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Snowbasin - American Ski Resort (1780m to 2820m)
The location for downhill and Super G events in the 2002 Winter Olympics. Snowbasin has the same owners as Sun Valley in Idaho. Snowbasin is one of the oldest continuously operating ski areas in the US. Ever since the first hearty skier schussed down the slopes in 1939, people from all over the United States have come to enjoy the powder snow and majestic mountain scenery.
Snowbasin Ski Facts
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The American ski resort of Snowbasin has direct access to 53 individual pistes, served by 9 ski lifts.
The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.
Snowmaking :- Snowbasin is able to augment natural snow, with 600 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 9 Ski Lifts of Snowbasin are able to uplift 15,550 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There is an airport within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Snowbasin are perfectly feasible. Salt Lake City Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.
Skiing in Snowbasin
Snowbasin has more than 100 designated runs with something for everyone. Half the runs are best for intermediates, 20% for novices and 30% for experts. Serviced by 13 lifts including two 8-passenger gondolas and a high speed detachable quad, the mountain's uplift capacity is 14,500 skiers per hour. Installed since Olympic selection, the new lifts have given access to even more terrain and almost doubled the skiable acreage to 3200 acres.
The Olympic events will be held in the John Paul ski area taking up about 30% of the skiable terrain. The area was named in honour of John Paul Jones, an avid believer in the Snowbasin concept, who sadly died in WW2 before he could ever see the realisation of his dream for the mountain. The John Paul lift and one of the new day lodges have also been named in his memory. The Olympic downhill course was designed by Bernard Russi, 1972 Olympic gold winner and it has been said that this run with 2,900 vertical feet will be one of the the best downhill courses in the world.
Snowboarding in Snowbasin
All lifts are open to snowboarders and retaining devices are required.
Snowbasin Aprés Ski
Huntsville, the nearby town, has a choice of bars and clubs. Further afield Salt Lake City has a wider variety of clubs for music and dancing, the Comedy Circuit for light entertainment, and a great sampling from the arts - Ballet West, the Utah Symphony, the Salt Lake Acting and Pioneer Theatre Company and The Promised Valley Playhouse. On the darker side there's the Hansen Planetarium. Sports Fans should be sure not to miss the Golden Eagles Hockey Team or the world famous Utah Jazz basketball.
In 2009 a new law came into effect changing Utah’s bar scene. In the past purchasing a temporary membership was required to get into a bar or club. Bars, pubs and clubs now have an open door policy to welcome all comers over 21 and no longer require customers to purchase a temporary membership.
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Snowbasin in brief
Snowbasin Ski Resort is:
Ok for Expert Skiers.
Good for Intermediate Skiers.
Ok for Beginners.
Good for Snowboarding.
Opened : November 25, 2012
Closed : April 14, 2013
Opening Subject To Snow Conditions.
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