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.

Blood Drive with ARUP Blood Services

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Snowbasin Resort will be hosting a blood drive in partnership with ARUP Blood Services on Saturday, August 30th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Huntington Room of Earl’s Lodge.

Contributors need the following to participate: Photo ID, minimum of 110 pounds, 18 years old or older,  remember to eat well and drink extra fluids before.

Visit www.arupbloodservices.org to make your appointment online. Once you create or access your profile, enter B373 in the search field.

Walk-ins are welcome!

Please call (801) 620-1000 for more information.

Your blood donation will benefit patients being treated at:

- Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital

-Huntsman Cancer Institute

-Shriners Hospital for Children

-University of Utah Health Care

 

ARUP Blood Services – your local, nonprofit blood-collection center

(801) 584-5272 – www.utahblood.org

#SnowbasinBBBBQ Instagram Contest

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It is time to vote for your favorite #SnowbasinBBBBQ image of the summer! The winner will receive a 2014/15 Value Season Pass! Winner will be announced October 5th at our Pray for Snow Party!

Send all your friends to our Instagram to vote for your image starting Tuesday, September 23rd. Most number of likes on the image posted by @snowbasinresort on Tuesday, September 23rd with your corresponding entry number as of Friday, October 3rd will WIN! Voting ends at 12:00 noon on Friday, October 3rd.

Thank you everyone for your entries and stay tuned for more contests!

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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.

Weber Pathways Trail Mixer

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Date: Friday, August 22, 2014

Time: 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Where: Earl’s Lodge

Join us at the Weber Pathways 3rd Annual Trail Mixer for an evening of fun, food and fundraising to support the trails you love! This event will kick off at 5:30 p.m. on Earl’s Patio with a social provided by Sonora Grill and bar-b-que dinner accompanied  with live music by local artist Raven Spirit. Well-known auctioneer Chris Zimmerman will be auctioning off top of the line outdoor gear and activities in a live and silent auction. With your support, Weber Pathways will continue to extend and improve our wonderful system of trails in Weber County. You can pre-register for this event at WeberPathways.org or at the event.

Tickets are $50. All but $22.50 of each ticket is tax deductible.

Weber Pathways is a non-profit organization in Weber County, Utah, dedicated to trails and pathways for walkers, runners, hikers, cyclists, horseback riders, cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and other non-motorized trail users.

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 6:00 – 8:00 pm

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

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After dinner is over at 8:00 pm, guests may join in the festivities for free.

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 Tom Bulleit, owner of Bulleit Bourbon, describe his family’s distillery process. Live entertainment from Luke Maurer.

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.

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

Biking the beginner area at Snowbasin as a family

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

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

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