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Powder Mountain, UT
Powder Mountain, UT

Powder Mountain ski resort in Ogden, UT will soon be the largest ski resort in the USA at 7,957-skiable acres (8,464 acres if you include their cat skiing terrain).  The only ski resort with more lift served terrain in North America is Whistler Blackcomb, B.C. at 8,171 acres.

Powder Mountain is currently going through the largest lift-served ski terrain expansion in North American history by adding 2 chairlifts (Mary’s Bowl & Village) that are increasing their terrain by 1,060 acres.

This expansion is slated to be completed this winter.

2 lifts being built that will expand Pow Mow's terrain by 1,060 acres.  image:  powder mountain
2 lifts being built that will expand Pow Mow’s terrain by 1,060 acres. image: powder mountain


  • 500″ of annual snowfall
  • 2,205′ vertical feet
  • Opening date:  “as soon as mother nature lets us”
  • Closing date:  April 9th
A helicopter installing lift towers for one of the two new lifts being installed at Powder Mountain.  photo:  Powder Mountain
A helicopter installing lift towers for one of the two new lifts being installed at Powder Mountain. photo: Powder Mountain

Powder Mountain is also executing an unprecedented skier cap.  This mean that Powder Mountain will only sell 2,000 daily ski passes per day and only 1,000 adult season passes this year.

This skier cap will make Powder Mountain the lowest skier density of any major ski area in North America at only 14 skiers per acre and an advanced sale adult day ticket is only $79.

The two new Powder Mountain lifts:

  • Mary’s Lift at 3,880 feet long and rising 867 vertical feet
  • Village lift at 3,680 feet long and 582 vertical feet.

“We strive to maintain the uncrowded, wide open, adventurous experience Pow Mow is known for.  By adding two new lifts and over 1,000 acres of new lift accessible terrain, capping ticket sales at 2,000 per day and establishing a limit of 1,000 adult season pass holders annually, we aim to keep our skier density of 1 acre per skier. Compare that with some of the largest resorts in the region who routinely see skier densities in excess of 14 skiers per acre, it is easy to see that we are truly committed to Preserving the Pow!With an advanced full price lift ticket price of $79, we truly offer all the terrain of the largest resorts in the country at half the price and a fraction of the crowd.”” – Mark Schroetel, General Manager of Powder Mountain Resort

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Whistler BlackcombA view from Whistler Blackcomb. REUTERS/Andy Clark

The mountain resort operator Vail Resorts is buying Canada’s Whistler Blackcomb in a deal worth about 1.4 billion Canadian dollars ($1.1 billion).

Vail will acquire 100% of Whistler Blackcomb’s stock, paying shareholders 17.50 Canadian dollars in cash and 0.0975 of Vail Resorts common stock, with a total value of about 36 Canadian dollars per share.

“This relationship will bring greater resources to support our current operations and our ambitious growth plans, including the Renaissance project, the most exciting and transformative investment in Whistler Blackcomb’s history,” Dave Brownlie,Whistler Blackcomb’s CEO, said in a statement.

He will continue to lead Whistler Blackcomb as chief operating officer.

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