When the name of a resort is Powder Mountain, there isn’t much left to the imagination: It’s all about heading off-piste and into the backcountry at the northern Utah resort.
Mountain crews fire up the snowcats most every day at the resort above Ogden for trips into more than 3,000 acres of bowls, glades and chutes that only Powder Mountain guests can enjoy.
The simplest trip is the Lightning Ridge accent. After riding three lifts in the main area, powder hounds take a short snowcat trip to the top of the ridge off Cobabe Peak. Below are more than 700 acres and 2,100 vertical feet of chutes, glades and open bowl. A 20-30 minute hike puts James Peak and Shug’r Bowl into play. The return means taking Paradise, Timberline and Snowdown lifts back to the loading station.
Over on the other side of the mountain, the same goes for Cobabe Canyon, with initial access after a moderate hike off the Sunrise lift. The difference here is that a snowcat awaits about halfway down the canyon to haul powder-lovers back up.
A single snowcat ride costs $18, or $15 for a Powder Mountain season passholder. Or, a full day costs $385 a person (after April 15, the price drops to $200). A snowcat can carry 11 people. Private groups, who want to enjoy the powder with their friends, can reserve a snowcat for a full day for $3,850. The season begins Dec. 23.
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