Upper Ogden Valley Travel Guide
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.
Powder Mountain. Rising north out of Ogden Canyon is one of Northern Utah's most popular ski areas. 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. Two terrain parks and a half-pipe are popular with snowboarders. You won't find fancy lodges or haute cuisine here, but crowds are nonexistent and the laid-back slope-side eateries serve everything from scones and hot soup to sandwiches or a flame-broiled Powder Burger at the Powder Keg. 8000 N. 5100 E (Hwy. 158), Eden, UT, 84310. 801/745–3772. www.powdermountain.com. Lift tickets $24–$69. 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.
Snowbasin. A vertical drop of 2,959 feet and a dramatic start at the pinnacle of Mount Ogden made this ski resort, 17 miles from Ogden, 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. It also offers miles of Nordic trails for cross-country skiing with easy and more challenging routes. Lodging packages are available at area hotels, including downtown locations with shuttles, and nearby condo rentals. The Grizzly Center offers ski and snowshoe rentals, and there are five restaurants on-site. 3925 E. Snowbasin Rd. (Hwy. 226), Huntsville, UT, 84317. 801/620–1000 or 888/437–5488. www.snowbasin.com. Lift tickets $30–$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.
Nordic Valley. Utah's smallest ski resort, formerly Wolf Creek Utah, is a good place to go if you're not ready for high-powered mountains. A great place to learn, this family-oriented resort is also the most affordable in the state, and the whole mountain is lighted for night skiing. 3567 E. Nordic Valley Way, Eden, UT, 84310. 801/745–3511. www.nordicvalley.com. Lift tickets $23–$39. Daily Dec.–Apr. 1,000-ft vertical drop; 100 skiable acres; 30% beginner, 50% intermediate, 20% advanced; 2 double chairs, 1 triple chair.