Editor’s Note – these are not LMSG’s rankings. As a matter of fact we wholeheartedly disagree with the good people at Forbes but everyone is entitled to an opinion, even if they are wrong! Let us know what you think and we’ll add the best comments.
Snowbird has all of the natural advantages that you would want if building a ski resort from scratch. It has long sustained steep fall lines, a fast tram that goes from the bottom of the resort to the top, a high percentage of north-facing terrain which keeps snow chalky and cold, and, of course, more high quality snow than any other ski resort other than Alta, which resides next door to the east.
Skiing the mountain top to bottom, in big laps, makes for one of the preeminent pleasures in the ski world. Skiers are able to link steep fall line to steep fall line from the summit to the base. Snowbird is big enough, however, to shelter all kinds of stashes, glades and chutes that only locals and the highly enterprising can find. It’s hard to wear this place out.
For sun lovers, Snowbird added the Mineral Basin terrain almost 20 years ago. These runs on the backside of the mountain give skiers exposures that don’t exist on the north facing slopes of the mountain. Snow here can get baked, but it’s also a great respite for intermediates who prefer lots of light and wide-open groomers. There exists plenty of tight terrain on this side of the mountain, too, that’s best skied after a big snowfall, or in the warmth of the spring or a midwinter thaw.