First Annual Burger Challenge March 30th

Like Burgers and fries?  Like to ski/ride? Then we have the perfect event “stacked” up for you!  For a $40 entry fee, you will get to experience the thrills of the mountain, while enjoying the delectable bites of Snowbasin Resort’s Signature Burgers in all three of our majestic lodges.

Here’s the deal:

You start at the base of Needles Gondola by the Moose at 11am and take the Gondola up to Needles Lodge.  Upon entry, you will be treated to the incredible Needles ‘Bomber’ Burger which is a half-pound of all natural grass fed beef from Idaho flat grilled and topped with 1000 island dressing, sauerkraut, 6oz of grilled corned beef, Swiss cheese, on a toasted brioche bun with pickles (yes you have to eat the pickles).

As soon as you are done – which is a totally clean plate – you grab your gear and ski or ride down to the base where you will have to take the John Paul Express Quad to your next Culinary Adventure.  At John Paul Lodge, the Signature Burger, the JP ‘Mondo’ Burger, will be ready for the next round of food inhaling.  The John Paul Burger is a half-pound of flat grilled all natural grass fed beef topped with marinara, a 1/3 pound grilled Italian Sausage, and provolone cheese on a toasted brioche bun.  If you can choke down the JP Mondo Burger, then your last stop awaits at Earl’s Lodge.

At Earl’s Lodge you will be greeted like warriors returning from battle from our Culinary Team.  The final monumental food-gasm will be the mighty Basin Burger from Earl’s Grill which is a half-pound of all natural grass fed beef flame grilled topped with 4 slices of bacon, 1/3 pound of house smoked pulled pork, BBQ sauce, crispy Fried onions on a toasted brioche bun.  Just to sweeten the pot, you will have to eat a full portion of fries along with 2 Kobe Beef Sliders from the Cinnabar – in one seating.  If you finish first, you claim the prize and bragging rights for life.  Are you ready for the challenge?

Prizes include:

  1. 2014-2015 Season Pass
  2. NEFF Jacket & Dragon Goggles
  3. Helmet
  4. Snowbasin Swag
  5. More Snowbasin Swag

Cost:  $40 – limit to the 1st 40 participants

Advance Registration by calling Tim Eastley at 801-620-1045 or

Day of Registration on 3.30.14:  Huntington Room in Earl’s Lodge from 8:30-10am

**All Skier Responsibility codes are still in place including staying in control and observing all ‘Slow’ skiing zones.  Snowbasin Resort is not condoning unsafe skiing/riding, or skiing out of control.

On-Snow Demo to Benefit Snowbasin Adaptive Sports March 15th

Snowbasin Resort in conjunction with the Snowbasin Adaptive Education Foundation will be hosting an On-Snow Demo on Saturday, March 15th featuring 16 ski and snowboard manufactures such as BurtonRossignol and Head.  The cost is $20 to demo different equipment all day with “Proceeds to Benefit Snowbasin Adaptive Education Foundation”!  So come out test some great ski and snowboard products and help donate to a great cause!


5 Safety Tips For Families On the Slopes

Tips for Successful Family Skiing

Every fantastic adventure is made successful (in part) by abiding certain guidelines. For instance, backcountry skiers require knowledge of terrain, avalanche conditions, and rescue for a successful day.

But what about a simple family trip up to a resort? We’ve found the same goes for families and our in-bounds ski/snowboarding adventures. As our kids have progressed beyond the bunny slope, we’ve found it helpful and somewhat necessary to set some guidelines. Below are rules that everyone, kid and parent, should know.

1. Set a meeting place.

This is a great tip for large groups and families. Set a meeting place in a centralized location just incase you lose someone. It is incredibly easy, especially on busy weekends, to lose your kid or your friend. Before you even jump on the lift, make plans for lunch (time/place) so everyone can reconnect. Do the same thing for the end of the day. Don’t rely on cell phones! There have been many times where I lost service, or battery power, and wished I’d relied on “old-school” principles.

2. Discuss with your kids a safe place to stop on a run.

Kids (and beginners) do not naturally know where/when it is safe to stop and when it is not. This can be an abstract concept to explain but here a few tips:

  • Stop on the side of runs, not the middle.
  • Stop before you drop below a hill, not just after.
  • Be aware of skiers to the sides and behind you, before coming to a quick stop.
  • If you can see the uphill skiers above you, then there is a good chance they can see you.

3.Know the rules in Terrain Parks

I love, love, love that they are making terrain parks for kids and beginners, not just the experts. My kids spend hours flying off the jumps and attempting rails. But there are certain ‘rules’ that many kids are not aware of.

For instance, they should stop at the top of the terrain park and wait in line for their turn. Not just blow through unaware of the other riders waiting.

They should also be aware of signals they might see and/or use. Arms crossed if a skier is down, arms in a circle if it is safe to proceed. If your kids are really young, stay with them in the terrain park so you can signal to other riders if they fall in a blind spot. I had to do this once or an adult rider would have landed on my 5-year-old son had I not thrown up the “crossed-arms” signal.

Terrain Park Rules, Kids should know

4. Discuss ways to cross a run and looking for uphill traffic.

Unlike crossing the street, the skier who is crossing a run does not have the right-of-way. In fact, the uphill skier does. But I cannot tell you how many times my kids have (and still do) charge into a run, completely unaware of riders coming down at them.

I like to think of this like crossing a street. Stop. Look. Proceed with caution.

5. Help your kids identify “safe strangers.”

This tip piggy-backs off our first point, set a meeting place. But what if you forget too? What if you never meet up? What if you lose a kid?

My husband and I spend some time asking them who is safe to ask for help should they become injured or separated from us. Ski Patrollers, Lift Operations and Guest Services workers are great examples of “safe strangers.” And at many resorts, these people have noticeable jackets or uniforms making them easy to spot. Help your kids become acquainted with resort employees should they need them at some point.

Guest Services at Snowbasin

A few simple tips and rules, can save you time, hassle, and worry when exploring the slopes with your kids and friends.

What are your tips?

Life Lessons on the Slopes

Riding the Little Cat Express

Muhammad Ali said,

“Friendship is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.”

Friendship. That one great connection we seek as individuals.

It is easy, as an adventure family, to forget that my kids are made in the same mold I am. Sure I want to hit the slopes, taste the powder, and breath the bluebird skies. But what I treasure most are the laughs between chair tower 9 and 10. In short, the camaraderie of adventuring with friends.

As our kids have grown, we’ve worked tirelessly to keep the bar high on our “adventure quota” as a family. But I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t often think of bringing my kid’s friends along. Sometimes I am barely managing those who dwell within the walls of my own home!

But kids are motivated in the same ways we are. If you are looking to motivate a reluctant skier, bring their friends, and their heart will come along with them.

Bring a friend on ski days

This last weekend, we brought a friend (and his mom) and introduced them to Snowbasin for the first time. After all it is “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.” So why not spread the love? My son and his friend enjoyed a morning ski lesson with the Grizzly Cub Kids and then skied together the rest of the afternoon.

And while it was just another sunny ski day for me, it was probably the highlight of the season for my kids. It was their turn to whoop as they aired off the rollers under the Little Cat Express. To giggle themselves into snowbanks and laugh between chair tower 9 and 10. It was crazy and chaotic and fun.

It is priceless to watch them grow in their friendships… and to realize I have a few things to learn about friendship myself. Like the fact that even though I have a “friendship” with my kids, I will always be their mom. They are motivated from their friends in a way they aren’t from me. That is OK. It will be those friends that dig them out of a tree well or shadow them down a chute when I am far too old to keep up anymore.

So ski with your kids and invite a friend! Give them an mountain experience. Give them the gift of friendship on the slopes.  Give them something they can only learn in the school of the mountains.

Kids skiing together, friendship





Intro to Avalanches with the UAC

Snowbasin Resort is teaming up with Amer Sports and Utah Avalanche Center to offer a Intro to Avalanches Class.

What: Learn how to safely travel outside the resort boundaries. This workshop begins with a three hour evening class followed by an on-the-snow field day. Taught by Craig Gordon and several others from the Utah Avalanche Center and members of Snowbasin Ski Patrol. Plan to learn the following:

·       Understanding types of avalanches and how they happen

·       How weather affects avalanche risk

·       How to identify and avoid avalanche terrain

·       Using the local avalanche forecast to understand current conditions

·       Identifying dangerous avalanche conditions in the field

·       Safe travel protocol

·       Understanding how we make decisions in the backcountry

·       Companion rescue techniques

Where – Thursday 6-9 pm at Amer, Saturday 8:30 to 4:00 at Snowbasin Resort

When- Thur February 6th  (indoors)  and Saturday February 8th  (on the snow)

Cost- $50 (does not include lift ticket). Registration is limited to 25 people.

For more information or to sign up click the following link: Intro to Avalanches

5 Tips for Battling Cold Weather [Family Edition]

Powder and storms on Middle Bowl

There have been times in recent years that we were a “fair weather” ski family. We’ve all heard of “snow snobs”… those skiers that only come out for powder days (not that I blame them.) And we were “sun snobs”, only taking our family out on sunny days… warmer weather meant more skiing and less tears.

But this season we’ve been wrestling a busy schedule and picking only sunny days means we aren’t skiing much at all. So I’ve embraced the idea that,

“There isn’t bad weather. Only bad clothing.”

In fact, many of our favorite ski days have looked like this:

Snowy Day at Needles Lodge

Snowy Day at Needles Lodge

Last Friday when the wind gusted at 40 mph, we still made it up to Snowbasin and had a fantastic day skiing. Here are my tips for keeping your kids (and yourself) warm and happy.

1. Get a balaclava. A.K.A a ninja hood. Our bodies loose heat most rapidly from the head, the groin, and the armpits. SO…keeping the head and neck covered helps keep the whole body warm. Even a lightweight balaclava will keep your head, neck, and face significantly warmer and protect you from the wind. In my experience, a “ninja hood” style balaclava works better than a Buff or gaiter.

2. Keep those ski socks dry. As a mom, the thing I dread most about skiing is getting all the kid’s gear on. I would like to save time by putting socks and boots on before we leave the house. But on cold days that is a bad idea. It is hard to keep sweaty feet warm. Better to let the kids ride up in socks only and put the boots on right before getting out of the car.

3. Get a helmet, even for the really little ones. I’ve often thought, “why does my toddler need a helmet? She barely moves and I hold her up most the time.” Until someone ran into my husband and her. So, sure, we all know helmets are a safety thing. But they are also very warm and many brands have vents for warm days.

Powder Day off Needles Express

4. Invest in good layers. A few basic rules I live by when it comes to layers: First, layer a high-wicking fabric close to the skin, like Patagonia Capilene or REI midweight long underwear.  For exceptionally cold days I add a fleece layer. Fleece bottoms or ¼ zip tops. Finally, down jackets are warmer than synthetic. Down Jackets are also compressible, meaning they pack easily, are less bulky, and can be used year-round for camping, hiking, and backpacking. Here are my favorite kid jackets.

5. Not all chemicals are bad. Don’t be afraid of the chemical hand warmers. They are great for keeping kid’s hands warm! Just exercise caution when using with a young infant or toddler who cannot communicate if they become too hot.

In the end, embracing the weather is part of embracing the adventure. Howl into the wind and trek off into the white… dressed to conquer. 

Ogden Valley Ski Team (OVST) Hosts South Series G.S. races at Snowbasin

Snowbasin, UT, January 11, 2014:  OVST athlete Bridger Harrison       enjoyed victories on both Saturday and Sunday on a weekend that included many great performances by local Ogden area skiers at Snowbasin Resort.

Harrison claimed first overall in the United States Ski and Snowboard Association –Intermountain division South Series Giant Slalom races with combined times ( 2 runs) of 1:17:02 and 1:12:78.  Competitors from the Park City Ski Team, Snowbird Ski Team, Brighton, Rowmark Ski Academy, Summit Ski Teams and others competed along with host club the Ogden Valley Ski Team.

OVST enjoyed other top performances from local skiers Luke Kaschmitter with a 1st place Sunday and 2nd place Saturday in the U12 division. Eden’s Isabella Foo’s claimed two 4th place finishes in the U12 class. Also in the U14 class, Ogden’s Tommy Walsh had 5th and 7th place finishes while Christian Belmont had 2 top ten performances with a 6th and 10th.   Mikayla Guimond was 7th in Saturday’s race. In the U16 class OVST’s Chris Kubick finished 2nd and 1st. Other local skiers had solid performances and gained valuable experience including; U10 Girls-  Reagan Harrison the youngest competitor in the field who was just 0.4 seconds out of a medal. Jayden Quinn  U12 Girls – Pearl Marden (2 top 20 finishes), Mackenzie Kubick, U14 Girls, Savanna Larsen ( 2 top 20), Natalie Quinn ( 1 top 20)  U12 Boys Jimmy Walsh ( 2 Top 20 ) Andres Torres ( top 20) , Maddox Lister, Mason Phillips and Luke Philips.  U14 Boys Ogden’s Hunter Young, Levi Olsen, twins Finley and Andy Pinkas and Noah Poisson.

About Ogden Valley Winter Sports Foundation

The Ogden Valley Ski Team, sponsored by the Foundation, provides a fun and challenging way for young men and women to improve their skiing, and to develop the skills and discipline that will provide lifelong enjoyment of an active outdoor lifestyle. For more information or to join one of our many programs or participate in our Ogden Valley Ski League races please visit

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Après Entertainment with Jeanne Jolly

Join the fun in the Cinnabar Friday afternoon with award winning singer Jeanne Jolly playing Folk & Country.  The musicians play from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. For more information about Jeanne Jolly check out the following link:


St. Patty’s Day Celebration March 17th, 2014!

Celebrate St Patty’s Day the Snowbasin Resort way!  New this year, we will be putting out THREE POTS of GOLD on the mountain or in the lodges or both.  In these POTS OF GOLD there will be three different prizes with one prize being a 2014/2015 Adult Premier Pass.  The other prizes are yet TBD.  The search for these great prizes and Pots O’s Gold will begin at 9 am and last until 4 pm.  If by noon that day none of the Pots O’ Gold are found, then you will have to tune into Facebook and Twitter that day for hints that will be released every half hour.

Food specials all day at all the Lodges this year will include the traditional corned beef and cabbage, Shepard’s Pie, and Guinness Beef Stew.  Bag Pipers will also be in Earl’s Lodge during the afternoon spreading the St’ Patrick’s Day Cheer for all.

Then at 3:30 pm in Earl’s Lodge, the party begins through the entire lodge.  Specials will be provided by Bushmills and ‘This Must Be the Band’ will take the stage for a FREE live music show.  This Must Be the Band is the premier ‘Talking Heads’ tribute band in the country and they only play Talking Heads tunes for 3 or more hours if possible. This is a show not to miss.

This Must Be the Band” is Chicago’s only and therefore best Talking Heads Tribute Band; only performing Talking Heads music, and, if possible, 3 to 4 hours at a time.




Time:  All Day.  Show at 3:30 pm in Earl’s Lodge


More information:  801-620-1000

Apres Slide-TMBTB

Snowbasin Resort Blood Drive March 6th

Snowbasin Resort will be hosting a blood drive on Thursday March 6th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Huntington Room of Earl’s Lodge. To make an appointment, please contact Steward Marsh at 801.710.6797.  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.

Your blood donation will benefit patients being treated at:

- Primary Children’s Medical Center

-Hunstman Cancer Hospital

-Shriners Hospital for Children

-University of Utah Hospital

-South Jordan Health Center