POWDER MOUNTAIN & SNOWBASIN
About Powder Mountain and Snowbasin
Snowbasin Resort and Powder Mountain are situated a 30min drive apart, and under an hour from Salt Lake City International Airport, but is also about 30 minutes from the historic and vibrant Ogden metropolitan area. This is a city with farm-to-table dining, great performing arts and museums, as well as a fervent love for outdoor recreation. It’s stunning to realize Ogden’s backyard includes Snowbasin's 3,000 vertical feet and 3,000 skiable acres and Powder Mountain.
Powder Mountain, or Pow Mow for short, is where you’ll find your own secret powder stash. It’s a little known resort, and many visitors to Utah don’t even realise that Powder Mountain exists. The skiable terrain is huge, larger than Vail, and at 2,227 hectares (5,500 acres) it is the biggest ski resort in the USA.
Snowbasin is one of the most professionally run ski resorts in the world and is described by locals as ‘the last best mountain in the USA’. It is a skier’s paradise and the quality of staff and services is second to none. And with no on mountain accommodation, its world class terrain sees relatively little skier traffic.
Even though Snowbasin is one of the oldest ski resorts in the United States, there are no remnants left of a bygone era. Significant investment has been made into the lift infrastructure including a tram, two gondolas and an express quad. You don’t ever need to get cold on the lifts at Snowbasin. The resort has also added extravagant day lodges and vast snowmaking facilities, although with 400 inches (10.2 metres) of snow a year, Mother Nature does most of the work.
The village is a sleepy hollow and is refreshingly undeveloped. This typically suits most families who don’t need fine dining or any action beyond the skiing and snowboarding. There are various options for on-mountain Powder Mountain lodging including condos and hotel rooms at the Columbine Inn. Much of the lodging is ski-in ski-out. The other option is to stay in Ogden Valley in a town such as Eden.
Staying off-mountain provides flexibility for those who want a little nightlife, and want to rip up both Powder Mountain and Snowbasin ski resort. There are shuttles from Eden up to Powder Mountain.