The Snowbird Resort sits in a suburb of Salt Lake City and has been providing world-class winter recreation since 1971. Snowbird opened in 1971 with three lifts and a lodge, but the main lodge visitors know today – the resort hotel and spa called Cliff Lodge – was opened in 1974 and enlarged in 1986. In addition to ski lifts, there's also a high-speed tram at Snowbird to whisk skiers up to 11,000 feet in no time. There are 168 runs at Snowbird, with ample options for every skill level, and this area boasts the longest ski season in Utah.
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort occupies the same canyon – Little Cottonwood Canyon – with another well-known ski resort, Alta Ski Area. The two have a partnership offering joint passes good at both resorts, although since Alta has a no-snowboarding policy the partnership is only good for skiers. Summer activities at Snowbird include a zipline, a bungy trampoline and a chairlift ride, as well as hiking, horseback riding, and mountain scooters.
Snowbird is only 29 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport and the city itself. The ski season typically runs from late November through late May, although sometimes there's still good skiing in late June or early July. Day passes to Snowbird start at $95 for adults, or $108 for a combined pass to Snowbird and Alta.