Fifty minutes north of Park City is the remarkably scenic Ogden Valley. At the heart of this alpine basin lies Pineview Reservoir and the small communities of Eden, Huntsville and Libery. Encircling them all are three ski and snowboard areas: Snowbasin, Powder Mountain and Wolf Creek resorts. Snowbasin boasts two high-speed gondolas, a luxurious base area, and was home to many of the events at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Powder Mountain is an old-style resort with rustic infrastructure. However, it is also one of the largest ski areas in North America and has heli- and cat skiing available for those advanced skiers that want to get into the backcountry. Wolf Mountain, with its newly expanded snowmaking capabilities, remodeled day lodge, and family friendly atmosphere, is one of the best places to learn to ski and ride.
From the top of these resorts are some of the world's best views. You can see the four states of Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Nevada along with the austerely beautiful Great Salt Lake and the extensive Uintah Mountain Range. In the middle of the valley rests the recreational waters and beaches of Pineview Reservoir. The thinly-settled Upper Ogden Valley gently spreads around Pineview with a smattering of about 1,000 condominiums and private homes. At the moment there are not a lot of restaurant, lodging or nightlife options available. However, the valley is slowly developing into an international vacation destination.
In the meantime, most visitors are based out of Ogden City, only about 20 minutes away. Ogden grew out of the transcontinental railroad construction race of the 1860's. It has one of America's most picturesque and storied Main Streets, Historic 25th Street, plus several hotels and plenty of dining options. In addition, the town is a center for the arts with galleries, theater, opera and orchestra performances throughout the winter. All this just half an hour north of the Salt Lake City International Airport.
Besides skiing and boarding, Ogden Valley hosts numerous other things to do and places to visit. In summer there are an abundance of good hiking and mountain biking trails for visitors to explore, with boating and swimming at Pineview Reservoir. Winter brings cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Once a trading post for fur trappers and pioneers, the valley is home to historic attractions such as the Shooting Star Saloon (the longest continually operating saloon in Utah) and the nearby monastery The Abbey of our Lady of the Holy Trinity. The monastery sells famous Trappist Creamed Honey in 14 flavors, nutritious 2-grain cereal (a blend of wheat, oats, and bran that cooks into a healthy and delicious breakfast cereal) and freshly ground peanut butter.
With all it has to offer, Ogden Valley is becoming increasingly discovered by people from all over the world…perhaps it’s your turn.