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Savory September at Snowbasin Resort

By Megan Collins Tue Aug 14 2018 Basin Buzz, Dining & Entertainment, Summer Concert Series, Upcoming Events

September at Snowbasin Resort will be a savory month with all the food-centric activities with Blues, Brews & BBQ, No Name Chili Fest, Mountain Top Brunch, a dining discovery Kombucha Social and annual dining discovery Farm to Table.

Labor Day Weekend is the perfect weekend to spend at Snowbasin Resort. Sunday, September 2nd is the largest free Blues, Brews & BBQ of the season featuring Leftover Salmon, Amy Helm, Dead Winter Carpenters, and Michelle Moonshine.  The music will fill the mountain air and the Snowbasin Culinary staff smokes all the BBQ in-house so it just melts in your mouth. It’s the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon. On Monday, September 3rd Snowbasin hosts their annual No-Name Chili Fest where the guests get to taste, sample, and vote on their favorite chili to be highlighted at John Paul Lodge the upcoming winter. New this year, Snowbasin is opening it to public submissions as well. Public entries can fill out a form on the event page on the website. The No Name Chili Fest is a food drive for the Utah Bank. All guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable foods to fill a gondola with.  A tasting ticket for adults is $15 or $13 if someone brings non-perishable food items. The tasting ticket for children ages 6-11 is $8. For every tasting ticket sold, Snowbasin will donate $2 of the sales to the Utah Food Bank as well as the food collected.

With just a month left of the summer season, guests should make sure to try the most talked about brunch in Northern Utah. Start your Sunday morning off with a gondola ride to 8,900 feet to an all-you-can-eat locally sourced brunch with magnificent views of the Ogden Valley.  Each week the menu changes based on the availability of local produce, so our chefs can prepare the freshest food possible. Mountain Top Brunch happens every Sunday from 10:30 am – 2: 30 pm. Reservations are recommended, especially since this is a popular summer bucket list item.

Snowbasin is offering two dining discovery events in September. The first one, Snowbasin is partnering with local Kombucha brewer, Sünnte to offer a Kombucha Social with small plates and a variety of Kombucha flavors on Friday, September 14. Then the local favorite, Farm to Table dinner will be held on Friday, September 21 at Needles Lodge. Guests will take the gondola to the top to be welcomed with a 5-course meal with locally sourced ingredients from the employee garden, Sandhill Farms, and Borski Farms. Guests will have the opportunity to chat with the chefs and the local purveyors about the food served at the meal.   

To learn more information, please visit http://www.snowbasin.com or call 801-620-1000 to make reservations today! 

Megan Collins

August Activities - The Fun Never Stops

By Megan Collins Mon Jul 30 2018 Basin Buzz, Dining & Entertainment, Dining Discovery Events, Summer Concert Series, Mt. Biking, Snowbasin Report, Upcoming Events

Snowbasin Resort has activities happening all through August that shouldn’t be missed.  From the jamming music scene with TrouBeliever Fest, Blues, Brews & BBQ, and a second symphony performance, to the annual dark sky viewing night and Bark at the Basin fundraiser for Best Friends Animal Society, to the extension of Movies on the Mountain with two new showings, to the new mini-golf course and kids adventure course now open, and summer workshops; it’s time to head to the mountains.

The music scene is on fire in August. TrouBeliever Fest kicks off the month on Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4th with headliners Rodney Crowell and Emmy Lou Harris. Guests can buy tickets online or at the resort. The free Blues, Brews & BBQ continues throughout the whole month every Sunday from 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm with great bands including Dirty Revival, Red Molly, Jon Wayne and the Pain, Jelly Bread and more. New this season, the Utah Symphony is coming back to Snowbasin for a second performance on Tuesday, August 7th with an evening filled with Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald tunes. Tickets can be purchased for the Symphony on their website.

Annual favorites Dark Sky Viewing and Bark at the Basin fall the second weekend in August. Friday night, Snowbasin will run Needles Gondola during the Perseid Meteor Shower. Guests can purchase scenic gondola tickets for just $14 to get the chance to view the dark sky from 9,000 feet in the mountains. Snowbasin encourages guests to bring their own telescopes or binoculars for a closer look into the dark sky. Sunday, August 12 bring your furry friends for Snowbasin’s annual Bark at the Basin. Register for the 5K to help raise money for Best Friends Animal Society. Registration is $30 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm followed by a 5K around Snowbasin. Each registration is good for up to two pets. After the 5K Snowbasin invites everyone to their free Blues, Brews & BBQ with the pups.

With the success of Movies on the Mountain this season, Snowbasin has extended the free Monday movies with bonus showings – August 13 featuring Star Wars – The Last Jedi and August 20 featuring The Avengers – Infinity War. The Kids Zone including the new Adventure Course opens at 4:30 pm and stays open until dusk. Earl’s Lodge is open for dining and the Plaza Pick-Me-Up Cart offers snacks until halfway through the movie. So bring blankets, chairs, jackets and the crew to enjoy a movie on the big screen every Monday night through August 20.

The construction is complete on the mini golf course and the kids’ adventure course. Snowbasin is excited to offer 18 holes of mini golf for just $10 located in the base area. It’s a great activity for kids and adults on Saturdays, Sundays and soon to be Monday Nights. Guests can get the putters and balls in the Grizzly Center at the activities desk. The official grand opening celebration will be Saturday, August 11th. The new Kids Adventure Course is part of the Kids Zone. Kids have the opportunity to speed through a low ropes course while harnessed in. This is a great addition to the bungee trampoline and rock climbing wall from before.

The Saturday Summer Workshops are a great excuse to escape the valley to play in the mountains with a guided activity for adults every Saturday.  Workshops include yoga fundamentals, trailside bike maintenance, trail running, and painting in nature. With the variety of subjects, guests should find one that is of interest.

To learn more information and to book any of these activities, please visit www.snowbasin.com or call 801.620.1000. 

Megan Collins

Snowbasin - A Kid -Centric Haven

By Megan Collins Fri Jul 06 2018 Basin Buzz, Snowbasin Report, Upcoming Events

Snowbasin Resort is the perfect destination for families on the weekends with activities, workshops and free movies.

On Saturdays, Snowbasin offers morning yoga at the top of Needles Gondola that welcomes all ages at a cost of $15 and includes a gondola ticket. Also, Snowbasin offers Introduction to Mountain Biking classes for kids who have at least a 24’’ wheel and feel comfortable riding bikes on pavement.

Snowbasin wants to give parents a break on Sunday afternoons by offering a place for them to drop their kids off. Every Sunday, July 1 – August 19 from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm children ages 7-11 can join a Snowbasin guide to hit the mountain for a fun themed adventure.  There are five themes and rotate through the schedule twice in case the kids can’t make one. The theme Naturally Artistic is offered on July 1 and July 29. The kids will experiment with color while learning how to use plant dyes and plant presses to create nature-inspired masterpieces.  Life in the Forest is offered on July 8 and August 5. The group will discover the creatures that make Snowbasin home and learn how to identify signs of animals. Mountain to Meadows is offered July 15 and August 12. The kids will participate in an obstacle course and a scavenger hunt adventure that will take them across the mountain in a safe and fun environment. Find Your Way in the Wild is offered July 22 and August 19, where they will learn to read a compass, how to identify landmarks and make their own map to explore the wilderness. Each adventure tour is just $15, which includes a gondola ticket and snack. Snowbasin recommends that kids come prepared for a mountain adventure with closed-toed shoes and a water bottle. Sunscreen, hat and rain gear are always encouraged.

Movies on the Mountain series is in full swing with free movies every Monday evening through August 21. The line-up includes a variety of family-friendly movies, Earl’s Lodge is open for dinner, snacks and kids favorite movie-themed cupcakes each week. Guests can bring blankets, chairs, sleeping bags and whatever else they want to use to sit on the lawn and watch a movie. Even though summer is warmer, jackets and pants are encouraged because it cools off in the mountains in the evenings.

Furthermore, the Kids Zone is expanding the already existing bungee trampoline and rock climbing wall to include an 18-hole Mini Golf Course and a Kids Adventure course. The Kids Adventure Course opens Sunday, July 15 and the mini-golf is slated to be completed by late July/early.

Also, can't forget the amazing playground located in the woods next to the Meadow. 

Learn more HERE


Megan Collins

Make Snowbasin a part of your family campout this summer!

By Alyssa Erickson Wed Jun 27 2018 Basin Buzz, Snowbasin Report, Upcoming Events

The feel of wet forest, crisp from melting snow, the splash of kids swimming in the nearby lake, the faint smell of campfire from last night’s s’more roasting fills my senses. I grew up camping in the mountains and alongside lakes every weekend during my childhood.

Every summer it feels like coming home.

It is amazing how a weekend away from the city can bring both my family and my hope in humanity back into focus.

A quick “good morning” at the community water faucet as we brush our teeth or a collective cheer as the sun sets over the Wasatch mountains and paints the sky pink and orange.

Snowbasin offers so many amazing ways to enjoy the outdoors during the summertime! Last summer we decided to incorporate Snowbasin Resort’s family-friendly activities into our July campout and it is still one of my favorite memories!

Weekend Fun at Snowbasin Resort

We backed into our site, Pineview Reservoir in front of us and the bright green flanks of the Wasatch behind us. The morning was cool and crisp, perfect for some mountain recreation so we headed up to Snowbasin for a hike. The Needles Cirque trail, is our favorite due to the amazing views of Ogden Valley, abundant wildflowers in late July and the lingering snowfields that make for a fun snowball fight.

The next morning we hauled out the bikes and cruised the Moose Loop a few times and finished on the Maples trail. I needed some kid-free exercise during a few of our days, so my husband and I took turns riding the Green pond trail and Sardine Peak. For more information on kid-friendly mountain biking at Snowbasin visit my post: Tips for taking your kids mountain biking this summer.

After a morning of getting all tired and sweaty, we retired back to camp for some afternoon swimming at Pineview and resting in the hammock. If you are looking for other morning options, Snowbasin is now offering a certified yoga instructor for yoga at 8,900 feet every Saturday, June 9 – September 22. There is a Vinyasa Flow class at 9:15 am and a Slow Flow class at 10:30 am. Reserve your spot ahead of time here

Snowbasin is also offering a host of workshops this summer for kids on Sundays and adults (12 and up) on Saturdays. Topics include bike maintenance and skills, yoga, trail running, and painting! If you are looking for some kid-free time, plan on spending Sunday Afternoon at Blues, Brews & BBQ. While my kids enjoyed time at the various Snowbasin adventure camps, my husband and I kicked back and enjoyed good food and music at the base area.

Evenings are Magical

Evenings are one of my favorite times while camping. Campfires, sunsets, s’mores. On the last evening of our long weekend, we went up to Snowbasin for their Monday night free Family Movie Nights on the Earl’s Lodge lawn. The movie started at dusk, so we were happy we brought hoodies and blankets! Snacks and treats were available till the movie was over

Camping near Snowbasin Resort

There are many options for camping near Snowbasin Resort. Two of the closest options are Anderson Cove and Jefferson Hunt Campground at Pineview Reservoir. I suggest reserving spots ahead of time as weekends often book up. These campgrounds are only 10 minutes from Snowbasin and allow you to enjoy all the recreation provided at the lake including swimming, paddling, boating, biking, and hiking.

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.