Last updated
Basin 1x blue sky.jpg
Sunny day at Snowbasin in February 2019
USA Utah location map.svg
Red pog.svg
Location in Utah
Usa edcp relief location map.png
Red pog.svg
Snowbasin (the United States)
Location Mount Ogden
Weber County, Utah, U.S.
Nearest major city Huntsville
Coordinates 41°12′58″N111°51′25″W / 41.216°N 111.857°W / 41.216; -111.857 Coordinates: 41°12′58″N111°51′25″W / 41.216°N 111.857°W / 41.216; -111.857
Vertical2,959 ft (902 m)
Top elevation9,350 ft (2,850 m)
Base elevation6,391 ft (1,948 m)
Skiable area3,000 acres (12.1 km2)
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg 20% easiest
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg 50% more difficult
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg 30% most difficult
Longest runElk Ridge 2.9 mi (4.7 km)
Lift system 11
Chairs: 9
- 1 tram
- 2 gondolas
- 3 high speed quads/six packs
- 3 fixed-grip
Surface: 2
- 1 Magic carpet
- 1 surface tow (tubing hill)
Lift capacity14,650 skiers/hr
Terrain parks 3
Snowfall 350 inches (890 cm)
Snowmaking 600 acres (240 ha)
Night skiing No

Snowbasin Resort is a ski resort in the western United States, located in Weber County, Utah, 33 miles (53 km) northeast of Salt Lake City, on the back (east) side of the Wasatch Range. [1]


Opened 82 years ago in 1939, [1] as part of an effort by the city of Ogden to restore the Wheeler Creek watershed, it is one of the oldest continually operating ski resorts in the United States. One of the owners in the early days was Aaron Ross. Over the next fifty years Snowbasin grew, and after a large investment in lifts and snowmaking by owner Earl Holding, Snowbasin hosted the 2002 Winter Olympic alpine skiing races for downhill, combined, and super-G. The movie Frozen was filmed there in 2009.

Snowbasin is located on Mount Ogden at the west end of State Route 226, which is connected to I-84 and SR-39 via SR-167 (New Trappers Loop Road).


Snowbasin is one of the oldest continuously operating ski areas in the United States. [2] Following the end of World War I and the Great Depression numerous small ski resorts were developed in Utah's snow-packed mountains, and Weber County wanted one of their own. They decided to redevelop the area in and around Wheeler Basin, a deteriorated watershed area that had been overgrazed and subjected to aggressive timber-harvesting. [3]

Lands were restored and turned over to the U.S. Forest Service, and by 1938 the USFS and Alf Engen had committed to turning the area into a recreational site. The first ski tow was built in 1939 and in service at the new Snow Basin ski park. [3] In 1940, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) crew built the first access road to the new resort, allowing easy access for the general public. [2]

In the 1950s, Sam Huntington of Berthoud Pass, Colorado, purchased Snow Basin from the City of Ogden and proceeded to expand the uphill capacity beyond the Wildcat single-seat wooden tower lift and the old rope tow. Overall, he installed a twin chair in place of the rope tow, and a platter-pull tow, later replaced by a twin chair, was installed at Porcupine, to the left of the steep rocky face of Mount Ogden. [4]

The fourth NCAA Skiing Championships, the first in Utah, were held at Snow Basin in 1957. [5] [6] The downhill race course was set on the right side of the steep face of Mt. Ogden, on the slope called "John Paul Jones", named after an early Snow Basin skier. The John Paul Jones' run was only accessible with a 45-minute hike from the top of the Porcupine lift. [4]

Rep. Gerald Ford at Snow Basin in 1967 Photograph of Gerald R. Ford Skiing in Snow Basin, Utah - NARA - 187002.tif
Rep. Gerald Ford at Snow Basin in 1967

Anderl Molterer, of the Austrian national ski team competing there that weekend, approached Huntington and told him if a lift was built directly to the top of the John Paul Jones run, he would bring his world famous Austrian team to Snow Basin to train on it. Molterer said John Paul was the best downhill run in the world.

Huntington said no he had other things to do. A lift to the top of John Paul was not to be built until Snowbasin received the rights to hold the alpine speed events for the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Huntington was killed five years later in 1962, as he was performing post-season maintenance, replacing an electrical fuse at the Porcupine lift. [4] [7] Several Ogden businessmen purchased Snow Basin from the Huntington family.

One other major personality to come out of Snow Basin was M. Earl Miller, who ran the ski school from the mid-1950s until 1987. Miller played a key role in drafting the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) American Ski Technique in 1961.

Pete Seibert, founder of Vail, led a partnership which bought Snow Basin in 1978, [8] [9] but ran into financial difficulty in 1984. The area was sold that October to Earl Holding, owner of Sun Valley in Idaho, and it became "Snowbasin". [10] [11] [12] [13]

2002 Winter Olympics & Paralympics

Because it was to serve as an Olympic venue site, the U.S. Congress passed the Snowbasin Land Exchange Act in 1996 as part of the Omnibus Lands Bill. [14] The act transferred 1,377 acres (5.57 km2) of National Forest System lands near the resort to the private ownership of Snowbasin, and identified a set of projects that were necessary for the resort to host the Olympic events. [2]

During the 2002 Olympics, Snowbasin hosted the downhill, combined (downhill and slalom), and super-G events. The spectator viewing areas consisted of a stadium at the foot of the run, with two sections of snow terraces for standing along both sides of the run. [15] The spectator capacity was 22,500 per event; 99.1 percent of tickets were sold, and 124,373 spectators were able to view events at the Snowbasin Olympic venue. [16] During the 2002 Winter Paralympics, Snowbasin hosted the Alpine Skiing events, including downhill, super-G, slalom, and giant slalom. [17]


Mountain information

Men's super-G
at the 2002 Winter Olympics Super G at 2002 Winter Olympics.jpg
Men's super-G
at the 2002 Winter Olympics


2002 Winter Olympics Snowbasin olympic stadium.jpg
2002 Winter Olympics


Winter season

Summer season

Related Research Articles

Whistler Blackcomb is a ski resort located in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. By many measures it is the largest ski resort in North America and has the greatest uphill lift capacity. It features the Peak 2 Peak Gondola for moving between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains at the top. With all of this capacity, Whistler Blackcomb is also often the busiest ski resort, often surpassing 2 million visitors a year.

Heavenly Mountain Resort

Heavenly Mountain Resort is a ski resort located on the California–Nevada border in South Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. It opened for business on December 15, 1955 and has 97 runs and 30 lifts that are spread between California and Nevada and four base facilities. The resort has 4,800 acres (1,900 ha) within its permit area, with approximately 33% currently developed for skiing, boasting the highest elevation of the Lake Tahoe area resorts with a peak elevation of 10,067 ft (3,068 m), and a peak lift-service elevation of 10,040 ft (3,060 m).

Doppelmayr USA

Doppelmayr USA, Inc is an aerial lift manufacturer based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and a subsidiary of the worldwide Doppelmayr Garaventa Group. The United States company was formed in 2002 after the merger of Garaventa of Goldau, Switzerland, and Doppelmayr of Wolfurt, Austria. Between 2002 and 2010, the company was named Doppelmayr CTEC. From 2011 the company has operated using the Doppelmayr brand name, in common with most other Doppelmayr Garaventa Group subsidiaries. Its only competitor is Leitner-Poma of America.

Deer Valley Ski resort in Park City, Utah, United States

Deer Valley is an alpine ski resort in the Wasatch Range, located 36 miles (58 km) east of Salt Lake City, in Park City, Utah, United States. The resort, known for its upscale amenities, is consistently ranked among the top ski resorts in North America.

Canyons Resort

Canyons Resort was one of three alpine ski resorts located in Park City, Utah. Prior to 2015, there were 19 chairlifts, 4,000 acres of skiable terrain and an average of 355 inches (9,000 mm) of snow each winter, making Canyons the largest ski and snowboard resort in Utah. The base area is located 32 miles (51 km) from the Salt Lake City International Airport, accessed via Interstate 80, and is four miles (7 km) from Main Street in Park City, along State Route 224.

SilverStar Mountain Resort (SilverStar) is a ski resort located near Silver Star Provincial Park in the Shuswap Highland of the Monashee Mountains, 22 km northeast of the city of Vernon, British Columbia, Canada. SilverStar's snow season runs from late November to mid-April weather permitting. SilverStar provides summer lift access for mountain biking and hiking from the end of June through to September.

Lift accessed mountain biking is a summer activity that is spreading all over the world. Using the chairlifts or gondola lifts at a ski area, mountain bikers can get up to higher altitudes quickly. The bikers don't have to ride up, and the ski area operators can keep the hill more profitable during the summer. Most bike parks have a mix of dirtjumping, downhill and freeride terrain on the trails.

Steamboat Ski Resort

Steamboat Resort is a major ski area in northwestern Colorado, operated by the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation in Steamboat Springs. It is located on Mount Werner, a mountain in the Park Range in the Routt National Forest. The ski area first opened on January 12, 1963.

Beaver Creek Resort

Beaver Creek Resort is a major ski resort in the western United States, near Avon, Colorado. The resort comprises three villages, the main Beaver Creek Village, Bachelor Gulch, and Arrowhead to the west. The resort is owned and operated by Vail Resorts which operates multiple additional resorts. Beaver Creek is a regular host of World Cup events, usually in early December.

Banff Sunshine Ski resort in Alberta, Canada

Banff Sunshine Village is a ski resort in western Canada, located on the Continental Divide of the Canadian Rockies within Banff National Park in Alberta and Mt Assiniboine Provincial Park in British Columbia. It is one of three major ski resorts located in the Banff National Park. Because of its location straddling the Continental Divide, Sunshine receives more snow than the neighbouring ski resorts. The Sunshine base area is located 15 km (9 mi) southwest of the town of Banff. By car, it is about a ninety-minute drive from the city of Calgary; the Sunshine exit on the Trans Canada Highway is 8 km (5 mi) west of the town of Banff.

Copper Mountain (Colorado) Mountain and ski resort in Colorado, USA

Copper Mountain is a mountain and ski resort located in Summit County, Colorado, about 75 miles (120 km) west of Denver on Interstate 70. The resort has 2,465 acres of in-bounds terrain under lease from the U.S. Forest Service, White River National Forest, Dillon Ranger District. It is operated by POWDR.

Park City Mountain Resort Ski resort in Park City, Utah, United States

Park City Mountain Resort is a ski resort in the western United States in Park City, Utah, located 32 miles (51 km) east of Salt Lake City. Park City, as the ski resort and area is known, contains several training courses for the U.S. Ski Team, including slalom and giant slalom runs. During the 2002 Winter Olympics the resort hosted the snowboarding events and the men's and women's alpine giant slalom events.

Crystal Mountain (Washington)

Crystal Mountain is a mountain and alpine ski area in the northwestern United States, located in the Cascade Range of Washington, southeast of Seattle.

Vail Ski Resort Ski resort in Colorado, USA

Vail Ski Resort is a ski resort located near the town of Vail in Eagle County, Colorado. At 5,289 acres, it is the third-largest single-mountain ski resort in the United States, behind Big Sky and Park City, featuring seven bowls and intermediate gladed terrain in Blue Sky Basin.

Peter Werner Seibert was an American skier and the founder of Vail Ski Resort in Colorado. In 1980 he was inducted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.

Hybrid lift

A hybrid lift is a type of ski lift that combines the elements of a chairlift and a gondola lift. First introduced by Poma, who refers to them as Telemix, they have since been built by most lift manufacturers who refer to them by a variety of names; Doppelmayr refers to them as a combined lift, Bartholet refers to them with the French name, téléporté mixte, while the more generic terms chondola and telecombi are common in North America.

Venues of the 2002 Winter Olympics

The 2002 Winter Olympic Games were held in and around Salt Lake City, United States from February 8 to 24, 2002, and the Paralympics from March 7 to 16, 2002. The sporting events were held in ten competitive venues, while non-competitive events, such as the opening ceremony, were held in six other venues. Three venues were also created for training purposes. All Olympic venues were scattered throughout Northern Utah.

Skiing in Utah is a thriving industry which contributes greatly to the state’s economy. Skiing started off in the state as a recreational activity enjoyed by only a few, but since the 1930s, it has increasingly developed into a substantial industry, which creates thousands of jobs and brings in millions of dollars in revenue.

1957 NCAA Skiing Championships

The 1957 NCAA Skiing Championships were contested at Snow Basin at Mount Ogden, Utah, at the fourth annual NCAA-sanctioned ski tournament to determine the individual and team national champions of men's collegiate alpine, cross country skiing, and ski jumping in the United States.

1963 NCAA Skiing Championships

The 1963 NCAA Skiing Championships were contested at the Solitude Ski Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah at the tenth annual NCAA-sanctioned ski tournament to determine the individual and team national champions of men's collegiate alpine, cross country skiing, and ski jumping in the United States.


  1. 1 2 Grass, Ray (March 11, 1982). "SnowBasin". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). p. D3.
  2. 1 2 3 Snowbasin Resort Company (2010). "Our History". Snowbasin Resort website. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  3. 1 2 State of Utah. "History of Snowbasin". Utah History to Go. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  4. 1 2 3 Kadleck, Dave (March 5, 1966). "Snow Basin "natural" for Olympic ski site". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). p. A5.
  5. Aldous, Kay (April 1, 1957). "Same pattern: Denver atop NCAA ski standings". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). p. B3.
  6. "Denver nabs crown in NCAA ski meet". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. April 1, 1957. p. 10.
  7. "Ski lift owner electrocuted at Snow Basin". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). April 24, 1962. p. B2.
  8. "Vail founder buys resort". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. October 21, 1978. p. 13.
  9. Knudson, Max B. (March 20, 1981). "Snow Basin hopes Trapper's Loop will let cat out of bag". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). p. D11.
  10. Sevack, Maxine (April 1985). "Big Mountains: Snowbasin". SKI. p. 26.
  11. "Sun Valley Co. buys Snow Basin resort". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). October 11, 1984. p. 2B.
  12. Grass, Dan (January 24, 1985). "Snowbasin is finally headed in right direction". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). p. D3.
  13. Grass, Dan (September 11, 1986). "Snowbasin". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). p. D3.
  14. "Snowbasin swap gets green light". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). Associated Press. November 12, 1996. p. A1.
  15. Salt Lake Organizing Committee (2001). Official Spectator Guide. p. 64.
  16. Salt Lake Organizing Committee (2002). Official Report of the XIX Olympic Winter Games (PDF). p. 75. ISBN   0-9717961-0-6 . Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  17. Salt Lake Organizing Committee (2001). Official Spectator Guide. p. 186.
  18. 1 2 3 4 5 Ski Utah (2010). "Snowbasin, A Sun Valley Resort". Ski Utah website. Retrieved 17 December 2010.
  19. 1 2 Snowbasin Resort Company (2010). "Press Kit: Facts". Snowbasin Resort website. Retrieved 17 December 2010.