While Snowbird’s reputation precedes itself as powder haven and expert skiing destination; a lesser known fact is that Snowbird also has designated “family” and “learn to ski” zones. Snowbird’s mining camp-themed tree trails will have little ones ecstatic about learning to ski. This little known fact makes the resort an unassuming family destination; both powder hounds and newer skiers will truly enjoy a Snowbird family ski vacation. Off the mountain, families will find dining options to meet every family member’s needs and preferences.
The vast majority of Snowbird accommodations are well-suited to families, offering kid-friendly pools, spacious condos with kitchen for cooking family meals.
Located less than 250 yards from the chairlifts, the Lodge at Snowbird offers conveniently situated studio, one- and two-bedroom condos, many of which have fire places and full kitchens. The Lodge offers families a slew of amenities that make a ski vacation with the whole clan hassle-free and memorable, among them, a heated outdoor pool and hot tub, a fitness room and equipment lockers. The onsite, well-appointed Lodge Bistro and Lounge is a family-favorite and takes the guesswork out of dining on your Snowbird family ski vacation.
New skiers in the family have a couple of options. Beginners should start off on Chickadee next to The Cliff Lodge. This area features a short, gentle slope and chairlift, ideal for learning both the basics of skiing and chair lift riding. Beginners and newer skiers aren’t relegated to the bottom of the mountain at Snowbird. Once they’re ready beginners can take the meandering Creek Road, or a shuttle over to Baby Thunder Lift, on looker’s right side of the mountain. This entire area is designated as the “Baby Thunder Family Area.” Families and children who are learning can enjoy this “slower skiing” zone, and the “Mini Mining Camp,” which features tree trails through mining camps, made to look like the camps of Utah’s mining-boom era. Children learn to follow the path and practice their balance, all while having an absolute ball in the woods and picking up some historical tidbits. Parents often have a hard time getting kids off the mountain.
More advanced skier families will find the wide-open grandeur of Snowbird’s Mineral Basin to their liking. Plus there are beginner trails in this area, so the whole family, regardless of their ability can enjoy this piece of paradise together. Gad Valley is also a great option for intermediate to expert skiers, as blues and blacks intertwine and meet back up at the Gad 2 Lift.
The Forklift is a great family-friendly breakfast or lunch spot, as portions are huge (and affordable), perfect for sharing, plus there are many healthy, delicious options for kids like whole wheat pancakes, oatmeal and French toast for breakfast and make your own burgers for lunch. El Chanate is a causal Mexican restaurant in the lower level of The Cliff Lodge. The prices, portions and kid-friendly options are sure to please families. Tram Car Pizza serves up pies and slices sure to make any kid smile.
Terrain park skiers and riders will enjoy Snowbird’s park off the Mid-Gad Lift. The beginner terrain park is located on Big Emma. There are also various advanced features scattered throughout Baby Thunder.