Rating for a once-a-year, barely intermediate skier: C
On-mountain food: A
Lack of Crowds: B
Snowbasin, north of Salt Lake City, in the Ogden area, was the site of several 2002 Winter Olympic competitions: the downhill, combined, and Super-G all took place at the Alpine Area at Snowbasin. But what do I remember about Snowbasin? The fabulous Sunday brunch we had! I’d read about the Sunday brunch on their website and had made reservations. At lunchtime, the other eating places were packed with long lines, and it looked like it was difficult to find seating. But we had reservations for brunch, and arrived to find a spacious, uncrowded room with a roaring fireplace, and hot, gourmet buffet items at some tables at the far end of the room. I don’t remember exactly what we had now, but I do remember there was a decent selection of hot meat entrees, the food was delicious, and dessert was gourmet and included some chocolate items. Snowbasin definitely warrants a return visit in my book, simply to eat there!
The skiing? For someone who doesn’t ski well, Snowbasin is a little too steep and intimidating. Our kids had a blast and ski well enough to take the gondola and express lifts. But we adults should have bought the “intermediate” pass, which limits us to the green run areas, which was all we could handle. The greens here are almost as steep as some of the blues at Powder Mountain!
On our next trip to Snowbasin, we’ll start with brunch, then buy a half-day intermediate pass for the afternoon. The money we’ll save on the lift ticket will pay for the brunch! [I just checked their website and not sure if they still do the Sunday brunch, though they do have special holiday dining events, so check their website before making any plans.]
We must’ve visited Snowbasin on a popular day, because I remember parking and then boarding an open shuttle that brought us to the front gate. I was impressed with the signage here, where an enormous board tells you what runs have been groomed for the day/are open, etc. Maybe that was something they built when they hosted the Olympic events, but I’ve never seen anything like it at other resorts, and I wish every resort did have one! The base area is quite upscale, the shops very nice, and the sidewalks outside the shops are heated, so there’s no snow buildup.
Snowbasin is worth a stop if you’re in the Ogden area and you’re a strong intermediate skier, like to see where Olympic runs have been held, and like great food.