One of my favorite views in the Wasatch is found on top of Hidden Peak at Snowbird. Sunsets are especially breathtaking! If you’re not familiar, the 11,000’ Hidden Peak backdrops Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort and is access via their tram.
Killer views are the prominent feature of the peak, but you’ll also find a ski patrol warming hut and a few picnic benches (in the summer). For a while I’ve heard that there were plans to build a lodge there, but there weren’t any signs or that until recently.
Today you can see a metal skeleton rising out of the snow. Construction activity became noticeable sometime during the summer, but I hadn’t made my way up there until recently.
Here is what Snowbird says you have to look forward to, including an artist’s rendering:
In the winter of 2015/16, Snowbird will open a new facility on Hidden Peak befitting the spectacular views from 11,000 feet, looking down on the Salt Lake valley and across the Wasatch Mountains. The two-story glass-enclosed structure will replace the Ski Patrol and warming hut that has greeted Snowbird Aerial Tram riders for more than 40 years.
Housed on the main floor of the new year-round facility will be skier services including restrooms, a coffee/pastry shop, Ski Patrol and a cafeteria with two-story views of the American Fork Twin Peaks and surrounding vistas. There is more than 10,000 square feet of outdoor deck space and stunning views of the Wasatch Mountains. The basement level will house kitchen and storage.
The new building will offer an amazing venue for sunset watching, gatherings, and a quick bit between runs. Gone will be the days of breathtakingly cold pizza dinners on a hard bench looking out over the canyon. I’ll miss the rustic mountaintop, but I look forward to seeing the new building completed.
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GWENDOLYN MCVEIGH \ 7.1 years ago
Timely suggestions ! I was enlightened by the information ! Does anyone know where my company would be able to get access to a fillable a form version to use ?
Gary Rello \ 7.3 years ago
My best friend and I just visited Snowbird a couple of days ago and we were greatly surprise with this great addition. We had a beer break and the place in the 1st floor was packed, but we found extra sitting at the 2nd floor. Everybody seem to enjoy the hot food, cold beverages (including a great selection of beer on tap), clean restrooms, plenty of seating area and the breathtaking view. Thumps up to Snowbird for the great addition to the mountain. Can't wait to be back!
rich \ 7.4 years ago
LOL a bunch of people complaining about development on an area of hidden peak that barely anyone ever looked out on to . also if you want to look at that view of mineral basin... walk inside the building, or walk about 30 feet south. a bunch of whinny environmentalists. they ruined the peak? what a dumb thing to say. I've been skiing at snowbird for over 20 years it looks the same except this time i can actually hang out at the top of the mountain. go hug a tree
JB \ 8.2 years ago
I agree they ruined the peak and we pay for it with 10$ burgers and high lift tix. Time to backcountry ...alone
Paul Paris \ 8.3 years ago
I am not the biggest fan of development in the Wasatch, but have come to appreciate the new facility that will soon sit atop Hidden Peak. The warming hut was unattractive and barely functional. We already have a lift station at the top of the peak, so to say that a new facility will ruin the mountain top is totally absurd. Thank you Erika for the update. I can't wait to enjoy a cup of coffee along with view sometime next season.
Timothy Moon \ 8.4 years ago
That's a real shame to ruin the mountaintop like that.
jack meoff \ 8.4 years ago
Funny, they usually say the same thing about any neighborhood you move into....
Nancy Highfield Skidmore \ 8.4 years ago
Looks like they modeled it after a the motels you see along the sides of I-75 and the view is lost.
z \ 8.4 years ago
"a the motels"....yes...And also...motels on I-75 that are entirely made from glass to allow you to see in all directions? Cool i'd like to go stay in those motels!