If the adventurous activities such as hiking, cycling, paddling, rock climbing, skiing or snowboarding are for you, you'll find the state of Utah one of the premier destinations in the U.S. the state offers many national parks and plenty of resorts with well-maintained roads and moderate hiking trails that will let you take in the natural splendor in style and comfort. Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort and Alta have been named the No. 1 ski resort in the United States by Skiing Magazine for four years running.
Snowbird, Utah is in the heart of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Little Cottonwood Canyon, one mile down canyon from Alta. Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort offers 882 lodging rooms between four lodging properties, a luxurious spa, a plethora of dining options, four-season activities and a staff dedicated to meeting your every need. Four slope side lodges - the Cliff Lodge, Lodge at Snowbird, The Inn and Iron Blosam - offer rooms by the night, week or longer.
The highest point in the resort is 11,000-foot Hidden Peak, lowest point on the mountain is bottom of Baby Thunder chairlift at 7,760 feet. The 125-person Tram covers 2,900 vertical feet in approximately seven minutes.
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort opened in December of 1971 with three lifts, the Tram, the Lodge at Snowbird and the Snowbird Center. The Inn was constructed in 1972, the Cliff Lodge west wing in 1973-74, and the Iron Blosam in the fall of 1974. In 1986, after three years of construction and renovation, an enlarged Cliff Lodge opened its doors to the public.
The Cliff is among the finest resort hotels anywhere with a world-class health spa, conference center and the world's largest privately held collection of oriental rugs. The 11-story atrium offers a spectacular view. Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort includes the finest facilities the skiing world has to offer combined with accessibility to a major metropolitan city and international airport. Utah's longest ski and snowboard season is mid-November through mid-May. Snowbird averages approximately 500 inches of low-density, "dry" Utah powder annually. Thanks to ideal geography and a phenomenal Lake Effect, Little Cottonwood Canyon powder is known worldwide.
If skiing and snowboarding is not your thing, there are plenty of less arduous ways to get the lay of the land. Visit the city of St. George, Utah that offers the perfect mixture of big city appeal with a small town feel. Both local and national brand name businesses are always building in St. George. In recent years St George has become the shopping Mecca for the area. There are several live performance theatres in St. George, including Tuacahn Amphitheater and the St. George Musical Theatre.
The annual Arts Festival in St. George offers an outdoor venue for both local and national artists to show works. The city is also home to several museums and historical sites. Being located in the far southwest corner of Utah, St. George is the gateway to many breathtaking natural wonders. The area is often referred to as "Color Country" due to the spectacular desert colors showcased in and around Bryce and Zion National Parks, Lake Powell and the north rim of the Grand Canyon.
Whether you're looking for adventurous activities or want to visit a more community oriented city, Utah has it all!