By David Schissler

(October 2013)  At a recent Ski Utah luncheon in Boston, I spoke at length with Emily Moench, Communications Manager at Snowbird.  She told me about two exciting developments you’ll be able to enjoy this season no matter how well you may know the mountain.

One of the most popular runs off of the tram is a large snowfield called Regulator Johnson.  From there you can access the popular Gad Valley area on skier’s left of the mountain.  Snowbird’s original Gad 2 Chairlift, a fixed grip double consisting of 134 chairs taking nearly 8 minutes to bring 1,200 riders per hour to the top, has been replaced with a new high-speed Doppelmayer quad. The new lift has 63 chairs, cuts ride time in half, moves 1,800 riders per hour, covers 4,016 linear feet and rises 1,241.

For those of you who appreciate the back country experience, check out Snowbird Snowcat Skiing for Nature.  This is a new, guided experience into the previously un-accessible Mary Ellen, lower Mineral Basin and Miller Hill areas south and east of the resort. Half-day tours are available for groups as large as 10 people or may be purchased on an individual basis.  Snowcat skiing is for advanced and expert skiers and riders, with off-trail experience.

Emily also told me something that will interest air travelers to Snowbird this season. Arrive at the Snowbird ticket window within 24 hours of your flight, show your boarding pass, and you’ll receive a 1/2 price ticket for that day!   

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