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Powder Mountain

Powder Mountain   |  Austen Diamond
  • Status: Resort Open
  • COVID-19 Operations: 3 Different Operating Scenarios, Following All State Health Guidelines
  • Weather: Mostly Cloudy, 60F

Powder Mountain superlatives include "terrain for days," "massive," "super fun" and "more than 500 annual inches of snow." Powder Mountain is accessible in about an hour's drive from Salt Lake City International Airport. The second half of the drive combines the Ogden River Scenic Byway with Powder Mountain Road, state Route 158.

If you're a numbers person, here is a marquee number: 8,464 acres — 7,900 of which are lift accessible. (Fans of the side country will still have to work just a little harder.) A couple of years ago the resort welcomed the addition of more than 1,000 new acres of terrain with two new chairlifts and capped day passes at 2,000 to keep the skier density low. It is the most skiable acreage of any resort in the United States.

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Cat Skiing

What about the rest of the resort? There are shuttles and snowcats that will transport you to your dream day. The Lightning Ridge Snowcat accesses 700 additional acres and if the phrase "Powder Safari" strikes your fancy, backcountry tours are also available. Keep in mind, this is serious get-yourself-purposefully "lost" kind of backcountry. Seven thousand acres is a hard number to envision. To overcome this gap in the imagination, you'll really want to opt for a guided backcountry tour.

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Another Day in Powadise

Written by Austen Diamond

4 minute read

Join ski cat driver Kevin Irons on a day's adventures to Lightning Ridge at Powder Mountain, complete with pizza bribery, remote access and lots of powder.

Northern, Voices, Skiing, Ski Resorts, Winter Sports

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Here's how cat skiing at Powder Mountain works in a nutshell: connect up with the "Pow-Mow" crew in the main village, hop in the cat then cruise out and pretty much ski anything you can point at. You are essentially dropped off at the top of the run and picked up at the bottom. There are single ride tickets or punch passes. “Buy 10, get the 11th free” on the Lightning Ridge snowcat is a much more exhilarating repeat customer reward than a free cup of coffee. With so much adventure awaiting, it’s worth booking a ski-in/ski-out condo near the Timberline Lodge. Plus, the Powder Mountain Adventure Center yurt is just next door.

Step off Paradise’s quad and you’ll find a number of black diamond powder runs in either direction at your disposal. To the left, Hidden Lake Express accesses stunning views across the valley, and great beginner and intermediate terrain. Powder Mountain also replaced its Sundown-area lift with a new quad, a move that enhanced the resort's ski school capabilities. These improvements are part of a much broader master plan for the resort. Learn more about Powder Mountain

Powder Mountain Lodging

One of the great benefits of a ski trip to Powder Mountain is the opportunity to stay in the Ogden Valley, a quiet mountain valley the resort overlooks. It's an excellent place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, surround yourself in the Wasatch Range's seemingly endless views, and of course, get early access to fresh tracks. 

There are three main lodging communities near Powder Mountain — the Horizon Cabins, Cascade Townhomes and Moose Hollow Condos. Each property has its unique benefits, with options from affordable family vacation rentals to luxurious ski-in, ski-out accommodations. Best of all, reservations at these properties are often accompanied with discounted lift tickets – make your reservation below for more details. 

Horizon Cabins

These posh private cabins are a dream home base for a ski vacation. Each private rental has space for up to 6-8 guests and is furnished with modern luxurious amenities. Best of all, the Horizon Cabins provide ski-in, ski-out access from the Village Lift in Lefty's Canyon.

Cascade Townhomes and Moose Hollow Condos

These communities, both located a short 10-minute ski bus ride from the base of Powder Mountain are perfect for families, larger groups and weekend warriors looking to spend a little less. With lodging options that accommodate up to 15 guests, these multi-floor options are ideal for longer getaways. Enjoy game rooms, spas, and easy access to other recreation in the Ogden Valley.

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More Places in Eden, Huntsville and Ogden

The nearby towns of Eden and Huntsville are only 20 minutes from the resort and perfect basecamps to explore more of Ogden Valley. Consider Compass Rose Lodge, Valley House Inn, or Snowberry Inn, three charming properties with easy access to trails and Pineview Reservoir. If you're looking for aprés, shopping and dining there's no better place to stay than downtown Ogden – still only 30 minutes from the resort. There are plenty of accommodations near Historic 25th Street, a hotspot for some of Ogden's favorite restaurants, bars and shops. 

Master the Powder

It’s no surprise that Powder Mountain is a great mountain for powderhounds. With more than 8,000 acres of terrain covered in 500 annual inches of powder, Pow Mow is ideal for experts to challenge themselves as well as for beginners to learn how to ski powder. Intermediate to expert skiers prefer runs off the Paradise lift and cat skiing at lightning Ridge, but beginners can get plenty at Hidden Lake and Sundown.

Advanced Super Loop | Black Diamond

Part of the ski adventure is all about how to link trails together to get maximum coverage (like a 4,630-foot vertical drop). For advanced skiers, start at the Hidden Lake Lodge (at Powder Mountain, you can drive to the top of the mountain) and ski down Powder Country to the shuttle, which will take you to the Sundown lift. From there, it’s either a free hike to the top of Lightning Ridge, or an $18 snowcat ride. Zip down any of the wealth of black-diamond runs to connect with the Paradise lift. At the top, it’s one more run over to the Hidden Lake lift, which brings you back to the starting point.

Learn Something New

Why not learn a bad-ass new sport, so you can remind your friends at home about how much you rule? Get fluent in snow kiting. Powder Mountain’s Adventure Center has lessons for individuals and groups to get a grip on the basics and determine if you want to add the sport to your winter quiver. If you already love it and have the gear, sign on for a snow kite adventure and learn how to add to your skills.

Guided Sidecountry

Get into the sidecountry with an Adventure Center expert who knows where all the sweet runs are. The Pow Mow area called DMI is local code for “Don’t Mention It” (a.k.a. Wolf Canyon) and you can get in the thick of approximately 1,000 acres and a 3,000 vertical drop if you’re willing to take a short hike up to James Peak. This awesome terrain includes huge, wide-open bowls, thick trees and some steep chutes. Aren’t you glad you have someone who knows it well?

Hidden Lake Lodge Break

Hearty ski lodge food is all part of the great winter experience, but sometimes it’s nice to have a little something new to break up your ski day. Take a lunch break at Hidden Lake Lodge, which features authentic Mexican fare including freshly made tortillas and homemade salsas. Just remember to eat wisely, since burrito coma can make you a little slower immediately after lunch.

Easier Super Loop | Green Circle

Start with your advanced skier pal, split up for some individual fun, and rejoin each other back at the starting point. For a sweet ride with great views, begin at Hidden Lake, and ski down East 40 to the Sunrise lift. If you haven’t used a Poma lift, here’s your chance to learn. At the top of Sunrise, pause for a moment. On a bluebird day, you can see four states: Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming and Utah. When you’re ready, hit Sunrise Ridge to Cat Walk to Cobabe Canyon. This canyon trail runs along a four-season creek, which isn’t something you get every day when skiing or riding. At the bottom, catch the Paradise lift, ski Gateway and Burntwood to the Hidden Lake lift, and meet your pal.

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