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Snowbird Bliss

Its been 16 years since I’ve been skiing in Utah and after two days of hard skiing I realize what a mistake it has been not coming again sooner.  I love skiing out West and I especially love Snowbird. The fluffy white powder (averages 500 inches per season) and serendipitous deep blue sky is enough to make anyone love winter. In my opinion, Snowbird is one of the best ski areas out West.

Located in the heart of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Little Cottonwood Canyon only a mile down canyon from the Alta ski resort, Snowbird is a picturesque place with little development. The ski area is 2,500 acres with 168 runs and a terrain ranging from 27 percent beginner, 38 percent intermediate and 35 percent advanced/expert. The top elevation of the resort is at 11,000-foot Hidden Peak in which you can ride up in a large 125-person Tram in seven minutes flat. The views of the snow-capped peaks in all directions are breathtaking.

Landing on a cloudy date over the Great Salt Lake is amazing.

Landing on a cloudy day over the Great Salt Lake is amazing.

It has been a short, three-generational trip with my daughter Sophia and father. The conditions have been amazing with the most snow in the country and unseasonably warm weather. It has been a fantastic break from winter back in Minnesota. There is nothing better than being in the mountains whether it be walking, hiking, skiing or even just having a picnic. Here are a few shots from the trip.

There she is...my girl on top of the snow mound.

There she is…my girl on top of the snow mound.

Snowbird Ski resort Utah

Grandpa and Granddaughter get ready to face the hill

Grandpa and Granddaughter get ready to face the hill

Snowbird Ski Resort Utah

The first morning was a little cloudy but it cleared up and was sensational.

Snowbird Ski Resort Utah

Of course he had to take her down a black diamond. Some things never change.

Riding the lift

Riding the lift

Snowbird Ski Resort Utah

Mom and daughter (yep that is me!)

Snowbird Ski Resort Utah

Down we go!

The first day was wonderful! But by four o’clock we were done and it was time to have a local beer on tap. Nothing like a cold beer after a long day of skiing!

Day two was equally fantastic especially in the morning when we have perfect conditions. No wind, bright blue sky and lots and lots of open terrain.

Snowbird Ski Resort Utah

Snowbird Ski Resort Utah

Snowbird Ski Resort Utah

A silly selfie

Snowbird Ski Resort Utah

Gorgeous blue sky

Snowbird Ski Resort Utah

The crowd awaits

Done for the day

Done for the day

We had a wonderful time together experiencing the big mountains of Snowbird. The problem with skiing in the big mountains is you never stop wanting to do it again.

 

30 comments

  1. We really do follow each other all over the earth! I was in Deer Valley, Utah, the weekend before! Same conditions – good snow, lots of sun and decent warmth, and great local beers, of course!

      • I teach at a bilingual college in the Pilsen/Little Village area. It’s a great job and I have summers and January off, leaving lots of time for hiking and travel. Three kids, but college-age and/or out of the house. I loved traveling and trekking (and skiing!) with them as kids, but sharing these as an adult is even more special (when they can go, which is rarely these days). Have fun on your next trip – I just have 4 long weekend ones planned before summer, and then …. ?? working on that now!

      • Wow that is wonderful! It sounds like a great job! I speak French and tried to learn Spanish but it was harder at my age. I hardly use my french and wish I knew Spanish. Hopefully some day I can learn it better!

  2. Beautiful scenery and mountains. Thanks for sharing. Brought back memories of when I skied way back in high school. But my mountains were little I’m sure. I’m in PA.

  3. Sas

    I love that you have a resort named Snowbird! I’ve just got back from a weeks skiing myself. Our conditions weren’t as good as yours unfortunately, but I’ll be posting about it soon.

  4. Looks like a fun trip! I’ve never actually tried skiing and the older I get, the more I worry about broken bones etc! I keep promising myself that I will have to try it one day though 😉

    • It was wonderful Emily! I started skiing when I was three and I’ve started my kids this young too. Living in a cold climate here in MN where we get lots of snow, skiing is a must. Our hills aren’t huge but Lindsey Vonn started her racing career here believe it or not and moved to Colorado when she was a preteen. So we do have lots of good places to learn! You should try! Never too old 🙂

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