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i have skied in Utah before at Alta and snowbird but i want something a little more off the grid, a little less crowded. i have heard that powder mountain is the place to go for this and i am looking forward to it seeing as it is close to snow basin and some other ski areas, but i am unsure of weather to stay in the town or on the mountain. i am an expert skier and can ski in any terrain, but i am not looking for super steep or super mellow. i want a good all around purpose mountain that is fun to ski. is powder mountain the mountain for me? if not, where? and if so where should i stay? in Ogden or on top of the mountain? i like a good variety of restaurants from Italian to pizza and burgers or even Chinese, do you have any suggestions?

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Your thread title speaks about family, but your post sounds like a solo trip.  That could impact your approach.  Here's a few thoughts and there are lots of other alternatives.  If you're going solo stay in Ogden (lots of restaurants, shops) and commute to both Snowbasin and Powder Mtn.  They are about 30 and 45 mins respectively from Odgen in the same general eastern direction via roads that aren't too challenging.  Both are not very busy.  SB has fancy lifts and lodges and all types of terrain including black diamond.  Powder Mtn is a giant mom and pop type place, with unusual off-piste opportunities.  There is a predominance of blue square terrain.  Spend a couple days at each.  

If you have family, then staying close to the slopes is nice and Powder Mtn might be a pretty affordable location for that, but be sure to reserve a few days to drive over to SB because it has more lift served terrain overall.  Both places are lower elevation than LCC and BCC, which means a flatlander can hit the ground running - so to speak.smile.gif  Less acclimation involved.

A blog I kept from a trip to these and other Utah ski areas last year:  http://www.dcski.com/ubbthreads33/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=61449

 

PS:  just saw your other thread, good replies there on contrasts of two resorts.

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When are you thinking of going?  For how long?  I had a chance to spend a day at Snowbasin with friends last season.  We were hoping for powder for the snowcat at Powder Mountain but even though it was Feb, it was almost spring conditions.  So we went to Snowbasin instead.  Had a very good time all over the mountain.  I like high speed lifts and gondolas, which Snowbasin has.  The view from John Paul Lodge is very cool.  Having good food is a bonus.

 

Have heard people like staying at condos in Wolf Creek, close to both.

 

By the way, Alta is my favorite.  Enjoyed the trees at Brighton.  Solitude seems like a good option a family on weekends if staying in SLC.

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i think i will go durring february break and stay in ogden so i have the option of skiing either snow pasin or pm with more places to eat out and just a nice town environment. 

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It sounds like Ogden will be a good choice for you, considering you are looking for plenty of food & entertainment options in addition to great skiing.  If food and entertainment were not high on your wish list, then I would have suggested staying in Ogden Valley (i.e. Eden, Huntsville, Wolf Creek).  Closer to both mountains, better views of the surrounding mountains, and much more elbow room.

 

I agree with the previous input regarding the two resorts.  Given your skiing ability and desired terrain, you will find both Pow Mow and Snowbasin to be great choices.  They are quite different in many regards (i.e. lodges, lifts, terrain, food, etc.), but both have their own unique qualities.  I prefer Snowbasin (my home mountain) for the longer sustained pitches and quick lifts, but love that I can hit Pow Mow a few days after a storm and still find fresh lines.

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i think i will go durring february break and stay in ogden so i have the option of skiing either snow pasin or pm with more places to eat out and just a nice town environment. 



That's a solid plan. The resorts are a little closer to Ogden than other estimates (I'd say 25 and 30 minutes, but that depends on where you stay and how fast you're driving). I'd stay near Washington and 23 through 25 street as that's downtown and you'll be able to walk to restaurants, bars and shops.

 

Historic 25th street is lined with restaurants with a good variety to choose from. For Italian, I'd go to Rovali's. Boccia's is also good, but that would require a drive. Roosters is a solid brewery that's good for burgers and grill food (the nuclear fries are pretty excellent) and Tona has good sushi. Two Bit Street looks like a fun place with local flavor and breakfast, sandwiches, burgers and the like, but I haven't actually eaten there (one of the spots on my "to try" list).

 

23rd St. is where you'll find the movie theater, Salomon Center with indoor climbing, surfing and skydiving, a museum and other family attractions. The train station is also within a short walk, so if you wanted to go to Salt Lake for the day, you have the option of not driving. There's also a couple of museums there. The train is supposed to connect between SLC and the airport this winter, I believe, but I'm not sure exactly when.

 

Chinese: combo plates at Chopstix or Wing Wah and buffalo chicken pizza at The Pie (all would require a short drive from downtown).

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i think i will go durring february break and stay in ogden so i have the option of skiing either snow pasin or pm with more places to eat out and just a nice town environment. 



Don't know if it helps you or not, but Southwest has some real deals on fares to SLC in the first half of Feb for midweek flights.  Ends Oct. 20 . . . or when the cheap seats are gone.

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