Snowbasin, Powder Mountain, Wolf Mountain
(Scroll to the bottom for Nordic)
Snowbasin hosted the downhill, combined races, and the super-G events during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. It boasts nearly 3,000 vertical feet on more than 2,800 acres of terrain. Two high-speed gondolas and 12 other lifts take you to any run you like (you have to hike to back-country ski). The mountain has skiing for all levels with 7% novice, 29% intermediate, 34% expert, and 30% expert only. For added fun there is a superpipe, three terrain parks and a tubing hill. Three lodges provide a place to eat, rest, and socialize before heading back out.
Alison Mortarotti organized a women's ski group, OVWSC
In the winter - OVWSC meets Thursday mornings at Snowbasin in Earls lodge 8:45/ 9:30 Gondola. They are always looking for more members so feel free to join them.
More about Alison on our Community page.
Powder Mountain no-nonsense ski resort. You don’t need frills when you have the kind of snow they do. In fact, Powder Mountain was ranked number one for snow and value by Ski Magazine in 2006. I must admit I love the snow at Powder Mountain but I hate the drive up the steep canyon. Luckily, you can park in a lot across from the Eden post office (near Valley Market) and shuttle up. Once there you will be able to ski over 5,500 acres. That is more than any resort in the United States. The mountain has skiing for all abilities with 10% novice, 50% intermediate and 40% expert. No high-speed gondolas or fancy lodges here just plain old skiing. The fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down. Powder Mountain lights up for night skiing. If you are looking for extreme sport Powder Mountain also offers snow-kiting.
If you have kids or are a beginning skier this is the place for you. The slope is not too difficult and there is a great terrain park that includes boxes, rails and jumps. All of my kids learned to ski here and we all loved it. On a small mountain, with only three lifts it is impossible to lose your kids. The Magic Carpet is a great asset for the small children and toddlers. Night skiing is also available here. Best of all it is priced right. Especially nice if you have lots of kids. If you don't have skies you can rent them at the resort.
North Fork Park
Liberty locals love their hidden nordic park. Located in the northern most corner of the Ogden Valley it is remote, beautiful, and filled with wildlife. North Fork Park was nominated for the biathlon events of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games but we don’t mind it not being chosen. Snow conditions here are usually quite good as the storms seem to hang around in this part of the Valley. Here you will find 12 miles of daily groomed trails that include 40% easy, 40% moderate, and 20% difficult. You can cross-country ski, snow-skate, snowshoe or trail run.
Some of the ins-and-outs of the park:
The hot chocolate is FREE!
The Yurt operates Thursday-Sunday 9-4
They have trail maps for the groomed
trails but if you want to navigate the singletrack which isn't hard to find in the summer, you'll want to know where it is or hopefully there are already
tracks to lead you.
There are fees to use the park and rent the gear.
The revenue goes directly to maintain the park. This requires frequent gooming with expensive machines, gas and mantenance.
The rates for families is a steal and kids 12 and under are FREE!
X-country skiing on Maples Trail
If Nordic or cross country skiing is more your style, Snowbasin also grooms and maintains 26 km of Nordic trails for skate-skiing and classic Nordic skiing. You will find these trails near the 2nd parking lot. There is no charge to use these trails. You can choose between the Stadium, the Meadows Loop, or Maples Loop. Maps are available at Snowbasin. You can choose between 1 to 3.6 miles with 70% easy, 20% moderate, and 10% difficult. Expect elevation to change from 5,500’ to 6,300’. Check our "Trails" tab for descriptions.
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