Snowbasin, UT is a unique place to ski. Located about a 20 minute drive from good old Ogden, UT Snowbasin boasts some legit terrain and possibly the sweetest lifts in the entire state. These lifts include two super long Gondolas, a small “Beer Can” tram and a high speed quad named John Paul that by itself accesses more awesome skiing than most of the resorts in Colorado could dream of. Don’t expect to see much for lift lines at Snowbasin either, the half hour of extra driving it takes from SLC keeps most of the day trippers away.
There is a ton of backcountry access from Snowbasin to complement the 3000 acres of open bowls, spiny trees and rolling groomers. These same groomers that the Olympians raced down in the 2002 Olympics are open to the public daily and you can even try to point the entire downhill course if you have the stomach for it. Snowbasin has also hosted a stop on the Dew Tour for the past few seasons as well as a huge annual ski demo.
I would also like to mention the amenities at Snowbasin. I am not usually a guy that is impressed by one day lodge or another, but the lodge at Snowbasin is something else. I am pretty sure that the bathrooms there are nicer than those in the Bellagio in Vegas. It is marble everything in there. The cafeteria is decked out with nice carpet, nicer chairs and ever expensive looking chandeliers.
You can definitely have a blast skiing at Snowbasin and I suggest you do sometime soon. It is the only lift ticket I am willing to pay for in Utah after buying my season passes in LCC. The only downside to Snowbasin is that its base elevation is a little low and most of the mountain faces east. This makes late season skiing here sticky and also causes the snow totals from most storms to be a little less than those of the Cottonwood Canyon resorts.