What’s close to a big city, gets more than 500 inches of snow per year, and boasts 8,400 skiable acres? This is a joke, right? Nope, Powder Mountain is just such a unicorn. Then why isn’t this place a major destination resort the likes of Whistler and Vail? First, there’s very little in the way of facilities, and practically no lodging at the base. And with just four lifts, it’s hard to rack up much vertical. But that doesn’t detract from the fact that Pow Mow has both the snow and the terrain to make for a stupendous ski vacation. While the lift- served (3,000 acres) is mostly blues and mellower blacks, the snowcat and lift-accessible terrain (over 5,000 acres) is worth the price of admission.
Despite exceeding Alta in size, Powder Mountain’s five peaks suffer just one-sixth the traffic, most of which is made up of groomer-happy Ogden locals and their kids. The resort is just far enough away to be ignored by Salt Lake’s skiing masses, so its copious powder remains largely untracked.
That said, the lodging is on the rustic side, dining is limited, and nightlife is pretty nonexistent. The up-and-coming city of Odgen, 20 miles down the road, is a nice place to visit, with all the amenities you need and more.
No. 18 in the West: Powder Mountain, Utah
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Powder Mountain is on the Indy Pass. Pass holders get two blackout-free days at the mountain with the Indy+ Pass, and two days subject to blackouts on the Indy Base Pass.