Snowbird is known for its epic terrain and its huge amounts of “The Greatest Snow on Earth.” Just 20 minutes from downtown Salt Lake, Snowbird provides some of the most accessible big mountain skiing in the world. One of the big secrets for getting the most out of Snowbird is its exclusive Seven Summits Club. While my CFO won’t allow me to purchase a membership, I was lucky enough to be invited by my friend Chet at JPMorgan/Chase last week to experience what the club has to offer.
We arrived at the resort at 7 a.m., well before the crowds and well before the resort even opened. We passed under the tram and entered the club and it felt like we were suddenly in a Golf Country Club. We changed into our ski gear in a beautiful locker room with carpeted floors then shuffled over to a lounge with plush couches where we caught up on the morning news on a huge flat-screen TV. There we met two of Snowbird’s finest ski patrollers who would be escorting us on the “Early Tram,” Snowbird’s version of First Tracks. A few minutes later, we headed over to the tram where we joined about 20–25 other hardcore skiers and boarders. The Early Tram leaves at 7:45 and runs for only our group for the next hour and a quarter. That gives us the opportunity to cruise 3–5 top to bottom runs before anyone is even allowed on the mountain!
The conditions were perfect, about 20 degrees and a bright blue sky. (Ok, a fresh coat of powder would have been even better.) We skied nothing but freshly groomed runs that had about a half inch of wind blown powder filling in the corduroy. Beautiful, fast runs top to bottom carving trenches into the clean faces of each run. At 9 a.m., we met another friend for breakfast at The Forklift in Snowbird Plaza. The funny thing was we could have gone right into town and been at our office by 9:30 — what a way to start the day!
The conditions were too good to leave, and besides, this was an important meeting with my banker! Another run up the tram brought us to the peak where we looked down on Salt Lake and realized we can see our office! We then headed to the back side of the Bird and enjoyed several runs through Mineral Basin, alternating between the groomed runs and the soft bumps. We finally left the Mountain at 11:30 and arrived back at the office just in time for a lunch meeting, wearing our ski gear, some windburn and smiles from ear to ear.