Safe to say, one of the reasons you are visiting this section in the first place is that you've seen some of the ink in various ski magazines describing Ogden-area skiing. Fine. Welcome. Enjoy. Just keep it to yourself. There's plenty to go around, but most locals are still coming to terms with seeing their favorite stashes splashed across magazine pages as ski meccas.
Skiing Magazine's 2007 rankings of resorts put Snowbasin, a Sun Valley Resort, in its top ten while SKI Magazine's readers' survey named it third overall in service, second in on-mountain food and first for lifts. Nearly 3,000 vertical feet on over 2,800 acres of varied terrain serviced by 12 lifts including two high-speed gondolas providing a capacity of 14,500 skiers per hour: 7% novice, 29% intermediate, 34% expert and 30% expert only. The resort features a superpipe, three terrain parks and a tubing hill. Once you've skied the Needles Express Gondola, head over to the Strawberry Gondola or the John Paul Quad to experience skiing on the edge. Make sure you take time for lunch at any of the three lodges.
In the October 2006 issue of SKI Magazine, readers ranked Powder Mountain the number one resort for snow and also for value. Located just 19 miles northeast of Ogden, Powder Mountain, at 5,500 acres, boasts more acreage than any resort in the United States. With 2,100 feet of vertical terrain serviced by 7 lifts and snowcats: 10% novice, 50% intermediate and 40% expert. Complete with two terrain parks. For an adventure, explore the untouched snow in the 1,200 acres of Powder Country and catch the shuttle back to the lifts. Well-lit night conditions will keep you on the mountain well after dark. Powder Mountain also features abundant terrain and instruction for the rapidly growing new sport of snow kiting.
Nordic Valley is arguably the best learning mountain in the western United States. It's located approximately 20 minutes from downtown Ogden. Four lifts service 1,000 vertical feet of primarily novice and intermediate terrain with some nice, steep faces. Nordic Valley’s Lair terrain park includes 20 features with boxes, rails and some good size jumps. Their Magic Carpet provides plenty of short runs for the little guys to get the hang of it. Nordic Valley offers Utah's largest night skiing operation, with specials almost every night that make Nordic Valley one of the most affordable skiing and riding hills in the West.