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Powder Mountain Set To Put Up Four Chairlifts This Summer

New-Powder-Cover A quartet of new chairs at Powder Mountain will deliver more skiers and riders to the deep stuff it's known for next winter. (Image via Powder Mountain Facebook)

This summer is expected to a busy one in northern Utah, but all the work will be concentrated at Powder Mountain.

In terms of lift- and 'cat-served terrain, Powder is the nation's largest ski and snowboard resort at 8,464 acres. Some 2,800 acres can be had right off a chairlift. Another 1,200 acres can be reached via shuttle bus, and 4,000 acres only via snowcat tour or hike.

Since opening in 1971, its lift network has been expanded sporadically, so the mountain has built a strong reputation for off-piste powder stashes served by 'cats, hiking/skinning and a shuttle.

New ownership has said that running lifts into areas that don't have direct access is one main goal; a second is to set aside a portion of the mountain for homeowner's only. To that end, this summer's work will focus on upgrading a couple of aging lifts, plus putting in two high-speed quads on new alignments.

The fixed-grip triple Paradise chair, which has hauled folks out of lowest point on the hill since 1999, will be replaced by a high-speed quad. The new lift is expected to cut the previous 12-minute ride time in half. In conjunction, a new Timberline fixed-grip chair, now with four seats, will go up to more efficiently connect lower mountain with mid-mountain base area.

A pair of newly aligned chairs will go on opposite sides of the mountain. At skier's left, the Lightning Ridge fixed-grip quad will run up its namesake ridge out of the base area, providing lift access to steep chutes off the ridge and intermediate slopes in Shugir Bowl. Its part of a plan to put a lift in Wolf Creek and DMI canyons, upslope from Lightning Ridge, that is now advanced terrain reached by hiking or snowcat tours.

At skier's extreme right, a new Raintree fixed-grip will anchor the bottom of the new homeowner-only terrain in and around Cobabe Canyon. Existing Mary's and Village chairs at top of canyon will also be closed to the public.

Earlier this season, ownership said Powder will become semi-private by roping off 2,000 acres around Mary's and Village chairlifts that serve Lefty's Canyon and Mary's Bowl, and terrain off new Rain Tree high-speed for homeowners. Ownership hopes the move will bolster its real estate portfolio, which has long targeted the ultra-wealthy who treasure their privacy.



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