Last Sunday the Park City resorts bid fond farewell to the 2012-13 Winter Season. I had intended to mark winter’s official end with a post about Summit County’s killer road biking routes and getting in shape for the dozens of roadie events held in the Park City area throughout the upcoming summer season. And then on Monday my husband convinced me to play hooky and head up to Snowbird.
The Tram dock scene at Snowbird on Tax Day: April snow showers bring out the powder hounds.
As most Utahns are well aware, Snowbird stays open later than any other resort in the state. In fact, the 2010-11 season lasted through Independence Day. This year the ‘Bird is making a post-Park City-ski-season foray over into Little Cottonwood Canyon even more worth your while. From now until the end of the season, show that 2012-13 Deer Valley, Canyons or Park City Mountain Resort season pass (or any other ski and snowboard resort in the U.S.) at the Snowbird ticket windows and they’ll sell you a full day ticket for just $42. In other words, by simply showing your now expired season pass and paying a 1980s lift ticket price, you get to ski or ride.
The scene just below Fields of Glory on Snowbird’s Mount Baldy, April 15, 2013.
Be advised: Snowbird’s lift operations are now on the spring schedule. Open lifts include the Tram, Little Cloud, Wilbere, Mineral Basin Express and Chickadee accessing 60 of Snowbird’s 98 runs. Even so, the only line I experienced was Monday's first Tram of the day. After that I easily walked on every lift I rolled up to including the Tram. Snow remains in the forecast through the end of this week, but if the sun does happen to come out, be sure to grab a cold beverage and get comfortable on Snowbird’s Plaza deck where live music is booked every Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon through the end of April.
Stay tuned. I’ll get around to writing about Park City’s fantastic road and mountain biking eventually. But for now I’ll be up at Snowbird every chance I get, making the most of this endless winter.
Melissa Fields shirking her responsibilities at Snowbird on Monday, April 15. The resort was reporting five inches of new snow that morning, but as you can see here in many places it skied more like 10.
Melissa Fields is a Utah-based freelance writer. Her blog is utahvagabond.com.