Powder Mountain, Utah

Written by on December 19, 2011 in UT Outdoor Adventures - Comments Off on Powder Mountain, Utah

Powder Mountain Ski Resort has an unusual beginning, primarily due to its unique founder, Frederick James Cobabe. Orphaned at age 15, he became a sheepherder, taking his pay in sheep to build his own herd. And that was why he began accumulating land around Eden, Utah. Not satisfied with being a rancher, or with his earth moving and construction company, Frederick attended medical school and graduated at the age of 45. Shortly after that, he and some friends were riding atop Lightning Ridge when one of them mentioned what a great ski area it would make. The rest is history. The resort opened in 1972 with 14,000 acres.

Today, Powder Mountain has over 7,000 acres of its total dedicated to nothing but skiing — that’s more than any other ski area in the country. Specifically the lift serve 2,800 acres, the Powder Country Shuttle serves 1,200 acres, while the Lightning Ridge Snowcat Ride accesses 700 acres. In addition, the backcountry tour area includes the Snowcat Powder Safari with 3,000 acres and DMI/Wolf Canyon Tours with 1,000 acres. The mountain also includes two terrain parks — the Sundown Terrain Park at Confidence Run is ppen days and nights, and Hidden Lake terrain park and half pipe.

Some vital statistics on the mountain include 2,205 vertical foot drop, 135 runs (25% beginner, 40% intermediate, 35% advanced) and the mountain averages over 500 inches of “real” snow each year.

Guests to Powder Mountain can either stay slopeside as one of several inns or condos or find lodging in the Ogden Valley in the communities of Eden, Liberty, Huntsville or Ogden Canyon. There are plenty of restaurants on the mountain or in the valley to satisfy any appetite.

New Year’s Bash
New Year’s is a special time on the slopes at Powder Mountain. Night ski operations on Sundown Lift will are extended — night skiing will be available from 3 p.m.-12:30 a.m. So why not party on the slopes!

Every year, Powder Mountain has many special events from Night Jams, Grom Fest and Special Olympics to the 40th Anniversary Celebrations taking place throughout 2012.

For more information on events, lodging, lessons, rentals and more, visit Powder Mountain’s website.

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