The Cliff Lodge

A Snowbird escape with alpine views
At The Cliff Lodge at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort in Utah, it’s impossible to escape the stunning alpine views. As the name suggests, this luxury ski-in, ski-out hotel is surrounded by the craggy peaks of the Wasatch Mountains, which provides a dazzling backdrop to the numerous activities available at the four-season resort.

Located 25 miles from Salt Lake City, Snowbird is a skier’s Shangri-la, averaging 500 inches of snowfall per year and boasting Utah’s longest ski season (mid-November to May). Daredevil skiers come out to tackle the challenging expert trails, heli-skiing and snowcat skiing.

But you don’t need to be a ski pro to fill your days here — 27 percent of the trails are for beginners, plus you can try snowmobile tours, snowshoeing, aerial tram rides and more. The slopeside resort puts you in the midst of all of the action.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• Founder Dick Bass’s European travels influences the decor throughout the hotel. For instance, tapestries hung on the walls throughout the ski lodge are not reproductions but valuable Oriental rugs from Bass’s personal collection.

• Expansive windows throughout the hotel — including lofty floor-to-ceiling windows in the atrium — showcase the views, while wood paneling adds a cozy feel.

• Situated on the top floors of the hotel, the spa offers more than 30 treatments but is known for its Thai massage and Thai foot rub, which are pain-free ways to relieve sore muscles after an active day on the mountain.

• On the roof, an adults-only outdoor hot tub and pool with heated deck provide the perfect relaxation spot — and a popular place to take refuge during a winter storm.

• The 30,000-square-foot spa includes a fitness center, yoga studio and full-service salon with extended hours, so it’s easy to grab a hot shave or a quick blowout before dinner.
Things to Know
• Stop by Marco Polo’s shop on the hotel’s lower level to purchase an authentic Oriental rug to ship home.

• In the spring and summer, the grass that grows on the rooftop makes the lodge seem like an natural extension of the nearby mountains, with their jagged cliffs and green aspen trees.

• While you wait for a table at The Aerie, look closely at the display of kimonos, part of Bass’s personal collection. The yellow threads running through the 18th-century Japanese garments are actually made from 24-carat gold.
The Rooms
• Each of the 350 guest rooms pairs mission-style wood furniture with earthy colors, nubby upholstery and streamlined décor.

• All accommodations afford views of Snowbird's slopes or the glacially carved canyons.

• Every room includes access to a ski locker with built-in boot driers and space for up to four sets of skis.

• Adjoining rooms can be connected for apartment-style living that is ideal for families and groups.
The Restaurants
• In the morning, try The Atrium on the lodge’s B level for a gourmet coffee, pastry or hearty breakfast buffet.

• For a casual lunch or dinner, stop by El Chanate, a Mexican restaurant and cantina that is a safe bet for families. Parents: After dining, send your older kids to the adjoining arcade so you can sample the extensive tequila collection at the bar.

• The Aerie, on the hotel’s 10th floor, is an upscale modern American gastropub. In the dining room, order the beef tenderloin with mushroom butter, roasted red onion sauce and potato flan, or maple-cured salmon with a mushroom risotto cake, fennel relish and a bacon vinaigrette.

• The cork floors and cork-backed menu hint at The Aerie’s extensive wine collection. The 40-page wine list has more than 1,000 offerings and a Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator to recommend it.
Getting There
9320 South Cliff Lodge Drive, Snowbird, Utah 84092
SLC (45 min)  
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