by: ElGuapo - 10th February 2009

  • 5
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced/Expert
  • 3All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 5Family Friendly
  • 1Aprés Ski
  • 3Terrain Park
  • Overall Value
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Needs 5 more lifts

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Was there in mid January, 40's every day, no new snow for week and a half. Went to nearby Snowbasin, whole mountain was an ice cube. Couldn't even skii the groomers was so bad. Like skateboarding on pebbles. Then I go to Powder mountain to see if it's any better and what do I find? Untracked powder, everywhere off piste. Wet, but soft powder none the less. How is this possible? A week and a half after the last storm? With sunny 40 degree days and 10 at night for a full week I m still trying to figure it out. Any how, it saved the vacation. I figured out the untracked aspect though. This mountain has so many valleys and nooks and trees that you can't stand anywhere and see very far. So all the good spots are truly hidden until you stumble upon them. Very unique layout. Another reason is that the vast majority of the mountain isn't serviced by nearby lifts so you have to traverse quite a bit. The good: $48 lift tickets powder everywhere Very nice people. Cheap food ($5.25 for a cheeseburger? Nice) Nobody around. All day snowcat safari. The bad: Unfortunately, I am a black diamond/double black skier, this mountain has typical Utah black diamond skiing, either black runs for a very short while followed by very very long green or blue runs all the way back down, or the reverse. Utah just doesn't have tall and steep the whole way down like Jackson Hole or Colorado do. Also, no double blacks here, You have to hike or pay $12 to get to the 2 double black runs they have. Also, on most black runs the experience is ruined by millions of saplings popping out everywhere, almost impossible to ski straight down, need to zig zag around them until you find a rare clearing. Powder mountain is really mostly an inbounds backcountry experience. They advertise 5500 acres, but you can't get to a big chunk of them, either hike, pay $12 per snowcat ride to get to them, or $300 for all day, which by the way I can't wait to try next year. Overall a nice local, inexpensive ski resort, but runs too few and short and needs at least 5 more lifts. The real reason for advanced/experts to come here is for the all day snowcat safari, which must be truly amazing. Note: If staying in Eden or Huntsville, and you are accustomed to eating real food, whatever you do, drive back Ogden or Layton to eat out. You've been warned. Oh, one more thing, you will need a 4 wheel drive and snow driving skills to get up the road, very very steep and narrow, nowhere to turn car around.
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