Ski Utah Press Release

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Snowbasin to Kick Off 80th Anniversary Season on Friday, November 27

Opening weekend ticket sales have been closed with exclusive access provided to pass holders.

Snowbasin, UT (November 20, 2020) Snowbasin Resort has rescheduled opening day for the 2020-21  winter season to Friday, November 27 at 9:00 a.m. The resort will open with top-to-bottom skiing from  Needles Gondola, plus operation from Middle Bowl Triple and Littlecat Express.  

Lift ticket sales for the opening weekend (Nov. 27-29) have been closed, with exclusive access to the resort  primarily reserved for Snowbasin pass holders. Those that have already purchased tickets, lessons or  rentals will still have access to the resort. Those who purchased for November 25 or 26 may receive a  refund or exchange them for another opening weekend date or another date of their choosing.  

“With our guests' safety as our utmost concern, we'd like to open the resort with a wide selection of terrain  and lift options to allow skiers ample room to spread out amongst the mountain. Due to recent warm  temperatures, we need to wait for improved conditions to continue snowmaking and allow top-to-bottom  skiing,” said Davy Ratchford, general manager of Snowbasin Resort. “We pride ourselves in offering the  best skiing and riding possible and believe our opening package will provide the quality those come to  expect from Snowbasin as we keep health and safety top of mind this season. If we can open earlier, we  will, as we have shown in previous seasons. We look forward to providing exclusive opening weekend  access to our valued pass holders as we promote a safe ski experience.” 

Snowbasin Resort will open exactly 80 years from the date (November 27, 1940) that the Mayor of Ogden  proclaimed “Ogden Snow Basin Winter Playground” officially open. This winter, the resort celebrates their  destined legacy with an 80th Anniversary Pale Ale in partnership with Roosters Brewing, plus exclusive  apparel available in the Grizzly Center. 

Davy continues, “We are excited to celebrate our 80th anniversary with all our guests this season. We’ve  created all new experiences this year to enhance the experience and to help keep our guests and staff safe  during this time of need. Please remember that masks are mandatory while in the base area, in the lodges,  on our lifts and when social distancing is not possible. While skiing it is not mandatory to wear a mask. We  ask for all of your help in making this a non-controversial part of our collective ski experience.” 

Open terrain will include Sweet Revenge, Porky Traverse, Middle Bowl Traverse, Bear Hollow, Snowshoe,  Littlecat and a small terrain park. The Grizzly Center will be open from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for tuning,  shopping and rentals. The new Meadow Yurt will be open from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for outdoor season  pass printing and ticket pick-up. Dining will be available in Earl’s Lodge, Needles Lodge, the new Slopeside  Dining outdoor restaurant outside Earl’s Lodge, The Cinnabar and The Overlook with reservations  recommended.  

The resort has announced several upgrades and operational adjustments to promote social distancing, and  the health and safety of the guests visiting the resort this season. Those include an expanded learning area,  new Wildcat Handle Tow, three Slopeside Dining outdoor restaurants, renovations to the Needles Lodge  Servery and addition of The Overlook bar, warming areas and more. The resort is focused on mitigating  bottleneck areas and providing safe outdoor recreation. 

This Saturday and Sunday, Snowbasin encourages pass holders to visit the resort to print season passes to head directly to the lift on opening day. The new Meadow Yurt will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for  season pass pick-up and the Grizzly Center will be open for shopping and equipment pickup during that  same time.  

If guests have not yet bought season passes, they are still available and include the new complimentary  Pass Protection Program. This provides guests protection from season ending events, such as a personal  injury, pregnancy, stay at home order or resort closure. To purchase passes or for more information on the  2020-21 winter season, visit or call 801-620-1000.

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About Snowbasin Resort: Snowbasin Resort, located in Utah, is one of the most accessible ski resorts in North America, less than 40 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport and only 50 minutes  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 nearly 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. In the summer Snowbasin offers scenic gondola rides, hiking, biking, free Blues, Brews & BBQ concerts, and more, making Snowbasin the perfect year  around destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Snowbasin Resort is a member of the Grand America Hotels and Resorts family. Sister properties include Sun Valley Resort, The Grand  America Hotel, Little America Hotel (all Salt Lake City, Utah); The Westgate Hotel, San Diego, Calif.; Little America Flagstaff, Ariz.; Little America, Wyo., and Little America,  Cheyenne, Wyo. | 801.620.1000 | @snowbasinresort | #snowbasinresort 

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