Powder Mountain is a wonderful trip back to how ski resorts used to be - slow lifts, cafeterias designed in the 60's and a pretty shonky access road, but the name says it all - it's all about the powder. It sits just across the valley from Snowbasin but is in a different universe to that place's marble toilets and plush carpets, and is a bit over an hour north of Salt Lake City.
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55 miles from Salt Lake, or 19 from Ogden.
- Great powder learning areas
- Very low skier / rider numbers compared to Cottonwood resorts
- $10 snowcat rides easily open up areas you would normally have to hike to
- Huge and varied terrain
- Old Slow lifts - though Hidden Lake has now been upgraded to a detachable quad. (Mind you, many would consider this to be a Pro rather than a Con!)
- Access road - descending this on a snowy day when they've neglected to use the snowplough will see you having slides even with 4WD and snow tyres.
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There is a shuttle bus from Wolf Creek Resort - about 7 Miles below the ski area (shuttle details on Powder Mountain website). This could be a good option if there's lots of snow around as the raod is steep and, when not plowed recently, can be a bit of a worry if you're at all nervous about mountain roads.
Otherwise, you'll be driving here. If coming from Salt Lake you can either drive to Ogden then up Ogden Canyon, or turn off I-15 or US89 onto I-84 and then via Trappers Loop Rd - this option will take you past the turnoff to Snowbasin. Either way you end up in Eden - where there's a great little coffee shop at the 4 way intersection - before the final drive up the mountain. Usually a bit over an hour and a quarter from Salt Lake unless conditions get bad.
See Powder Mtn website for details - Columbine Inn provides a fairly affordable way of staying on mountain and is just across the carpark from the ski runs.
Details of some options in the Ogden Valley on Powder Mtn website - however if you're not staying on mountain and have a car, the most affordable options off mountain are in one of the wide range of hotels / motels in either Ogden or Salt Lake. And if staying in Salt Lake, you've then got the choice of 11 resorts. Great deals on Condos 10 mins drive from Powder Mtn, shuttle bus also stops there. Condo, sleeps up to 8 and is perfect for groups or families. email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their facebook page: [http://www.facebook.com/Ski.Utah.4.value ]
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As the name says, this is what this mountain is all about. While there's plenty of groomed runs, the vast majority of the skiable area is left alone, and there's a huge variety to be had. In addition to a whole range of ungroomed adjacent to the main runs , there are 3 main areas that are off the beaten track:
- Cobabe Canyon - a great place to get comfortable in powder without having to tackle steep terrain. Requires just keeping your speed up after getting off the Sunrise Poma - with maybe a bit of a traverse if the snow is slow. You've then got a choice of some fairly open Aspen groves, wide open bowls or go looking for some steeper terrain. If you take a longer and higher traverse from the top of the lift, with a bit of gentle hiking you get to the other side of the Canyon where you're much more likely to find untracked snow. Everything funnels into an easy cat track which leads you back to the base of Paradise lift.
- Lightning Ridge Catskiing area - For the best $10 you'll ever spend, board the Lightning Ridge Snowcat with 16 others below the top of the Sundown Chair to Lightning Ridge (cat may also run to James Peak - this is unclear). This opens up a whole new valley that funnels you back to the base of the Paradise lift. While the run down the valley - Big Kash - is designated advanced, it's only of intermediate pitch - provided you don't need it groomed. From here you can also climb to get more vertical and some far steeper runs.
- Powder Country - from several designated gates, you can drop off the other side of the ridges of the ski area through generally pretty steep and treed country to the mountain access road, where you can catch one of the old shuttle buses back to the resort base - $5 per ride.
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