EDEN -- By Thursday, ski options in the Ogden Valley will triple, thanks to the wintry blast that blew into Utah this past week.
Powder Mountain, which relies solely on Mother Nature's production, announced that its Sundown Lift will open for night skiing Wednesday from 3 to 9 p.m.
Then starting Thursday, the Sundown and Timberline lifts will open at 9 a.m. for business. As conditions allow, the 7,000-acre mountain will open more terrain, Marketing Director Patrick Lundin said via email.
Tickets for night skiing run $18 for youth ages 7 to 12 and $22 for adults, while day tickets cost $25 for youth and $40 for adults.
The Sundown Terrain Park is also ready to greet snowboarders with six features that include boxes, rails and jumps.
"Powder Mountain offers 100 percent natural snow, so our guests can expect opening conditions to be soft groomers and fresh powder," Lundin said.
The nearby Wolf Mountain Ski Resort at 3567 Nordic Valley Way will also open Thursday. Wolf Mountain, which produces some of its own snow, touts three chairlifts and 100 percent of its slopes under lights for evening skiers. The resort also offers rail and snow features at Wolf's Lair, to accommodate freestylers of all abilities.
"With nightly lift ticket specials and amazing learn to ski/ride programs, Wolf Mountain is focused on family fun and value," Wolf Mountain spokesman Terry Murphy said in an email.
Wolf Mountain will operate Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Murphy urged Wolf Mountain fans to take note of its nightly specials -- on Mondays, families get in for $40; on 10-Buck Tuesdays, skiers can buy any regularly priced ticket and get a second ticket of equal or lesser value for $10; Wednesday's caters to youth with $12 tickets for groups of at least 12 people; on Thursdays students K-Grad can ski for $12, but high school and college-aged students must show ID.
Snowbasin Ski Resort, which also manufactures some of its own snow, opened several runs and lifts on Thanksgiving.
Beginning Dec. 21, the Utah Transit Authority will run ski bus service from Ogden's intermodal hub at 23rd Street and Wall Avenue to Snowbasin and Powder Mountain.
In the meantime, Powder Mountain will run its own shuttle busses up the mountain, starting from the Eden Park n' Ride Lot, just north of Valley Market at 2555 N Wolf Creek Dr.
Find more details about Powder Mountain's shuttle service at www.powdermountain.com/en/getting-here/shuttle-service.
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