Powder Mountain Goes Golden - 50 Years of Faceshots

By Local Lexi Jan 3, 2022
On February 19, 2022, Powder Mountain Resort will turn 50 years old. Join in the revelry to celebrate a half-century of the world's best powder turns.
Powder Mountain Goes Golden - 50 Years of Faceshots

On February 19, 2022, Powder Mountain will celebrate with much fanfare its Golden Birthday and 50 glorious years of legendary turns, memories, storms and milestones.

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Powder Mountain has BIG plans to celebrate the big 5-0. Inviting loyal fans and diehard guests to join in the fun, Pow Mow will commemorate five decades of passion for powder snow in 2022.

From humble beginnings as a summer sheep camp, Powder Mountain has since claimed the title of North America’s most skiable terrain at over 8,464 acres. The vast amount of territory contained between Powder Mountain’s boundary ropes helps preserve the roots of the skiing experience and ensures there’s enough powder to go around. A visit to Powder Mountain is to experience the halcyon days of lift-assisted fun. Thanks to its sprawling acreage and low guest density, skiing or snowboarding at Powder Mountain elicits the sensation and vibe of the bygone days. 

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Powder Mountain sparkles in the sunshine high atop the Wasatch Mountain Range above Ogden Valley. Over 154 ski runs dot the resort and the glades, groomers, powder turns, shuttle laps, cat rides and night skiing ensures guests will never grow bored. By limiting their season pass and daily ticket sales, Powder Mountain strives to achieve a skier density of no higher than three acres per guest; one of the least crowded resorts around! In addition to good, old-fashioned turns, Pow Mow also offers shuttle-serviced terrain off Powder Country, in-bounds cat rides along Lightning Ridge and backcountry guided skiing tours and cat skiing. 

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The terrain that boarders and skiers of Pow Mow revere today was once summer range for the sheep of Frederick James Cobabe. The herd steadily grew between 1902 and 1948 and his son, Alvin F. Cobabe, eventually bought the company and 8,000 its acres around Eden, Utah. Alvin quit the ranching life at the age of 42 and enrolled in pre-med classes at Weber College with his eye on opening a medical practice, yet he retained the family property while steadily working on his degree. While horseback riding along Lightning Ridge with friends in the ‘50s, a chum casually mentioned what great terrain the area had for skiing... 

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The musing stuck with Dr. Cobabe and in the late ‘60s he constructed a tow rope on a small hill above what is now Wolf Creek Golf Course. The community loved the hill and Cobabe had lights installed to provide plenty of winter fun late into the short days. The popularity of the small tow surged and the sport of skiing was rapidly gaining momentum nationally. After a battle to secure financing for the risky venture, Cobabe opened Powder Mountain on February 19, 1972 with the unveiling of the Sundown Lift. The following year the family added the Main Lodge, the Sundown Lodge and the Timberline Lift. In 1975, the Hidden Lake lift was installed which doubled the size of young Pow Mow.  

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Powder opened a new and exciting chapter in the ‘80s thanks to the tireless work of local legend, Richard (Woody) Wood. In 1981, Woody fired up shuttle service for employees and those who ventured out into the untracked snow of Powder Country. As customers were frequently requesting rides, the Powder Country shuttle was born and the mountain continues to operate three busses and one van today. Snowboarders were welcomed at Powder Mountain with open arms for the 1984-1985 season and it was the first resort in Utah to permit the new-fangled sport. 

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Over the last three decades, Powder Mountain has steadily added to its collection of chairlifts and gradually expanded terrain to provide plenty of powder to local diehards and visitors alike. Purchased by the Summit Series co-founders in 2013, Powder Mountain now focuses on maintaining its uncrowded reputation by capping daily visitor numbers and continuing to offer many different ways to experience the resort’s limitless terrain and snow. 

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Before we turn to the future, Powder Mountain pauses in 2022 to honor its past and unlikely success. Once a summer haven for sheep and cowboys—don’t miss our in-depth Pow Mow history article here—it is now a global destination for the best powder skiing and snowboarding around. Powder Mountain invites all to celebrate its Golden Birthday and come out for some turns that continue to pay homage to the golden ages of skiing and snowboarding. Visit Powder Mountain's birthday page for more info - CLICK HERE.

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“Become Part of It" Photo Contest
Powder Mountain could never have been without the help and loyal friendship of families, fans and community members over the years. The mountain hopes to celebrate 50 years of memories and milestones with the “Become Part of It” Photo Contest. Beginning the weekend of February 19, 2022, Powder Mountain is encouraging its lifelong fans to share memories of their winter fun at Powder Mountain over the decades. Submit your favorite Pow Mow photos for a chance to win one of many prizes.

Social Media Giveaway
Be sure to follow Powder Mountain’s social channels—Facebook, Instagram and Twitter—in the weeks leading up to the 50th anniversary for a shot to win some retro and throwback-themed gear. Beginning February 12, 2022 the resort will run a number of giveaways. Be sure to follow the hashtags: #PowMow50th and #BecomePartOfIt

Throwback Threads
Dip into the Timberline Ski Shop and dive into limited-edition 50th Anniversary gear that celebrates a half century of Powder Mountain. This exclusive gear can only be purchased at Powder Mountain and you can bet your kids and grandkids will thank you later! 

The Big Day
Powder Mountain is going huge to celebrate its 50th on the weekend of February 19th, 2022 (Presidents’ Day Weekend). Join the revelry and groove to live tunes, nosh on tasty food and participate in various activities and celebrations around the resort. Keep tuned to Powder Mountain’s website or social channel for further details and an event schedule. Don’t forget that Powder Mountain limits their daily ticket sales so you should purchase lift tickets for the celebration now! By booking online, you can save $25 and guarantee an invite to enjoy the fun. 


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This content is sponsored by Powder Mountain