Snowbasin’s 2012 Free Guided Tours!
On a Snowbasin guided tour you can learn about what the resort has to offer during the summer. Discover Snowbasin’s extensive history, the science of snowmaking, or see what wildlife comes out when all the snow melts. Meet your tour guide every Saturday and Sunday at 1pm at the Moose in front of Earl’s Lodge from June 23rd through September 2nd. Come join Snowbasin for the chance to learn and experience our summer fun and deep history. Best of all its FREE!
*Tours meet Saturday & Sundays 1 pm at the Moose. Bring hiking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, snacks and water. Tours last from 1-4 hours. Tours in the base area do not require a gondola ticket.
June 23rd & 24th: Avalanche prevention and science -with Frank Waikart
- Learn from the pro. Frank Waikart has 12 years of experience working in snow safety. Let Frank walk you thru the ins and outs of avalanches. Frank will show you what he looks for in snow conditions and the tools he uses. Have a chance to see a gun tower and hold a hand charge. 1.5-2 hours
June 30th & July 1st: All about Geo-caching (base hike) – with Tim Franchi
- What is Geo-caching? Tim Franchi will answer this, along with the etiquette and the how to of geo-caching. On this tour you never know what you could find. If you have a GPS bring it or get a head start by visiting http://www.geocaching.com/ 1-1.5 hours
July 7th & 8th: Mountain Bike Tour – with Tim Eastley (Bike and Helmet Required)
- Your guide will take you along the Ogden Canyon Overlook trail with some great forest coverage mixed with wide open canyon views. A challenging ride with many scenic attractions. You must bring a mountain bike, helmet and water. This is not a how to mountain bike class. This is a ride for intermediate to advanced riders. 1-2 hours
July 14th & 15th: Snowbasin Disc Golf – with Tim Eastley and Lance Roylance
- Learn how to play disc golf. This tour will give you the opportunity to learn a few tricks to this rapidly expanding sport. Your guide will walk you thru the 9 – hole course located in our bas area. 1 hour
July 21st & 22nd & July 28th & 29th: Wildflowers & Plants -
with Steve Larue & Frank Waikart (Lift Ticket Required)
- Enjoy Snowbasin’s diverse landscape with numerous wildflowers, shrubs and trees. Guides will help identify and describe many of the species of native flora and discuss effects of weather, location and wildlife on plants. This tour has something for everyone as the length and level of difficulty can vary. Depending on weather conditions many flowers and shrubs may be blooming. Come prepared to trek across varying terrain with your water, sunscreen, sturdy footwear and camera. 1.5-3 hours
August 4th & 5th: Beaver Dams (base hike) – with Tim Franchi
- This off trail hike will take you deep into beaver country. Make your way thru swampy conditions to experience beaver dams and lodges. But be quiet and sneaky for an opportunity to see native trout and potentially a beaver. Mosquito repellant, shoes that can get dirty, long pants and long sleeve shirts are recommended. 1-3 hours
August 11th & 12th: Science of Snowmaking (hike) – with Zac Alder (Lift Ticket Required)
- Have you ever wondered how we make snow? Learn about the different types of snowguns, snow qualities, wet bulb and much more. When you hike from the top of Needles to the snowmaking building. Tour the snowmaking building then hike to the base area. Wear your sunscreen, sturdy shoes and bring water. 2-2.5 hours
August 18th & 19th: Tour of the Cirques (hike) – (Lift Ticket Required)
- Come prepared because were going to the top. Hike from the top of Needles gondola to MountOgdenand back. This strenuous hike will give you a bird’s eye view to the valley below. Come prepared with water, snacks, sunscreen and appropriate shoes. 4-4.5 hours
August 25th & 26th: How a ski lift works – with Lift Maintenance
- We all ride them but what makes them spin? Come join us to tour lift terminals, motor rooms, lift shacks and the infamous parking garage. The Lift Maintenance exports at Snowbasin will take the time to explain the principles of ski lift mechanics and help us all appreciate our ride to the top. 1.5-2 hours
September 1st & 2nd: The dog days of Snowbasin (base) – with Brian Dubuque
- Have your dog by your side for this hike to the bottom of Strawberry. This two-hour round trip hike will allow you and your best friend to enjoy the beauty of Snowbasin together. Dogs should be on a leash. Water and bathrooms are available at the bottom of Strawberry. 2-2.5 hours