Utah’s Wasatch Range is a very special place, held in great reverence by born and bred locals and long-time guests from all over the world. Nexus for the state’s outdoor recreation, the Wasatch is arguably America’s most coveted alpine playground.
They come for the snow. Utah’s light and feathery white is known as the “Greatest Snow on Earth” and more than 500 inches of it descends on these mountains every year, thanks to the atmospheric cauldron of low humidity lake-effect and high elevation. If you love skiing or snowboarding in deep powder, you’ve found a home in Utah.
Seven squiggly canyons crease this range of mountains and offer visitors the very best of backcountry solitude or cozy resort life. At the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon is Snowpine Lodge, swathed in an enticing blend of history and luxury, all nestled among life-list alpine scenery. In early 2019, Snowpine welcomed its first guest to the revamped 1941 lodge, steeped in 1800s-era mining lineage. The early lodge was the oldest building in the canyon and served as a post office and general store for the scattering of modest tourist cabins hosting visitors in town for the snow and $4.50 lift tickets.
It’s all about 50 shades of white in Utah’s winter and Snowpine is your base camp for all of your go-to outdoor pursuits.
Make tracks at Alta and Snowbird
Two of our country’s legendary ski and board destinations are close neighbors here in Utah’s Wasatch Range. Alta is synonymous with deep powder and with more than 2,600 acres of vertical real estate, there’s a place for everyone and all abilities on the hill.
Alta opened their mountain to skiers in 1938—that’s 80 years treating powderhounds to some of the best skiing and snowboarding on the planet, and it’s right next door to Snowpine’s front door! Alta is only 45 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport, with plenty of transportation options, and once you’re here it’s time to celebrate winter. The ski school is open and running all winter, welcoming those new to the sport or honing the skills of ski veterans, and the town hosts engaging events like the Welcome to Winter community enrichment day with a bonfire and s’mores.
Nearby Snowbird boasts 3,240 vertical feet of varied terrain and Utah’s longest season. Like Alta, Snowbird’s proximity to the airport gets you same-day flying and skiing. Beginners can learn the trade on different slopes all over the mountain, while more accomplished skiers frolic in the trees and on the steeps. Snowmobile tours and snowshoeing away from the central mountain are also popular, and don’t miss the quaint pedestrian village with shopping and delectable restaurants. Lodges in the village are stacked with amenities like heated outdoor hot tubs for dreamy views of the lofty peaks.
Take your skiing to a higher altitude on an unforgettable heli-skiing adventure with Powderbird, granting you access to more than 170,000 acres of blissfully elegant and crowd-free terrain. The snow is deep and Powderbird’s team of seasoned experts is there to ensure you have the time your life.
They know their stuff too. This group has been guiding skiers in Utah’s backcountry for 46 years, starting with a handful of high-energy skiers and a single chopper in a dirt parking lot. Powerbird provides all skiers with safety gear, avalanche safety training, and run selection based on ability and snow conditions. And the ride up is every bit as exciting as the skiing, with beauteous views all the way. Best of all, heli-skiing lets you notch thousands of vertical feet every day.
Go the quiet route
If silent sports are your thing, grab your cross-country skis and head out on miles of mapped, maintained, and groomed trails wiggling through snow-covered pine forests. Traditional and skate trails are available for brand new skiers and experts alike. Looking for ultimate solitude? Strap on a pair of snowshoes and just go. The best thing about snowshoeing is the freedom to go almost anywhere, forging a new path and exploring hidden forest glens or wide open, sweeping vistas from high atop the mountain.
Dare to dream, and come to Snowpine to make it come true.
For more information on making wonderful winter memories, contact Snowpine Lodge at (801) 658-3016 or snowpine.com.