We heard one of our favorite spots in Utah just got 14 inches of snow over the weekend, with more on the way, which means March is the time to get to the mountain with your fat powder skis. If you are a fan of winter sports or want to take a cozy vacation before winter is up, Snowbird, Utah is our current crush.
Snowbird, “Home of the longest season in Utah”, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. It’s about a 40-minute drive from Salt Lake City airport, making it an easy dash for out-of-towners flying in. Being fans of ’70s brutalist architecture, we like to stay at The Lodge at Snowbird. It is like a lodge out of a James Bond film. All that concrete is not just for show either — when it snows like it has this past week, staying at the bottom of a steep ass mountain you will sleep more soundly in something seriously avalanche proof.
The Lodge offers hotel rooms and condominium accommodations and is a short walk from Snowbird Center and Tram. Pro tip: stay in one of the condominiums and you can have your own kitchen to keep groceries or cook a meal at home. The Lodge boasts a wide variety of amenities to keep you busy when off the slopes including a pool, hot tub, fitness center, dry sauna, steam room, and a restaurant called The Lodge Bistro. The Bistro is particularly special. It has an oh-so-1970s vibe, French/American cuisine, and a view of the snowy outside which converts into a patio in the summertime. Anything sexy-70s is hype for us.
It is a fantastic ski destination for beginners or experts. It is known for being steep and deep, which some of it certainly is, but there are plenty of friendly greens and blues for those less inclined to life threatening extremes. It currently has a 90-inch base and building daily, Fast Tracks for those skiers who want the convenience of express lifts, and helicopter skiing for the more adventurous advanced types. With what is available in bounds, we are not sure why you would want a copter, but hey, you only live once, so go for it if that is your jam.
Want to relax after a day of heli-skiing? Snowbird features The Cliff Spa offering everything from massage treatments to yoga classes to the exclusive rooftop pool. Some people come for the skiing, some people we know just come for the spa — it is that good.
Our favorite part about Snowbird? They are giving back. Every Wednesday, Snowbird is donating $5 of each lift ticket sold to a local non-profit. This month supports organizations that focus on protecting the environment through sustainability, education, and action.