Jam of Champions Slopestyle Competition

Come join us Saturday march 29th for our spring slopstyle competition in Orson’s Park! There will be a men’s and women’s division for both ski and snowboard.
Registration: 9 am – 10:30 am at the Activities Desk in Earl’s Lodge
Cost: $10
Contest Location: Orson’s Park
Contest Start Time: 11 am
*Helmets are Required*

A first look at the new Burton Riglet Snowboard Park!

Rails in the Burton Riglet PArk

Last weekend we checked out the new Burton Dinosaur Riglet Park at Snowbasin Resort, UT. My five year old son, with no snowboarding experience, had an amazing time!

Riglet Parks use terrain-based learning to teach young kids to snowboard. What this means is that my son can skip the hours, days, and weeks needed to learn technical skills and skip right to the fun stuff! And I can skip the painful times of frustration, tears and anger that often accompany learning a new winter sport.

Snowbasin created a fun dinosaur-themed environment where my son can learn all the basics of snowboarding while riding over mellow terrain features like berms, rollers, and rails.

Getting strapped in at the burton Riglet Park

WHEN YOU VISIT:

We found the Burton Riget Park right next to the Grizzly Center and outside the Snowsports Learning Center at Snowbasin. After signing waivers, my son’s instructor took him to get boots and a board.

Out front, he got to meet Dino and Terry, the local Snowbasin dinosaurs. His imagination was ignited and then he was off!

The instructors used small snowboards fitted with a Riglet Reel (a thin retractable cord mounted on the front) to pull my son through the course. As my son’s balance and board control improved they were able to let go, even allowing him to ride the back side of a berm or rail completely hands free!

WHAT TO EXPECT:

My son had a fantastic time exploring a new winter sport, which in itself is a miracle. If you have young kids and have taught them a new sport such as skiing or snowboarding, then you know those first few times can be truly frustrating for everyone involved. My son had a huge smile the entire time! So did I.

As a bystander I was amazed by the positive and fun atmosphere created by the instructors. They were always quick with a high five and encouraging words. Watching them with other kids, I was able to see that they could quickly adjust to the different ages, abilities and temperaments.

With young kids, one of the most important things (IMHO) is a building atmosphere. I don’t necessarily care if my son walks away on track to being the next Shaun White. I want him to believe a little more in his strength and ability to try new things and succeed. Snowbasin’s Riglet Park, accomplished just that.

 Riding Dino at the Burton Riglet Park

SLUG Magazine Present’s “Battle at the Basin” Jan 11th

The SLUG GAMES’ Battle at the Basin Presented by Scion is the first installment of SLUG Mag’s amateur ski and snowboard contest. Battle at the Basin Presented by Scion is open to all ages, participants will compete in a jam style format dropping into a custom battle field course, designed by the SLUG Games team and executed by the Snowbasin Resort Park Crew.

The contest will be held on Jan. 11, 2014. Registration is free and will be held at 10 a.m. inside the Huntington Room in Earl’s Lodge.

There will be a cash prize and many other prizes including skis and snowboards provided by the Battle at Basin Presented by Scion sponsors including: Salty Peaks Snowboard Shop, Raja Attire, Zoo York Snowboards, Yelp, iNi Cooperative, Only in Ogden, RAMP Sports, Saga Outerwear, Milosport, Goal Zero, Crossroads Skateshop, DaleBoot, Kitten Factory, Pit Viper and Lucky Slice Pizza.

For more information visit thesluggames.com

We Are Opening On Thanksgiving Day!

Snowbasin Resort will open on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013. With recent snowfall combined with extensive snowmaking, Snowbasin Resort will be offering a base averaging between 18-22 inches on 6 runs.

For opening day, Snowbasin Resort will offer “Top to Bottom” skiing & snowboarding off Needles Gondola, Middle Bowl Triple & Little Cat Quad lifts.  The following runs will be open & groomed: Sweet Revenge, Bear Hollow, Snowshoe, Powder Puff, School Hill, and Porcupine Traverse. Snowbasin Resort will offer two “pocket” terrain parks containing 10 features along the open trails with more terrain and lifts opening as weather permits. Early day ticket rates are available starting at $41 for Youth and $69 for Adults.

Snowbasin Resort’s Annual Thanksgiving Dinner at Earl’s Lodge has sold out; however Needles Lodge will be serving food on Thanksgiving Day.

Ticket windows open at 8:30 a.m.  For more information, call 801.620.1000; or the Snow Report Hotline at 801.620.1100

Snowbasin Resort joins Powder Alliance

Snowbasin is excited to offer “Premier” pass holders free skiing at 11 other Western resorts. Premier season pass holders can take advantage of the Powder Alliance deals throughout the 2013-14 season giving you access to 12 Resorts, 123 Lifts, 26,782 ft. vertical with a total average annual snowfall of 3,919 ft. For more information, visit http://www.powderalliance.com

Team Rider Keith Gabel Nominated to the U.S. Paralympics Snowboard National Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ― The United States Olympic Committee today announced that U.S. Paralympics Snowboard National Champions Evan Strong (Nevada City, Calif.) and Heidi Jo Duce (Ouray, Colo.) and nine other athletes are nominated for the 2013-14 U.S. Paralympics Snowboard National Team, which is the first-ever national team in the sport.

In May 2012, the International Paralympic Committee announced that snowboard cross will be included in the alpine skiing program at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, March 7-16, in Russia. The Paralympic competition is open to men and women with lower limb impairments.

“As we look toward the start of the Paralympic Winter Games in 10 months, the nomination of these athletes to the inaugural U.S. Paralympics Snowboard National Team marks a significant step for the program and the sport,” said Kevin Jardine, USOC high performance director for Paralympic alpine skiing and snowboarding. “A year ago, there was very little opportunity for Paralympic snowboarders, and now there is chance for a Paralympic gold medal. Our national team athletes are among the world’s best and are up to the challenge of medaling in Sochi.”

Joining Strong and Duce are nominees Christina Albert (Denver, Colo.), Tyler Burdick (Salt Lake City, Utah), Keith Gabel (Ogden, Utah), Lucas Grossi (Billings, Mont.), Amy Purdy (Las Vegas, Nev.), Nicole Roundy (Bountiful, Utah) and Mike Shea (Castaic, Calif.), all who have lower limb impairments, and Joseph Chandler (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Marc Dervaes (West Chester, Pa.), who have upper limb impairments.

“There are no words to describe what it feels like to be nominated for the first-ever U.S. Paralympics Snowboard National Team,” said Duce, who won two bronze medals on the 2012-13 International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing Snowboard World Cup circuit before taking the inaugural national crown. “I am stoked to be a part of history with so many great athletes. While we will always be known as trailblazers, I hope that we are remembered not just for being a part of the national team but for inspiring other amputees to get involved in snowboarding.”

Winter Wizardry SLUG Games March 16th

SLUG Magazine & Snowbasin Resort are proud to present for the first time The Winter Wizardry SLUG Games amateur ski and snowboard contest on March 16th, 2013.  Featuring an enchanting course where riders will be forced to level up while dodging Ice Trolls, Mystical Dragons, and fellow Orcs alike.  Bring your strongest spells and potions with you, for something magical is bound to happen….

Schedule:

8 am – 11 am Registration Huntington Room in Earl’s Lodge

11 am Warm Up on Little Cat Terrain Park

Contest 11:30 am – 3:15 pm

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Awards Base of Little Cat Terrain Park

*Registration is Free

**Helmets Required

***Under 18 you need to have releases signed by an adult

Win a Helmet during NSAA’s National Safety Week

In participation with NSAA’s National Safety Week starting tomorrow Snowbasin’s Ski Patrol will be offering skiers & snowboarders the chance to “Know The Code” and win a prize.  Individuals can approach Ski Patrol and be tested on how many rules they know from the NSAA’s Responsibility Code. A person who knows at least three rules of the Responsibility Code will receive a coupon for a free drink. A person who answers four or more is entered into a daily drawing for a helmet from January 19th through January 27th.

Winners

Syndey Ditulst

Korey Rosen

Nathan Stickers

Steven Swanson

Vicky Baab

Elisabeth Beli

Megan Gray

Ted Dumont

Christian Winn

Opening Day Snow Conditions & Lift Ticket Pricing

Snowbasin Resort will open on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2012, to mark the official start of the 2012-13 winter ski and snowboard season in Ogden Valley. The resort will begin the season with 2.5″ of new snow since Saturday.  Combined with extensive snowmaking, Snowbasin will be offering a base averaging between 18-22 inches on 5 runs.

For opening day, Snowbasin will offer skiing & snowboarding off Middle Bowl Triple and Little Cat Quad lifts.  Skiers and snowboarders will upload and download on Needles Gondola for Middle Bowl lift access. There will be no top to bottom skiing and snowboarding.  The following runs will be groomed for our snow enthusiasts’ enjoyment: Sweet Revenge, Powder Puff, Strawberry Traverse, Middle Bowl Traverse and Porcupine Traverse. Snowbasin will offer two “pocket” terrain parks containing several features along the open trails with more terrain and lifts opening as weather permits.

Snowbasin’s Annual Thanksgiving Dinner at Earl’s Lodge has sold out; however Needles Lodge will be serving food on Thanksgiving Day.

Early season lift prices:

All Day Adult Lift Ticket $49/ Half Day $39

All Day Youth Lift Ticket $34/ Half Day $26

All Day Senior Lift Ticket $42/ Half Day $32

Please ski and ride with care. Obstacles can be hidden just at or below the snow surface. Hiking is not permitted because of snowmaking, avalanche control, and grooming on the mountain. The ticket windows will open at 8:30 a.m.  For more information, call 801.620.1000 or the Snow Report Hotline at 801.620.1100, or visit: www.snowbasin.com

Thanksgiving Day Opening

Snowbasin will be opening in just under a week, November 22nd, for Skiing and Snowboarding conditions permitting.  The annual Thanksgiving Dinner at Earl’s Lodge has sold out!, but food will be served from a limited menu at Needles Lodge on Thanksgiving Day.

We will be updating lift ticket pricing, trail openings and conditions early next week.