Weber County ski resorts roll out summer activities, improvement plans for coming season
The record snowpack that denoted this past winter is quickly disappearing, but that doesn’t mean the area’s ski resorts are fully packing it in for the summer.
In fact, several summer activities are planned across the three Ogden-area resorts along with preparations for next year’s ski season.
Michael Rueckert, director of marketing at Snowbasin, told the Standard-Examiner there will be some major highlights in the summer and fall months.
“We are bringing back our really popular outdoor concert series. … It runs through the end of July,” he said. “Then in September and October, we’re running our SnowWiesn Oktoberfest.”
Themed “Blues & Brews,” the concert series will take place every Sunday through the end of July.
Rueckert said it’s not just concerts and celebrations that people will have to look forward to during the offseason.
“We have a Sunday all-you-can-eat brunch buffet that we do at the top of the mountain,” he said. “You ride the Needles Gondola to the top and it’s an incredible experience.”
There will also be mountaintop lunches offered at the Needles Lodge throughout the summer. Both lunch and brunch options will continue through October. There are also 26 miles of mountain biking and hiking trails available throughout the resort grounds and a mini-golf course on the weekends.
While summer activities are underway, Rueckert said the resort will also be busy building up for the next ski season.
“Around December, we announced the new chairlift that’s going in,” he said. “It’s a six-person, high-speed chairlift coming out of the Strawberry region of our terrain. It’s going to be a huge, huge improvement to the resort expanding access in that area.”
He said there will also be several other minor enhancements to the resort as the summer and fall go along that haven’t been announced yet.
For more information on event schedules and prices, visit https://www.snowbasin.com/.
Powder Mountain is also gearing up for a big summer.
In a press release sent to the Standard-Examiner, it was announced that several improvements have been made to the Powder Mountain Bike Park, set to open July 6. They include:
- A quarter-mile alternative line coming to the Falkor beginner-level trail, which the resort describes as a “choose your own adventure experience with mini jump lines, perfect for building confidence and bike handling ability.”
- A new blue tech trail, scheduled to be finished in August, which will feature rock gardens and “more technically-oriented terrain.”
- A new machine-built blue flow trail that will open up in sections as the summer progresses. Full completion is anticipated by September.
- The skills practice loop at Hidden Lake Lodge, which Powder Mountain says is “the perfect place for all riders to warm up, cool down, and grab a post-ride taco (or five).”
Discounted bike park tickets will be available from 4-8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Other summer events include:
- • Live music Friday and Saturday nights at Hidden Lake Lodge.
- • Friday night Bike Battles — Fridays starting July 28, with awards, music, food and drink to follow.
- • 6th Annual El Doce at Pow Mow — July 29. Registration is open now for what the resort calls “Northern Utah’s premier 12-hour mountain bike event.”
- • 13th Annual WildFlower Pedalfest — Aug. 19. This is a noncompetitive 18- or 65-mile female-focused ride, but both courses have opt-in competitive heats.
For more information on event schedules and prices, visit https://www.powdermountain.com/.
Nordic Valley Ski Resort
The Standard-Examiner attempted to reach out to Nordic Valley Ski Resort about upcoming summer activities, but received no immediate reply.
However, in a press release, Nordic Valley officials did announce improvements to parking.
“After the end of the 2022/2023 season, we wasted no time in planning parking improvements and expansion,” the release said. “Lot 4 will undergo an expansion, adding 200 more spots to accommodate the growing demand. These additional spaces will help alleviate the stress of finding parking on busy weekends, holidays, and when day and night skiers crossover. The new lot will have a winter-appropriate surface made of compacted road base material. We’ll also be making repairs to our existing main lots to ensure a smoother surface, considering the wear and tear from winter plowing this past season.”
The release added that the resort will also replace the Bridger’s haul rope over the offseason along with other standard maintenance.