The location for downhill and Super G events in the 2002 Winter Olympics. Snowbasin has the same owners as Sun Valley in Idaho. Snowbasin is one of the oldest continuously operating ski areas in the US. Ever since the first hearty skier schussed down the slopes in 1939, people from all over the United States have come to enjoy the powder snow and majestic mountain scenery.
Snowbasin has more than 100 designated runs with something for everyone. Half the runs are best for intermediates, 20% for novices and 30% for experts. Serviced by 13 lifts including two 8-passenger gondolas and a high speed detachable quad, the mountain's uplift capacity is 14,500 skiers per hour. Installed since Olympic selection, the new lifts have given access to even more terrain and almost doubled the skiable acreage to 3200 acres. The Olympic events will be held in the John Paul ski area taking up about 30% of the skiable terrain. The area was named in honour of John Paul Jones, an avid believer in the Snowbasin concept, who sadly died in WW2 before he could ever see the realisation of his dream for the mountain. The John Paul lift and one of the new day lodges have also been named in his memory. The Olympic downhill course was designed by Bernard Russi, 1972 Olympic gold winner and it has been said that this run with 2,900 vertical feet will be one of the the best downhill courses in the world.
On the mountain, three day lodges were added in the build up to 2002 - all with one main theme - grand fireplaces. The Olympic Day Lodge features five massive fireplaces and a front row view of the mountain complete with wine service and a diverse menu. Earl's Lodge has a full service menu. The John Paul Lodge, located at 8,900 feet, is accessible to skiers and non-skiers via the lift of the same name. Food service, dining area and rest room facilities all feature. The lodge revolves around a large 2-storey fireplace where visitors can warm up as they look out over the valley or up at the start houses for the Olympic downhill courses. The Needles Lodge nestles at 9,300 feet practically at the centre of the resort. Similar in structure to the other lodges, it features both indoor and outdoor dining for guests. A windscreen surrounds the outdoor eatery so both summer and winter visitors can enjoy the fresh mountain air without the stiff mountain breezes. Large picture windows allow diners to enjoy the scenic views of the mountain and the Ogden Valley.
Huntsville, the nearby town, has a choice of bars and clubs. Further afield Salt Lake City has a wider variety of clubs for music and dancing, the Comedy Circuit for light entertainment, and a great sampling from the arts - Ballet West, the Utah Symphony, the Salt Lake Acting and Pioneer Theatre Company and The Promised Valley Playhouse. On the "darker side" there's the Hansen Planetarium. Sports Fans should be sure not to miss the Golden Eagles Hockey Team or the world famous Utah Jazz basketball. In 2009 a new law came into effect changing Utah’s bar scene. In the past purchasing a temporary membership was required to get into a bar or club. Bars, pubs and clubs now have an open door policy to welcome all comers over 21 and no longer require customers to purchase a temporary membership.
All lifts are open to snowboarders and retaining devices are required.