Southeast of Salt Lake City in infamous Little Cottonwood Canyon, the Snowbird ski area has 169 runs spread over 2,500 acres that are served by 11 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 2,900 feet. It’s known as the home to Big Wasatch pow with over 500 inches annually.
On powder days, there is no better place to freeride than The Cirque with 3,000 feet of vertical drop from the Tram summit. For steeps, check out the Upper Cirque or Great Scott, a steep rock-lined chute. Many riders dream about the epic chutes off the Upper Cirque. A less challenging line, though quite popular, is the Peruvian Gulch area which has Blackjack, Who Dunnit, Chips Run and Silverfox. From the tram summit, you can also drop off the back into Mineral Basin.
Don’t forget a hike up Hidden Peak and drop into Pipeline Couloir! Or hike up Mt. Baldy (when open) for a short, sweet gladed powder run down to Chips Run. Make sure to get here early for untracked snow. If you are looking for some backcountry freeriding, there are five backcountry access gates.
For apres ski, head over to the Tram Club, the Sitzmark Club in Alta, or Aerie Lounge at the top of Cliff Lodge. For nightlife in Salt Lake City, try Bricks Club, Twilight cafe, or Ya Buts.
To reach the snowboarding at Snowbird Ski Area from Salt Lake City, take US15 to Exit #295 (9000 South). Turn right onto 9000 South. This street becomes 9400 South, which takes you to the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. Go right on SR210 for about 6 miles up to Snowbird. It is about a 40 minute drive.
Overall, Snowbird Ski Resort is the 2nd most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 9 snowboarding resorts in Utah.