Powder Mountain : The largest ski resort in the US by skiable acreage


(USKings.us) Powder Mountain is a ski resort located just east of Eden, Utah, stretching between Weber and Cache counties, and only 55 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport. With over 8,464 acres of skiable terrain, 144 runs, snowcat skiing, side country skiing, backcountry tours and two terrain parks, Powder Mountain is the largest ski resort in the US by skiable acreage.

Powder Mountain consistently tops Ski Magazine’s “Best Value Resort” category, taking home the honor five out of the past six years. With more than 300 inches of annual snowfall, Powder Mountain was ranked #2 for “Snow” and #4 for “Character” while also ranking 9th best by readers for Overall Satisfaction in 2012.

Fred’s son, Dr. Alvin F. Cobabe, bought the livestock company with its 8,000 acres in 1948. While horseback riding with friends along Lightning Ridge in the 1950s, someone casually mentioned that the terrain would make a great ski resort. The idea rang true with Dr. Cobabe and he began to amass adjacent property adding to the thousands of acres acquired from his father. When the resort opened on February 19, 1972, he owned 14,000 acres.

Dr. Alvin F. Cobabe


Powder Mountain currently has six chair lifts (one triple, four fixed quad, and one detachable quad), and an additional three surface tows. Beyond lift accessed terrain, Powder Mountain also offers all-day Snowcat Powder Safaris, single ride cat skiing and inbound and backcountry guided tours through their Adventure Center.

The slopes on both sides of the road leading up to the resort—known as Powder Country—are served by a bus that will pick riders up at a waiting area halfway down the access road. There is also an $18 per-ride Snowcat service up Lightning Ridge (very close to James Peak). James Peak is one of the premier powder bowl runs in Utah.

Powder Mountain’s terrain within the lift accessible area offers a wide variety of runs for riders of every skill level, including a large assortment of green, blue and black runs. With over 2,500 inbound vertical feet available and over 400 inches of annual snowfall, Powder Mountain is largely considered to be one of the premier powder skiing destinations in the world.

Powder Mountain also offers ski-in, ski-out condos for rent at the summit, making it a convenient getaway for skiers of all levels.

According to wikipedia

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