The world got a glimpse of Ogden’s skiing possibilities during the 2002 Olympics Winter Games when Snowbasin hosted the downhill, combined races, and super-G events. Known for the greatest snow on earth, there’s plenty of powder and groomed trails to go around.
Ogden offers a shuttle service from downtown hotels to all three local ski resorts and from the Valley Condos to Historic 25th Street downtown.
Skiing Magazine’s 2007 rankings of resorts put Snowbasin, a Sun Valley Resort, in its top ten while SKI Magazine’s reader survey named it third overall in service, second in on-mountain food and first for lifts. Nearly 3,000 vertical feet on over 2,800 acres of varied terrain serviced by 12 lifts including two high-speed gondolas providing a capacity of 14,500 skiers per hour: 7% novice, 29% intermediate, 34% expert, and 30% expert only. The resort features a superpipe, three terrain parks and a tubing hill. Once you’ve skied the Needles Express Gondola, head over to the Strawberry Gondola or the John Paul Quad to experience skiing on the edge. Make sure you take time for lunch at any of the three lodges.
In the October 2006 issue of SKI Magazine, readers ranked Powder Mountain the number one resort for snow and also for value. Located just 19 miles northeast of Ogden, Powder Mountain, at 5,500 acres, boasts more acreage than any resort in the United States. With 2,100 feet of vertical terrain serviced by 7 lifts and snowcats: 10% novice, 50% intermediate, and 40% expert. Complete with two terrain parks. For an adventure, explore the untouched snow of the 1,200 acres of Powder Country and catch the shuttle back to the lifts. Well-lit night conditions will keep you on the mountain well after dark. Powder Mountain also features abundant terrain and instruction for the rapidly growing new sport of snow kiting.
The Wolf is arguably the best learning mountain in the western United States. It’s located approximately 20 minutes from downtown Ogden. Our lifts service 1,000 vertical feet of primarily novice and intermediate terrain with some nice, steep faces. The Wolf’s Lair terrain park includes 20 features with boxes, rails, and some good size jumps. Their Magic Carpet provides plenty of short runs for the little guys to get the hang of it. Wolf Mountain offers Utah’s largest night skiing operation, with specials almost every night that make "The Wolf" one of the most affordable skiing and riding hills in the West.
Nordic or Cross-Country Skiing
Utah’s snow is legendary among alpine skiers, but skinny skis reap all the benefits of our generous helping of the white stuff. The local Nordic club, Ogden Nordic, hosts events and is actively involved in sharing their vast knowledge and resources of cross-country skiing. Hang out on a closed course with their masters team and get coached by some of the best.
Snowbasin Ski Area
Snowbasin grooms and maintains 26 km of Nordic trails suitable for both skating and classic-style Nordic skiing. The trails start near the 2nd parking lot, where Nordic trail users may park. There is no charge for Snowbasin’s Nordic trails. For starter trails, choose between the Stadium, the Meadows Loop, or Maples Loop. Gear and Nordic ski maps are available at Snowbasin.
- Length: 1 to 3.6 miles
- Difficulty: 70% easy, 20% moderate, 10% difficult
- Elevation: 5,500’ to 6,300’
North Fork Park Campground
North Fork Park was nominated as a potential venue for the Nordic and biathlon events of the 2002 Winter Olympic games. It’s located at the northern end of the Ogden Valley in Liberty. There’s a place to park vehicles and begin skiing on the summer roadways. The snow conditions here are very good throughout the winter. All levels of skiing ability can be found in this area including serious backcountry skiing along the flanks of Ben Lomond Peak.
- Length: 12+ miles; groomed daily
- Difficulty: 40% easy, 40% moderate, 20% difficult
- Elevation: 5,500’ to 6,000’
Pineview Reservoir is located five miles east of Ogden accessed via Highway 39 (12th Street). The best skiing is at Anderson Cove Campground when the snow conditions are good. Periodically a Nordic track is prepared through the campground, taking advantage of the rolling terrain and summertime roadways. Restrooms are open in the campground but are not maintained on a regular schedule. This area is classified easiest level and generally flat terrain with a few steep sections. Parking is limited at the campground entry roadway near the Host Cabin.
- Length: variable
- Difficulty: easy
- Elevation: 4,900’ to 4,950’
Art Nord Trailhead
Art Nord Trailhead is found along State Road 226 – what locals call Old Snowbasin Road. During the winter months, the roadway is closed to vehicle traffic past Art Nord. This allows skiing and sledding on the road itself (once the snow depth allows it) and ends at another set of barriers near Snowbasin. Nordic skiers have a few options from this parking area:
- Head north down Wheeler Canyon following the stream though the deep and shady canyon.
- Cross the paved highway and follow the East Fork of Wheeler Creek trail ending at either the Snowbasin Road at Green Pond Trailhead or following the Middle Fork Trail back to the old Snowbasin Road and back to the trailhead.
- Ascend the main Wheeler Creek trail to end at the parking lot of Snowbasin.
All levels of skiing difficulty level can be found in this area. The greatest dangers are crossing the live streams and some avalanche slide paths in Wheeler Canyon. A Nordic trail is groomed occasionally that follows the paved road toward Snowbasin or along the Main Wheeler Creek trail. A snow machine packs a trail along the East and Middle Fork trails when needed.
- Length: 1.8 to 2.5 miles
- Difficulty: 80% moderate, 20% difficult
- Elevation: 5,500’ to 6,300’