Snowbasin’s Free Guided Tours!

On a Snowbasin guided tour you can learn about what the resort has to offer during the summer.  Discover Snowbasin’s extensive history, the science of snowmaking, or see what wildlife comes out when all the snow melts.   Meet your tour guide every Saturday and Sunday at 1pm at the Moose in front of Earl’s Lodge from June 22nd through September 29th.  Come join Snowbasin for the chance to learn and experience our summer fun and deep history. Best of all its FREE!

*Bring hiking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, snacks and water. Tours last from 1-4 hours. Tours in the base do not require a gondola ticket.

Snowbasin Ski Patrol History And Snow Science

The Snowbasin Ski Patrol has a long and storied history. Since Snowbasin’s opening in 1939, there have been volunteer and professional patrollers working the slopes. Snowbasin patrollers provide guest services, first aid and comfort, and aid in the reduction of the risk of avalanches. All of this and more contribute to the quality experience that Snowbasin guests have come to expect. There will be a short history of the Snowbasin Ski Patrol and some basics about what it takes to reduce the risk of avalanche. You may see an avalauncher tower, hold a real hand charge and light a real fuse.

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 2 hours

(Could include on-mountain activity. Lift ticket may be required.)

Snowbasin’s 2013 Free Guided Tours!

On a Snowbasin guided tour you can learn about what the resort has to offer during the summer.  Discover Snowbasin’s extensive history, the science of snowmaking, or see what wildlife comes out when all the snow melts.   Meet your tour guide every Saturday and Sunday at 1pm at the Moose in front of Earl’s Lodge from June 22nd through September 29th.  Come join Snowbasin for the chance to learn and experience our summer fun and deep history. Best of all its FREE!

*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.

June 22 & 23: Mountain Bike Tour

Check out some of the 25 miles of cross-country style mountain bike trails that Snowbasin Resort has to offer with an experienced rider. The route selected for this tour will depend on the skill level of the group. Some biking skills are recommended.

Difficulty: Light to strenuous

Duration: 1-3 hours

(Bike & helmet required)

(Base area activity. Lift ticket is not required.)

June 29 & 30: Wildflowers & Plants

 Enjoy Snowbasin’s diverse landscape with numerous wildflowers, shrubs and trees with an experienced guide. Along the way, flowers and other plants will be identified and the effects of weather, wildlife and environment will be discussed. This tour has something for everyone. The hike leaves from the top of the Needles Gondola and depending on the group, can either return to Needles for a scenic ride back down or the hike can continue to the base area. Length and difficulty can be adjusted to fit the group. The quantity and quality of Snowbasin’s wildflowers are entirely weather dependant. More moisture means more flowers. Purchase ‘Wild Snowbasin’ in the Grizzly Center to follow along.

Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous

Duration: 2-4 hours

(On mountain activity. Lift ticket is required.)

July 6 & 7: Snowbasin Ski Patrol History And Snow Science

The Snowbasin Ski Patrol has a long and storied history. Since Snowbasin’s opening in 1939, there have been volunteer and professional patrollers working the slopes. Snowbasin patrollers provide guest services, first aid and comfort, and aid in the reduction of the risk of avalanches. All of this and more contribute to the quality experience that Snowbasin guests have come to expect. There will be a short history of the Snowbasin Ski Patrol and some basics about what it takes to reduce the risk of avalanche. You may see an avalauncher tower, hold a real hand charge and light a real fuse.

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 2 hours

(Could include on-mountain activity. Lift ticket may be required.) 

July 13 & 14: Learn Disc Golf

Learn how to play disc golf from and experienced player.   This tour offers the opportunity to play Snowbasin’s 9-hole disc golf course and learn a few tricks on the way. Rental discs are available in the Grizzly Center. If you have your own discs the course is always open and always free. For more information check out: www.nudga.org

Difficulty: Light to moderate

Duration: 1-2 hours

(Base area activity. Lift ticket not required)

July 20 & 21 Wildflowers & Plants

 Enjoy Snowbasin’s diverse landscape with numerous wildflowers, shrubs and trees with an experienced guide. Along the way, flowers and other plants will be identified and the effects of weather, wildlife and environment will be discussed. This tour has something for everyone. The hike leaves from the top of the Needles Gondola and depending on the group, can either return to Needles for a scenic ride back down or the hike can continue to the base area. Length and difficulty can be adjusted to fit the group. The quantity and quality of Snowbasin’s wildflowers are entirely weather dependant. More moisture means more flowers. Purchase ‘Wild Snowbasin’ in the Grizzly Center to follow along.

Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous

Duration: 2-4 hours

(On mountain activity. Lift ticket is required.)

July 27 & 28: All About Geo-Caching

 What is Geo-caching? Your guide will answer this question along with the etiquette and the how-to of geo-caching.  As there are numerous caches in the Snowbasin area, you never know what you are going to find! Etiquette requires that if you take something you need to have something to put in the box, so bring a small trinket with you. Please bring a smart phone with a GPS app or your own GPS unit with you. To get a head start check out: http://www.geocaching.com/local/default.aspx?state_id=45

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 1-1.5 hours

(Base area activity. Lift ticket not required)

August 3 & 4: Beaver Dams

This hike starts and finishes on Snowbasin’s trail system but, in between, you will be bushwhacking through a wild meadow and slogging (in the best way) through some marshy areas and streams. You will see beaver dams and lodges and hopefully some of Snowbasin’s diverse wildlife. There may also be the opportunity to see the USFS yurt along the way. Water resistant footwear and a long-sleeved shirt is recommended for this hike.

Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 2 hours

(Base area activity. Lift ticket is not required.)

August 24 & 25: Science of Snowmaking

Have you ever wondered how we make snow? Learn about the different aspects of snowmaking: snowguns, snow qualities, wet bulb and much more when you hike from the top of Needles to Snowbasin’s state-of-the-art snowmaking building. Tour the snowmaking building then hike down to the base area.

Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous

Duration: 2-3 hours

(On mountain activity. Lift ticket is required.)

August 31 & September 1: Tour Of The Cirques

Come prepared because were going to the top! Hike from the top of Needles Gondola to the ridge and then from there to either Strawberry Peak or Mount Ogden Peak and then back to the Needles Gondola. This strenuous hike will give you a bird’s eye view of both the Ogden and Salt Lake Valleys.

Difficulty: Strenuous

Duration: 3-4 hours

(On mountain activity. Lift ticket is required.)

September 7 & 8: How A Ski Lift Works

Join one of our most popular hikes and learn what makes our lift go round and round. Tour lift terminals, lift shacks, motor rooms and the world famous Needles Parking Garage. Your Lift Maintenance Guide will explain the principles of ski lift operations and help you appreciate your ride to the top.

Difficulty: Light (Narrow stairways, enclosed spaces and ladders may be encountered.)

Duration: 2-3 hours

(On mountain activity. Lift ticket is required.)

September 28 & 29: Dog Days Of Snowbasin

Have your dog by your side for this hike to the bottom of Strawberry. This hike will allow you and your best friend to enjoy the beauty of Snowbasin together. Dogs should be leashed at all times. Water and bathrooms are available at the bottom of Strawberry.

Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 2-3 hours

(Base area activity. Lift ticket is not required.)

**Things to Consider When Going on a Guided Tour**

  • Meet your guide at the Moose on Earl’s Plaza at 1:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Come prepared for a mountain environment: proper footwear, sunscreen, water, camera, rain gear, etc.
  • Tours may be cancelled due to inclement weather.
  • All activities can be tailored to fit the abilities of the group.
  • Come early: ride your bike, hike on your own, play disc golf, enjoy lunch or the Sunday Brunch.
  • Stay Late: Saturday Fine Dining, Sunday Blues, Brews & BBQ.
  • For more information contact Snowbasin at 801-620-1000 or www.snowbasin.com