Snowbasin is teaming up with Brighton and PCMR and upping the Utah contest season ante this winter and partnering to find the top rail slayers in the state of Utah with the Friday Night Jib Fights Rail Jam series. Registration is $15
Snowbasin Resort will be starting its 2011.2012 winter season this Thursday November 24th. We will begin the season with 12″+ of new snow since Friday night and with extensive snowmaking Snowbasin will be boasting a base averaging between 18-24 inches on top to bottom runs.
Two lifts will be operating: Needles Gondola and Little Cat Express Quad, and the following runs will be groomed: Sweet Revenge, Bear Hollow, Snowshoe, Powder Puff, School Hill, Strawberry Traverse, Middle Bowl Traverse and Porcupine Traverse. The “RailGarden” terrain park will be open as well offering up to 9 rail features with more terrain and lifts to open as early as this weekend. Early day ticket rates will be offered starting at $34 for Youth through $58 for Adults.
Please ride with care as there will still be many obstacles on adjacent runs as well as hidden under the surface. For safety, hiking is no longer being 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. For more information on snow conditions, call the Snow Report Hotline at 801.620.1100, or visit: www.snowbasin.com.
Snowbasin will be hosting the USSA Masters Slalom race on Bullwinkle run. Come up to see some of the most experienced racers in the local area show great form and excellence on this challenging coarse.
Snowbasin will be opening in just over a week, November 24th, for Skiing and Snowboarding. The annual Thanksgiving Dinner at Earl’s Lodge still has some limited reservations left, but food will be served from a limited menu at Needles Lodge on Thanksgiving Day.
Early season lift prices:
All Day Adult Lift Ticket $58/ Half Day $48
All Day Youth Lift Ticket $34/ Half Day $26
All Day Senior Lift Ticket $46/ Half Day $36
We will be updating trail openings and conditions early next week.
Help the Snowbasin park crew break in the 2011.2012 Rail Garden on Saturday Nov 26th. This is not a contest its a jam that people can sign up for throw some tricks and maybe get a prize. Sign up in Earl’s lodge between 9:00 and 10:30 am. The rail jam will be held between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm at the Rail Garden park in front of Earl’s Lodge. So come to Snowbasin and have a great time getting some tricks on lock first thing this season.
After several days of high temperatures and significant rain Snowbasin will no longer continue its summer Skiing and Snowboarding. We had two great weeks of Skiing/Snowboarding off the Middle Bowl lift however summer has finally arrived melting away the necessary snow amount to operate in the lower elevations. Though we are closed for lift access skiing/snowboarding, Snowbasin will be hosting a Rail Jam on Sunday July 3rd at Earl’s base area for both skiers and snowboarders. In addition, Snowbasin has many summer events and activities including mountain top dining, lower elevation mountain bike trails, and a 9-hole disc golf course currently open to the public. Snowbasin is looking forward to lift accessed Mountain Biking and Hiking in weeks to come. Keep an eye on the blog for an official opening date.
**The Snowbasin Rail Jam on July 3rd is NOT cancelled**
Due to popular demand and a 100 inch base, for the 1st time ever Snowbasin Resort will be re-opening for weekends beginning June 11th and will remain open for as long as snow conditions allow. Skiers and Riders will be able to upload and download on Needles Gondola to access multiple runs off intermediate terrain off of Middle Bowl Triple from 8 am to 2 pm. Snowbasin’s General Manager said, “Maintenance scheduled for Needles Gondola has been recently completed which will allow access to the Middle Bowl Triple. Cool temperatures and a significant amount of late season snow has kept our base over 100 inches deep at mid mountain so it only seems natural for Snowbasin to re-open on weekends.”
Season passes for the 2011/2012 winter season can be purchased starting this Saturday, giving those dedicated snow enthusiasts access to skiing and snowboarding earlier than ever. Single day lift tickets are selling for $35. Passes from the past 2010-2011 season will not be honored. Barbeque food will be available. For any other information please call 801.620.1000.
Today was an awesome powder day at Snowbasin. The early bird gets the worm and those who came early were treated to an incredible layer of dense 5-8″ powder just about everywhere on the mountain, some drifts were considerably deeper. You could still feel the bottom at time but that didn’t seem to matter much as most skiers and boarders came down with some huge smiles on their faces.
We started the day with a few laps on John Paul, tearing it up right under the lift at the top and sweeping out onto the Grizzly Downhill and The Hollywood Hills. After getting our fill of steep, deep and fast we ventured over to Strawberry for even more wide open powder fields. Even thought it was only partly sunny in the morning, the visibility stayed good until about 12:30 and then the flat light took over and the fog rolled in. Ski Patrol was kind enough to open No Name so we ran back over there after a few runs off Upper Main Street and our favorite, Moonshine Bowl. No Name had deeper drifts that rewarded with a few face shots as we worked our way down the ridges.
We also had the Salomon Ski Crew setup on the plaza demoing their new BBR ski. Interesting design, reminds us of an old Winterstick snowboard stretched out like silly putty. Those who clicked in came back with huge grins and lots of positive comments on this great all around powder ski. The day wrapped up with Friday Night Lights Rail Jam getting set up with lots of young riders showing off their stuff.