Shangri-La at Powder Mountain—One Acre Per Skier

Shangri-La at Powder Mountain—One Acre Per Skier


By Yeti \ October 28 2016

It's going to be a massive season at the lovable resort tucked away in the scenic Ogden Valley— Powder Mountain. And by massive, we mean that each skier will have over an acre of terrain all to themselves. What? How is this possible?

Powder Mountain just announced that they will add 1,000 acres of new terrain for the 2016–17 winter with the addition of two new lifts linking to the core of their future village.

With the addition of these 1,000 acres this pushes Powder Mountain's total skiable acreage to a mind-blowing 8,464. Crowning Powder Mountain with the lowest skier density of any major ski area in North America.

Pow Mow is limiting season pass sales to 3,000 and capping daily lift ticket sales to 2,000 per day which plays into their "Preserving the Powder" motto. "We aim to keep our skier density less than one acre per skier. Compare that with most other resorts who routinely see skier densities in excess of nine skiers per acre, it is easy to see that we are truly committed to Preserving the Pow!" said Powder Mountain General Manager Mark Schroetel. This makes Powder Mountain the most spacious ski are in the U.S.—a unique and exciting concept born right here in the Wasatch.

The new 1,000 acres are made up from two new SkyTrac lifts: the Village lift and Mary's lift. The crew is working hard installing these lifts before the snow flies. For more details check out the press release.

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The stats:

  • 2 New SkyTrac Lifts: Village Lift & Mary's Lift
  • Over 1000 Acres of New Lift Serviced Terrain
  • 4 Lift Accessible Side Country Areas
  • 7900+ Lift Accessible Skiable Acres
  • 8464 Total Skiable Acres
  • 1 Acre per Skier - Lowest skier density of any major ski area in North America
  • Day Tickets Limited to 2,000 per Day
  • Season Passes Limited to 3,000

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Photos: Marshall Birnbaum

A New Town is Born

For the past three years there has been a ton of buzz and coverage around Summit's purchase of Powder Mountain in media across the globe from WIRED to The New York Times. The vision was to create a thriving community alongside the skiing experience. Imageable a walkable urban village set high in the Rocky Mountains at Powder Mountain. For years this was just a dream, but now roads and utilities for Phase 1 are 95 percent complete. This is only the beginning. "We are looking to create the Main Street of the future," said Summit Powder Mountain chairman Greg Mauro.