Powder Mountain delivered. Best powder day in years and the day that Sarah, Joel and Will came to discover that powder is the creme de la creme of skiing and that they can actually ski it.
We were on the road by 7:30 AM caravaning with the Hodsons 100 miles northward via I-15 to Ogden, then up winding, narrow Ogden canyon to the beautiful Ogden Valley (home of a unique-for-UtahTrappist monastery) through the small town of Eden and then up a steep grade to the 1971 established ski resort.
With map in hand we set out. From the lift we decided that Snowchaser looked like a good option. It and Miller Time did not disappoint. It was a perfect beginner run for powder skiing. 1-2 feet of little tracked snow, wide open glades punctured with juniper, fir and aspen (reminiscent of the back side of Beaver Mountain), and bright sunny skies. I did a little coaching-- bend your knees, sit back, unweight and turn and then we were off. My job was sweep--picking up those who face planted, double released, or just tumbled. They loved it, with each fall (and there were plenty) being a badge of honor. Two runs from top to bottom of Paradise made for a fun morning.
After lunch we joined Chris and son for two runs on Timberline where most of us opted to ski the trees and powder on Powder Chamber. Next we skied Hidden Lake Express (we liked the express part, the other lifts are older and slower). The boys still had energy for skiing the powder/crud of Mainline, but Sarah and I were more ready for a John W. Emmett and the Posse memorial run down easy-on-the-legs, groomed White Pine and then Hidden Lake. For our final run before closing we took the Sunrise poma lift up and out to the delightful Picnic run--still with untracked spots of powder, not too steep and with widely placed trees to ski among.
Summit of Hidden Lake Peak looking northward into Cache Valley.
After a stop at Maverick for gas and refreshment (hot chocolate, chocolate milk and Dr. Pepper) we headed south on 1-15 just as the sun was setting over the Great Salt Lake. Garrison Keeler and Lake Wobegon kept the driver amused. One of our best ski days ever.