Powder Mountain Utah Review
Powder Mountain, or Pow Mow for short, is where you’ll find your own secret powder stash. It’s a little known resort, and many visitors to Utah don’t even realise that Powder Mountain exists. The skiable terrain is huge, larger than Vail, and at 2,227 hectares (5,500 acres) it is the biggest ski resort in the USA.
So why does Powder Mountain remain relatively undiscovered? Apart from the lack of advertising, Powder Mountain doesn’t have the lift and village infrastructure to rival its neighbours and transform itself into a mega-resort. Of course there is a plus side for real powderhounds who don’t need frills and just want a great skiing or snowboarding experience. Powderhounds can have this piece of paradise to themselves with the added bonus that the experience will be very friendly on the hip pocket.
Ski and Snowboard Terrain
The Powder Mountain ski area
prides themselves on not needing snowmaking facilities, and with an annual snowfall of 12.7 metres, you can see why they don’t bother with artificial snow. They also haven’t wasted money on lifts. Powder Mountain only has 4 chairlifts (one a detachable quad) and 3 surface tows, but the lift tickets are cheap so you pay for what you get. Another “lift” is a bus that provides transport for those that have ventured over to the back side of the mountain. Alternatively there are cheap snow cat rides that enable access to additional terrain.
Occasionally there are lift queues, but powderhounds can rest assured that they will find plenty of freshies. The slopes are almost devoid of skiers, as it would take a tremendous number of people to fill up 2,227 hectares of terrain. You won’t clock up many vertical metres in a day, but the emphasis at Powder Mountain is on the quality of powder skiing rather than quantity. Well it’s quality so long as you don’t love super steeps, as the resort doesn’t have the steeps that are on offer at resorts such as Snowbird and Alta.
Where is Powder Mountain?
Powder Mountain is 86km (about 75 minutes) north of Salt Lake City
international airport in the Ogden Valley area. This is further away than some of the major ski resorts in Utah, but it’s really close when you compare the distances from gateway airports to Colorado ski resorts
Accommodation and Facilities
The village is a sleepy hollow and is refreshingly undeveloped. This typically suits most families who don’t need fine dining or any action beyond the skiing and snowboarding. There are various options for on-mountain Powder Mountain lodging
including condos and hotel rooms at the Columbine Inn. Much of the lodging is ski-in ski-out. The other option is to stay in Ogden Valley in a town such as Eden. Staying off-mountain provides flexibility for those who want a little nightlife, and want to rip up both Powder Mountain and Snowbasin
ski resort. There are shuttles from Eden up to Powder Mountain.
Why Ski or Snowboard at Powder Mountain?
Apart from the obvious benefit of the abundant snowfall, skiing and snowboarding at Powder Mountain is good value for money, and provides a relaxed approach for those who don’t appreciate the glitz of the neighbouring Snowbasin
. The locals try to keep Powder Mountain as their own private playground, but the secret is slowly leaking out. If you love powder skiing then check out Pow Mow before everyone else discovers it and steals your freshies.
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