Thursday, April 20, 2017

Alta Addiction

The Alta Addiction - Courtesy of Alta Ski Area
Alta is all about longevity and loyalty and a likeminded love of snow! Skiing is dominated by diehards from the 70s and many of the stay-put staff have been happily working there for decades. Ancient Alta addicts appear from all over the Salt Lake City area to vie for downhill dibs whenever there is a new snowfall. And, although the demographics even out a bit on busy weekends, in the weekdays you're going to see a lot of ski-niors! There's even a dedicated group called The Wild Old Bunch, self-dubbed 'an extended group of "old time" skiers capturing Alta's long tradition of pleasant company and deep powder' - who meet daily at 11 am at Alf's mid-mountain restaurant

Alta Peruvian Lodge heated pool - Courtesy of AltaPeruvian Lodge
In the hot tub at the cute and cosy Alta Peruvian Lodge (where we stayed) the conversation always started with 'and how long have you been coming here?'. Our 'this is only our second time' was easily outdone by everyone else. The first day we skied with instructor and guide, Julia Howlett who has been living in a slopeside cottage there for the past 35 years. And, in a career where people seasonally move about all the time, Connie Marshall has beaten the odds by working firstly in the ticket department for 19 years and then 24 years for Alta's PR and Marketing department. 

Hike to Devil's Castle - By Simon Hudson
So, why does everyone keep coming back? The scintillating skiing, of course, is a main component in that. An average seasonal snowfall of 551" (1,400 cm) is the most compelling stat, coupled with a top elevation of 10,550 ft, a 2,200-acre layout of over 116 runs, and countless off-piste options accessed by hike and traverse - for example Devil's Castle, a vast sidecountry bowl, where we skied with Julia. Although it is known as an expert's enclave, there's also 25 percent beginner terrain and 40 percent intermediate runs, so plenty for every standard. Local skier, Richard Badenhausen (who I interviewed for my Snowbasin blog last week) faithfully skied Alta while his family was growing up: "We skied at Alta for ten years after moving to Salt Lake City in 2001. We absolutely loved Alta—our kids went through all the programs there and my actual Utah license plate read '5kialta' - I had to replace the 'S' with a '5 because the S-version was taken." He was drawn by the terrain at Alta and also the solid snow record: "They get great snow - the lake effect is especially pronounced at times. When other resorts are getting 3-4 inches, Alta can still get pounded with a foot."

Social dining at Alta Peruvian Lodge - Courtesy of Alta Peruvian Lodge
It is also the likeminded aspect which is highly significant in attracting high rates of repeaters to Alta. At accommodation like the Alta Peruvian Lodge, offering a European chalet-style atmosphere, everyone gets to mix and mingle and the home-from-home ambiance results in 75-80 percent return guests. "Since John Cahill  purchased the lodge in 1970, he has been adamant about maintaining the social aspects of the lodge," explains general manager, Todd Collins. "The 'family style' seating at all three meals each day is just one aspect of the effort to encourage our guests to get to know each other." Because the Peruvian provides all meals and even 'tea-time' snacks, everyone comes back to the same place several times a day - rather than dispersing around a variety of après ski offerings - and there is immediate recognition and rapport. This pervades the lounge area, the upstairs bar (which is incidentally the local workers' pick, too) and hot tub. Later, at dinner, everyone is randomly seated at round tables, dinner-party style, forcing everyone to open up and interact. Not for wallflowers, perhaps, but wonderful for everyone who likes to share their ski and mountain enthusiasm - and you never know, you may even sit down with Brian Cahill, one of the family owners of the lodge. 
Alta Village - Courtesy of Alta Ski Area
With many top ski resorts being developed and modernized for the mass market, somehow Alta seems to have evaded the renovating radar and kept its authenticity. It's bewildering, at first, for there to be such an extensive and radical ski hill - served by just seven chairs and three tows - and not to have the convoluted commercial infrastructure to go with it. "A lot has changed, yet Alta would be very recognizable to someone who skied here in the 1970s," says Connie Marshall. All the lift infrastructure has all been upgraded during her tenure and Watson Shelter was torn down and rebuilt near the old site a decade ago. "Alta Skier Services LEED certified building (Silver) was completed late summer, 2012," Connie adds. " It houses admin staff, season pass sales, lift department maintenance shop."

Courtesy of Alta Ski Area
Instead of a Main Street, the 8,530 ft high village which borders the slopes has slipped its services in the quaint lodges. There's a Childcare Center and the Ski School, of course, and a few ski shops and rental outlets dotted around the base. Other facilities are all attached to the accommodation lodges. For example, there's a spa at the Rustler Lodge, and just opposite is the Post Office and Library in the Community Centre. There's a medical clinic in the Goldminer's Daughter Lodge but no grocery in the resort - although Connie recommends the Albion Lodge for typical market fare. Other more recent innovations at Alta include the Backcountry Adventures program which includes cat skiing, Ski Six Resorts in One Day, Utah Mountain Adventures and heli skiing. These days, a volunteer naturalist from the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation heads up Alta's Tour with a Ranger program on weekends and holidays. The 45 minute free tour shows skiers around the groomed runs off the Sunnyside and Cecret Lifts, educating them about the fascinating flora and fauna. 

Parallel Powder at Alta - Courtesy of Alta Ski Area
With only a few skier-only resorts left in the world (including Deer Valley), Alta is unusual right from the start. Not only is the village a bit of a nod to nostalgia, but so is the pre-snowboard vibe. I even saw a couple of mono skis while we were there! When you ski up to the gate with neighbouring Snowbird, it is particularly odd to see snowboarders just over the other side. Skiers and telemarkers from both Alta and Snowbird - with the $128 Alta Snowbird pass or the $38 add on - can cross freely back and forth through the gates but snowboarders have to stay on the Snowbird side! It reminded me a bit of Belfast or the Berlin Wall!   

Alta is also part of the Mountain Collective, which means passholders can ski two days there as well as two days at Snowbird next season (this winter Alta/Snowbird was treated as one venue). The pass offers 32 days in total at 16 resorts which also include Snowbasin from next season. A great three-centre itinerary for passholders would be Alta , Snowbird and Snowbasin
Traverse to Ballroom - Courtesy of Alta Ski Area
Me at Alta
The Wasatch Mountain terrain at Alta is rugged, steep in places, with most runs following the undulating topographical contours. There is really interesting terrain in the black bowls, accessed by brief traverses through gates. There are bigger hikes, too, for example into Baldy’s for those after couloir cachet. I loved Devil's Castle, my fave groomer this visit was Race Course, and bowl of the day was Ballroom which we managed to hit after the slightly sun-baked crust from the day before had softened. 

There are many different ski groups which have chosen Alta as their hub. The Wild Old Bunch is probably the oldest, with more than 100 members who are ardent Alta addicts from all over the country as well as further afield from Quebec, Australia, England and Germany. "Most are avid skiers, but as some age they participate more for the social aspects," says Harriet Wallis, an award-winning journalist and photographer who is communications specialist for the group. "Most are in their 60s, 70s and 80s. But one gentleman is 99-1/2 and he skis like a teenager." Many of the members come just for the ski season, staying in Alta or further down the Little Cottonwood Canyon if they are from out of town, or commuting in from the Salt Lake City area. "They meet informally at the only round table in Alf's mid mountain restaurant about 11 am daily," says Harriet. "However, some days there's a large group and other days it's just a few. And if by chance other people are already sitting at the round table, the group splits up to other tables." It's actually a lovely stop-off point with a great sun-drenched patio on clement days. Can't get a latte there yet, but they do serve various maté drinks.

Me wearing my fur-trimmed Helmet Hugger (over my helmet - I know it just looks like a hat!) at Alf's Restaurant, Alta
Photo by Simon Hudson 
Alta's technical terrain has prompted a multitude of ski progression workshops over the years. The resort runs advanced and expert off-trail tuition for adults - These 2 1/2 hour workshops meet every afternoon outside of the Watson Shelter (cost $85). With a maximum of five skiers, the focus is on accomplished adult skiers (although older teens are also considered). The Alf Engen Ski School has identified three levels within the expert designation. "The first is an entry level to skiing off trail terrain for advanced skiers confident on all groomed runs and just starting to ski off-trail in small bumps, powder and ungroomed conditions. This entry level group usually has a lot of coaching to develop off-trail skills," says Ski School Training Director, Scott Mathers. 

Advanced Workshop at Alta - Courtesy of Alta Ski Area
"The top skill level group is composed of expert skiers with the skills and capability to ski any terrain and snow conditions at Alta including hiking and traversing to the highest country. The format for this expert group tends to be a lot of guiding to the best snow and terrain with a pointer or two for each participant to ski a little smoother, with more fluidity and rhythm in challenging situations." And there is a mid-level group which concentrates on honing skills and tactics in most black terrain off-trail terrain. It's a great way for newcomers to discover the full extent of Alta's expert territory: "Our workshops are quite popular with new skiers to Alta coming to learn Alta’s terrain. Many have such a great time in the workshops that on any given day quite a number of participants are return workshop takers," says Scott.

Kristen Ulmer's Ski to Live program at Alta - Courtesy of Kristen Ulmer
Celebrated professional extreme skier and author, Kristen Ulmer holds her 'Ski to Live' program at Alta. I met her in SLC a few years ago and heard firsthand about her motivational mindset-only camps: no technique tips, the aim to get 'mentally unstuck'. Running for 14 years at Alta, the 2, 3 or 4 day camps are life changing experiences for intermediate, advanced and even pro skiers. "We first take a deep dive into your unconscious mind to see where you are stuck in any patterns that don't work for you anyway, and set you free," says Kristen. "Once in flow, we then explore other forms of consciousness together, that maybe you've never had access to. By the end of the camp you are taken all the way into a whole mind, infinite experience." Insights gained from the weekend adventure radically impact skiing as well as life, relationships and work, she adds. Kirsten chose Alta as it is known for being the heart and the soul of skiing. "The vibe there is really lovely, down to earth, and the management is exceptional. They treat me really well and allow me to do something very very different than what is offered at other ski resorts." 

And Alta could be the ultimate place to switch to telemarking. The Telemarking Workshop is for beginners and intermediates (who are already accomplished alpine skiers) and there are private lessons for advanced telemarkers. By the way, have you ever actually seen a beginner telemarker? I haven't - they all seem to be born to it!

Alta Peruvian Lodge - Courtesy of Alta Peruvian Lodge
Hot Tub at the Peruvian - Courtesy of Alta Peruvian Lodge
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Dating back to 1948 when it was constructed from a dismantled World War II nursing barracks, the Alta Peruvian Lodge has rustic rooms ranging from dorms to large two-bedroom suites (none of which have TV which I thought was great as it gets people out of their rooms and into the sizzling social scene - often in their hotel bathrobes). This is a purposeful policy, says GM Todd Collins, "to encourage our guests to spend most of their time in the common areas of the lodge, such as the main lobby, where they play cards and board games, do jigsaw puzzles, or simply relax, converse or read by the large fireplaces. The outdoor heated pool and 2 hot tubs is another fantastic meeting area. This concept gives our lodge a much friendlier feel, and even helps develop returning groups of skiers who arrange their future reservation to coincide with new-found friends."

In terms of ambiance, think quaint, cosy, with lots of wood and wainscoting, stairs leading down from the comfy reception and lounge area to the restaurant, outdoor hot tub and heated pool. The pool area has its own bar, encouraging everyone to linger with a libation longer to benefit from the fiercely therapeutic jets, soul-soaring views, and fun conversation. On the top floor of the lodge is another bustling bar, open until 10pm, and frequented by resort workers and locals. Having a bouncer by the door suggests the lively level of levity there. 

Food at the Peruvian is phenomenal! The breakfast buffet has all the typical hungry-hot and Continental-cold options plus custom-made omelettes, fruits, yoghurts, cereals. Lunch is another bountiful buffet, there are afternoon tea tidbits downstairs by the hot tub bar, and then dinner is gourmet with several choices for each course. Todd says the lodge is run like a cruise ship with a captive audience: "We know that the physical facilities, particularly the guestrooms, are called 'sparse' by some, mainly due to the size of the rooms compared to larger modern hotel rooms. For this reason, we feel it is important to raise the bar where we are able to, and this is where our fine dining food comes into play. Given that all meals are included with our guestroom packages, we know that we need to attempt to make sure that we provide a variety of culinary options each night. We make sure there is a beef, pasta, fish, vegetarian, and other options which change each night, as well as a grand buffet on Saturday nights. Our guests have also come to look forward to the baked treats and appetizers that we put out at 4:30pm each day. Little added touches can go a long way to making the guest experience even better." As a self-professed fair-weather 'advanced intermediate' skier, Todd's tip for visitors is the loop from the top of Collins, down to the Supreme Lift and then down to the Albion side of the resort. 

An Alta Addict - Courtesy of Alta Ski Area
With such a close proximity to SLC (32 miles from the international airport which incidentally now has direct flights to London Heathrow), weekends can naturally be popular at Alta - particularly Saturdays - so the Canyon road can be slow. And whenever there is fresh snow, Alta addicts appear to track out the powder pitches early. "There’s a reason people refer to the 'Powder Hour' at Alta: after a storm, the place gets tracked out in an hour or two. The testosterone/bro factor has also gotten pretty severe there," says Richard Badenhausen. So try to plan your visit to encompass some of the weekdays and make sure to arrive against the traffic. Because of Alta's phenomenal snowfall, the Little Cottonwood Canyon is prone to occasional road closures, so it is wise to consult the road status on their website before setting off. However, this means that lucky locals, and those already staying onhill, can get marooned there with all that perfectly-pitched powder to themselves! 

No news on events yet, but next season Alta turns 80 so be prepared for the powder party!

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Courtesy of Alta Ski Area

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Powder Mountain Adventures

Powder playground at Powder Mountain Utah - Photo by Ian Matteson/Powder Mountain
Before I went to Powder Mountain, Utah a couple of weeks ago, I hadn't really heard much about it until recently and had no real picture in mind of what to expect. I did a bit of research and discovered it was founded by a doctor, the son of a sheep rancher with a knack for water divining and preservation and was now owned by a group of entrepreneurs. The word 'powder' attracted me especially coupled with all the reports of a record-breaking snow season in the area. As we toured other Utah resorts I picked up a few kernels of info, but nothing very positive or descriptive. Comments like "it's not very steep, so it's no good when there's powder" and "it's a bit of an intermediate resort". So, my expectations were rather skewed, although as we approached on the UTA bus, with masses of snow having fallen overnight and still bucketing, I was naturally very excited. After all, I have never been to a ski hill that fresh fat flakes didn't enhance! Even Andorra in the early 80s!!

One of the bus-linked descents at Powder Mountain Utah - Photo by Ian Matteson/Powder Mountain
Well, obviously the people who had been making those comments either hadn't skied Powder Mountain or were selfishly trying to keep it to themselves: it was utterly phenomenal. The best two inbounds days of this season to date! 
Powder Mountain by Chris Morgan

Put it this way, we had tickets to do the snowcat ride to untouched terrain and WE DIDN'T USE THEM that first day - because we didn't NEED to. The snow was so deep and light everywhere and there were hardly any skiers, and no lift lines. In the multitude of glades and bowls where we put in first tracks, we were getting free refills as the day went on. And although I could see what the naysayers mean about the general pitch suiting intermediates, it certainly doesn't preclude advanced skiers. It was plenty steep enough to ski 18 inches of fresh everywhere in perfectly symmetrical turns and there were even steeper inclines in many of the gladed descents.

How's that for a pitch at Powder Mountain Utah? - Photo by Ian Matteson/Powder Mountain
No-one had mentioned to me before that the terrain is a whopping 8,464 skiable acres! Granted some of the side country is accessed by a combo of cat rides and free public buses as well as the nine lifts. But the lift-accessed area makes it a contender for North America's biggest resort, especially if you are allowed to count all those unorthodox - and attractively adventurous - means of transportation. It's been a while since I have had to stop at a road, unbuckle, cross the road, and then climb up a snow bank to get to the next part of the run - actually St Martin de Belleville in France, I think, 25 years ago! And I haven't hopped on a bus to get back to the lift system since my Verbier days. 

Lodge at Powder Mountain Utah - Photo by Ian Matteson/Powder Mountain
Now, apparently, there is a lot of ski industry discussion going on about the definition of skiable acres, with phrases like lift-accessed and lift-serviced being mooted. But, however you look at it, I would have to say that 'biggest resort' or even just 'big resort' coupled with 'limited amount of skiers' is undoubtedly an attractive ratio - in a project to preserve their pow, Powder Mountain is only allowing 3000 season pass sales for winter 17/18 and only 1500 day tickets per day. Get yours early!

Roscoe Wilks with by Dr Simon Hudson in the Timberline Lodge
We were guided around that delightful downpour day in zero visibility by ski host, Roscoe Wilks, the first African-American ski guide I have met (although as you know I skied with many African Americans during my National Brotherhood of Skiers Aspen Snowmass trip a few years back). Living in New Orleans in summer, Roscoe lives 15 mins away from Powder Mountain during the winter. Having become an expert skier during multiple Utah visits, he retired from general dentistry at 54 and bought a condo at the mini mountain town of Eden in order to indulge his passion for powder. “The first time I skied this powder I thought to myself if this mountain was a woman I would have to marry her – this was love!” he told us while guiding us expertly around his beloved backyard. Throughout this season he has been taking courses to become qualified as a professional ski guide ready for next winter. "At present, Pow Mow has received 478" of snow," he told us. "This is substantially more than what we received in the past few years. This was the best season I have experienced since my arrival in 2012." Whatever the season's quantity, though, he says the quality of the snow is always consistent: "Because of the extreme dryness of our snow, you don't plow through it: You glide through it."

Unspoilt scenery at Powder Mountain Utah - Photo by Ian Matteson/Powder Mountain
Although an advanced skier himself, Roscoe has picks for all level of skiing: "For the novice skier, there are long green groomed runs like 3 Mile. It is three miles long and allows you to explore the beauty of the Hidden Lake chairlift area. Whitepine and Dr. C offer exceptional vertical for the intermediate skier. The Paradise chairlift, and its' 1300 acres, is one of the resort's beautiful gems. It simulates backcountry skiing in an inbound area. For the really advanced skiers, a single ride snowcat run off Lightening Ridge will definitely elevate your heart rate." The resort isn't recommended, however, for mogul skiing: "The probability of you finding moguls is slim. At approximately 2 acres per skier, mogul formation is unlikely," Roscoe cautions.

The ski-scape he showed us was utterly enchanting. From the tops of the chairlifts we looked out over intersecting hummocky hills, splattered with trees (neatly brush-cleared), stretching into infinity with hardly a habitation in sight - the resort actually owns 15,000 acres of this winter wonderland. With a smattering of properties clustered around the Timberline area, Pow Mow has recently started building a cluster of mountain homes high on the slopes - unusually starting at only 500 square feet! The one I saw almost finished looked gorgeous in a minimalist mountain modern motif, and it will be joined soon by six more ranging in size up to 4500 sq ft - all part of a longterm community plan (details below). I want the small one!

Me at the UTA bus stop in Ogden - by Dr Simon Hudson
Earlier that day we had come by bus from Ogden (where incidentally the Osmonds were born and raised). The #674 gets you to Powder Mountain at 8:30 am, in time for a brief breakfast in the ramshackle lodge. The ride itself is fun, especially if you are the chatty type as it gradually fills up with locals, holidaymakers and seasonal workers, everyone in the same mood of powder anticipation. A great way to start absorbing the Pow Mow culture as you wind through the stunning scenery of the Ogden Canyon and the mountains beyond. Unusually, the bus stops mid-mountain at Timberline Lodge from where you ski down to the lift and trail system. I could see why locals advise against taking your own car on a snow day! Later on, the 3:30pm return bus was bursting at the seams with every seat taken and not an inch of standing room in the aisle. We'd been forewarned to get there early so we'd managed to snag a seat at 3:15. As Roscoe, who takes the bus regularly, says: "The lightheartedness and jovial atmosphere has forged many new and lasting friendships. It is very common for new guests to meet on the morning bus and spend the remainder of their vacation together."                                                                                                                                                                                           
Ski bus at Powder Mountain Utah - Photo by Ian Matteson/Powder Mountain
That first fresh-tracks day we skied all morning with Roscoe, learning the lie of the land in the Powder Chambers and, after lunch, not daring to venture any further in the whiteout, we retraced his routes which had been neatly filled in by continuing snow. It was so euphoric, we literally never stopped smiling and laughing all day! 

Me with JP just about to board the Lighting Ridge cat
by Dr Simon Hudson
Next day we skied with JP Goulet, PR director for the resort, who is a sensational snowboarder with 15 years experience in the vast Pow Mow domain. Needless to say, when the sun came out that day, we did eventually use our cat ride tickets to access the side country of Lightning Ridge. Price tag only $25 for a 20 minute ride into more untouched territory with even more vertical. Regulars buy them in packs of 10 and get the 11th ride free. Later on (recommended by Roscoe who we had seen on the bus), we skied Cobabe Canyon in hero powder prompting JP to comment "That was probably the best run of the season!"

Lunch at the Powder Keg on the ground floor of Timberline Lodge was fun and cosy: an authentic ski bar atmosphere, open kitchen from where names are shouted out as food is deftly delivered, roaring fire heating the whole room, and surprisingly fine fodder – lots of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options including curries, miso, ramen, and upscale salads. Upstairs is a bit bigger with bench seating and a more typical self-service restaurant. 

Powder Keg Restaurant at Powder Mountain Utah, also a great apres ski spot with regular live bands 
Photo by Ian Matteson/Powder Mountain
The really reasonable $79 day ticket (purchased online) covers 167 named runs - 25 % beginner, 40 % intermediate and 35 % advanced - and Powder Mountain is open 9 am - 9 pm. A bit like 'twilight golf' night skiing starts early at 3pm every day at Sundown Lift: 100 acres including a terrain park and ski school learning area, serviced by a lodge featuring Lucky Slice Pizza, a local Ogden company. “It’s fun to get powder when it’s dark,” says JP. “At only $27, I’m pretty sure it is the cheapest night skiing in the state.”

The essence of our Pow Mow adventure was summed up by a mural in the lodge which read: "This is Powder Mountain. Once you have tasted of its magic you will want to return again and again and become part of it – Alvin Cobabe MD".

Powder Mountain Utah - Photo by Ian Matteson/Powder Mountain
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Illustration of Summit Village at Powder Mountain (Courtesy of SPM)
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Here's a bit of background as well as forward plans abridged from a Powder Mountain press release:

In 2011, Chairman Greg Mauro, then a local season pass holder, approached Summit (an innovative event company) with the idea to save Powder Mountain from overdevelopment and overcrowding and build a next-generation Alpine town. The Summit organization strives to catalyze entrepreneurship, support creative achievement, and drive positive global change. After a crowdsourcing campaign, Powder Mountain was purchased in 2013 by Summit Powder Mountain - the youngest ownership group in the ski industry. Since the resort is not owned by a large corporation or private equity firm, it has the ability to reject the usual corporate resort formula of mega-homes, luxury outlets, and crowds.

Two new lift expansions this season (Mary's and Village), along with six miles of new roads, connect the existing resort to the new town location, which rests on a saddle intersecting the top of three bowls at an elevation of 8600 feet. This new town location features topographic features and views unlike any location in the US, including sprawling meadows and views of the Great Salt Lake. Ultimately, the proposed town, which will be modeled after the Swiss town of Wengen, will be similar in size to the historical parts of Aspen and Telluride. The town will feature a main street with pop-up stores, micro-apartments, farm-to-table restaurants, yoga boot-camps, public art, media labs and educational outlets offering training in everything from transcendental meditation, software development and athletic performance. It will embody a next-generation urbanism that nourishes social entrepreneurship, connection and collaboration, and responsible living.

Powder Mountain Utah catskiing yurt - Photo by Ian Matteson/Powder Mountain
Powder Mountain offers a unique opportunity for skiers and riders of all levels to experience their personal adventure within our expansive boundaries. Novice powder skiers and riders can easily dip into any of the powder stashes off our impeccably groomed trails with the knowledge they can return to the corduroy any time they want. Intermediates and advanced powder fans can access true side country adventure via single-ride cat on Lightning Ridge, Rain Tree and the newly added Lefty’s cat serviced terrain. Those seeking a bit more adventure can opt for a full day snowcat expedition to Davenport, an area known for steep canyon descents and deep, untracked powder. If you are seeking the ultimate guided adventure, check out the experts only Wolf Creek and DMI (Don't Mention It) Tours that provide skiers and riders access to over 1,500 acres and over 3,300 feet of vertical drop. Lifts, snowcats and shuttles deliver easy access to these areas, so you can focus on the extreme pitch and the pure joy of ripping your powder paradise. Also new this year, we are offering all day and single ride heli skiing adventures. Diamond Peak’s skilled guides can customize an experience that will make your wildest powder dreams come true.

Powder Mountain Utah - Photo by Ian Matteson/Powder Mountain