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 23rd through September 2nd. 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.
September 1st & 2nd: The dog days of Snowbasin (base) – with Brian Dubuque
Have your dog by your side for this hike to the bottom of Strawberry. This two-hour round trip hike will allow you and your best friend to enjoy the beauty of Snowbasin together. Dogs should be on a leash. Water and bathrooms are available at the bottom of Strawberry. 2-2.5 hours
Wild Powder Wednesday, where did everybody go? After a weekend of miserable rain and warm temps, father winter came back to reality and dropped 5+inches on Snowbasin in the middle of the night. Those who watched the snowstake knew what to do on Wednesday…GET UP TO Snowbasin ASAP for more fresh powder turns. Quite frankly, it might have been the least crowded powder day in our memory. At one point in the am the top was very socked in (couldn’t even see the next lift pole), but we got luck and almost all the clouds blew out leaving was with some stellar sunny conditions until about 2:30 when it became overcast and started snowing lightly.
Even though there were fresh tracks everywhere, there were also patches of ice from the prior rain, this was especially true on steeper aspects. Those who knew what to do spent the day over searching out low angle runs on Strawberry, riding endless lines of untracked powder down Main Street, Elk Ridge, Moonshine and WFO. Later in the day we were even treated to an opening of the Sisters for even more fresh terrain.
We also had some great runs down Dan’s, Wildcat Ridge and Wildcat bowl where long after lunchtime we still were finding huge glades of the fluffy white stuff. Even though we pushed it till the very end of the day we left quite a bit for Thursday’s visitors to Snowbasin. Wow, what a day.
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.
A strong Pacific storm hit the entire Wasatch Range early Wednesday morning and continues to hammer the entire region with FEET of powder. We just plowed 20″ out of the drive so we could make it to the mountian. Make sure that you check the weather forecast and come prepared for some awesome powder and extreme weather (cold) tomorrow and Friday. Thursday: Snow showers. High near 15. Wind chill values as low as -11. North northwest wind between 6 and 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
When we we arrived at Snowbasin the holiday crowds were a bit heavy but the snow was piled high and continuing to pour out of the sky on top of 1-2′ snow drifts. We found a little jump off Wildcat Ridge, landing into a big powder puff. Lot’s of powder, faceshots and wide open powder fields. Some places had a bit of wind buff and wind lips which were tricky because of the the flat light and limited visiblity from blowing snow. Some aspects were windscoured on south facing slopes. Aside from that there was a ton of powder on the mountain today, tomorrow should be just as good.
The John Paul lift was opened at the start of the day then was placed on wind hold for about an hour. Reopened about 11am for lots of POW in the trees. Strawberry was closed all day due to wind and vis. No Name and the Allen Peak Tram were also closed.
To sum it up, there was powder everywhere today! There’s a lot of snow coming down and high wind conditions. Snowbasin Snow Safety makes the call on what can open and when. The key getting the goods is paying attention to the conditions and being on the mountain!! Even though lift lines were heavy at times today due to the conditions, holiday season and lift closures most people had a ton of fun. Compared to anywhere else on the planet you can bet that most people on the mountain today had one of their best powder days ever! We sure did.
Today was an awesome powder day on the mountain. Just about everywhere you looked there was a consistent 12-18″ of fresh powder for all the hungry holiday powder hounds. Lots of locals and visitors caused some delays on lift lines but in general things moved swiftly. The worst of it was when Strawberry opened and apparently everyone went there at the same time. Nonetheless we had great runs off the White Room, Moonshine, and Elk Ridge. The tram also opened around mid day as well as No Name. We did some great powder drops off the Allen Peak Tram and two laps on No Name. Earlier in the day we found lots of powder off of the John Paul lift, Hollywood Hills and the Grizzly Downhill. We even hit Philpot Ridge on the way back from Strawberry for some very thick and fluffy turns.
The holiday season brings some interesting visitors; we had skiing animals from Orange County CA, bare chested Tarzans and even someone in shorts. Crazy if you ask me, it was COOOOOOLD out there today, but fortunately it was much drier than yesterday. The snow began to fall again lightly around mid day and is expected to deliver a possible 3-5″ additional inches overnight tonight.
Tomorrow also begins the New Year’s Eve celebrations at Snowbasin. Join the New Year’s fun in the Cinnabar Lounge. Rick Hoxer will be performing on New Year’s Eve. New Year’s Day we will have our favorite local legends, The Kap Brothers performing all your favorite rock tunes. Apres ski entertainment runs from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m
To answer all of your holiday wishes Strawberry Express will officially open tomorrow December 26 allowing top to bottom access of the Strawberry area. So have a hearty dinner, tune your equipment, and get well rested because tomorrow is going to be a storybook day!