Skiing in Ogden, Utah, USA
Ogden Valley Offers Many Levels of Skiing for a Utah Family Ski Trip
Feb 10, 2009 Susan Harper
Park City isn't the only place to go when planning a Utah ski trip. Three resorts in Ogden provide a full-range of ski options. Those ski areas are reviewed below:
There are 13 resorts to choose from in Utah that offer a variety of skill-levels for skiing, snowboarding, and other alternative activities such as helicopter skiing and snowkiting. The resorts are almost all open until the end of March. Three of these resorts are nestled in Ogden Valley.
Wolf Mountain is a Family-Oriented Resort
Wolf Mountain, Wolf Creek, is Utah's smallest resort with 85 skiable acres. The resort offers a family-friendly resort where the entire family can learn to ski and hone their skills. One of the three lifts at the cozy, uncrowded resort is designed specifically for beginners and accesses the newly-recontoured beginner slope. All trail terrain varies according to skill and all trails are well-groomed. Approximately 20 percent of the mountain is appropriate for beginners, 50 percent for intermediate skiers, and 20 percent for advanced skill levels, according to resources. The resort's terrain park has increased in size by 50 percent and includes 20 features for beginners as well as advanced freeriders. Average annual snowfall at Wolf Mountain is 300 feet and the resort also offers snowmaking capabilities that cover 60 percent of the 110 skiable acres. Wolf Mountain is 15 miles northeast of Ogden or 49 miles north of Salt Lake City.
Snowbasin Offers Olympic-Style Challenges
Snowbasin is a much larger and challenging resort with approximately 20 percent of the mountain beginner level (seven runs), 30 percent intermediate (30 runs), and 50 percent advanced (67 runs, 35 most difficult and 32 expert only), according to resources. Welcoming skiers since 1939, Snowbasin became a world-famous resort during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games when Snowbasin hosted the Men's and Women's Downhill, Super Giant Slalom, and Alpine Combined races. Snowbasin offers 12 lifts that run skiers up nearly 3000 vertical feet to 104 groomed runs, 2,820 skiable acres, and 3 terrain parks. The resort boasts a 400 feet average annual snowfall, a mid-mountain snow average of 89 feet, and greater than 600 acres of computer-controlled snowmaking capabilities. Snowbasin, just 40 minutes north of Salt Lake City, does not offer night skiing and is the most expensive of three locations discussed.
Powder Mountain Lives Up to Its Name
Powder Mountain is the only resort strictly using natural snow on the slopes. The 5,500 skiable acres get an average annual snowfall of 500 feet and has a mid-mountain average of 78 feet. The 124 groomed runs are approximately 25 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate, and 35 percent advanced, according to utah.com. The resort, open since 1971, has seven lifts and two terrain parks. Beyond the skiing and snowboarding available, Powder Mountain also offers snowcat skiing, helicopter skiing, and snowkiting for those looking for something a little different.
Snowcat skiing and helicopter skiing take skiers and snowboarders by Snowcat or helicopter to backcountry areas for skiing and snowboarding the ungroomed deep powder areas. Powder Mountain is one of the few resorts in the country offering snowkiting and snowkiting lessons. Snowkiting is a new sport, using a canopy-shaped airfoil kite attached to a person on skis or a snowboard, allowing the "kiter" to freestyle jump to distances of up to 100 feet, to accelerate up to 50 mph, and to cross plains, climb up slopes and ski down them. Powder Mountain is 19 miles northeast of Ogden and 55 miles north of Salt Lake City.
http://www.OgdenValleyRealty.com darin 801-888-1800