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!

 

 

Dining Discovery: Explore your Cravings

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We are revamping our summer dining with the new Dining Discovery: Explore your Cravings program. The Dining Discovery program will encompass many aspects of dining at Snowbasin Resort and include Culinary Expeditions, Cooking and Eating Classes, Mountain Top Brunches,  Burger Spa, and Spirit & Food Pairing Series.

The Dining Discovery: Culinary Expedition dinners will replace the weekly Saturday night dining at Needles Lodge, with several events throughout the summer, each with its own theme. These top of the gondola dinners are an exciting and unique experience, with live music and atmosphere to give a taste of the culture that encompasses the designated cuisine.

For reservations, please call (801) 620-1021.

Schedule of Dining Discovery Events:

Saturday, July 5th - Culinary Expedition: Mediterranean

Friday, July 18th – Dining Discovery: Shellfish Cooking Class

Saturday, August 2nd – Culinary Expedition: Caribbean

Saturday, August 30th - Culinary Expedition: Indian

Friday, September 5th - Spirit & Food Pairings: Wine Maker’s Pairing Dinner

Saturday, September 27th – Culinary Expedition: Farm to Table

 

 

Blues, Brews & BBQ with Desert Noises

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Join us on the Patio at Earl’s Lodge Sunday, August 17th for our Blues, Brews & BBQ FREE Concert Series featuring Desert Noises playing a unique blend of Rock & Roll, Blues, and Americana with Jeff Crosby & the Refugees playing Smooth Groove Rock & Roll. Jeff Crosby & the Refugees start at 12:30 pm with Desert Noises at 3:30 pm.

Check out our Instagram Contest and use #SnowbasinBBBBQ to share your photos on Instagram for a chance to win awesome prizes from Skully Candy and Snowbasin Resort including a 2014/15 Season Pass!

***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.

For more information on the bands, check out the links below:

Desert Noises:

http://desertnoises.com/

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Desert Noises

Desert Noises is Kyle Henderson, Tyler Osmond, Patrick Boyer, and Brennan Allen, four adventurers from Utah Valley, UT. Ask about their recent musical influences, and you’ll extract a litany on the riches of Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, and Tame Impala. If it seems an unlikely trio of choices, it simply means that you haven’t yet become acquainted with their propulsive, jangle-rich breed of rock ‘n roll. Desert Noises make music for shouting into canyons, jumping into rivers, and getting married to the wide-open road. With a strong maturity in their songwriting, they conjure the majesty of the American pastoral landscape.

While one can pick out definite strains of blues and Americana, their often-ferocious delivery and penchant for shredding guitars elicits a powerful transcendence into psychedelic rock. This is felt most strongly in their live performances, where they harness their visceral energy in new ways each night.

Jeff Crosby & the Refugees:

http://jeffcrosbymusic.com/

 

 

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Blues, Brews & BBQ Special All Day 3 Band Festival

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This Labor Day Weekend, enjoy a special Blues, Brews & BBQ Summer Concert Series All Day, 3 Band Festival on Sunday, August 31st. Come up to Snowbasin Resort to hear The Kap Brothers playing blues, rock & country at 12:30, The Weekenders playing Rock & Roll at 2:30 and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real playing high energy Blues and Rock & Roll at 5:00. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and sunglasses to enjoy a day of good food and music!

This will be a Habitat for Humanity of Weber/Davis Fundraising Event.  Representatives from Habitat for Humanity will be onsite to take your pledges, donations, and volunteer sign up for sponsored projects in the community.  Lukas will be on hand after the show to sign autographs and CD’s.  Please come see some Great Free Music with exquisite food and support our community efforts.

You can volunteer and pledge online as well. http://habitatwd.org/

Check out our Instagram Contest and use #SnowbasinBBBBQ to share your photos on Instagram for a chance to win awesome prizes from Skully Candy and Snowbasin Resort including a 2014/15 Season Pass!

***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.

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12:30-Kap Brothers:

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2:30-The Weekenders:

http://www.theweekendersmusic.com/

5:00-Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real:

 http://www.promiseofthereal.com/

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real

 

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 Habitat for Humanity

Blues, Brews & BBQ with Kap Brothers and Abraxas

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Join us on the Patio at Earl’s Lodge Sunday, September 28th for our Blues, Brews & BBQ FREE Concert Series with Abraxas, America’s #1 Santana tribute band and Kap Brothers playing blues, rock & country. Kap Brothers start at 12:30 pm with Abraxas at 3:30 pm.

Check out our Instagram Contest and use #SnowbasinBBBBQ to share your photos on Instagram for a chance to win awesome prizes from Skully Candy and Snowbasin Resort including a 2014/15 Season Pass!

***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.

For more information about Abraxas and Kap Brothers, check out the following links:

Abraxas:

http://www.abraxasband.com

ABRAXAS • The Santana Experience formed in March of 2006 with one goal, to be the best. Fast forward to 2013, having performed scores of shows for thousands of fans from coast to coast, the members of Abraxas have honed their show to be not just a musical tribute to the legendary Carlos Santana, but an experience that you’ll remember for a long time to come.

It’s all there. The propulsive Latin percussion… the fiery lead guitar work… the keyboard wizardry… the lush vocals… the goove that connects to the soul of the audience. No matter the type event or size of venue, Abraxas is ready. We’ve opened concerts for major artists and have headlined shows all across America.

Abraxas

Kap Brothers:

thekapbrothersband.com

 

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Blues, Brews & BBQ with Folk Hogan and Ballroom Thieves

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Join us on the Patio at Earl’s Lodge Sunday, September 14th for our Blues, Brews & BBQ FREE Concert Series with Folk Hogan and Ballroom Thieves. Folk Hogan will start at 12:30 pm and Ballroom Thieves will take the stage at 3:30 pm.

Check out our Instagram Contest and use #SnowbasinBBBBQ to share your photos on Instagram for a chance to win awesome prizes from Skully Candy and Snowbasin Resort including a 2014/15 Season Pass!

***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, with the exception of service dogs.

For more information about Folk Hogan and Ballroom Thieves, check out the following links:

http://www.newfrontiertouring.com/artist/the-ballroom-thieves/

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With a slow, deliberate build, the Ballroom Thieves make their presence known onstage immediately as the first chord is struck, transforming any size room, whether it be a large ballroom or a small club, into a remarkably intimate environment.

Formed in 2011, the Ballroom Thieves take the sincere, narrative blueprint of folk music and infuse it with the attitude of rock, the soul of blues, and the sweat and fervor of a revival tent. That spirit makes its way into both their recorded music as well as their live performances, as Martin Earley (guitar, vocals), Devin Mauch (percussion, vocals), and Calin Peters (cello, vocals) attack their instruments and harmonies with the same energy onstage as in the studio.

Garnering regional and national acclaim for both of their releases to date, 2012’s The Devil And The Deep, and 2013’s self-titled EP, the Thieves have been branching out from their native Boston. Their energy, passion, and songwriting craft earning them national touring spots with established bands such as the Lone Bellow, Dispatch, Little Green Cars, the Wheeler Brothers, and Houndmouth, among others.

Folk Hogan:

http://www.folkhogan.com/

Folk Hogan is a high velocity, folk/punk band with a lively stage show that is widely appealing, and downright awesome. The six-piece lineup consists of Accordion, Mandolin, Bass, Banjo, Guitar, and Drums. Folk Hogan brings a mix of experienced entertainers, humor, and whiskey that will keep a crowd dancing while wishing they had a backup liver.

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Blues, Brews & BBQ with Codi Jordan Band and Todo Mundo

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Join us on the Patio at Earl’s Lodge Sunday, September 21st for our Blues, Brews & BBQ FREE Concert Series with Codi Jordan Band playing Reggae and Rock Steady followed up by Todo Mundo  playing Latin/Reggae/World Fusion. Codi Jordan Band starts at 12:30 pm with Todo Mundo at 3:30 pm.

Check out our Instagram Contest and use #SnowbasinBBBBQ to share your photos on Instagram for a chance to win awesome prizes from Skully Candy and Snowbasin Resort including a 2014/15 Season Pass!

***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, with the exception of service dogs.

For more information about Codi Jordan Band and Todo Mundo, check out the following links:

Todo Mundo:

http://www.todomundomusic.com/

Todo Mundo (“All the World”) blends the musical flavors of Rumba, Reggae, Samba, and Middle Eastern styles into an irresistible groove that has been moving dance floors and connecting with audiences from Southern California to South America since 2009.

Through music, Todo Mundo has learned to share their soul and experiences with the world. The power of music allows them to transmit their messages of equality and diversity. The band is a manifestation of these messages, containing talented musicians from all over the world (Columbia, Israel, Canada & US). Their music and performances possess explosive energy that celebrates life and unity, with the aim of connecting with people from all over the world, and encourage them to live in the present, as one.

Todo Mundo

Codi Jordan Band:

http://www.codijordan.com/

The Codi Jordan Band is a Reggae Rock band running in the same vein as popular acts Sublime, The Dirty Heads and Slightly Stoopid. Hailing from the greater Salt Lake City area the band has toured relentlessly across the west spreading their homegrown “mountain town meets the Beach” sound across 12 states and hundreds of stages.

Front man Codi Jordan grew up in the small ski town of Eden, Utah. Both of Codi’s parents grew up in Southern California but opted to move to Utah in search of mountains and snow. For Codi, having family in Southern California led to a fascination and love for the southern CA lifestyle, the Ocean and the budding reggae/rock/surf/punk scene. Codi began writing lyrics and composing music at the age of 12 years old; a few years later he was introduced to the recording studio by a local hip-hop artist who noticed Codi playing and singing at a local house party.

Codi Jordan Band

Codi Jordan Band

 

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Blues, Brews & BBQ with Brian Ernst and Marinade

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Join us on the Patio at Earl’s Lodge Sunday, September 7th for our Blues, Brews & BBQ FREE Concert Series with Brian Ernst playing acoustic soul followed up by Marinade playing funk, soul, reggae, and rock. Brian Ernst starts at 12:30 pm with Marinade at 3:30 pm.

Check out our Instagram Contest and use #SnowbasinBBBBQ to share your photos on Instagram for a chance to win awesome prizes from Skully Candy and Snowbasin Resort including a 2014/15 Season Pass!

***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, with the exception of service dogs.

For more information about Brian Ernst and Marinade, check out the following links:

Marinade:

http://marinademusic.com/

Marinade

Brian Ernst:

http://www.brianernstmusic.com/

Brian Ernst

Brian & Katie Ernst are full time touring artists & philanthropists. They tour in full size school bus that has been converted into an RV that runs on solar panels and fueled by waste vegetable oil. Music/art has taken them around the world. Literally.
Brian has over 20 instruments on stage and a looping pedal. Using no pre-recorded music he loops and layers his instruments into various songs, melodies, and instrumentals best described as acoustic/soul/roots.
With humble beginnings, Brian’s full time music career started back in 2007 as a street performer. Brian traveled all over the country playing music on the streets of folk festivals, downtown parking lots, or Chicago subways. He discovered the looping pedal and graduated from sidewalks to venues, clubs, and festivals. Prior to his 2009 debut studio album ‘Journey4YOUth’ Brian sold over 7,000 bootleg cd’s mostly out of his guitar case. Brian’s album has sold over 1,000 units a year since it’s release.

 

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Blues, Brews & BBQ with Ugly Valley Boys and The Shook Twins

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Join us on the Patio at Earl’s Lodge Sunday, August 24th for our Blues, Brews & BBQ FREE Concert Series with Ugly Valley Boys playing American roots music followed up by The Shook Twins  playing their unique style of quirky folk. Ugly Valley Boys start at 12:30 pm with The Shook Twins at 3:30 pm.

Check out our Instagram Contest and use #SnowbasinBBBBQ to share your photos on Instagram for a chance to win awesome prizes from Skully Candy and Snowbasin Resort including a 2014/15 Season Pass!

***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, with the exception of service dogs.

For more information about Ugly Valley Boys and The Shook Twins, check out the following links:

The Shook Twins:

http://shooktwins.com/

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The Shook Twins

Born and raised in Sandpoint Idaho, Shook Twins are an Indie folk-pop band now hailing from coniferous forested Portland, Oregon. Identical twins, Katelyn and Laurie Shook, Kyle Volkman and Niko Daoussis form the core quartet. Central elements of the Shook Twins’ sound are a wide range of instrumentation, including banjo, guitar, electric and upright bass, mandolin, electric guitar, electronic drums, face drum (beatbox), glockenspiel, ukulele, banjo drumming and their signature golden EGG. Beautiful twin harmonies, layered upon acoustic and electric instrumentation coupled with Laurie’s inventive use of percussive and ambient vocal loops, and Katelyn’s repurposed telephone microphone, set their sound apart, creating a unique and eccentric blend of folk, roots, groove and soul.

Ugly Valley Boys:

http://www.uglyvalleyboys.com/

Ugly Valley Boys

 

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Blues, Brews & BBQ with The Brothers Comatose and The Motet

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Join us on the Patio at Earl’s Lodge Sunday, August 3rd for our Blues, Brews & BBQ FREE Concert Series with The Brothers Comatose playing high energy acoustic roots followed up by The Motet playing funk. The Brothers Comatose start at 12:30 pm with The Motet at 3:30 pm. For more information about The Brothers Comatose and The Motet, check out the following links:

***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, with the exception of service dogs.

The Motet:

http://www.themotet.net/#!home/mainPage

The Motet

Hailing from Colorado, the Motet is a world-class improvisational funk band that has dedicated more than a decade to the healing powers of funky dance music. Although the early years of the band saw a constantly revolving cast of musicians, the most recent incarnation has been touring the country for the last several years developing a new and unique style with roots in funk, afrobeat, disco, electronic music, and soul. This new Motet has quickly gained a reputation for throwing infectious dance parties everywhere they go, creating a deep rapport between band and audience.

The Brothers Comatose:

http://www.thebrotherscomatose.com/

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The Brothers Comatose

Literal brothers, Alex (banjo and vocals) and Ben Morrison (guitar and vocals) of The Brothers Comatose grew up in a house that was known for its music parties. “The Morrison house was a gathering place for local musicians – everyone would bring an instrument, call out tunes, call out changes, and just play for hours” says Brothers Comatose bassist and Morrison music party goer, Gio Benedetti. “I learned more in that living room than in any class I ever took.” The brothers took this generous, inclusive and rowdy attitude and brought it to stages all over San Francisco. With the addition of members Philip Brezina (fiddle) and Ryan Avellone (mandolin) the string quintet brings their original string music and the feel of an intimate music party to audiences all across the United States. The environment the band creates with their music and their live shows isn’t the exclusive band vs. crowd world of rock and pop, but rather the sing-along, stomp-along, inclusive world that gave birth to string band music. The band – while playing festivals like Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Strawberry, High Sierra, Outside Lands, Kate Wolf, and SXSW, – has not lost sight of their roots, their fans and the relationships that have brought them where they are.

 

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