Powder Mountain Utah is easily one of the most impressive ski resorts in the western United States. It is located about twenty miles northeast of Ogden and 55 miles from Salt Lake International Airport. It all begins with over 7,000 acres of skiable terrain, which just happens to be the most of any similar destination in the entire United States. With an average annual snowfall of over 500 inches, there is hardly any need to produce any of the artificial variety. And although the Powder Mountain Ski Area is renowned among advanced and expert skiers for its deep, powdery bowls and challenging runs, there are also a great selection of runs that are groomed nightly for beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders.
Powder Mountain snowboarding is one of the most popular activities of all of the things to do at this awesome resort. Skiers and snowboarders enjoy a long season that generally lasts from the middle of April through the middle of November. Powder Mountain Utah is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during winter days, and night passes are valid from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
There are a staggering 135 runs peppered throughout the vast 7,000 plus acres of skiable terrain. There is so much picturesque land to see at the Powder Mountain Ski Area, that there are tours into the backcountry for people looking to explore this amazingly breathtaking part of Utah. The lifts provide scenic rides to some of the most challenging and intense runs in the state. The runs include 25 percent for beginners, 40 percent for intermediate skiers and snowboarders, and 35 percent for advanced. The lift-served vertical drop is 2,200 feet and the in-bound vertical drop tops out at over 2,500 feet. The summit elevation at Hidden Lake Lodge is nearly 9,000 feet and Lightning Ridge is a formidable 9,422 feet.
There are also two terrain parks at Powder Mountain Utah where both boarders and skiers are able to try their hand at a range of challenging courses and jumps. Powder Mountain snowboarding and skiing are the two most popular activities that take place at the resort, but there are other activities such as tubing and sledding that make Powder Mountain Utah a perfect place in terms of family ski resorts.
There is a nice selection of options for lodging slope-side at Powder Mountain. You can literally ski out of the door from the following accommodations: the Columbine Inn, the Pow Mow Ski-Inn Condos, Sundown Condos, Powder Ridge Condos, and Log Heaven Rentals. There are also plenty of places to catch a snack or a drink at one of the variety of eateries situated throughout the Powder Mountain Ski Area.
You can enjoy this amazing destination no matter what your skill level may be, as there are lessons and instruction available for people of all ages and levels of experience. Although this place is wonderful for all inclusive ski vacations, it is the Powder Mountain snowboarding and skiing that keeps people coming back time and again. With its stunning 7,000 acres, Powder Mountain is definitely one of the hot spots for great skiing in Utah. However, this state is one of the best overall for skiing and other top resorts include Brian Head, Park City, and Deer Valley.
Image: kylewm (flickr)