SNOWBASIN

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SNOWBASIN, the site of the 2002 Olympic downhill Super-G and Giant Slalom, has most everything a skier could want and mammoth lodging and guest services. This is a modern ski area, but those who like real snow and a family atmosphere may not find what they want at this high-tech Olympic venue.

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Summit Elevation: 8,800 feet
Vertical Rise: 2,950 feet
Base Elevation: 6,400 feet
Acreage: 3,200 skiable
Trails: 54 total; 30 percent expert, 50 percent intermediate & 20 percent novice
Snowmaking Acreage: 580
Annual Snowfall: 400 inches
Lifts: 9: Two 8-person gondolas, 1 Quad chair, and 1 Jigback tram
Uphill Lift Capacity: 14,650 per hour
Night Skiing: No
Snowboarding: Yes
Recreational Racing: Yes
Total Nordic Trails: 6.2 km
Ski season: Thanksgiving to mid-April (conditions permitting)
Facilities & Services: Three lodges
Restaurant: Four restaurants
Sports shop: Yes
Lockers: Yes
Nursery: Yes
Biking/Hiking Trail Miles: Approximately 25 miles
Scheduled Opening: November 22, 2003
Slopes open: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Snow Report: (801) 620-1100 (@ time packed powder)
Location: Forty miles north of Salt Lake International Airport in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Air gateway: Salt Lake International Airport
Corporate information: Little America Hotels and Resorts Family
Reviewer: Dr. Ted Baehr
The Olympics have established the reputation of many ski areas, including SQUAW VALLEY in California. SNOWBASIN, the site of the 2002 Olympic downhill Super-G and Giant Slalom, hopes the trend continues. In fact, they believe they will become the next massive destination resort.
Justin Rowland showed our family around SNOWBASIN as they were preparing for the Olympics. Justin has been responsible for installing the most modern snowmaking equipment in the world at SNOWBASIN and has also overseen advancements and construction to the lifts and base facilities.
He took us up to the top of the Olympic tram that has not yet opened and had us ski down the incredibly steep and challenging official Olympic downhill run – perhaps the most challenging downhill in the history of the Olympics, in his words.
The owner of SNOWBASIN also owns SUN VALLEY and is designing SNOWBASIN to be the next big destination resort. It will have most everything a skier could want and will have mammoth lodging and guest services.
Regrettably, such modernization comes at a price. There is not the warm, family feel like other areas such as POWDER MOUNTAIN. Because of altitude and weather conditions, most of the snow is man-made and feels unnatural. Also, the skiers, whether they’re involved in the Olympics or not, are highly competitive, whether reaching for a doughnut or trying to get on the chair.
SNOWBASIN is a modern ski area, but those who like real snow and a family atmosphere may not find what they want at this high-tech Olympic venue.
For more information, please contact:
SNOWBASIN
17 miles East Ogden End of State Rd #226
Huntsville, UT 84317
Phone: (801) 399-1135
Toll free: (800) 620-1000
Email: Info@snowbasin.com
SUMMARY: SNOWBASIN, the site of the 2002 Olympic downhill Super-G and Giant Slalom, has most everything a skier could want and mammoth lodging and guest services. This is a modern ski area, but those who like real snow and a family atmosphere may not find what they want at this high-tech Olympic venue.