Snowbird Rings In The Holiday Season


With winter off to an early start and more snow in the forecast, Snowbird presents another year of holiday events for the entire family.

The festivities begin Dec. 21 with eight days of Hanukkah, where guests are invited to candle lighting ceremonies each evening at 5 p.m. in the lobby of the Cliff Lodge through Dec. 28. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making their way to Snowbird Dec. 22 to pose for pictures between noon and 2 p.m.

The jolly couple will return on Christmas Eve to ski down their favorite Snowbird runs and visit with guests from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Festivities continue later that evening with Snowbird’s annual Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade. Spectators are encouraged to gather on the Plaza Deck to view the parade beginning at 6 p.m. and the fireworks display along with a special appearance from Santa as he rappels out of the Tram. Afterwards, guests are welcome to gather in the Snowbird Center to warm up with light refreshments and participate in a brief interfaith sermon with traditional candle lighting and holiday songs.

Snowbird’s holiday events conclude Dec. 31 with a special New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade and fireworks show. Spectators are encouraged to gather on the Plaza Deck by 6 p.m.

Holiday events are free to the public and intended for guests of all ages. For families interested in staying at Snowbird, the resort is offering special on-mountain lodging packages throughout Dec. starting at $99/night. For more information and a complete list of activities please visit snowbird.com.

Snowbird currently has 75 percent of its terrain open served by six chairlifts. The Utah resort has received six feet of snow overall to start the 2008/09 season with another foot forecasted today into Tuesday morning.

Snowbird Holiday Events

Dec. 21-28, 5 p.m. – Hanukkah lighting ceremonies, Cliff Lodge lobby

Dec. 22, noon-2 p.m. – Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Snowbird

Dec. 24, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. – Skiing with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Snowbird

6 p.m. – Torchlight Parade and fireworks, Plaza Deck

7 p.m. – Refreshments and interfaith sermon, Snowbird Center, level 2

Dec. 31, 6 p.m. – New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade and fireworks, Plaza Deck