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Thursday, March 07, 2013

Ogden Named "Top Emerging Ski Town"

National Geographic Adventure is out with this list of up and coming ski towns, and Ogden, Utah, tops the list. The magazine concludes Ogden's resorts have quality skiing comparable with other, more famous, Utah resorts, without the crowds.

Here are excerpts from the article:

These are the local’s favorites, the up-and-comers. They’re real towns, often cheaper and friendlier than the big dogs—at least for now. If you’re on the hunt for great skiing without the crowds and glitz, read on.

Ogden sits only 40 miles north of Salt Lake City’s international airport and its two primary mountains—Snowbasin and Powder Mountain—have the same ethereal powder as the heralded resorts in Cottonwood Canyon without the pesky crowds...

Snowbasin underwent major renovation for the 2002 Winter Olympics and features elegant base lodges with state-of-the-art lifts, including a tram and two gondolas. Powder Mountain is a throwback hill, with very non-high-speed chairlifts, simple lodges, and cheaper lift tickets.

Snowbasin, which has expert terrain rivaling anything in Utah, has the superior steeps. While Powder Mountain, with its sprawling layout (7,000 acres) and abundant snow (500 inches a year), is an intermediate powder skier's dream...

The article gives tips on best runs along with info on where to stay and eat, and what to do off the slopes.

Other towns on the up and coming list include:
  • Reno, Nevada
  • Revelstoke, British Columbia
  • Nelson, British Columbia
  • Sandpoint, Idaho
  • Grand Targhee, Wyoming
  • Mammoth, California
  • Red Lodge, Montana
  • Durango, Colorado

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