The mountains outside my windows are dusted with snow, and within a few weeks, Utah's ski season will be in full swing. If you're planning a ski vacation, Cliff Lodge at Snowbird offers family-friendly luxury lodging at one of Utah's top ski resorts. Snowbird hosted my family earlier this year, and we had a great weekend. However, I kind of wished we had found a sitter for the kids because Cliff Lodge and Snowbird would have been a great romantic destination too.
Snowbird is a year-round resort, so there are still lots of good reasons to visit when ski season ends in the spring. Summer fun includes free outdoor family movies, scenic tram and lift rides, and activities such as bungee trampolines, zip lines and an alpine coaster. Read my post about summer at Snowbird here. As summer turns to fall, Snowbird hosts Oktoberfest, one of Utah's biggest festivals.
Cliff Lodge is located a short walk (or ski) from everything at Snowbird Resort. Here is what you can expect when you book a vacation here.
We stayed in one of the basic Bedroom-type rooms, and found it clean, quiet and comfortable. We had a lovely view of the mountainside. Our room included free Wi-Fi, all my kids' favorite cable channels and a mini-fridge, which was handy for storing snacks and leftover pizza.
My kids loved the year-round outdoor heated pool at Cliff Lodge. Glass walls surround the pool area to keep out the breeze, but let in the view. Fragrant pines tower overhead. If there weren't so many other fun things to do at Snowbird, my family probably would have spent the whole weekend in the Cliff Lodge pool.
Cliff Lodge has a licensed day care facility on site for families in need of babysitting services. My daughter and I scoped it out, and she thought it looked fun, especially for younger children. There is also a small fitness room in the same hallway.
Cliff Lodge has several on-site restaurants, and there are more at Snowbird within a short walk of the hotel. The Aerie is on the top floor of Cliff Lodge and it is Snowbird's flagship restaurant. It serves modern-American cuisine with a focus on local, seasonal and organic ingredients.
We picked up a pizza for the kids at Tram Car Pizza at Snowbird Center and found their favorite channel in the room. Then my husband and I headed downstairs for a quick date night at Cliff Lodge's casual Mexican restaurant, El Chanate. Both the pizza and Mexican restaurant were moderately priced. We thought that the quality and flavor were good, though not exceptional.
I was treated to a massage at the world-class Cliff Spa during our stay, and as you might imagine, it was fantastic. Everything from the front desk to the locker room to the treatment room was welcoming and luxurious. In addition to over 30 spa services, Cliff Spa offers a roof top pool – similar to, but separate from from the pool my kids loved – hot tubs, yoga classes and a large fitness room.
Guests must be 16 years or older to visit Cliff Spa. So, my 10-year-old daughter was out of luck, but if I were staying at Cliff Lodge for that romantic getaway, I would seriously consider including a spa day in the itinerary. A one-day membership is included in the cost of a spa service, or you can use the facilities for $20 per day.
Cliff Lodge is one of several lodging options at Snowbird, and even though Snowbird is just a few minutes drive from Salt Lake City, we loved the atmosphere and the convenience of staying at the resort. I look forward to returning to Cliff Lodge, hopefully for a romantic getaway next time!
Disclosure: Snowbird hosted my family at Cliff Lodge and Cliff Spa so that we could share our experience with other families. I received no additional compensation and all opinions are my own.