Mountain Guide

Snowbird Trail Guides

 

Beginner

Though Beginner is not usually the first thing to come to mind when considering a trip to the Bird, it does have a couple of designated learning areas. Chickadee, right outide the The Cliff Lodge is convenient for novices. The Baby Thunder Area, a little harder to reach, also has several Green Trails. Beginners can work their way up to the mid-point of the mid-Gad lift and try Middle Emma (with steepness more like a Blue).

Intermediate

Nearly 40% of Snowbird is designated Blue, though this can be misleading as steep lines and limited grooming make many runs feel challenging. Chip's Run from Hidden Peak is good for starting out. It winds down the Peruvian Gulch with several chances to test short, steeper patches (use caution in poor visibility, it can be hard to discern steepness). Mineral Basin has mellower fall lines, but conditions need to be right. The Baldy Lift from Mineral Basin also services Blues with soft snow and a gentle pitch.  

Advanced/Expert

While just over a third of Snowbird is marked Expert, there is seemingly no end of steep and deep terrain. Almost anywhere is fair game. The Tram enables laps on Silver Fox, one of the longest, steepest descents in North America. For more steeps, take Cirque Traverse past Lower Cirque to Barry Barry Steep. In fresh powder head to Mineral Basin, it gets steeper and deeper as you move away from center. For the most adventurous, access the backcontry through designated gates (and with avalanche gear).

  • Snowbird has three main areas - Peruvian Gulch, Gad Valley and Mineral Basin. It can be challenging for Intermediates and Experts to stay together.​

  • Let the powder and visibility determine which area is best any given day. Stay tuned while riding the lifts and look out for locals and guides - trail signs are limited.

Top Trail Picks

We have skied them all. Here are some of our favorites in each category.  
Category
Trail Name
Description​
Area / Getting There

Starting Out

Chickadee

Dedicated area for novices; short with a gentle pitch, perfect for getting the basics down

Directly in front of Cliff Lodge, a short walk to the left (when facing uphill) from Snowbird Center

Learning

Baby Thunder Area

Larger area for starting out; try Alice Avenue for a longer run, kids will like Mini Miners camp

From Creekside; exit Baby Thunder Lift to your skier's left and follow Easy Street

Getting Steeper

Middle / Lower Emma

The steepness here is more like a Blue at most places; work your way up

Exit the Wilbere Lift and follow the traverse to the right

Longest

Chip's Run

2.5 miles from Hidden Peak to Base; wind around to warm up, or test some of the steeper pitches between levels

Take the Tram and follow Chip's Access; or access directly from the top of the Peruvian Express

Warming Up

Bassackwards

Longer run (when you combine Middle and Lower portions) with some steeper sections, generally groomed

Exit Gadzoom to the right and follow Field's Cutoff; or from the top of Gad 2, exit left for direc access

Scenic Cruiser

Road to Provo

Gaze directly into the Twin Peaks as you cruise around the outer edge of Hidden Peak and into the Gad Area

From Hidden Peak, stay to skier's far left; or exit Little Cloud directly to the right

Fresh Powder

Bananas

Often quiet and nicely sheltered by all the pine trees; easily dip off the groomer to find powder stashes late into the day

Exit Gad 2 to the right

Getting Steeper

Regulator Johnson

Named for Snowbird's founder, Ted Johnson, this memorable run has breathtaking views and plenty of pitch

To the skier's left from Hidden Peak; Directly under the Little Cloud Lift

Fresh Powder

Mineral Basin (White Diamonds)

Mineral Basin is the place to be with fresh snow and good visiblity; its gets steeper as you move away from center

Follow the Path to Paradise from Hidden Peak and drop in where it looks good

Glades

Black Forest

Choose you own adventure on this winding path through a pine forest; expect to find lots of powder stashes after a storm; bottoms out in a short mogul run

Exit Gad 2 to the left and take either Blue run; or exit Gadzoom to the right and connect via Fields Cutoff

Super Burner

Silver Fox

Super steep from top to bottom (and one of the better marked trails)

From Hidden Peak, stay under the Tram and drop in on skier's right when you see a good line

Steep & Scary

Great Scott

The steepness here will make even the most seasoned pros pause for a second

Berry Berry Steep

Or try the steepness on the otherside on the Gad Valley side of the Cirque Ridge

From Hidden Peak, follow Cirque Traverse just past Silver Fox (its a good idea to scout conditions from the Tram)

Stay along Cirque Traverse and look out to skier's right (past Gad Chutes)

Chutes

Gad Chutes

Narrow and steep with lots of trees to navigate

From Hidden Peak, take Regulator Johnson to Cirque Traverse and look out on your skier's right

On Mountain Dining Recommendations

All dining at Snowbird is convenient from the mountain. There are two restaurants on the mountain and many more at Snowbird Center or Creekside Base. For more options see our Alta Dining Guide. Our top picks are below:

The Summit Restaurant

It's hard to beat this location and its breathtaking views (indoors and on the patio). Following a $15mm renovation in 2015, the feel is modern and fresh. The food is elevated with a focus on healthy, organic ingredients. There is a large salad bar, artisanal pizzas, rotating soup choices and a rotisserie station. Only downside is the crowds, go early or late to avoid them.

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Mid-Gad Restaurant

Snowbird's only mid-mountain dining option is highly convenient, though try to arrive around 1pm to avoid the lunch rush. The French fries, Bluebird Bacon Burger, and BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich are all fantastic. The sundeck is nice on a bluebird day and there may even be some outdoor grilling and live music. This is a great spot for a break (lunch or snack) when shredding the Gad Area.

Birdfeeder

Ideal for re-fueling between laps on the Tram. Burgers, sandwiches, chili and snacks are all available and made relatively quickly. Grab some food and head back up the tram, or have a seat and relax on the outdoor deck for a bit. 

 
Size / Elevation
  • Peak: 11,000ft | 3,353m

  • Vertical Drop: 3,240 ft

  • Main Base: 8,110ft | 2,472m 

  • Total Area: 2,500 acres |
    (10.1 sq km)

Terrain Overview

​Mountain Range: Wasatch

  • 171 Trails   

  • Much of Snowbird is above the treeline creating bowl like areas

  • Backcountry access from both peaks

Peaks
  • Hidden Peak (11,000 ft)

  • Gad 2 (8,840 ft)

Bases
  • Snowbird Center (Main Base)

  • Creekside

  • Wilbere

On Mountain Dining

Lift Stats

Uphill Capacity: 17,400 ppl / hr

11 Total Lifts

  • 1   Aerial Tram (125 person)

  • 6   High speed Quads

  • 4   Doubles

  • 1   Minimum lift to access             peak from base (Tram)

Terrain Mix
 
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