★☆☆☆☆ Uninspiring

photo: Matt Crawley

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photo: Matt Crawley

The most misunderstood ski resort in the world.

You've probably heard things about us. You might have ideas about us. But if you haven't ridden here you really don't understand.

Too steep? Too hard? Too much snow? Isn't that why you came here? Respect the mountain and it will teach you. Sometimes the lessons can be harsh but they are always valuable.


Too Advanced

“I’ve heard Snowbird is a tough mountain, but this is ridiculous. It felt like every trail was a steep chute or littered with tree wells. How is anyone supposed to ride in that? Not fun!”

Greg, Los Angeles, CA

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"Are the people who operate the grooming equipment on strike or something? Was hoping for a little more corduroy to dig my skis into."

Elizabeth, Dallas, TX

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No Easy Runs

"We felt like our lives were in our own hands. Make a wrong turn and you're stuck on a double black diamond. It took us 90 minutes to shimmy down the Peruvian Gulch before we could even find a blue square safe enough to ride."

Jeremiah, Manchester, NH

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The origins of Oktoberfest date back to 19th-century Bavaria, when King Ludwig called for a state fair in Munich to celebrate his autumn marriage. Here in Utah, it wasn’t until 1973 — two years after Snowbird opened — when the festival took root.

The annual festival includes a biergarten offering more than 50 varieties of beer. This includes traditional German-style beers and those made by Utah breweries, including Moab Brewery, Bohemian, Uinta, and Squatters; the latter brewer makes the Snowbird Dunkelweiss. Save a few dollars on beers by reusing your previously-purchased, 1-liter Snowbird Oktoberfest beer stein or mug. Or buy a new mug, keep coming back every year and start a collection — either way. For other libation options, visit the wine garden and a Jagermeister tent. Oktoberfest food choices include select German favorites, such as bratwurst, weisswurst, sauerkraut, apple strudel, spaetzle, beef rouladen, pretzels, and Bavarian roasted almonds. Beer and food are purchased a la carte.


Quick Info

$10 per car
Noon - 6:30 pm, Sat-Sun
from Aug. 12 - Oct. 15