Small Utah Resort Offers Great Family Fun, By Travel Writers


By Margot Black

To learn about snowboarding and skiing, Snowbasin is the ideal resort for getting the whole family out of winter sports lovers. Nestled behind Mount Ogden in Utah, it is easily accessible from Ogden and Salt Lake City.

From their one-day courses to their three-year Learn & Earn program, Snowbasin offers award-winning programs for all ages and skill levels. The Learn & Earn program includes a season-long instruction package that includes three lessons, a vacation rental package, and a season pass upon completion.

My teenage son took snowboarding lessons and quickly found himself alone. My ski lessons were with Jay, a retired Air Force Colonel with over 37 years of skiing experience under his belt. His passion for the sport coupled with his enthusiasm and abundant encouragement made the lesson all the more rewarding. We both felt safe exploring the grounds in high quality rental gear.

One aspect that sets Snowbasin apart from other resorts our family have visited is that it is designed for you to enjoy your learning time in comfort and convenience. Large bathrooms and plentiful space to get your gear and meet your group are among the details that had a big impact on our overall experience.

Plus, fewer crowds come to Snowbasin Resort compared to other major resorts in Utah. It is reassuring to know that you will be spending a lot more time on the slopes than standing in the lifts. This effortless appeal is precisely what makes the resort such a great place for learning and exploring. Three excellent mountain lodges are visually stunning, with Italian Murano chandeliers framing the windows as you gaze at the slopes.

The mountain town of Ogden provided the perfect atmosphere to make the most of our first vacation in Utah. If you are looking for a community where you can base your learning, this small town has great advantages.

Ogden is easy to navigate while still being fun to explore, and because it’s so easily manageable, it’s a big payout for families who want to commit to learning to ski and snowboard. because the roads were so well maintained, driving from Ogden to Snowbasin was super easy even though it was snowing.

The culinary highlight of our trip was indulging in the gourmet cuisine of Hearth on 25th, one of Ogden’s most upscale restaurants. The menu here explodes with creativity and a wide variety of foods to sample. I enjoyed my sparkling lavender cocktail accompanied by a sensational tasting of vinegar and olive oil. And the braised lamb shank and king salmon with honey balsamic glaze were delicious. This family-run farm-to-fork restaurant is a treasure.

WHEN YOU GO

We landed in Ogden on Avelo Airlines, www.aveloair.com, and stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites Ogden: www.hilton.com/en/hotels/ogduthx-hampton-suites-ogden. A gym, hot tub, and breakfast made the hotel a great place for a family.

Hearth Restaurant on 25: www.hearth25.com

Union Grill: www.uniongrillogden.com.

Gondolas take skiers to the top of the mountain at the Snowbasin Resort in Ogden, Utah. Photo courtesy of Margot Black.

    The author's son tries his hand at snowboarding at the Snowbasin Resort in Ogden, Utah.  Photo courtesy of Margot Black.

The author’s son tries his hand at snowboarding at the Snowbasin Resort in Ogden, Utah. Photo courtesy of Margot Black.

    Skiers prepare for a lesson with Jay at the Snowbasin Resort in Ogden, Utah.  Photo courtesy of Margot Black.

Skiers prepare for a lesson with Jay at the Snowbasin Resort in Ogden, Utah. Photo courtesy of Margot Black.

Margot Black is a freelance writer. To read articles from other Creators Syndicate authors and designers, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

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