by Lissa Poirot
Completely remodeled in 2015, the Cliff Lodge in Snowbird is about a mile from Alta and is within walking distance to Snowbird’s pedestrian village. Following a $35-million renovation, all 350 rooms at the Cliff Lodge received a new look with traditional bedrooms sleeping four in two queen beds. Deluxe bedrooms sleep four with a king bed and a sleeper sofa in large corner rooms with extra space and floor-to-ceiling windows. One-bedroom suites can be made with a bedroom and a deluxe combined to sleep six, while two-bedroom suites can be created with two bedrooms and a deluxe room to sleep eight. All rooms have a small refrigerator and coffee maker.
Amenities at the lodge include an on-site ski rental and repair shop with free ski lockers to hold gear after time on the slopes. A daycare facility is located on the site for babysitting services, and if you can sneak away to the resort’s top-floor spa, it’s full-service. Onsite dining is also available the lodge with Aerie Restaurant and Lounge, El Chanate Restaurant and Tequila Bar and The Atrium, each open year-round and providing all-day dining to guests. Resort-wide Wi-Fi and a fitness center are additional amenities.
Our Editor Loves
- Rooms to sleep up to eight
- Newly renovated
- On-site ski rental
- Children Programs
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
This place has one of the best collections of restaurants of any resort at which we have stayed. Service was great and presentation and taste of the food was amazing. I would stay here just for the food.
When most people think of Snowbird, they think of skiing. But it is also a good destination in the summer. I stayed in a studio accommodation that is part of The Cliff Club timeshare located in the west wing of The Cliff Lodge. The room was pleasant as it had a small balcony with a view of a mountain (not the ski side) and the pool area. It had a king size bed, a small dining table with two chairs, a sofa bed, microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker.
The room did not have air conditioning, which I would have appreciated given it was in the 80’s and the room was relatively air tight. I kept the patio door open during my entire stay and used a fan at night. Note that the east side of the building does have air conditioning, but that’s the hotel side, not the timeshare side.
The bed was comfortable and the room quiet at night, which surprised me given that the room was immediately across from the elevator. I stayed a week, so I appreciated the free washer and dryer located on my floor. In fact, every floor in the west wing has a laundry room.
During the day, you will hear the thunk, thunk, thunk of the alpine slide along with squeals of delight from the many people enjoying the outside activities. Most of the time I was out of the room causing some of that noise! There are a number of summer activities—tram riding, hiking, mountain coaster, obstacle course, bungie trampoline, and more. You can purchase a daily pass either at the Snowbird Center or get a discount by buying online a day ahead of time.
The Cliff has both valet and self parking. After having the bell staff help me with my luggage, I opted for self parking. It is only a few minutes away and I didn’t need my car for the duration of my stay.
There are several restaurants located in the Snowbird complex as well as at least two places you can get groceries and sundries.