It is something Utah skiers and boarders have known for a long time, there is great snow and great variety to be found north of Utah’s more popular resorts. National Geographic Adventure features Ogden this month as one of its top 10 emerging ski towns in North America. As the article points out, Snowbasin and Powder Mountain are known for the legendary powder Utah is famous for, but skiers at these not-so-famous resorts do not have the crowds to contend with for that powder.
Snowbasin is known for being home to the Winter Dew Tour, chosen for its three terrain parks, catering to everyone from beginners to experts as well as its advanced lift system and steep terrain, covering 3,000 skiable acres. It is also known for its posh atmosphere, expert chef-run cafeteria, and its marble bathrooms – true thing.
On the flip side, Powder Mountain harkens back to old school ski days where the snow is its grandest feature and the name promises not to disappoint even well-traveled powder hounds. The resort is huge, with 7,000 skiable acres and 135 runs. Powder’s base offers riders the best place for a quick nosh and no unnecessary distraction from all that powder.
Ogden’s mountains are a short 45 minute drive from the Salt Lake International Airport or Downtown Salt Lake City. The best part, there is a Ski ‘N See shop downtown and another in Bountiful, just north of Salt Lake City and on the way to Ogden from the airport. Ski ‘N See gear can be dropped off at any location with no transfer fee. Bountiful renters can ski Ogden, then the Cottonwoods, then Park City and leave their gear at the Ski ‘N See shop right on the mountain.