Fox Valley 
Snowdrifters Ski Club

Snowbird, Utah
Saturday, March 25, through
Thursday, March 30, 2023

Price: $2,150

Non-skiers and skiers using their ICON pass receive a $373.00 "Gift Card" to use in Snowbird, Cliff Lodge and Spa or other outlets in Snowbird.

  • Round-trip non-stop air from Chicago to Salt Lake City
  • Ground transportation to the resort with a grocery stop
  • 5 nights lodging at Cliff Lodge, Canyon Lodge (2 per unit)
    • Heated outdoor pool with indoor entry
    • Three outdoor hot tubs
    • Complimentary secure overnight storage for your skis
  • 4 day lift ticket
  • Welcome Breakfast and mountain tour
  • Club dinner

Snowbird resort is a year-round ski and summer resort located in the heart of the Wasatch National Forest on the eastern border of the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy. It is 29 miles (47 km) from Salt Lake City International Airport, 24 miles (39 km) from downtown Salt Lake City and 4 miles (6 km) east of the suburb of Sandy. The resort first opened in December 1971.

Snowbird shares Little Cottonwood Canyon with Alta Ski Area to the east, just up the canyon over a ridge that separates the two. Beginning winter 2002, the two resorts offer a joint day pass and a joint season ticket allowing full access all of the terrain on both mountains: 26 ski lifts and tows and a skiable area of 4,700 acres 19 km). The collaboration coincided with the opening of a new lift in Mineral Basin, a large bowl owned by Snowbird on the back of Snowbird's Hidden Peak and Alta's Sugarloaf mountains that had been skiable within the resort since 1999. The installation of Baldy Express in 2002 allowed access to Alta from the Basin.  Other access points between the two resorts exist as well. The offer is open to skiers only, as a result of Alta's skiers-only (no snowboarders) policy.

Both areas receive more than 500 inches (1,270 cm) of snowfall per year due to lake-effect enhancement from the Great Salt Lake, making them the second snowiest ski areas in the United States (after the ones in the Cascades). In contrast to the humid and wet conditions in the Cascades near the Pacific Ocean, the arid condition of the Great Basin produces very dry and powdery snow, making Snowbird and Alta top global destinations for powder-skiing aficionados. Another benefit of being East of the Great Salt Lake is that salt from the lake provides the condensation nuclei that creates ice pellet snow that doesn't pack like normal snowflakes. Loose powder for days after a snowfall is common. On very windy days the salt is lifted thousands of feet and has been known to coat the windshield of airplanes flying into Salt Lake City.

Snowbird, which operates primarily on privately owned land, usually closes on Memorial Day in late May while the occasional ski year can last as long as the Fourth of July on the upper part of the mountain (accessed by the aerial tram), perennially offering the longest ski season in Utah as other Utah resorts must close earlier because they are on Forest Service land. Snowbird has a skiable area of 2,500 acres (10.1 km) with a vertical drop of 3,240 feet (988 m) from the summit of Hidden Peak, which has an elevation of above 11,000 feet (3,353 m). Hidden Peak is serviced by an aerial tram from the base area.

The Cliff Lodge at Snowbird is one of North America’s most iconic ski lodges. The majesty of Little Cottonwood Canyon can be explored from the views each room provides whether facing Snowbird’s ski slopes or peering down the glacially carved canyons spilling into the Salt Lake City valley below. Enjoy ski-in/ski-out convenience and excellent service with a luxurious resort experience.

Within walking distance to Snowbird’s pedestrian village, The Cliff Lodge offers comfortable lodging for the whole family and makes the perfect corporate event venue for all group sizes. An on-site ski rental and repair shop and complimentary ski lockers add to the convenience of the hotel. Other amenities include an exercise room, resort-wide internet service, room service, concierge and a state-licensed daycare facility.

After a day on the mountain, relax at the outdoor pool or The Cliff Spa. Open year-round, a heated swimming pool and 2 hot tubs are located outdoors on Level 3. Located on the 9th and 10th floors, The Cliff Spa features over 30 treatment and salon services, yoga studio, fitness center, rooftop pool and hot tub. Access to The Cliff Spa is available for guests for an additional fee.

Payment Schedule:

  • Deposit June -  $250
  • July - $250
  • August - $250
  • September - $250
  • October - $250
  • November - $250
  • December - Balance due

For more information contact the trip leader:

Dan Dalziel, (847) 366-4855,


Sounds great, how do I sign up?

You need to be a member of the club to join us on this trip.  Not a member yet?  Just click here to fill out a membership application.  

Already a member?  First, click on this link to obtain the forms for the trip liability waiver and refund policy.  Fill these out and sign them. If you plan to sign up in person at a meeting, click here to obtain a registration form.  Bring all three completed forms to the next meeting along with your payment.

If you cannot attend a meeting, contact the trip leader to reserve your spot.  Then send in your forms and deposit to:
Snowdrifters ski club
P. O. Box 697
Batavia, IL 60510

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