A great family ski trip involves more than just snow. To help you plan your Snowbird Family Ski Vacation, I want to help you plan meals and activities too. A good ski mom knows that the fun continues off the hill.
Since there's so much to cover, we're going to split this review into two: Snow Fun and Off Mountain fun at Snowbird. Click here the feature on How to Ski Snowbird.
Where to Eat
Food is a big part of all our ski trips. You need to fuel up before you ski and I have always believed that aprés-ski is essential to a great trip.
Let's start at the beginning of the day. Breakfast at Aerie is the perfect way to rise and shine. Head to the top of the Cliff Lodge (level 10) and map out your powder day while noshing on some fluffy pancakes. And there's something extra delish about mountain bacon. This is the spot to tuck into a big breakfast to fuel your day. The fruit was ripe and tasty and the eggs were delivered just as we like them.
Oh, and the hot cocoa is pretty awesome too.
For lunch, head up to The Summit on top of Hidden Peak. This is a new investment for Snowbird and it paid off. The restaurant has panoramic views of the Wasatch Range. To access the restaurant, take the Aerial Tram up 11,000'--no you don't have to ski down, the tram downloads too. It's fantastic that beginners and non-skiers can enjoy the tasty lunch with windows on the best of Utah.
For dinner, we tried El Chanate a casual Mexican restaurant. The crisp, airy chips and guacamole were devoured as we sipped our $4 Margaritas (it was "Thirsty Thursday" score $3 drafts and $4 margaritas 11am to closing). El Chanate is tucked onto Level A of The Cliff Lodge.
Please Note: While cocktails are nice, Snowbird is quite high up (7,700' feet) so make sure you hydrate before and during your trip with water.
Little Cottonwood Canyon i just 6 miles east of Salt Lake City, Utah, making it quick and easy to get to the resort from town. If you need to shop before checking in, try the Whole Foods at 6930 S Highland Dr, Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121.
Winter Activities (other than skiing and boarding)
There are more ways to enjoy the white stuff--Snowbird has a few ideas for your snow play. If you've got teens 16 and over, book a snowmobile tour. For younger kids, snowshoeing is a fun way to enjoy the powder.
The Cliff Spa is meant to help you stay healthy, centered and strong. For just $20 a day adults can get a guest pass to the facilities. Do yourself a favor, get a sitter or a sneak off the slopes to check out this facility with breathtaking views of the mountains and the valleys.
There's nothing like starting your day with a little rise-and-shine yoga. The studio has stunning views of the slopes. Find a little zen in the room that's flooded with light. I had the best yoga fusion class there with Jessica. It was the perfect way to wake up your core muscles and get ready to ski. I also tried a foam roller course which was phenomenal at getting my sore, post-skiing muscles a little TLC.
The gym has wonderful views too. Have you ever been on a treadmill like this? The fitness room had all the cardio equipment I expect plus free weights and a stretching area.
The 15 meter rooftop pool is a big draw--there’s something so cool about being up high in the mountains and watching the steam swirl around you. After your swim, take a soak in the whirlpool.
I think every ski mom deserves some spa time. Book a massage or just steam your sore muscles in the eucalyptus sauna.
Cliff Lodge Facilities
For the family, head to the outdoor pool on the first floor, right next to the Creekside lift. This pool is free and towels are provided by the hotel.
The Cliff Lodge is currently under renovation, they are updating the lobby areas and the lounge areas of the resort (the bill is north of $35 million!). A rugged mass of concrete, one would never describe this huge hotel as warm or inviting. The exterior is meant to be a contrast and foil to the landscape--the minimalist (dare I say brutal?) style plays off the extreme mountain landscapes beautifully. I totally understand the architect's vision. That being said, I also 100% support the investment to "warm up" the interiors of the hotel.
Not that you'll spend much time there, but I want to tell you about the rooms. The Cliff Lodge is set up to get you outdoors, but when you are ready to tuck in and get some zzz's, you'll find a spacious room with a fabulous bed and a views that will encourage you to get back out there.
Check out what was right outside our window. Again, when this hotel was designed it had one goal--make the most of the natural setting. And they succeeded.
Oh and some more views. This one from a bathroom up on the top floor. How many powder rooms have you visited with this kind of view?
Our family is nuts about winter sports, Snowbird is there to fuel the flames of exploring, playing and making the most of winter. Book your trip here https://www.snowbird.com/lodging/
For more ski fun check out our 2016/17 Ski Guide
Accommodations were made by Snowbird to facilitate this review. Many of the experiences we paid for on our own. All photos are property of Momtrends.