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Snowbird, located high in the steep and deep Little Cottonwood Canyon, is famous around the world for its incredible skiing and snowboarding. Yet, however impressive its terrain and snow conditions, this corner of the Wasatch has a lot more to offer than “just” winter sports. In any season, Snowbird's vast amount of dining and lodging options (and natural beauty!) make it one of the best places anywhere near Salt Lake City to spend a vacation - regardless of season.
See & Do
The "Snowbird Neighborhood" is, in essence, one giant attraction. Located near the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon, the Snowbird Resort is a winter and summer playground on a massive scale. Every winter, the resort's 2500 world-class, skiable acres accumulate an average of 500" of snow. That's 42 feet! During summer, the mountain's wildflower-lined trails offer a respite from valley heat. In summer, Snowbird can be enjoyed on foot or bike - or by way of the Aerial Tram, which whisks passengers 3200 vertical feet in a matter of minutes.
Snowbird is a large-scale resort with serious guest services. And its varied restaurants are no exception. If you can dream it, Snowbird can serve it! However, the most famous of all Snowbird’s restaurants, The Aerie, proudly occupies the 10th floor of the Cliff Lodge. Guests at this lofty American and Continental restaurant enjoy long views down the entirety of Little Cottonwood Canyon, and face-to-face vistas of Snowbird’s slopes… as well as a wine list in excess of 850 selections. Newly remodeled, this restaurant alone warrants the canyon drive.
Snowbird, like any major resort, has a good selection of après-ski options. Whether you feel like enjoying a beer on the patio of the Resort Center, ordering a bottle of wine with dinner, or checking out a real bar’s bar, Snowbird has it all. If you’re looking for a classic after-hours experience, head to the Tram Club. Located underneath the massive Resort Center, this lounge-slash-bar peddles beer a’ plenty, as well as mixed drinks, wine… and finger foods.
Snowbird's enormous family of lodging options leaves nothing to be wanted. If you're into large-scale hotels studded with excellent restaurants, spas and other amenities, make a reservation at Cliff Lodge or The Lodge at Snowbird. If you're prefer things a bit more cozy, consider The Inn at Snowbird. All offer top-notch comforts and extreme nearness to the mountain.