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Powder Mountain

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. Thus, 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. 

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.

Another Day in Powadise

by Austen Diamond

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.

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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. A few of the resort's best features include the natural half-pipe, expansive terrain park and pipe set. 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

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Where to Stay Near Powder Mountain

Ogden Valley is a quiet, idyllic place throughout the year free of the hustle and bustle of the city — though a number of excellent restaurants and a superb distillery do call the valley home. Choose from an assortment of condos and vacation rentals in Eden, Huntsville or Liberty for a base camp nearest the mountain resorts, or head down the short canyon to Ogden.

Ogden offers a wide range of lodging options close to the slopes for any desire and budget. The town makes a great basecamp for skiing adventures and offers dozens of options for accommodations, ranging from boutique bed-and-breakfasts to family-friendly hotels. Frugal travelers may also consider staying in nearby Layton, where certain hotels offer discount packages and quick access to Ogden Valley resorts.

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Family friendly, great dining and easy access to three world-class resorts. Powder Magazine ranked Ogden the #1 Ski Town in the U.S.

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Powder Mountain

Utah Highway 158
Eden, UT 84310
801-745-3772