Snowbasin Lodging and Accommodations
Written by Greg and Heather Burke
Snowbasin Resort is one of the best ski areas in Utah, it's also kind of a secret. Most skiers and snowboarders go to Park City and Snowbird - Snowbasin is just 10 minutes further (45 minutes total) from Salt Lake City - just as big and beautiful and far less busy. Snowbasin offers 3,000 acres of skiing, three gondolas and gorgeous on mountain lodges for ski in lunch with a view of four states. You’ll get plenty of turns at Snowbasin, three of Utah’s five longest ski lifts - the Strawberry and Needles Gondola, and the John Paul high-speed quad, are at Snowbasin averaging 2,400’ vertical.
The only thing lacking at Snowbasin is slopeside lodging. For now, the mountain resort is pristine. So we suggest you lodge in Huntsville just 8 miles away on highway style access road. Lakeside Resort Properties is the place to stay to ski Snowbasin. This townhouse style condo resort is located on the picturesque shores of Pineview Reservoir – hence the name Lakeside. Each condo has its own car port, fireplace, and its own outdoor hot tub. Our unit was beautifully decorated in rocky mountain regal leather and antlers, with a spectacular view of Snowbasin’s slopes. Other units have a water view. Luxury amenities are provided, it's not daily housekeeping, but it’s a lovely set up – very private – a home away from home.
From Lakeside, you’re a short drive to the historic Shooting Star Saloon – the oldest continuously operating saloon west of the Mississippi. Have a burger and beer while you admire the authentic funky décor. You will have dollars left for the jukebox or to decorate the ceiling. Eden is a few miles beyond with a Valley market and liquor store, and a few fun Mexican joints. Ogden City is 20 minutes away - renowned as the home of the east-west railroad’s Golden Spike. Walk Ogden’s historic 25th Street and you will find plenty of pubs, and restaurants from Greek to Italian, even an old train station.