The crowd started showing up at 8am for the 9 o’clock first chair. Smiles filled the slopes at Utah’s Snowbird resort, as stoked skiers and snowboarders made their first turns for the 2011-12 winter season. With 7 inches of snowfall in the last 12 hours, consistent storms like these enable Snowbird to stay open through until July 4th. Open for 202 days of skiing and riding in 2010-11, Snowbird offers the longest season in Utah.
Currently, Gadzoom chair lift is open with Aerial Tram, Chickadee, and Mid-Gad re-opening Nov 23rd. With light 8 – 17 mph winds and 24 degree low at the top of Hidden Peak, the snow keeps on falling to prepare for Thanksgiving weekend.
To encourage skiers and riders to come out early, Snowbird is offering all day tickets at a reduced price of $58 if purchased on the mountain and $46 online; thse discount ticket will be honored through December 23rd. The online price will not be available at the ticket window.
Snowbird’s shuttle will be running to transport guests to and from Gad Valley and Snowbird Center from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Creekside Day Lodge will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Park City Television (PCTV) was at Snowbird for opening day. Check out the footage as they ride along with some serious talent including Ben Wheeler and Carlo Travarelli. They also caught up with some Snowbird athletes to see what opening day meant to them.
See if you can count how many times the word “stoked” appears in this video…
For more information about Snowbird, including Early Bird Stay, ski lodging, and lift packages, visit: www.snowbird.com.