As Salt Lake City grows and the Park City resorts and Little and Big Cottonwood Canyon hills get packed on powder days, Snowbasin is popping up on more skiers’ radars. It’s super-easy to get to, boasts a quick and efficient lift system, and has some of the most underrated terrain in the Wasatch. Truth be told, there’s no lodging at the base and thus virtually nothing going on after the lifts stop spinning. But thanks to its role hosting the downhill, combined, and super-G events at the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics, the resort’s on-mountain lodges are a treat. (Not to mention, the jaw-dropping views from John Paul and Needles Lodges.) And get this: The on-mountain food is so good, it gives Deer Valley’s cuisine a run for its money. Between Earl’s Lodge at the base and John Paul and Needles on the slopes, the offerings are robust and tasty. The secret, it seems is out. This just might be the year to get off the beaten path and venture north to Snowbasin.