Snowbasin Resort is located 33 miles (53 km) northeast of Salt Lake City, in Weber County, Utah. Opened in 1939, as part of an effort by the city of Ogden, Utah to restore the Wheeler Creek watershed, it is one of the oldest ski resorts in the United States. Over the next 50 years Snowbasin grew slowly. After a large investment in lifts and snowmaking by current owner Earl Holding, Snowbasin hosted the 2002 Winter Olympic alpine skiing races for downhill, combined, and super-G. 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. 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. Lands were restored and turned over to the U.S. Forest Service, and by 1938 the Forest Service and Alf Engen had committed to turning the area into a recreational site. In 1939 the first ski tow was built and in service at the new Snow Basin ski park. In 1940, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) crew built the first access road to the new resort, allowing easy access for the general public. Since that time, Snowbasin has continually grown to its present size.

2002 Winter Olympics & Paralympics
Because it was to serve as a Olympic venue site, the United States Congress passed the Snowbasin Land Exchange Act in 1996 as part of the Omnibus Lands Bill. The act transferred 1,377 acres (557 ha) 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. During the 2002 games 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. 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. During the 2002 Winter Paralympics, Snowbasin hosted the Alpine Skiing events, including downhill, super-G, slalom, and giant slalom.


Mountain information
  • Top elevation: 9,350 feet (2,850 m)
  • Base elevation: 6,391 feet (1,948 m)
  • Vertical rise: 2,950 feet (900 m)
  • Average yearly snowfall: 400 inches (1,000 cm)
  • Skiable area: 3,000 acres (1,200 ha)
  • Snowmaking area: 600 acres (240 ha)

  • Total runs: 104
    • Run ratings: 7 easier, 30 more difficult, 35 most difficult, 32 expert only
  • Total Nordic trails: 5, approximately 16 miles (26 km)
    • Nordic trail ratings: 3 easier, 1 more difficult, 1 most difficult
  • Terrain parks: 3
    • Terrain park ratings: The Crazy Kat (easier), Coyote (Intermediate), and Apex (Advanced) parks.
  • Superpipe: 1

  • Total lifts: 11
    • Chairlifts: 9
      • 1 15-Person Tram (Made by Doppelmayr and installed in 1998)
        • Mt. Allen Tram
      • 2 Gondolas (high speed detachable, 8 person cabin configuration, made by Doppelmayer and installed in 1998)
        • Strawberry Express
        • Needles Express
      • 2 Quad chairs (high speed detachable, made by Doppelmayer)
        • John Paul Express (1998)
        • Little Cat Express (Installed in 2008, replacing the 32 year old Little Cat, which was a 1976 Thiokol Double)
      • 4 Fixed Grip Triple chairs
        • Wildcat (1973 Thiokol Model) (Installed in 1973, replacing the classic Wildcat Single)
        • Middle Bowl (1979 CTEC Model)
        • Becker (1985 Albertsson-Stadeli)
        • Porcupine (Porky) (1985 Albertsson-Stadeli)
    • Surface lifts: 2
      • 1 Magic carpet
      • 1 Hand rope surface tow (tubing hill)

Winter season
  • Ski season dates: late-November to mid-April (conditions permitting)
  • Operating hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily (some lifts close at 3:30 p.m. daily)

Summer season
  • Summer season dates: Last Friday in June to last Sunday in September (conditions permitting)
  • Operating hours: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays
  • Total trails: 17, approximately 25 miles (40 km)
  • Trail ratings: 4.5 easy, 6.5 moderate, 3 difficult, 3 hike only