Who is Powder Mountain for?
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.
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 keep in mind, this is serious get-yourself-purposefully "lost" kind of backcountry.
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 your typical 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.
Guided Backcountry Skiing
If the phrase "Powder Safari" strikes your fancy, a backcountry tour of Powder Mountain is the season highlight you’ve been waiting for. 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?
Parking and Transportation
Free parking is available without reservation at the Timberline, Hidden Lake and Sundown base areas. Road conditions can get ugly during winter – always follow canyon requirements, which may include clearance minimums, chains and 4WD. You can help reduce traffic congestion by parking at the Eden Park n’ Ride lot and hopping on a UTA Ski Bus or complimentary Pow Mow shuttle (free for season pass holders!). See more Utah ski vacation tips.
Powder Mountain offers night skiing from 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Pro tip: buying night tickets online instead of at the ticket window reduces the price by almost half.
Restaurants and Places to Relax
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.