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Thursday, November 03, 2011

Forbes Labels Ogden The 'Best Kept Secret In Skiing'

Forbes has this interesting article previewing the upcoming ski season. It includes much praise for the ski resorts near Ogden (Powder Mountain and Snowbasin). It calls Ogden the "Best Kept Secret In Skiing." Below are excerpts.

...However, somewhat unfairly, skiing has a perception as an expensive sport: it can be, but it does not have to be. The current economic climate has forced many to cut back on leisure, but skiing still does not have to be the victim of budget cuts.

At the bargain end, Ogden, Utah must be the best-kept secret in skiing. The town is a short drive from Salt Lake City, the same distance from the airport as ultra-popular Park City, yet few know of Ogden’s charms.

...is flanked by two massive ski resorts, Powder Mountain and Snowbasin – which hosted the Downhill, Combined, and Super-G races during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Both are as big as most other major ski resorts and by some definitions, at 7,000-acres Powder is the largest in the United States.

...700-acres are reserved for sno-cat skiing, “poor man’s heli-skiing,” but unlike most sno-cat operations that are quite pricey, here it is just $18 per ride, and accessed from the regular lifts, a great option for someone who has always wanted to try it.

...Then there is Powder Country, a 1200-acre fenced area of backcountry powder skiing. Once you enter the gates, no matter where you go, you end up on a road where you are picked up and returned by resort shuttles to the lifts – entirely for free.

Snowbasin is no slouch either, owned by the same company as upscale Sun Valley, and operated as a fairly luxurious mountain with top shelf facilities and skiing, but no pretension, and $76 a day gives you 3000-acres, great terrain, modern lifts including a tram...

...Since neither resort has any slopeside village and there is virtually no lodging onsite, you don’t miss anything by staying in nearby Ogden – which operates scheduled shuttle buses from every downtown hotel to both resorts. You don’t even need a rental car, and a typical package example is a room with whirlpool tub in a nicer downtown hotel, lift ticket at either resort, breakfast, and shuttle for $139 per night in peak season. That’s hard to beat.

The article also toutes Deer Valley:

Deer Valley is all about pampering, and it is one of the only ski resorts in the world that limits lift ticket sales every day, even when more people are willing to pay, just to keep the experience uncrowded for its high-powered guests. Its slopes are home to three of the most over-the-top luxury ski-in/ski-out hotels in the world, the Montage (pictured here), the Stein Eriksen Lodge, and the St. Regis Deer Crest...

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