Snowbasin Resort will open for the 2021-22 winter season on Saturday, December 11 at 9:00 a.m. The resort will open with top-to-bottom skiing from Needles Gondola, plus operation from Littlecat Express, Grizzly Carpet and Wildflower Carpet.
Lift ticket sales are closed to the public for opening weekend (Dec. 11-12), with exclusive access for Snowbasin pass holders. Those that have already purchased tickets, lessons or rentals will still have access to the resort. Snowbasin Premier Pass holders can use buddy vouchers to purchase lift tickets at 50% off, or friends & family vouchers to purchase at 25% off. Ticket rates will be reduced due to early-season conditions.
Due to conditions, trails for Opening Weekend will be adjusted from previous seasons. Open trails will be Porcupine Traverse, Needles Run, City Hill, Littlecat and a small portion of Strawberry Traverse. Additional terrain will continue to open as snowpack builds from snowfall and snowmaking operations.
“I’m proud of our team for their efforts to make snow and allow us to open despite difficult conditions,” said Davy Ratchford, general manager of Snowbasin Resort. “In an effort to manage expectations, it’s important for our pass holders to know that we have a very limited ski experience on Opening Weekend. We anticipate more terrain opening over the next week, including the new Middle Bowl Express. By mid-December, we’re confident the experience will be the quality those that come to Snowbasin expect. We look forward to providing exclusive opening weekend access to our valued pass holders as we promote a safe ski experience.”
The Grizzly Center will be open from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for tuning, shopping and rentals. The Meadow Yurt will be open from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for season pass printing and ticket pick-up. Dining will be available in Earl’s Lodge, Needles Lodge, Cinnabar and The Overlook.
The resort is pleased to debut several upgrades for the 2021-22 ski season. The previous Middle Bowl lift was replaced with Middle Bowl Express to double the lift capacity and shorten its ride time from 12 minutes to six minutes. Middle Bowl Express is anticipated to open next week, pending conditions. The resort also expanded their parking with 350 additional stalls added in the Maples and Canyon Rim lots. Snowbasin features more free parking than any resort in Utah and won the Ski Magazine award for access in 2019.