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

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!

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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

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Summer Group Sales

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Did you know that Snowbasin Resort offers group rates for family functions, social and community events, corporate outings and team building events during the summer time?

We here in the Snowbasin Resort Sales office would like to personally invite you and your group or organization to experience all that Snowbasin Resort has to offer in the summer time! We are proud to offer you great group discounts on foot passenger lift tickets, mountain bike tickets, special events and all of the great activities that make Snowbasin Resort so special in the summer time. From a causal group gathering to high end private banquets, our professional sales staff is dedicated to helping you plan and organize a memorable experience for you and your group here in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains in Northern Utah, making the process as easy and streamlined for you as possible to help create the best day ever.

For more information regarding summer groups and activities, please contact:

Steve Andrus – Sales Manager

801.620.1014

sandrus@snowbasin.com

 

Kimberly Miller – Banquets and Events manager

801.620.1032

kmiller@snowbasin.com

 

Utah Symphony at Snowbasin Resort August 21st

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Join the Ogden Symphony Ballet Association and Snowbasin Resort for a spectacular evening of symphony music under the stars!

Conductor Vladimir Kulenovic will lead the orchestra in this ‘Classically Charged Celebration’ on Thursday, August 21st at beautiful Snowbasin Resort at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets for the concert at Snowbasin Resort are $15 for lawn seating and $30 for preferred seating. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking HERE.

Preferred seating includes passed hors d’ourves for 15 minutes before the performance, as well as seating up front closest to the stage.

General Admission is lawn seating, bring blankets and low-back chairs. No umbrellas. Please be considerate of others.

Earl’s Lodge will have food and drinks available starting at 5:30 pm.

Program:

Utah Symphony
Vladimir Kulenovic, Conductor

SHOSTAKOVICH   Festive Overture
TCHAIKOVSKY      Capriccio italien
COPLAND                Dance Episodes from Rodeo
(Intermission, 20 minutes)
BIZET                        Carmen, suite for orchestra
KODALY                  Dances of Galanta
GERSHWIN              Porgy and Bess, suite for orchestra

Menus:

Utah Symphony Grill Menu
Utah Symphony Carving Station Menu
Utah Symphony Salads Menu
Utah Symphony Desserts Menu

For more information call (801) 620-1000 or visit www.snowbasin.com.

http://www.utahsymphony.org/concerts/1042-snowbasin

**Please no food or outside drink allowed** **Please no dogs allowed**

ABSOLUTELY NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL IS ALLOWED ON SNOWBASIN RESORT PROPERTY.

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Now Hiring: Snowsports Learning Center Director

Snowsports Learning Center Director

Job Summary:

The primary function of the Snowsports Learning Center Director is to oversee all the daily functions of the Snowbasin Learning Center.  He/She will develop and implement programs that are guest oriented and profitable for the Learning Center, its’ instructors and Snowbasin Resort.  He/She will work towards creating the best possible environment for assigning and evaluating ski or snowboard lessons and instructors.  The Director will work with supervisors, instructors and other employees to provide a Snowsports experience that is on brand with the Snowbasin Resort and creates experiences of a lifetime.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Recognize that service is our product and helping guests have great experiences is our primary goal.
  • Interview, hire and train a staff that will exceed our customer’s expectations.
  • Develop goals and objectives for the department that continuously improve the guest experience while providing a financially responsible experience.
  • Develop and implement a Snowsports budget that sets sound financial targets and measurements.
  • In conjunction with other Senior Staff establish relevant programs, schedules & costs on a yearly basis.
  • Establish a training schedule for staff and monitor the effectiveness of that training.
  • Provide coaching, mentoring and performance appraisals of Snowsports supervisors.
  • Oversee the supervisors coaching, mentoring and appraisals of instructors.
  • Monitor and/or assist with work schedule development.
  • Insure that all instruction includes teaching of safety and skier/snowboarder responsibility
  • Manage and update RTP computer system for new hire, payroll, scheduling & reservations. Must have the necessary computer skills for all administrative duties.
  • Evaluate and modify Snowsports policies & procedures to the benefit of the Learning Center, Snowbasin Resort and the guests
  • Interact with guests and customers of the Resort in a friendly and accommodating manner.
  • Successfully mediate emotionally charged situations with employees and guests.
  • Insure departmental compliance with the Snowbasin Resort Handbook and Snowbasin procedures, including grooming, dress code and behavioral standards.
  • Appreciate that teamwork is essential for the success of the guest, the Snowsports Learning Center and the Resort
  • Cooperate with all resort departments, employees & coworkers in the performance of their duties
  • Conduct relevant daily instructor meetings that convey essential information to the staff in a timely manner.
  • Initiate and/or approve any departmental purchases
  • Communicate and promote ski/snowboard school and any of its upcoming clinics and programs
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the General Manger or as appropriate to meet the goals of the department and company

Criteria for Evaluation:

The Snowsports Learning Center Director is evaluated on performance of duties, leadership ability, communication skills, guest service, attitude, attendance and punctuality, attire and grooming, initiative, instructor feedback, skiing/riding ability and improvement, relations with coworkers and guests, technical knowledge, willingness to improve, PSIA & AASI certifications, professionalism and decision making.

Reports To:

The Snowsports Learning Center Director reports directly to the General Manager of Snowbasin Resort and is part of Snowbasin Resort’s management team.

Special Qualifications:

The Snowsports Learning Center Director must demonstrate excellent communication skills and have a passion for actively engaging coworkers and guests.  He/She must be able to adapt to all situations, be willing to learn, grow and improve.  The Director must maintain a high level of energy and enthusiasm on the job; be able to work long and irregular hours including weekends and holidays.

Salary: DOE

Send Resume with Cover Letter to: hr@snowbasin.com

Position Filled: Ski Patrol Director

Ski Patrol Director 

This position has been filled.

To apply to another position, please visit http://www.snowbasin.com/footer/employment/ 

Thank you for your interest. 

2014 Free Summer Guided Tours

Like a little adventure in your weekend? Care to learn about the inner workings of a Ski Resort, take a new route hiking, or just want to see what happens here during the summer? On a summer guided tour we can answer all of these questions and much more.  Discover Snowbasin’s extensive history, the science of snowmaking, or see what wildlife comes out when all the snow melts.   Meet our tour guide every Saturday & Sunday at 1 pm at the Moose in front of Earl’s Lodge from June 21st through September 28th.  So, Come join Snowbasin Resort for the chance to learn and experience our summer fun and deep history. Best of all its FREE!

2014 Summer Guided Tours:

June 21 & 22: Introduction to Mountain Biking For Children

June 28 & 29: How A Ski Lift Works

July 5 & 6:  Wildflowers of Snowbasin Resort

July 12 & 13: Snowbasin Ski Patrol History and Snow Science

July 19 & 20: Learn Disc Golf

July 26 & 27: Walking/Hiking with Poles

August 2 & 3:  Wildflowers of Snowbasin Resort

August 9 & 10: All About Geo-Caching

August 16 & 17: Beaver Dams of Snowbasin Resort

August 23 & 24: The Science of Snowmaking

September 6 & September 7: Tour of the Cirques

September 13 & 14: How a Ski Lift Works 

September 27 & 28: Dog Days of Snowbasin Resort

*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.

For more information contact Snowbasin at 801-620-1000 or www.snowbasin.com