Top 5 Videos of the 2021-22 Season at Snowbird
Author: Mason Hainey
Published Date: 07/08/2022
Read Time: 3 Minutes
As we say farewell to our 50th winter at The Bird and roll right on into summer activities, we wanted to take a quick look back at our incredible anniversary season. The season started out strong with 77 inches of total snowfall by opening day on December 1. December brought 138 more inches of fresh snow before January and February made for some sunny (maybe too sunny!) conditions. Right after that, I started my snow reporting position and called upon Ullr to help us shelve the sunglasses and t-shirts in exchange for snorkels and powder skirts. March picked back up and then we were slammed with some deep powder days in April. My favorite powder day came later that month. I dropped into the Cirque after it first opened and was able to get untouched powder turns to start off my morning. We had 30 inches in 48 hours and it seemed to be some of the softest snow of the season. Growing up and skiing in the Midwest, this was all new to me!
The 5 videos below highlight some of our most memorable moments of our 50th season. We definitely had our ups and downs but for it being my first season out at The Bird, it will for sure be one to remember. Enjoy!
5. Mammut Patrol
Have you ever wondered what Snowbird ski patrol is all about? Take a look at what Mammut and Snowbird put together in 2021. Our team is made up of some of the hardest workers from any mountain. It takes a lot to be the first ones up in the morning and the last ones off. I would often ride up the chairlift with ski patrol and getting to hear their stories was always a highlight of my day. Go behind the scenes with some of our team and learn more about what they do on a day-to-day basis.
4. Pre-Season Training
Need to get ready for the season? Well, check out what Snowbird athletes Justin Lati and Rachel Burks were doing to prepare for the 2021-22 season. After dusting off those skis and giving them a good tune up, you better get out there and stretch. I heard they are teaching a yoga class sometime soon? That may just be a rumor but some of their techniques are top notch. I can always count on these two for side-splitting laughs and to get me pumped for the season.
3. Tram Construction
The Aerial Tram has been the talk of the winter. Our Director of Mountain Operations, Jake Treadwell, speaks about the first steps of putting the new Tram in. Most people knew that we were going to be adding all new cabins but not many know about the day-in, day-out hard work behind-the-scenes that needs to get done before the cabins go in. It was a great experience to take those morning Tram laps with the old cabins and being apart of the process of the new cabins coming to Snowbird. I love having the opportunity to be a part of Snowbird's history.
2. Kai & Dash
Snowbird is filled with some incredible big mountain skiers and riders, but there's nothing crazier than going out to take a few turns on your lunch break and seeing this young gun in a Red Bull helmet ripping around with a local ski legend tearing up the mountain. I caught up with our Content Coordinator, Otto Solberg, at the end of the day and asked who they were. This is when I found out Kai Jones and Dash Longe were hitting some of the biggest Cirque airs and lines of the season. This video is definitely worth a watch to see what Kai and Dash can send it off on a normal day here at Snowbird.
1. Bluebird Powder Day
Even with the warmer temps and sunny skies of January, we were able to find some soft turns. Snowbird athletes and friends, Taylor Pratt, Drew Gilmore, Ana Eyssimont, Carol Jackson, Jack Hessler and Michael Herfurth, hiked up Baldy's Bowl to get the fresh wind-blown snow in the morning. There is no better feeling than earning your turns, especially when you get the first tracks of the day. Come follow along in the sky with some incredible drone shots as they rip some of the smoothest lines I saw this season.
About the Author
Mason Hainey was born and raised in Elkhart, Indiana, and is a fresh transplant to Salt Lake City so he can follow his passion for skiing. You may recognize Mason from his daily morning reports as Snowbird's Snow Reporter or as part of the event team in the summer. He loves to spend his time outdoors with his wife, Alina, and dog, Sage.