Where to Stay at Snowbird
You have four choices for lodging at Snowbird, all operated by the resort. Don’t be put off by the institutional look from outside – you’re not actually going to be staying in a barracks or cell block! The interiors are all clean and comfortable with tasteful décor.
The iconic Cliff Lodge is the high rise that sits right next to the Chickadee beginner’s lift and run. That makes it the only lodge at Snowbird with true ski-in/ski-out access. The childcare center is here, so it’s a convenient choice for families with small children. It has a day spa, heated outdoor pool, and hot tubs for a bit of rejuvenation after a day of tough going on world-class terrain. On the other hand, if you somehow feel like you didn’t work hard enough on the slopes, there’s an exercise room. The rooms all have incredible views, whether they’re looking up at Snowbird’s slopes or down Little Cottonwood Canyon. The lodge has a few dining options plus room service, complimentary ski lockers, and a concierge. In addition to hotel-style rooms, some adjoining to better cater for larger groups, the Cliff Lodge has a wing of condo units.
The Lodge at Snowbird is across the parking lot from Snowbird Center and the tram, so while it doesn’t have ski-in/ski-out access, it’s still quite convenient. As the original ski area lodge, it retains a hint of retro style with some of the rooms’ wood accents and stonework. It’s not quite as luxurious as the Cliff Lodge, but it offers comfy rooms and one bedroom condos with lofts. All the rooms have mountain views and balconies, and the condo units have fireplaces. The Lodge has a bistro, a heated outdoor pool and hot tub, steam room, fitness center, and dry saunas. Guests who stay here are welcomed with complimentary warm beverages, and enjoy complimentary wine and cheese receptions in the lobby! Très chic!
Next-door to the Lodge is the Inn, which offers a range of options to accommodate groups of two to ten. It also has an outdoor pool and hot tub, steam room and fitness center. We’re not sure who uses all these fitness facilities on ski holidays, but they’re there if you need them! The units in the Inn range from hotel-style rooms to studios, some with lofts, many with fireplaces and kitchens. They’re all individually owned, so unit availability depends on when the owners want to be there.
The Iron Blosam is a timeshare condo that has several different floor plans, so you can find space for up to eight people. It’s the farthest away from the tram but it’s a short five minute walk to the Wilbere Lift. It's also very easy to call for a shuttle to Alta, or catch a Snowbird shuttle to the Snowbird Center. There’s a heated outdoor pool, indoor steam room, dry saunas and, yes, another fitness facility. During the ski season, there’s also massage service available. It’s a fixed-week Saturday-to-Saturday timeshare property, so if you’re staying over a Saturday, you may have to switch rooms.
Many of the rooms available at Snowbird include kitchens. General Gritts in Snowbird Center sells some groceries (and has a convenient deli). However, if you’re able to make a grocery stop in Salt Lake City, you’ll find a better selection and cheaper prices.
There are also several privately owned condos and big houses nestled between Snowbird and Alta that may available to rent.
Finally, since Alta is just a mile up the road and accessible by both UTA buses and resort shuttles, you could always consider staying at lodges there. They’re more expensive, but include breakfast and dinner (one even includes lunch), so if you factor that in, the rates are competitive. They are all independently owned and operate more like European ski chalets than American ski resort hotels. Head over to our “Where to Stay” section for Alta for more information.
Getting Around Snowbird
Snowbird’s pedestrian village consists mainly of the four lodging buildings and the Snowbird Center, which is a three storey building that houses the Center's shops and restaurants and is next to the lower terminal for the Snowbird tram. Unlike other ski resort villages, there’s no shop-lined main street, but instead sections of footpath, road and linked parking lots.
There’s a few free places to park if you happen to be driving up the canyon yourself, but no large lot right at a lift. Locals prefer to park along the condo access road just past the Cliff Lodge and then take Who Dunnit (a green run) to the base of either Peruvian or the tram.
If you have a lot of beginners in your group, you may want to park at the Lower Gad Valley lot near the Creekside day lodge at the base of Gadzoom and Lower Gad lifts, which serve a big chunk of the resort’s beginner terrain. Generally, parking is adequate during the week, but if it’s a powder day – and especially a weekend powder day – you should try to be there by 7:30am.
You have a few options when it comes to free public transport:
- A free shuttle makes its way around the base area every 10-15 minutes, and will stop to pick up anyone walking along the road.
- The public bus (UTA) doesn’t charge to get you between Snowbird and Alta, but makes its last run relatively early in the evening.
- Shuttle vans are available from resort lodging for a free ride to Alta.