Dining Discovery: Explore your Cravings

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We are revamping our summer dining with the new Dining Discovery: Explore your Cravings program. The Dining Discovery program will encompass many aspects of dining at Snowbasin Resort and include Culinary Expeditions, Cooking and Eating Classes, Mountain Top Brunches,  Burger Spa, and Spirit & Food Pairing Series.

The Dining Discovery: Culinary Expedition dinners will replace the weekly Saturday night dining at Needles Lodge, with several events throughout the summer, each with its own theme. These top of the gondola dinners are an exciting and unique experience, with live music and atmosphere to give a taste of the culture that encompasses the designated cuisine.

For reservations, please call (801) 620-1021.

Schedule of Dining Discovery Events:

Saturday, July 5th - Culinary Expedition: Mediterranean

Friday, July 18th – Dining Discovery: Shellfish Cooking Class

Saturday, August 2nd – Culinary Expedition: Caribbean

Saturday, August 30th - Culinary Expedition: Indian

Friday, September 5th - Spirit & Food Pairings: Wine Maker’s Pairing Dinner

Saturday, September 27th – Culinary Expedition: Farm to Table

 

 

Sunday Mountain Top Brunch

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The Mountain Top Brunch has been reinvented this summer and will be better than ever! Brunch is in Needles Lodge at the top of Needles Gondola every Sunday from June 22nd – October 5th from 10 am – 2:30 pm. Each week, the chefs pick out the freshest local ingredients to create inspired and inventive dishes, delivering a new experience every Sunday.

The Mountain Top Brunch price is $38 for adults and $18 for youth (ages 6-11), which includes the all you can eat brunch, gondola ride, tax, gratuity and non-alcoholic beverages. For summer pass holders, the price is just $33 for adults and $15 for youth (6-11). Ages 5 and under are free.

Have a whole day packed with fun at Snowbasin Resort staring with Mountain Top Brunch, an exciting scenic gondola ride, enjoying one of the many activities available in the fresh alpine air, and a free outdoor concert to end the great day.

Menus:

Brunch Menu

Brunch Buffet Menu

Brunch Beverages Menu

For more information on Dining Discovery events, click here.

Now Hiring Production Baker

 

Performs a variety of duties included, but not limited to:

  • Preparation of breads, rolls, muffins, cookies, pies, cakes, doughnuts, croissants, biscuits.
  • Has a good understanding of laminate dough and other pastries.
  • Cake decorating skills are desirable.
  • Will clean and maintain work area, utensils and equipment
  • Must be a self-starter and eager to learn.

Must have high-school diploma

Minimum of 6 months of culinary experience and/or education

Must have state of Utah food handlers certificate

Must be able to lift 50 lbs

Available days, nights, weekends and holidays

Labor Day Weekend at Snowbasin Resort

A Mountain of Fun this Labor Day Weekend at Snowbasin Resort.

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Saturday, August 30th

Blood Drive in the Huntington Room at Earl’s Lodge from 10am – 3pm will be held to benefit ARUP Blood Services.

2 for 1 Activities for Season Pass Holders all day Saturday

Owl Meet and Greet with Ogden Nature Center 12-2 pm

Culinary Expedition: Indian & Curry Dinner. This Dining Discovery event will be an adventure into traditional Indian culture, with menu items including goan fish curry, lamb vindaloo, and butter chicken. The dinner menu is influenced by a Snowbasin Resort employee from New Dehli, Bikramjeet Rekhi who assisted in creating the menu and developing traditional recipes to ensure an authentic experience. There will also be live entertainment including belly dancers using fire and swords.  The Culinary Expedition: Indian & Curry Dinner will be at Needles Lodge at 6:00pm and is $70, including the gondola ride, tax, and gratuity. Please call (801) 620-1021 for reservations.

Sunday, August 31st

Everyone’s favorite Sunday afternoon activity, the free concerts at Blues, Brews & BBQ will be an extra special event on Labor Day Weekend, with 3 bands, The Kap Brothers, The Weekenders, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real playing from 12:30 – 7:00 pm. Also, this free concert will be a Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties fundraising event. Representatives from Habitat for Humanity will be onsite to take pledges, donations, and volunteer sign up for sponsored projects in the community. In addition, Lukas Nelson will be available after the show to sign autographs and CD’s.

Snowbasin Resort is running an Instagram contest with a chance to win prizes including Skull Candy headphones, BBQ meals, Silipints, and a grand prize of a 2014/15 Adult Value Season Pass! To enter, use #SnowbasinBBBBQ on Instagram to share your photos with @SnowbasinResort.

Monday, September 1st

2nd Annual No Name Chili Fest and Food Drive will be on Monday, September 1st from 12:30 – 4:30pm. To taste and vote on which chili will be served next year at Needles Lodge, purchase a chili tasting kit for $14, with $2 of every purchase going to the Utah Food Bank. If you bring 3 or more non-perishable food items to help fill the ‘Beat Hunger Gondola’, your tasting kit will cost only $12, with $2 still going to the Utah Food Bank. The ‘Beat Hunger Gondola’ full of non-perishable food items and the total cash donation will be presented to the Utah Food Bank during their annual food drive event. A beer garden, live music, and kids’ activities add to the festival fun!

LAST CHANCE to get 2014/15 Season Passes at the best price! Prices increase September 2nd!

To experience all that Snowbasin Resort has to offer this Labor Day Weekend, consider making it a mini-vacation with a stay at the beautiful Lakeside Resort Properties! 3 nights (8/29-9/1) in a 2 bedroom condo AND a $50 gift card to Snowbasin Resort for just $599! Call (866) 745-3194 to book now!

There is no better way to spend your Labor Day weekend than in the high alpine air, experiencing traditional Indian cuisine, helping local community efforts, listening to free music, and sampling amazing chili at Snowbasin Resort! For more information, please call (801) 620-1000.

2 for 1 Activities for Season Pass Holders!

 

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For the next 3 Saturdays in August, 2014/15 Season Pass Holders get 2 for 1 bounce house and spider jump entry! An exclusive deal for pass holders, and only available for the next 3 Saturdays. Don’t miss out!

Only 3 weekends left to get your 14/15 season pass at the best deal – Don’t forget that 2014/15 Premier Season Pass Holders get Summer Gondola access and all 2014/15 Season Pass Holders can take advantage of this great 2 for 1 activities offer!  Come pick up your pass and enjoy the new kids activities!

#SnowbasinBBBBQ Instagram Contest

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Upload a picture of summer fun at Snowbasin Resort to Instagram using #SnowbasinBBBBQ for a chance to win awesome weekly prizes from Skull Candy and Snowbasin Resort – One grand prize winner will receive a 2014/15 Snowbasin Resort Value Season Pass!

How to enter:

  1. Follow @SnowbasinResort on Instagram
  2. Share a photo of our Blues, Brews & BBQ free summer concerts or favorite summer activity at Snowbasin Resort to participate in before heading to Blues, Brews & BBQ on Instagram
  3. Use #SnowbasinBBBBQ and mention @SnowbasinResort in your caption

**You must have a public account on Instagram in order for us to see your photos.

**Current employees are not eligible to win.

NEW Summer Activities for Kids!

Snowbasin Resort has added several fun activities for kids this summer!

Playground

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All new playground – free, always open and available to play on dawn – dusk!

Bounce Houses

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A different bounce house every weekend! Open Saturdays and Sundays 12 – 6 pm. Cost is $8 for an all day pass.

Spider Jump

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Jump over 20 feet into the air and perform gravity defying maneuvers, like flips and somersaults! Up to 4 people can jump at the same time!

The spider jump is open Saturday and Sunday 12 – 6 pm. Cost is $5 for a 5 minute session.

Strider Bikes

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Kids as young as 2 can use these Strider Bikes in our new kid – friendly practice bike course in the meadow ( between the Grizzly Center and Playground). Cost is $10 for all day rental.

Also, our Free Guided Tours can always be a fun time for little ones to learn more about our beautiful mountain!

Check out our guest blogger’s reviews of our new summer activities: Adventure for your Little Ones

Also a blog post about a fun hike with the kids: Rave Hike

 

 

 

Adventure for your Littles Ones: New Summer Activities for Kids at Snowbasin

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Exploring Snowbasin’s trail as a family. Our youngest on a Strider bike, available for rent or buy at the Grizzly Center.

As a parent, I’ve learned my fun is exponentially increased when my kids are having fun too. So I am quick to notice when a resort works hard to provide options that “spread-the-stoke” among my kids.

A few weeks ago we headed up to check out the new kid-friendly attractions at Snowbasin on the weekends.

If you missed my last post, here is a great family hike with amazing scenery: Rave Hike: A high alpine, flowering beauty for the whole family. But beyond hiking, here are some great activities for your kids to enjoy while you sit back and enjoy summertime at Blues, Brews, and BBQ!

1. Not a mountain biker? Still bring the kids’ bikes! 

The Skills park at Snowbasin

50 Feet from where we parked the car, we jumped immediately on the Needles Trail which begins with flat single track. The kids spun laps on the small skills park behind the Grizzly Center which is perfect for kids on balance bikes or older kids/adults looking to work on some new tricks. (Dad had fun too. :) )

Snowbasin has teamed up with Strider Bikes to get even the youngest riders (as young as age 2) out riding the trails. If you have younger kids and are new to the Strider Bike revolution or maybe unconvinced of their awesomeness, here is a post that follows my son as he learned to ride a bike at 22-months-old. Can your 22-month old ride a bike? Yes, they can.

My kids spent most their time racing around the loop, even more time than they did at the new playground. Which brings me to:

2. The new playground is a huge hit!

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Designed to blend in with the mountain environment, the new playground is great for kids of all ages. The park resembles a log cabin, but with slides, monkey bars, bridges, and stepping-stones. There is a picnic table where you can have a snack or sack lunch.

3. New inflatable adventure features… a different one every weekend!

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Large, inflatable bounce houses where my kids can bounce their energy away? Yes, please! With different ones every weekend, they can have something to look forward to if you head on up multiple times this summer.

You can purchase a pass good for the ENTIRE day for $8 in the Grizzly Center.

We had a fantastic day up at Snowbasin biking as a family and enjoying quality time in the sun. Smiles all around!

 

 

Mt. Ogden Midweek Race Series

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Wednesday night mountain bike races

Registration starts at 5:30 pm   race at 6:30 pm

2014 MTB Racing Guide

$10 per race and $5 race plate (one time purchase to keep throughout the season. If lost replacements are $5)

$5 per race and free race plate for high school riders

Categories for both Men and Women:

A – 6:30 pm (Expert/Pro)

B – 6:31 pm (Sport)

C – 6:32 pm (Beginner)

*Kids race – 6:45 pm

Entry fee will be $5 per racer.

*check schedule for kids race dates.

Course map: http://www.mtogdenraceseries.com/course/

Prizes at 8:00 pm

Registration:

From 5:30 pm till 6:20 pm.

Categories:

All Racers must fill out a release form for each race. Minors must have a parent or legal guardian sign the release form. Helmets must be worn any time racers are on their bikes.

Points/Prizes:

Each race will have a prizes for 1st, 2nd 3rd in each flight, male and female. Points are awarded to racers based on finish placements and are cumulative throughout the season. Points are awarded to all racers based on the amount of entrants with the top eight race results counted towards the overall point series. Series winners will be recognized at the last race of the season.

For questions email: teamexcelerator@gmail.com

Blues, Brews & BBQ Recap: Folk Hogan

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If you haven’t heard, Blue, brews & BBQ is the place to be on Sundays in Utah. With hiking, biking, gondola rides, a playground, bounce house for the kids, bungee trampoline, amazing food, shopping and killer views of the mountains why would you want to be anywhere else?

This past Sunday my family packed up the truck and made our way to Earl’s Lodge to see one of my favorite local bands, Folk Hogan.  The heat was intense that day so we made a beeline to the snowcone stand and tried to resist the temptation to pour it over our heads. With blue stained mouths we made our way to the huge grassy field to pick our spot and luckily got there early enough to get a perfect spot up front.  The views  are amazing and as you are laying in the grass looking up the mountain it’s hard to imagine being anywhere else.

Folk Hogan is one of those bands everyone must see live, a band that you will not be able to resist dancing wildly to.  When I arrived they were already a song into their set and a group of belly dancers was shaking their hips to the music by the stage. The girl children took off across the grass, spinning and giggling  before spotting a balloon maker and chasing him down to request butterflies.

If I had to describe the band in just two words it would most definitely be ‘gypsy punk’  and  as soon as you see them enter the stage you will understand why. This band is anything but ordinary with 6 members playing  an accordion, mandolin, bass, banjo, guitar and drums.  Folk Hogan brings humor to their music with songs like ‘March of the Drunkard’, ‘Zombie Prince’ and ‘Skeleton Scramble’, it really is hard to not love them. This band is oozing with talent and the proof is in the smiles on everyone’s face but most of all they are just plain fun and in the heat of summer, on the last day of the weekend, that  truly is the best thing of all.

It was so nice to see people outside, dancing, smiling and most importantly making friends with strangers.  When you are outside  in the open, it’s so much easier to strike up a conversation, a smile becomes an invitation to chat and children who have never met become instant friends  just by chasing each other through the grass.  I wanted to stay all day and was sad I had to miss  Diego’s Umbrella but after  dancing, the bounce house, a gondola ride, hiking  and bellies full of snow cones and BBQ french fries,  the girl children were ready to go.

Snowbasin’s Blues, Brews & BBQ  goes through September so be sure to make your way up the mountain one Sunday or 10 to check it out. Take a look at the concert schedule HERE and  all the delicious items on the menu this summer herehere & here.  Be sure to pack  plenty of sunscreen and get ready to have the best summer ever.

 

About the Author

Mikaela is a transplant from Portland, fell in love with Ogden her first day in town and created Indie Ogden shortly after. She enjoys outdoor adventures with her husband, 2 kiddos and fur baby and making a mess crafting. You can find her at a local cafe or cycling around town with her family.

 

Rave Hike – A high alpine, flowering beauty for the whole family

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As a family we have a list of rules to live by. For example:

Rule 1: Never put off an adventure for tomorrow, when you can do it today.

Rule 2: If you wait for everything to be perfect… You’ll never go.

As the summer heats up, I find myself yearning for the crisp alpine air come Friday. All the local trails are now too hot on most days, and so we headed up to Snowbasin last weekend to escape. And as you’ll see, this particular day became a rule 3 day.

Rule 3: Why not?

Snowbasin has a plethora of hiking trails perfect for the whole family. Whether it is the family loop near the base, Maples Trail from the lower parking lot or an epic all day hike on the Needles Trail from the base, you will be rewarded with lush greenery and sparkling peaks.

Over the holiday weekend we took the family up with a modest hiking goal: Take the Needles Gondola up and hike up the cirque to overlook Ogden and the Great Salt Lake. Then head back for lunch at the lodge.

After riding up the gondola, we started up the Cirque Practice Loop trail. There was still some snow for the kids and the pups to frolic in. A well defined trail branches off from the Cirque Loop and heads up some steeper switchbacks to the ridge. Indian Paint Brush and Bluebells nodded their blooms to the beat of the wind. The view was glorious.

Hiking into the cirque

It was so perfect in fact, no one was ready to be done once we accomplished our original goal. Why not follow the single track trail north and summit a few of the minor peaks? So we did, following cairns and then heading straight up the ridge to the top.

But of course the day was going so well, the kids were hiking strong and Mount Ogden was just over from us, its rocky summit beaconing. We had plenty of water, plenty of snacks, and everyone felt strong. So… why not?

We scrambled down to the “road” that comes up from the Porcupine Trail. The road and trail to the summit of Mount Ogden is not for the faint of heart. I’d suggest hikers are comfortable with loose rock, a steep incline, and  scrambling hands-and-feet to the towers at the top. Everyone in the group did fantastic, kids included. Though I will admit I was a bit nervous with the kids at the summit. It is not a place to let them run free and explore as there are cliffs on the north side.

Peering over the ridge at the top of the cirque

Peering over the ridge at the top of the cirque.

We headed back the way we came, dodging the previous summits and sticking to the trail all the way back to the Needles Lodge.

We missed lunch that day, our hike exceeded our original intentions. But as we descended on the gondola, we looked back up at Mount Ogden’s impressive summit. We could now say we’d been there. And while our stomachs protested our missing of lunch at the lodge, everyone was both refreshed and exhausted from a good day’s adventure.

Not one bit of the hike along the ridge-line was wasted energy. The flowers and views are truly glorious. And I left truly impressed with what my kids could accomplish.

This hike is fantastic for families and visitors, showcasing the best parts of the Wasatch Range and offering birds-eye views of the valleys on either sides. You can turn and head back at any point. But at-least set your goal on the ridge above the cirque. You will not regret it.

Stats:

  • Mileage to top of Cirque: .7 miles
  • Total RT Mileage: 4.6 miles
  • Total Moving Time: 2h 20 minutes

map hiking Mt Ogden from Needles Lodge

NOTICE: Construction Impacting Trails

Due to construction for improved wireless service, Becker and Elk Ridge trails and the upper section of Green Pond Loop will be impacted for the next 3 weeks, starting June 26th. Trails will remain open, but please be aware of construction activity. Some sections of trail may require stopping for construction equipment or a short walk.

We will update the status of the construction impact on trails regularly. Thank you!