly rich winter sports history and this expanded access provides two great options for Epic Pass holders in Utah,” said Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts.
In the 2019-20 ski season, Epic Pass holders will have direct-to-lift access to Snowbasin and Sun Valley. Following are the benefits available to guests commencing with the 2019-20 season:

Snowbasin Premier Season Pass holders: Guests with these unrestricted passes will receive 50 percent off the one-day window lift ticket price at all Vail Resorts-owned and operated destinations.

Epic Pass™: Epic Pass holders will receive multiple days of skiing or snowboarding with no blackout dates at both Sun Valley and Snowbasin and 50 percent off one-day window lift ticket prices after their respective days have been redeemed.

Epic Local Pass™: Epic Local Pass holders will receive two days of skiing or snowboarding with limited restrictions at both Sun Valley and Snowbasin and 50 percent off one-day window lift ticket prices after their respective days have been redeemed.

Epic 7-Day Pass™:  Epic 7-Day Pass holders will receive up to seven days of skiing or snowboarding at both Sun Valley and Snowbasin, with no blackout dates, as part of their seven total days on the pass, beginning with the 2019-20 winter season. After the seven days, regardless of the resort at which they were redeemed, pass holders will receive 50 percent off the one-day window lift ticket price at both Sun Valley and Snowbasin.

Epic 4-Day™:  Epic 4-Day Pass holders will receive up to four days of skiing or snowboarding at both Sun Valley and Snowbasin, with no blackout dates, as part of their four total days on the pass, beginning with the 2019-20 winter season. After the four days, regardless of the resort at which they were redeemed, pass holders will receive 50 percent off the one-day window lift ticket price at both Sun Valley and Snowbasin.

For more information | http://www.epicpass.com | www.snowbasin.com/epicpass 

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Snowbasin Terrain Parks | Family Fun for Everyone

By Alyssa Erickson Tue Jan 15 2019 Terrain Parks

When I grew up, terrain parks were just coming on the scene and wearing a ski helmet still wasn’t mainstream. The first terrain park, modeled after the tradition “skate parks” used for rollerblading and skateboarding, was built in the early 90s. With the introduction of slopestyle and halfpipe to the Olympic games, terrain park usage and popularity has skyrocketed.

Lets just say that when my family hit the slopes together, my kids headed straight for the terrain parks and I could have used a primer on where to start, what to expect, and a few common-sense safety rules.

Snowbasin Resort is a family resort, boasting terrain that will keep all ages and all abilities happy. For this reason, the four terrain parks on the mountain focus on small to medium features. Similar to traditional alpine slopes, terrain parks are designated by an orange oval on the maps and rated (S, M, L) based on difficulty of features. All of Snowbasin’s Terrain Parks show their designation and difficulty at the entrance to the terrain park.

An Introduction to Snowbasin’s Parks

Beginner Parks

Powder Puff

Location: Under the Little Cat lift, on the Powder Puff Beginner Slope. It is accessed of the Little Cat lift.

Difficulty: Extra Small and Small

The Powder Puff park is the perfect place to start for those new to terrain parks or for young children. It is Snowbasin’s easiest and most basic park, with small berms, short jumps, and snow-level boxes.

Mini Orson’s

Location: On the Powder Puff Run at the bottom of Orson’s

Difficulty: Small and Medium

Mini-Orson’s is a great place to start once you want the next step up from Powder Puff, and want to try short jumps and low boxes that are a step up from Powder Puff.

Intermediate Parks

As you progress to medium-sized parks, you can expect the jumps to be more committing (10-30 feet) and jibs (rails, boxes, etc) requiring small jumps in order to mount them.

Blue Grouse

Location: Top of the Wildcat Lift

Difficulty: Small and Medium

 

Orson’s

Location: Orson’s run, accessed via the Wildcat Lift or Needles Gondola

Difficulty: Small and Medium

Safety Tips

There are a few common sense safety tips that everyone should know before entering any of the terrain parks.

  1. Ski or snowboard within your ability. Start in the small parks before launching into the more difficult parks.
     
  2. Tim Eastley, the Snowbasin Terrain park manager, cautions us that “the snow ramps in front of the rails or boxes are not small jumps. It is bad practice to use them as such because it creates cross ruts for the rider using the feature as intended.”
  3. Do not stop or ski through the landing areas of jumps or features as it creates a hazard both for you and the rider coming down the hill.
  4. Learn the hand signals for safe communication with riders above or below you (as shown in the photo below).

Join us later this season for a behind the scenes look into the team that builds our terrain parks, their process, and what it takes to build and maintain a terrain park! See you on the slopes!


 

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.

What to expect on your first day with the Snowbasin Learning Center

By Alyssa Erickson Mon Jan 07 2019 Skiing, Snowbasin Report, Snowboarding

So this is the year! The year you decided to become a skier or snowboarder. Or maybe you are a parent and this is the year you signed up your kids for lessons, rented all the gear and now you find yourself staring into early light of a grey morning wondering if this was a good idea.

Trust me.  It is. But like all first days, first days learning to ski or snowboard can be a little unnerving. As humans, we just aren’t comfortable with the unexpected or unknown. Today I am going to help a little bit with that.

What should you expect on your first day:

For an introduction to the typical first day in ski school, I caught up with Ashley Watts, the Snowbasin Snow Sports School Director and he shared these tips:

  • Plan your morning. Arriving on time, unhurried, and prepared will set the stage for your day. To do so, Ashley suggests arriving an hour before your scheduled lesson if you are renting equipment. On weekends, holidays, or powder days, allow more time for snowy roads, traffic and possible delays.

 

  • When you arrive at Snowbasin, head right into the Learning Center, a short walk from skier drop off or the shuttle drop off at the base. At the Learning Center you will check in at the main desk, receive your rental gear and meet your private instructor or receive your group assignment. If you are confused on where to go, please ask one of our awesome Guest Services workers in the yellow jackets.
  • There is no need to pack a lunch, especially if you have children signed up for group lessons as lunch is included! Children will eat at the Learning Center. Adult participants will take a break around noon for lunch and often eat with their instructors at one of the on mountain lodges.  
  • A frequent question is, “will I be riding a chair lift or go up on the mountain during my first day?” The answer to this varies depending on the individual. "Most new-to-snow participants will ride the magic carpet very soon after starting their lesson. Most of the time, skiers or snowboarders will ride at least one other lift during the day," says Ashley.

  • Make sure you layer your clothing for your first day. Even on the coldest days, your effort may be strenuous and you may find yourself wanting to drop a layer. Helmets and eye protection are also a must. While goggles are often preferred, Ashley suggests sunglasses are a great idea on day 1 as many students end up warmer than anticipated and their goggles tend to fog up.
  • If you are a parent wanting to observe from a distance during the lesson, you are welcome to do so. However, it is critical that parents give the instructors plenty of space and don’t try to help out with the lesson. Ashley suggests that parents take a lesson as well or if guests book a private lesson, they can bring up to 4 extra people at no extra cost.  If you would like to take a family lesson, where you are learning alongside your child, you can help the instructor most by modeling a good attitude and being actively engaged in the learning process.

We hope you this helps lessen the anxiety of your first day and leads to a successful season on the slopes of Snowbasin!

 

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.

Safety Month at Snowbasin

By Megan Collins Fri Jan 04 2019 Basin Buzz, Skiing, Snowbasin Report, Snowboarding, Terrain Parks, Upcoming Events

January is National Safety Month in the ski industry and we are excited to raise awareness about different practices of how to be safe on the slopes. Every weekend we will be offering guests a chance to win cool prizes if they join us on a Safety Quest around the resort. The guests will have to visit all 6 different stations and turn in their card at the end of the day to win the prizes. We have partnered with Smith Optics to giveaway 2 helmets each day as well as Snowbasin Resort prizes that include deluxe tunes, gift cards, ½ off private lesson, ½ lift tickets, a dining discovery for two and more.

The guests who choose to partake on this Safety Quest will explore different aspects of the skier and rider responsibility code around the mountain on the weekends. Guests can pick up the Safety Quest card at the base area booth starting at 8:30 am and have to turn in their card by 3:00 pm. On Saturdays and Sundays, we will offer free cookies and hot cocoa in the morning while we talk about our SAFERmtn Team, where to go for the Safety Quest, Park Smarts, Sun Smarts, "Ride Another Day" and other key safety topics to think about while out on the slopes.

There will be five booths on the mountain will run from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Booth 1 is located at the top of Littlecat Express where our Snowbasin staff will be talking about lids on kids and lift safety.

Booth 2 is located at top of Needles Gondola where our Snowbasin Ski Patrol will be talking about on-mountain signage, the code and trail etiquette.

Booth 3 is located at the bottom of Herbert’s where the Snowbasin Ski Patrol will be at the beacon park to help guests do beacon drills and host dog demos at 1 pm. Something to make sure not to miss! 

Booth 4 is located at the top of Blue Grouse where our Terrain Parks staff will be talking about our terrain parks and safety in our terrain parks.

Booth 5 is located at the top of the new “Family Zone” where our Snowsports instructors will be talking about skiing and riding in control and who has the right away when on the mountain.

At each booth, the guests will receive a punch on their card and can bring the completed card (6 punches) back down to the base area booth by 3:00 pm. We ask the guests to write legibly so we can notify them if they win.

Looking forward to raising awareness about safety on the mountain and continue to grow our SAFERmtn Team. 

Megan Collins

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