EDEN -- Since the Summit Collective purchased Powder Mountain ski resort earlier this year, there have been plans for how to make it more attractive and accessible. Now, Weber County has contracted with several companies to start infrastructure improvements in the area.
The improvements will be funded by $30 million in equity from Summit, a $13.5 million loan from Zions Bank and a Weber County-backed $22.5 million bond that would be repaid over 20 years by a special assessment district.
Powder Mountain, billing itself as the largest skiable mountain in North America, has about 7,000 acres of skiable terrain. One contract approved by the Weber County Commission this week is with Geneva Rock Products, which will handle projects that include paving and utilities at Powder Mountain's Summit Pass and Spring Park.
Not every detail of the improvements has been decided upon yet, but there will be weekly meetings in the preconstruction and construction phases of the project, with daily site inspection from Geneva.
A Salt Lake City-based firm, Stanley Consultants, has been contracted to provide construction management services for the Summit and other parts of Powder Mountain. Most of the services include maintenance for the water and sewer systems and the roads to and from the site.
Stanley representatives said its work in the area in the past has included a North Ogden Divide project and on State Route 158 near Powder Mountain.
Summit is also expected to build a water well, holding tank, sewer system and roads, and the contracts for these companies are a step toward making the place fit the vision Summit has for the location.
Most of the responsibilities for construction on the water projects will be handled by another company, CRS Consulting Engineers, which assisted with land surveying work during the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Further developments in Powder Mountain's construction can be followed at Weber County Commission's website,
Summit Outside set for Friday
EDEN -- The owners of Powder Mountain will have their first event, Summit Outside, since they purchased the resort last year. Among the attendees to the sold-out event, which starts Friday, is a who's-who of philanthropists, intellectuals and artists from around the world. So far, the event has raised more than $90,000 for various charities in the community. As the name suggests, the series will take place outdoors around a Bedouin tent village on the resort property. Summit has held similar events in the past at various locations around the world, which organizers say are meant to spawn new business ideas and tackle global issues. As the company's headquarters, organizers hope to have more events on Powder Mountain in the future.