Powder Mountain, Utah, becomes largest ski resort in United States following 1,000-acre expansion

Powder Mountain, Utah, becomes largest ski resort in United States following 1,000-acre expansion

Powder Mountain, Utah, has announced the completion of a 1,000-acre expansion, therefore topping Park City Mountain Resort as the biggest ski area in the United States with 7,957 acres. (8,464 including its sidecountry cat-skiing zones.)


Workers install lift poles on Powder Mountain’s new terrain.

Powder Mountain is located just over an hour from Salt Lake City Airport in Eden, Utah.

This is the largest lift-serviced resort expansion in North American history, highlighted by two new SkyTrac lifts, “Village Lift” and “Mary’s Lift,” which will be fully installed by mid-December. Powder Mountain will also cap season and day passes to achieve the “lowest skier density of any major ski area in North America,” according to a press release. Only 1,000 season passes and 2,000 day passes will be allowed per day, “enabling a skier density less than 10 percent of what is found at comparably sized resorts.”


A helicopter drops equipment onto Powder Mountain.

In addition to the terrain expansion, Powder Mountain is developing an entire Euro-style town, modeled after Wengen, Switzerland and comparable in size to the downtown areas of Aspen and Telluride.

“The town will feature a main street with pop-up stores, micro-apartments, farm-to-table restaurants, yoga boot-camps, public art, media labs and educational outlets offering training in everything from Transcendental Meditation®, software development and athletic performance,” Powder Mountain outlined in the press release. “It will embody a next-generation urbanism that nourishes social entrepreneurship, connection and collaboration and responsible living.”

Much of this change originally sprouted in 2011 from Greg Mauro, a passionate local season pass holder who has since become a chairman at Powder Mountain. He approached a group of entrepreneurs with the idea of improving the area, but without going overboard like many other major resorts in the U.S. with over-the-top developments and too much focus on growth. In 2013 that group, dubbed Summit Powder Mountain, took Mauro’s advice and bought Powder Mountain through a successful crowdsourcing campaign. According to the mountain’s press release, “Since the resort is not owned by a large corporation or private equity firm, it has the ability to reject the usual corporate resort formula of mega-homes, luxury outlets and crowds reminiscent of an amusement park.”


A worker looks downhill on Powder Mountain’s new terrain.

Advanced-priced day tickets are currently going for $79, and Powder Mountain plans to open as soon as natural snow allows, as the resort relies completely on Mother Nature.



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