When I was invited to Odgen, Utah by a few friends I was pretty skeptical because, where in the hell is Ogden, Utah…? I’d heard about the incredible skiing but that’s about it. I didn’t do too much research before my visit, but I did do a quick Google search to get a general overview auto what Ogden is all about and ended up down a rabbit hole to an article that quoted Al Capone saying Ogden was ‘a bit too rowdy for my taste’ and that’s the moment I slammed shut my laptop and figured, if it’s good enough to make an impression like that on Capone, i’m pretty sure it’ll be good for me. I packed a bad of my gear and started the trip the next day.
Upon arriving i realized the backdrop of Ogden against the mountains was absolutely beautiful. For some reason I wasn’t expecting Ogden to be as easily accessible as what it is, but it was only 35 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport. With a sprawling sign that says ‘it pays to live in Ogden’ I laughed it off and agreed, Im sure it does. With the sun setting over the horizon, the big Union Station sign was illuminated as if it was calling me down the awesomely Historic 25th street (www.historic25.com), I was captivated, close to as captivated as the Capone comment.
Now it was a time to find my friends and see how rowdy the first night in Ogden can get. After a few phone calls, we all decided to head straight to Nordic Valley for night skiing as we were all way too eager to get the riding started. Perfect for a great warm up for a weekend full of riding. They have top to bottom skiing with even beginner terrain if needed. Get your so called sea legs back and get to riding. After Nordic Valley we found the AirBnb (https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/13239003), right on Historic 25th street and next door to Alleged a really great bar that is the building on the right hand corner in the above photo. Time for sleep to get some rest before the next couple of days.
After a great night I jumped up to catch the sunrise in the morning with the orange glow bouncing off the surrounding mountains. Inevitably James was being slow getting up and around as always so I used the time to walk a block down to get coffee at Grounds for Coffee. After getting back to the AirBnb we all geared up and headed out for a day of snowboarding at Snow Basin. Such diversity on Snow Basin alone that I ended up switching out to my Splitboard to finish out the day, enjoyed some skiing and snowboarding. It was a great time!
After a quick soak in the hot tub, we decided to grab dinner as a group, the upclass meal at Tona Sushi and cocktails were extremely affordable. With anticipation of the next day, we called it a night to be up early to hit up Powder Mountain.
The next morning, well, lets face it. I was really sore from the night skiing at Nordic Valley and snowboarding at Snow Basin but we have Powder Mountain passes… how could I begin to back out now? Tiger balm and coffee, Powder Mountain here I come! We got to Powder Mountain, and the thought of being sore left my mind and never came back. It did help that Powder Mountain had some of the best backcountry and powder skiing I have rode on in a long time. We kept it going all day long with a great lunch mid mountain at one of their lodges.
All in all, Ogden was a surprise from the start and truly a must-do destination in Utah. I jumped on the plane feeling like I was leaving with knowledge of a secret paradise at anytime. Can’t wait to get back to Ogden! (And I do wonder how Capone did on Powder Mountain!)
more information: visitogden.com
Ogden and Weber County has great access to a wide variety of activities for the outdoor enthusiast. Welcome to our playground…make it yours as well.