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post #31 of 46
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
I hope to retire to Ogden.
All my friends who grew up in Utah make fun of Ogden. It does seem to be not nearly as nice as other parts of northern Utah.
post #32 of 46
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Originally Posted by UtahPowderPig View Post
All my friends who grew up in Utah make fun of Ogden. It does seem to be not nearly as nice as other parts of northern Utah.
whats wrong with it?
post #33 of 46
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
whats wrong with it?
Umm, that would have been dealt with in post #23. Please try to keep up. Thanks.
post #34 of 46
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Originally Posted by UtahPowderPig View Post
All my friends who grew up in Utah make fun of Ogden. It does seem to be not nearly as nice as other parts of northern Utah.
Pot, meet kettle.
post #35 of 46
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Originally Posted by ski-ra View Post
P.S. Anyone interested in sharing some runs with a level 8/9, 50ish skier at Snowbasin/Powmow this winter - please PM me (Powmow in particular seems to scream "ski with a buddy"). BTW - my skiing cojones are still mostly intact, even if my speed limit has come down a bit....
Good luck with that.
post #36 of 46
Thread Starter 
Look's like some of my comments have unintentionally been insulting. My apologies - all I was trying to get at was:
  1. - my OP asked about the relative challenge and snow quality of Powmow vs. other UT ski areas, not about the well-known bathrooms at Snowbasin (as has been documented by many past EpicSkier posts, which I thought I was supposed to review before starting a new post).
  2. An honest assessment about why Trekchick wanted to retire in Ogden vs. any of the various other places in the intermountain west given my impressions of the city during this past week. True, I may have been insensitive to anyone living here, but, as a native NJ'er who currently lives in the cowtown of Denver, I'm used to hearing the straight scoop about the places I live in.
Nothing of personal offense was intended....

So, anyone interested in further discussion on Powmow (a ski area that truly seems unique) or have I unintentionally whipped this thread into something ugly?
post #37 of 46
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Originally Posted by ski-ra View Post

So, anyone interested in further discussion on Powmow (a ski area that truly seems unique) or have I unintentionally whipped this thread into something ugly?
yes x2.

Topic A: I skied Pow Mow about four days after the last snowfall (18"), there was still some untracked to keep me happy. Being a nor'easter, I ignored the fact that it was a hair heavy and slushy by that point. It was a beautiful spring day in February, I had untracked snow and lots of trees to play in. In other words I had a hell of a lot fun, the snow wasn't 100% perfect, but it was there, untracked and plentiful a few days after the las dump, to me thats a good thing.
Snowbasin was fairly tracked out and/or groomed by that point, but there were still pockets here and there. No complaints on either mountain.

Topic B: I found Ogden food to be pretty sucky. We went to a decent small Japanese place, but other than that I didn't find much. Went to an awful brew pub place, no one liked their food (other than salads) and even the beer was bad. Lots of chains/fast food available, which honestly may be the best bet in Ogden.
Bars were either really lame college bars or methy dives. Or at least the ones we saw/went to.
Didn't experience enough of the shopping or other attractions to comment on that, but the Salomon center with the wave pool looks pretty sweet.

Ogden reminded me of Utica (armpit of NYS), with crappier pizza and some really good skiing nearby. Overall I'd say the quality of the skiing outweighs everything else.
post #38 of 46
If you are already planning to go to ogden it would make sense to ski powmow and snowbasin and decide for your self.

Powmow is a rustic ski hill that is really not developed much. The infastructure reminds me of a couple of decaying near broke ski areas in western PA. LCC resorts get tracked out in a day. I would say it lives up to its name and that on average the snow is pretty good compared to other UT areas.

An area like powmow begs for the widest pow skis becuase it is sorta flat. I would probably not go there on a 3' pow day with snowbasin right around the corner.
post #39 of 46
Oh, will we ever have a Snowbasin thread without a mention of the bathrooms!
post #40 of 46
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it would make sense to ski powmow and snowbasin and decide for your self.
Indeed I will if I can make it up the Powmow access road (actually it's the trip back down that seems life-threatening - perhaps I'll wimp out an figure how to get shuttled out and back). To comfort me I will make it a point to lounge in those Snowbasin restrooms....

Otherwise, it sure doesn't seem like any of the N. Utah or Ogden locals actually ski at Powmow and/or are open to a few runs with this EpicSkier while I'm there (or maybe Trekchick will be retired by then). I'll try again with another post as my return trip is planned later in the season.

Pray for snow (I enjoyed my first cars/trucks going sideways snowstorm ascent of the I-70 Eisenhower tunnel yesterday - yippee)!
post #41 of 46
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Originally Posted by ski-ra View Post
Otherwise, it sure doesn't seem like any of the N. Utah or Ogden locals actually ski at Powmow and/or are open to a few runs with this EpicSkier while I'm there (or maybe Trekchick will be retired by then). I'll try again with another post as my return trip is planned later in the season.
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ski-ra -
I would love to share some runs with you when you are back out in the winter. My home mountain is Snowbasin, but I do get to PowMow several times each season. Just PM me as your travel date is nearing and we can set something up.
Offer still stands.
post #42 of 46
Ya everyone seems scatalogically focused! Just ski! Personally the little gondies are more of a seller of the place than the bathrooms. That and the lodges.

Not to mention the 3000+ vert and variety of terrain to go along with few crowds helps a lot too.
post #43 of 46
Moved to the Upper Ogden Valley going on my 4th winter after 18 years in Summit County Colorado. You will have to very different mountains to choose from. I ski Snowbasin, but go to Powder once in a while. I love having 2 different type mountains to choose from. When your in Ogden you can try both and make up your own mind. People are friendly and you can always hook up with the locals.
post #44 of 46
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Originally Posted by NeedToSki View Post
Offer still stands.
Thanks NeedToSki - will do!
post #45 of 46
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Originally Posted by ski-ra View Post
  1. Any real-life experiences to relate about driving the Powmow ski access road during a big dump?
Otherwise, clearly there is a difference of opinion over the whether any of Powmow's terrain can be called "exciting" (i.e., butt-puckering steep or less-steep but with tight trees). So for that question I guess I'll have to be the tie-breaker and report back later in the ski season....
I skied Powmow last year when it dumped 24"+ the night before. It took probably 15-20 minutes longer to drive up the access road because they were blasting for avalanches. I've never had a problem driving up to Powmow in my Accord. There are some great cliff jumps and steeps near the Hidden Valley Lift.
post #46 of 46

PowMow and Snowbasin

I spent a week at a Wolf Creek condo (really nice prices) the third week of March last year and alternated between the two areas for 6 out of 7 days. As mentioned previously, two very different areas, both with excellent skiing. They each have plusses and minuses, compared to each other and to the areas closer to SLC. But even at that late time of year we had a couple of good snowfalls (drove back from SLC in the middle of the week in whiteout conditions). At PowMow there was plenty of untracked snow to go around. The trees there are probably the best part of the area, especially when you have near-white-out conditions. Wonderfully spaced. And you can pretty much point your skis in any direction there so the variety is endless. In my opinion, the groomed runs are the last reason to go there, most people would be disapponted. Adventuring off trail, without having to ski butt-puckering steeps, is what made the area for me. They seem to take pretty good care of the access road, so I would be more concerned coming up thru Ogden Canyon if that's where you were staying. If you want a nice dining experience, go to Snowbasin (the cafeterias at Pow Mow are very basic).
I liked both areas, for very different reason, but both have good skiing. Try them both and see for yourself, that's the real fun.
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