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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

More Terrain Opening Tomorrow

By Megan Collins Fri Dec 06 2019

Dear Guests,

The 19/20 Winter Ski Season has kicked off.  Thanks to Mother Nature and our hard-working team, we were able to open last Friday with great snow conditions and three lifts.  We also opened the new and improved servery inside Earls's Lodge.  This upgraded facility has immediately improved the guest speed of service and food quality.  We are excited about the overwhelmingly positive response we’ve received so far and look forward to more improvements like this in the future.  
As we look to this upcoming weekend I wanted to make sure we are communicating the next phase of early-season openings.  We are currently working on expanding the terrain off Needles Gondola, Wildcat Lift and John Paul Lift.  With warmer temperatures these last few days, we’ve had to find pockets of time that we can make snow to help get these areas open.  With the hard work of our team,  on Saturday, December 7, we are excited to have a second way down off of Needles Gondola to include grooming on Needles Run and City Hill.  John Paul Express will open with Expert only terrain and limited lodge services the same day. Our team plans to offer uphill access before the resort opens on Monday, December 9 from 4:00 am – 9:00 am weather permitting. Don’t’ forget to sign up for text alerts by texting UPHILL to 42427 and check the website for the status  
Our commitment has been and always will be to open as much terrain and as many lifts as possible with safety and of quality being top of mind.  We will continue to communicate terrain and lift openings through more immediate communication channels like the website and social. 
Thank you for making the early season at Snowbasin go so well.  We appreciate your attention to maintaining a safe speed in family zones and obeying our rope closures.  It’s a very active mountain with operations continually working to get things open. Avoiding closed terrain is critically important for your safety and the safety of our team. We will continue to communicate our plan for opening as the weeks go on. We are hoping for good snowmaking temperatures drop and more snow heads this way soon!  


Davy Ratchford, General Manager 

The Facts:
• Second Groomed Way Down off of Needles Gondola on Needles Run and City Hill
• John Paul Lift will be Open with Expert Terrain Only
• John Paul Lodge will feature grab-and-go items, bottled drinks, and soup. 
• Mt. Ogden Bowl will be Closed, no easier way down from John Paul Lift. 



Megan Collins

Snowbasin Announces Après Music Line-Up For Winter 19-20

By Megan Collins Sun Dec 01 2019 Basin Buzz, Snowbasin Report, Upcoming Events

Snowbasin Resort released their après music line-up for the 2019-20 winter season in the Cinnabar. After a day on the slopes, hitting the Cinnabar for a family-friendly après scene with delicious gastro-pub style cuisine and free live music is the perfect thing to do. Local music acts play Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm. The line-up covers most genres, so there is a music act for everyone.

December 6: Madame Mackintosh

December 7: Proper Way

December 8: Bruce Christensen

December 13: Tim Daniels

December 14: Proper Way

December 15: BD Howes

December 20: John Sherril

December 21: Cry Wolf

December 22: Che Zuro

December 27: Madame Mackintosh

December 28: Mister Sister

December 29: Che Zuro

January 3: Tim Daniels

January 4: Proper Way

January 5: Che Zuro

January 10: Wyatt Pike

January 11: Che Zuro

January 12: Bruce Christensen

January 17: Madame Mackintosh

January 18: Cry Wolf

January 19: John Sherril

January 24: Mister Sister

January 25: Proper Way

January 26: Jordan Matthew Young

January 31: Madame Mackintosh

February 1: Tim Daniels

February 2: Che Zuro

February 7: Wyatt Pike

February 8: Proper Way

February 9: Che Zuro

February 14: Danny Patino & Company

February 15: Michelle Moonshine Trio

February 16: BD Howes

February 21: Madame Mackintosh

February 22: Proper Way

February 23: Bruce Christensen

February 28: Anna PS

February 29: Cry Wolf

March 1: Tim Daniels

Megan Collins

Due to hard work and new snow, Snowbasin to open Friday, November 29

By Megan Collins Wed Nov 27 2019 Basin Buzz, Skiing, Snowbasin Report, Snowboarding, Terrain Parks, Upcoming Events

Due to the hard work of Snowbasin’s staff and recent winter storm delivering over 2 feet of snow in the past 48 hours with more on the way, Snowbasin’s Opening Day is now Friday, November 29 at 9:00 a.m. It will feature top-to-bottom skiing from Needles Gondola, Middle Bowl Triple, and Littlecat Express. 

Davy Ratchford, General Manager says, “I am incredibly proud of my team for making it possible to open this Friday.  Mother Nature absolutely helped but ultimately it came down to the dedication and hard work of many departments at Snowbasin to make this happen. We operate with two things in mind always – Service and Safety.  We want to provide the best product possible and do it in the safest way.  In this early season and on limited terrain we implore you to slow down, pay attention to those around you and stay on open marked runs. We will open as much terrain and as many lifts as possible as the days go on.  Please remember to be civil to other skiers and riders as well as the Snowbasin employees who are working tirelessly to create a great experience for you.  There is plenty of mountain to go around and a long season in front of us!”

Snowbasin Resort will celebrate opening day with first gondola prizes, free t-shirts and helmet decals for the first 100 guests in line. It will feature a festive atmosphere with overnight camping permitted, a DJ on the plaza and social giveaways by tagging #snowbasinopeningday in photos throughout the day. In addition, there will be a grand opening ribbon cutting of Earl’s Servery at 10:30 am.

Open runs will include Sweet Revenge, Porky Traverse, Middle Bowl Traverse, Bear Hollow, Snowshoe, School Hill, Powder Puff, and a small terrain park. The Grizzly Center will be open from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm for lessons, tuning, shopping, and rentals. The Activities Desk in Earl’s Lodge will be open 8:30 am – 4:30 pm for pass printing. Dining will be available in the newly renovated Earl’s Lodge and on top of the mountain at Needles Lodge.

Prior to opening day, Snowbasin encourages guests to visit the resort to print season passes to head directly to the lift on opening day. The Grizzly Center will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Thursday for season pass pick-up, shopping and rentals.

If guests have not bought season passes for this year, Snowbasin’s discounted pre-opening prices have been extended through Cyber Monday, December 2. Furthermore, Snowbasin is running a Black Friday- Cyber Monday deals on lift tickets, lessons, and season pass. Discounted Opening Day lift tickets are available online only through Thanksgiving at $50 for Youth, $65 for Seniors and $75 for Adults.

For tickets or more information visit http://www.snowbasin.com or call 801-620-1000

Megan Collins

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