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.

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