Snowbasin Resort kicks off its 83rd season

Nov 30, 2023, 1:51 PM | Updated: Feb 12, 2024, 4:21 pm

HUNTSVILLE, Weber County — More Utah resorts have opened for the year, including Snowbasin Resort in Ogden, which kicked off its 83rd winter season on Thursday.

“Few runs today. A few more tomorrow,” said Gordon Nielsen.

Following last year’s historic year with more than 600 inches of snow, general manager Davy Ratchford said slow and steady is the name of the game this year with anticipation and dedication high and skiers and snowboarders itching to get back out there.

“We love seeing people camping out and the lift line and being first on the chair,” Ratchford said. “There’s about 40 kids out here in line. I don’t know why they’re not in school!”

On Thursday, nine groomed trails were open. Ratchford said any kind of upcoming snow is going to help get more open.

“Our ability to make snow and to produce snow and push it out — it’s pretty good at Snowbasin — so the next couple weeks are going to be really good. It’s great to have that leading into the Christmas season,” Ratchford said.

New additions skiers and snowboarders can look out for at Snowbasin this season include a new lift, new bathrooms, more parking, and a bigger menu.

For many, that first run on Thursday felt like a homecoming.

“It’s part of our life! We love it,” Keri Ahren said.

This kicked off the hopeful start for a long, fresh powder-filled season.

“We’re hoping for no injuries and just lots of good memories,” Ahren said.

Many are keeping their fingers crossed for lots of snow over the weekend to get more lifts and runs open as nine trails are open with a total of 111 trails.

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Snowbasin Resort kicks off its 83rd season