Snowbasin’s Burger Bar: Something for Everyone

Kids enjoying food at Snowbasin resort

Those dog-days-of-summer… If you are a parent with school age kids, then sure, the summer might feel over. School is starting and life is becoming unmeasurable busy again.

But summer isn’t over! In fact, the weather is perfect in the mountains (you won’t melt sitting in the afternoon sun anymore) and Snowbasin still has some great weekends for Brews, Blues and BBQs lined up for the month of September.

So before summer slips through our fingers for good, we headed up to Snowbasin to grab some BBQ and play in the sun. We brought the mountain bikes, took to the trails and frolicked at the playground before lunch.

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After the kids had worked up an appetite, we went in search of food. Snowbasin has a good thing going on when it comes to food. And not just for adults. But for kids too. We ordered a smattering of food including a “plain” cheeseburger (per request of the kids), all beef hot dog, and the pulled pork BBQ sandwich. There really is something for everyone, my kids loved it all.

And thank you Snowbasin for always being generous with the french fries!

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But the biggest hit was the snow cones. :) “Mom, it is like ice cream only made out of snow!” And we all love the taste of snow at the end of a hot summer… Bring on Labor Day Weekend!

Kids enjoying food at Snowbasin resort

Owl Meet and Greet with Ogden Nature Center

Meet and greet some live owls and their human handlers from the Ogden Nature Center. Get up close and get your questions answered about native owls from Utah. Be sure to bring a camera for a unique photo opportunity!

 

The owls will be outside the Grizzly Center from 12-2pm  on Saturday, August 30th and September 6th.

Please show the owls respect and approach them quietly and from the front. Thank you!

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.

Pray for Snow Party

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Come bid adieu to summer, those hot days at the lake, and those dusty rides on the trail, and start dreaming of  winter! Powder stashes, off-piste ‘point-it’ sessions, face shots, and comforting food and lodges.  Remember what that tomato bisque tasted like?  The chili?  The Basin Connection after a great day on the slopes? It won’t be long if we all ‘Pray for Snow’!!

Free music and fun for the whole family! Food and beverage will be available for purchase, including hot drink specials!  Ski Flicks on the TV’s and the Big Screens!

We will be releasing a ‘PRAY FOR SNOW’ beer only available at Snowbasin Resort for the entire state of UT.  It will be brewed by 10 Barrel Brewing Company.

Also, we will announce the WINNER of our 2014/15 Adult Value Season Pass from our #SnowbasinBBBBQ Instagram Contest – start entering now!

***No outside food or beverage allowed in the music venue or the lodge.  Utah State Law prohibits the possession and consumption of outside alcohol including beer & wine on premise.  Bags may be subject to search at the music venue gate and any alcohol or outside food may be confiscated.  Dogs are allowed in the music venue, but they must be on a leash at all times, and they must stay on the grassy areas.  Dogs are never allowed in the lodges or on the patio.

Dark Sky Martian Stargazing with Ogden Astronomical Society

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Join us for dark sky stargazing with the Ogden Astronomical Society – a rare opportunity to view the stars from the top of Snowbasin Resort! You might even get the chance to see a martian!

Alien costume contest and live entertainment from Voodoo Productions – Electro-Men, Umbrella Girls, LED Hula Dancers, and more surprises!

Food available inside Needles and outside on the Needles Patio a la carte.

Gondola tickets – $12 Adults, $6 kids, 6 and under free.

No additional charge with a 2014/15 Season Pass!

Pick up your season pass in the Grizzly Center before and during the event!

No outside food or beverage.

Telescopes for stargazing provided by the Ogden Astronomical Society.

No reservations required – please call (801) 620-1000 for more info.

#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.

Halloween Party November 1st, 2014

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Tricks, Treats, Dinner and Entertainment!

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

5:30 – 9:30 pm at Earl’s Lodge

Dinner Buffet

Children’s Games, Prizes & Treat Baskets

Costume Contest .  Live DJ & Dance Floor .  Cash Bar

$30 Adults (12 & Over)

$12 Kids 6-11

Kids 5 & under FREE

Halloween Party Menu 2014

Bulleit Bourbon Whiskey Dinner

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The Bulleit Bourbon Whiskey Dinner features hors d’ oeuvres and a four-course dinner paired with Bulleit Bourbon whiskeys. Taste an array of Bulleit Bourbon whiskeys paired with opulent culinary creations and listen to Hollis Bulleit describe her family’s distillery process.

The Bulleit Bourbon Whiskey Dinner is at Earl’s Lodge on Friday, November 14th at 6pm and is $65 per person, which includes a complimentary whiskey glass and stainless steel flask.

Whiskey Dinner Menu 2014

For reservations, please call (801) 620-1021

All guests must be 21 years of age with valid ID.

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

Biking the beginner area at Snowbasin as a family

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!

playground at Snowbasin

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!

 

 

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.