Snowbird Temporarily Postpones Opening Day

Storm, Cold Temps Next Week Look Promising

SNOWBIRD, UT – Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort is awaiting a pending weather system scheduled to arrive on Wednesday, Nov. 16, before snowmaking operations begin in preparation for the opening day of the 2016/17 ski season. As a result of the unusually warm November temperatures to date, Snowbird does not anticipate opening on Saturday, Nov. 19, as originally planned.

“We are encouraged by next week’s forecast for some natural snow as well as cold temperatures for snowmaking,” said Dave Fields, Vice President of Resort Operations. “We’ve seen warm patterns like this before and the weather can change in Little Cottonwood Canyon very quickly.”

In 2001, Snowbird received 100 inches of snow in 100 hours in late November.

“We’re using this time to finish several projects including the Creekside Day Lodge expansion and the installation of two new conveyor lifts in Baby Thunder,” added Fields.

Snowbird is currently renovating the Creekside Lodge and the first two levels of The Cliff Lodge as part of ongoing capital improvement projects around the resort. Creekside Lodge will grow to almost 22,000 square feet, more than doubling the size of the building. Once completed, the Creekside Lodge will headquarter the Snowbird Mountain School locals’ multi-week programs such as Adventure Team and Expedition Team. Students will also enjoy easier access to beginning terrain from Creekside Lodge by the installation of a 500-foot covered conveyor lift that will deliver skiers and snowboarders to terrain around the Baby Thunder chairlift. Creekside will also now be home to the Wasatch Adaptive Sports program. After remodeling the guest rooms in the east wing of the Cliff Lodge last year, Snowbird is now remodeling the hotel’s conference space, entry, lobby and Atrium Restaurant.

Snowbird averages over 500 inches a year, and has the longest season of any resort in Utah.

Located just six miles up Little Cottonwood Canyon, and just 30 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City, Snowbird is the closest alpine resort to an international airport in North America. For mountain weather, lodging information and dining options at Snowbird please visit, or call Snowbird Communications Manager Brian Brown at or (801) 891-3496.


Snowbird Temporarily Postpones Opening Day—