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Powder Mountain Resort Reviews

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Visitor reviews for Powder Mountain Ski Resort

  • March 31, 2012
    from United States

    To begin a correction to snow-forecast resort guide: pow mow (Powder Mountain) has slightly more than 300 vertical feet. It's about 2000, also pow mow relies 100 percent on natural snow, isn't that refreshing. As far as terrain goes I would describe as an intermediate-advanced powder skiers-riders paradise and there is enough steep skiing to keep any ability interested. This ski area is huge with unique access such as powder safaris and single run sno-cat rides, lifts are laid out well for easy terrain access. It takes days not hours for this mtn. to get tracked out after a dump, so check it out, or better yet don't and leave that powder to me!

  • Powder Mountain Ratings

    Overall: 3.0. Based on 2 votes and 4 reviews. Vote

    Access: 4.5

    (1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Powder Mountain.

    Public Transport: 2.5

    (1) There are no buses or taxis to Powder Mountain, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

    Scenery: 3.0

    (1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

    Accommodation: 2.5

    (1) No places to stay in/near Powder Mountain, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

    Cheap Rooms: 4.0

    (1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

    Luxury Hotels: 2.0

    (1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Powder Mountain.

    Ski in/Ski out: 4.0

    (1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

    Childcare: 1.0

    (1) There are no child care facilities at Powder Mountain, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

    Snowsure: 4.5

    (1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Powder Mountain is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

    Snowmaking: 1.0

    (1) Powder Mountain relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

    Snow Grooming: 4.0

    (1) There are no snow groomers at Powder Mountain, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Powder Mountain are groomed daily.

    Shelter: 3.0

    (1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Powder Mountain is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

    Nearby options: 3.5

    (1) If snow conditions are poor at Powder Mountain, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

    Regional rating: 4.5

    (1) Powder Mountain usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

    Lift Staff: 3.0

    (1) The staff at Powder Mountain are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Powder Mountain are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

    Crowds/Queues: 3.5

    (1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

    Ski Schools: 3.0

    (1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

    Hire and Repairs: 3.5

    (1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

    Variety of pistes: 4.0

    (1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Powder Mountain has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

    Beginners: 3.5

    (1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

    Intermediates: 4.0

    (1) No intermediate terrain at Powder Mountain, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

    Advanced: 3.5

    (1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

    Snow Park: 3.0

    (1) Not even a kicker at Powder Mountain, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

    Off-piste: 5.0

    (1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

    Cross-country: 2.0

    (1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Powder Mountain, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

    Luge/Toboggan: 1.0

    (1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Powder Mountain has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

    Mountain Dining: 3.5

    (1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

    Eating: 2.5

    (1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

    Apres-Ski: 2.5

    (1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

    Other Sports: 1.0

    (1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

    Entertainment: 1.0

    (1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

    Winter Walks: 1.5

    (1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

    Ski Pass Value: 4.0

    (1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

    Value (National): 3.5

    (1) Overall, Powder Mountain is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

    Value (Global): 3.5

    (1) Overall, Powder Mountain is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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  • April 15, 2009
    from United States

    Powder Mountain is the Grand Targhee of Utah. The resort has a local, family feel to it, but the snow, terrain, and absence of crowds make this a must-visit if you are skiing in the Salt Lake area for a week. There isn't a ton of advanced terrain, but there still is substantial variety. Powder Country is a fun diversion, although the wait for the bus can be a bit long. Plan on taking a day-trip here. You won't be sorry.

  • March 27, 2006
    from United Kingdom

    This is a place that lives up to its name, because when you get powder it is magical. There may not be a lot of vertical but you can ski anywhere. One of the reasons the runs are nearly empty on the busiet of days; people just disperse across the mountain. It is mainly an intermediate hill with old lift chairs and a very relaxed atmosphere. It is definitely a rustic and quiet(even the local sheriff skis in his uniform)area but a lot of people might say all the better for it. Night owls can forget it as there is nothing here for you, apart from night skiing either here or down the valley at Wolf Creek. The nearest large town is Ogden about 20-25 mins away, but there are plenty of Condos down in Eden about 5 miles away, lift tickets are cheap compared to the big boys of Utah and Colorado, but if you split your time between here and Snowbasin (35-40 mins away) you will get some great skiing. Locals who ski here say it is becoming more well known and property prices are shooting up. There are rumours that it is about to be sold as it is in private ownership at this moment in time, so if you want unspoilt non-comercialised skiing get here soon as it may be on the way to joining the big boys.

  • January 15, 2006
    from United Kingdom

    If you're looking to get away from the overcrowded, unfriendly European resorts and you don't fancy the over-hyped, over-priced North American resorts then Powder mountain is for you!!
    There's some great skiing or riding through Powder Country taking you down to the road where you will be picked up by the shuttle bus.
    If you get the chance head up to James' Peak via the snowcat (and a small hike) to make some fresh tracks.
    This mountain is as snowsure as it can get, with over 500 inches of snow each year. The powder is so dry that, you will struggle to make a snowball.
    The park is a bit lame and the terrain is mostly suited to beginners and intermediates as there are not the greatest vertical drops. Most of the lifts are a bit slow but if you see more than a couple of people waiting at the bottom, you've come on a busy day. This mountain is special and you should get there before it gets too commercial!!
    Powder Mountain is a well kept secret in Utah and is worth a visit if you want to get away from the BIG resorts like Snowbird and The Canyons :)