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Encyclopedia > Snowbird, Utah
Looking down on Snowbird ski resort's lodges in mid-June
Looking down on Snowbird ski resort's lodges in mid-June

Snowbird is a locale based in Little Cottonwood Canyon in the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains in Utah. It is perhaps most famous for the Snowbird ski resort, an alpine skiing and snowboarding area, which opened in December 1971. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1093x697, 846 KB) Snowbird Ski Resort in northern Utah, United States. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1093x697, 846 KB) Snowbird Ski Resort in northern Utah, United States. ... Little Cottonwood Canyon Only 25 miles from Salt Lake City, Utah, Little Cottonwood Canyon lies along the eastern border of the Salt Lake Valley where the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Basin. ... Wasatch Mountains from space. ... Official language(s) English Capital Salt Lake City Largest city Salt Lake City Area  Ranked 13th  - Total 84,876 sq mi (219,887 km²)  - Width 270 miles (435 km)  - Length 350 miles (565 km)  - % water 3. ... Inside the Snowbird Cliff Lodge Snowbird is a year-round ski and summer resort located in the U.S. state of Utah on the eastern border of the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy in the Little Cottonwood Canyon of the Wasatch mountain range in the Rocky Mountains. ... Alpine skier carving a turn on piste Alpine skiing (or downhill skiing) is a recreational activity and sport involving sliding down snow-covered hills with long, thin skis attached to each foot. ... Snowboarder in a half-pipe Snowboarder trail entry Snowboarding is a boardsport that involves descending a snow-covered slope on a snowboard that is attached to ones feet. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ...


Stats at a Glance


Average Annual Snowfall: 500”
Vertical Drop: 3,240’
Base Elevation: 7,760’
Top Elevation: 11,000’
Skiable Acres: 2,500’
Terrain: 27% Beginner, 38% Intermediate, 35% Advanced
Number of Runs: 89
Lifts: 1 tram, 4 quads, 6 doubles
Miles to Major Airport: 29
Location: Snowbird, Utah is in the heart of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Little Cottonwood Canyon, one mile down canyon from Alta.
Official language(s) English Capital Salt Lake City Largest city Salt Lake City Area  Ranked 13th  - Total 84,876 sq mi (219,887 km²)  - Width 270 miles (435 km)  - Length 350 miles (565 km)  - % water 3. ... Wasatch-Cache National Forest is a national forest located in Utah. ... Little Cottonwood Canyon Only 25 miles from Salt Lake City, Utah, Little Cottonwood Canyon lies along the eastern border of the Salt Lake Valley where the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Basin. ...


Snowbird ski resort has 2500 skiable acres and receives more than 500 inches of snowfall per year. The strong point of the resort is the aerial tram which provides access to 3000+ vertical feet. Cable car at Zell am See in the Austrian Alps. ...


The resort covers three drainage areas, each with a unique character. The Peruvian Gulch side is the least crowded of the three and is exceptional on a good powder day. The Gad Valley has the widest range of skiable terrain, from the slow-skiing Big Emma to steep Regulator Johnson. The third, and most recently developed bowl, is Mineral Basin --- which tends to be warmer and more open then the other two. It ranks as the second best resort in North America, being runner-up to the famed Whistler Blackcomb resort in Canada, according to Skiing Magazine.


It is adjacent to Alta Ski Area, and with a special lift ticket skiers can interchange between the two resorts via the Baldy Express lift (Snowbird) and Sugarloaf lift (Alta). There are several pages in Wikipedia that refer to different meanings of Alta: Alta is a town and also is a ski area in Utah, USA. Alta is a town in Norway. ...


Canyon History
Long before Little Cottonwood Canyon became popular with skiers, miners discovered deposits of silver ore within the glacial canyon. The history of Little Cottonwood Canyon and the town of Alta dates back to the 19th Century, when a soldier in the U.S. Army first prospected for silver in 1869. The tiny minerals he stumbled upon soon supported a massive industry. Little Cottonwood Canyon became one of the largest producers of silver ore in the Wasatch Mountains. Known as the Emma Mine and the namesake for the Big Emma run in Snowbird’s Gad Valley, the soldier’s find eventually produced more than $3.8 million in silver. Little Cottonwood Canyon Only 25 miles from Salt Lake City, Utah, Little Cottonwood Canyon lies along the eastern border of the Salt Lake Valley where the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Basin. ... The Wasatch Range (also seen as Wasatch Mountains and Wahsatch Range) is a mountain range that stretches from southern Idaho and Wyoming south through central Utah in the Western United States. ...


At its peak, 8,000 people lived and worked in the narrow canyon, which held two smelters, 138 homes, hotels, boarding houses, stores and even a railroad. The entire town was later destroyed by a series of avalanches. [1]


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Snowbird Utah Ski Resort Snowbird Utah Vacation Ski Resort Vacation (714 words)
Snowbird has the largest vertical rise in Utah and is among the top ten in the nation.
Snowbird is 29 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport with more than 600 daily non-stop flights from most major U.S. cities and 25 miles from downtown Salt Lake City.
Snowbird, Utah is in the heart of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Little Cottonwood Canyon, one mile down canyon from Alta.
Snowbird - AmericaSkiing | Utah Ski Resort Information (280 words)
Utah Terrain for Everyone Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort is situated in the heart of the Wasatch National Forest in Little Cottonwood Canyon.
Snowbird has 3,240 feet of continuously skiable vertical and 2,500 acres of terrain for everyone -- from wide bowls to gladed tree runs, from steep chutes to gentle cruising boulevards.
Snowbird has instituted "Family Ski Zones," which are specially-marked areas for friends and family who want to ski at a more relaxed pace.
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