Report From Sunday, March 5, 2023
We escaped the hustle and bustle of the Salt Lake ski metropolis and drove an hour north to Powder Mountain to get some fresh pow laps and ditch the crowds.
The ski area reported 11 inches of new snow overnight, which we weren’t expecting.
It was a delightful surprise.
We started off in Powder Country, Powder Mountain’s premier gate-accessed terrain.
A short 10-minute boot pack and we were on top of an untouched pow shot in golden sunshine.
It was 10 am.
After one lap our whole day was already made.
But we still had a whole day of powder skiing ahead of us.
We hopped on the Powder Country Shuttle and went to the Timberline base where we skied down to the Timberline Chair.
Even though Paradise wasn’t running due to the mechanical issues (which forced the cat-skiing to temporarily shut down), what was open was ripping.
Soft, smooth, delectable powder was up for grabs, everywhere.
Hippie Hill on the mountain’s backside skied deep and fluffy.
Mushroom Valley was a powdery dream.
And of course, we ventured back to Powder Country and hit it one more time, but only after getting a delicious burger and chicken strips from the Timberline Lodge.
Powder Country is so big and vast that if you traverse out and explore, you’re bound to get a fresh line just about every time.
We discovered a pleasant grove of perfectly spaced out aspen trees in Powder Country just on the other side of the road.
All four of us got a fresh line.
We ended where we started on Sundown, skiing a south-facing shot that had become slightly baked by the sun but still skied decently.
A long, scenic cat track took us back to the parking area where there was so much snow that I made a turn on a powdery snow bank just above a parked Powder Country Bus.
It was a weird but fun turn to make and in good snow.
As we sipped beers in the setting sun, another wave of snow rolled in and it started hammering again.
It was just another day at Powder Mountain.