Magazine article Sunset

Big Chill at Snowbasin

Magazine article Sunset

Big Chill at Snowbasin

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New day lodges and an old burger joint reward a snowy outing

For more than 60 years after its birth in 1939, Snowbasin's location and sparse operations conspired to keep the resort out of Utah's winter mainstream. But the changes brought about here for the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games have turned the resort into a powder cache well worth a visit.

The big news for skiers is two new day lodges on the mountain: John Paul Lodge (801/620-1122) in the shadow of Mt. Ogden and Needles Lodge (801/620-1124) near the Needles Peak. With their stonework, 3-foot-thick log beams, polished granite hearths, and leather-upholstered chairs, both encourage lingering before a roaring fire. And even if you don't hit the slopes, you can warm up in front of one of four fireplaces and feast on grill items, carved roast beef, or spuds from the potato bar at the new base lodge (888/437-5488).

Of course, winter recreation is usually the point of a Snowbasin visit. Skiers and snowboarders will find that it's easy to take advantage of the 3,200 skiable acres with two highspeed gondolas, a high-speed quad chairlift, and six other lifts. …

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