Downhill Skiing in Upper Ogden Valley
If you're staying in Ogden and want to head for the mountains for a day of skiing or snowboarding, you can catch the Ski Shuttle, which runs between several downtown Ogden hotels and the ski resorts in the Upper Ogden Valley. For details on schedules and routes, call 866/867-8824 or ask at the front desk of your local hotel.
Rising north out of Ogden Canyon is Powder Mountain. As the name suggests, it receives a generous helping of the white stuff for which Utah is famous. This classic ski resort offers huge terrain (more skiable acres than any other resort in the country) even though it doesn't have as many lifts as some of the destination resorts, and has two terrain parks and a half-pipe. You won't find fancy lodges or haute cuisine here, but crowds are nonexistent and four laid-back slope-side eateries serve everything from scones and hot soup to sandwiches or a flame-broiled Powder Burger at the Powder Keg. 800 N. 5100 East, Rte. 158, Eden, UT, 84310. 801/745–3772. www.powdermountain.com. Lift tickets $58. 2,205-ft vertical drop; 7,000 skiable acres; 25% beginner, 40% intermediate, 35% advanced; 2 quad chairs, 1 triple chair, 1 double chair, 3 surface lifts.
A vertical drop of 2,959 feet and a dramatic start at the pinnacle of Mount Ogden made Snowbasin the perfect site for the downhill ski races during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. With nine lifts accessing more than 2,800 acres of skiable terrain, this is one of Utah's largest resorts. Snowbasin shares the same massive log lodges and state-of-the-art lifts and snowmaking as its more established sister resort, Sun Valley in Idaho. There are no overnight accommodations. Rte. 226, 17 mi from Ogden, Huntsville, UT, 84317. 801/399–1135 or 888/437–5488. www.snowbasin.com. Lift tickets $65. 2,959-ft vertical drop; 2,820 skiable acres; 7% beginner, 30% intermediate, 67% advanced; 2 high-speed gondolas, 1 tram, 1 high-speed quad chair, 4 triple chairs, 1 double chair, 3 surface lifts.
Utah's smallest ski resort, Wolf Creek Utah is a good place to go if you're not quite ready for the high-powered mountains. A great place to learn, this family-oriented resort also offers the most affordable skiing and riding in the state, and the whole mountain is lighted for night skiing. 3657 E. Nordic Valley Way, Eden, UT, 84310. 801/745–3511. www.wolfcreekutah.com. Lift tickets $26–$35. Daily Dec.–Apr. 1,000-ft vertical drop; 100 skiable acres; 30% beginner, 50% intermediate, 20% advanced; 2 double chairs, 1 triple chair.