4 Insider Tips to Enjoying Snowbird's Oktoberfest
4 Insider Tips to Enjoying Snowbird's Oktoberfest
Having worked at Snowbird for the past 5 years, I’ve learned a thing or two on how to get the most out of your Snowbird Oktoberfest experience. There are advantages to knowing the inner workings of the festival including how to make the most of your weekend enjoying brats, brews and good times with friends. So grab your lederhosen or dirndl, and get ready to polka the weekend away at Snowbird’s Oktoberfest with these 4 tips.
1. First Things First
Utah’s original Oktoberfest began in 1972, and we’ve been slinging brats ever since. The festival runs Noon to 6 pm every weekend and holiday from mid-August into October. Admission is free, but there is a charge of $10 to park.
Oktoberfest at Snowbird is family-friendly, so bring your whole entourage to enjoy summer activities, face painting and even take-home balloon animals. Every weekend of the festival has different happenings - be sure to look at the event calendar before heading up to see the live music schedule, annual competition dates and more surprises!
2. Secure Your Room
Before heading up Little Cottonwood for some schnitzel, make sure you have secured your lodging. The best way to enjoy Oktoberfest is to have a nice, cozy hotel room to take in the incredible Little Cottonwood Canyon sunsets after a day of fun. You not only get out of designated driver duty when you stay overnight - but you also get to be first in line for German Bier the day after.
Snowbird even has TWO lodging packages to choose from; the Prost Package and the Oktoberfest Getaway. The Oktoberfest Getaway includes All-Day Activity Passes which is great for families while the Prost Package includes 2 Oktoberfest mugs and brats - perfect for couples looking for a weekend escape.
3. Start Your Day Egg-cellently
Snowbird’s Oktoberfest begins at noon, so make sure to start your day the right way with a decadent breakfast buffet at SeventyOne. Before enjoying some brews on the mountain, treat yourself to an all-you-can-eat meal featuring all of your favorites like Eggs Benedict, blueberry pancakes and, of course, lots of bacon. My go-to is the made-to-order omelette station with plenty of topping choices to suit your fancy. The SeventyOne breakfast buffet is the perfect option to fuel your legs before polkaing all afternoon.
While enjoying your mountain-side breakfast, you can make reservations for dinner at The Aerie or the Steak Pit. The restaurants can get packed on Oktoberfest evenings, so it’s better to be safe and plan ahead than end up waiting for a table later on. You can make reservations online or by calling 801.933.2222.
4. Plan Ahead
When I take friends to Oktoberfest, I often hear that they are surprised by how much there is to do at Snowbird in the summer. From Mountain Coasters to Alphorns at The Summit, Oktoberfest has a little something for everyone. But, that can be overwhelming to a first-timer.
Here are a few must-do items to make the most of your trip:
- Have you been to Snowbird’s Oktoberfest before and already have a mug? Bring it! You can reuse any Snowbird Oktoberfest mug (even if it dates back to 1972) and get the refill price. Or, buy a new one (the design changes every year) and start or add to your collection. An important note however is that this only applies to Oktoberfest mugs - not Brewfest ones.
- The Alphorns at The Summit are a must-see! They play at 3 pm, so take the 2 pm or 2:30 pm Tram up. By going up early, you have time to grab a pretzel and another brew before the music starts. Make sure you finish your beer before your ride because alcohol is not allowed on the Tram.
- The games at the Oktoberfest Halle start at 3:50 pm. Join in on the fun by participating in yodeling and polka contests or see if you can prove your strength and compete in the mug-holding competition.
- A little-known secret is the beer tents on the Skier’s Bridge and Dick Bass Terrace. These tents usually aren’t as crowded, so you can grab a beer faster and make the most of your time at the festival.
Ideal Schedule to Make The Most of Oktoberfest
- 10 am: Breakfast at SeventyOne
- Noon: Buy your commemorative mug and peruse the vendor marketplace
- 1 pm: Feast on brats or other Bavarian fares
- 2:30 pm: Tram ride to The Summit
- 3 pm: Enjoy the Alphorns playing at the peak
- 3:30 pm: Ride the Tram down
- 3:45 pm: Secure a table at the Oktoberfest Halle for the games
- 5 pm: Grab a spot on the lawn for music at the Chickadee Stage
- 6 pm: Relax in the hotel room before dinner
- 8 pm: Dinner reservations at The Aerie
Then do it all over again the next day!
I hope these insider tips help you to make the most of your trip to Snowbird’s Oktoberfest. However, don’t limit yourself to my ideal schedule! Explore the resort on your own, get your face painted or end your day with a mellow hike on the Observation Point Trail. There are an endless amount of things to do at The Bird, so grab some friends and make your way to the mountains for a weekend filled with polka, scenic views and all the brats your heart desires.
About the Author
Once an aspiring prima ballerina, Lindsey Steed retired her pointe shoes to pursue a "normal" lifestyle. She now works as the Marketing Coordinator at Snowbird where she can utilize her creativity and discipline while administering the launch, execution and evaluation of Snowbird’s marketing campaigns and promotions.