Snowbasin Ski Resort

There's plentiful Utah powder, some exciting terrain and a great lack of crowds at the resort of Snowbasin.

With 3000 acres of skiable terrain, a good lift system and much quieter slopes than resorts a little further south by Salt Lake City, Snowbasin should not be overlooked for its better known neighbours. Although there's some beginner terrain at the foot of the slopes, this really is a resort for intermediates upwards as the terrain map is dominated by blue and in particular black-rated terrain. The 2002 Olympic resort also has the bonus of long runs and a big vertical of almost 1000m, much of which can be skied in a single descent.

There's no accommodation on the hill, so you'll need to stay down by the Pineview Reservoir or in the town of Mountain Green. The city of Ogden provides an alternative, just note you'll need to drive a little further. Tie in a trip here to a visit to Powder Mountain, or of course make it a two-centre trip and also spend time further south in the Wasatch Mountains around Park City.

Resort website: www.snowbasin.com

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