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Snowbasin Announces Earliest Opening on Record

Snowbasin Announces Earliest Opening on Record

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Kayla McFarland



Huntsville, UT – November 11, 2022 – Snowbasin Resort is thrilled to announce it will be opening early for the 2022-23 ski season on Friday, November 18, at 9 a.m. This will mark the earliest opening on record for this world-class mountain destination in its over 80 years of operation.


For this unprecedented opening, Snowbasin will be welcoming season pass holders, Ikon pass holders and Mountain Collective pass holders back for exclusive access over the first weekend. The resort will be rolling out top-to-bottom skiing from Needles Gondola, Middle Bowl Express and Littlecat Express. The resort’s popular Wildcat Handle Tow will also be turning for guests to explore nearby park features. Snowbasin will be sharing available trails on its website ahead of opening day.


“We’ve always said that as soon as we can open the mountain safely, we will, and this year mother nature mixed with our advanced snowmaking system has allowed us to do just that – and even earlier than ever before,” said Davy Ratchford, General Manager at Snowbasin Resort. “We cannot wait to welcome guests back to the mountain to experience a season that is shaping up to be unlike any other at our incredible resort. If you haven’t purchased your pass yet, now is the time.”


To show their continued appreciation to guests and pass holders, Snowbasin has committed to holding its preseason season pass pricing until November 29. Guests that have not yet purchased their season pass, still have the opportunity to save up to $500 to experience this historic start to winter. The Grizzly Center will be open this weekend from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for season pass printing, tuning, rentals and shopping ahead of opening day.


In light of the early opening, Snowbasin’s inaugural season kickoff party, The Moose is Loose, is moving to Thursday, November 17, from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This free event will consist of a rail jam, ski movie film festival, mountain market, delicious food and season pass printing.


Opening weekend will be complete with dining options available at the serveries in Earl’s Lodge and Needles Lodge. Pass holders will receive a sneak peek of several exciting new food items debuting this season at the resort.


Visit to learn more about this historic opening and browse this year’s suite of season passes to prepare for opening day.




About Snowbasin Resort

Snowbasin Resort, located in Utah, is one of the most accessible ski resorts in North America, located just 45-minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport and one hour from Park City. It was the host venue for the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic alpine events, including downhill, combined (downhill and slalom) and super-G with men's and women's downhill courses still in place for guests to experience. Snowbasin is regularly top rated by Ski Magazine in the categories of Accessibility, Service, On-Mountain Food, Lifts and Grooming. It offers families and outdoor enthusiasts a variety of activities and features championship-level skiing and riding, with 3,000 skiable acres, an average snowfall of over 300 inches, and 3,000 vertical feet. Consistently recognized as one of the best family resorts in North America, Snowbasin Resort is one of the oldest continuously operating ski resorts in the nation. Snowbasin Resort is a member of the Grand America Hotels and Resorts family. | 801-620-1000 | @snowbasinresort | #snowbasin