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Ogden, Salt Lake City nominated as best ski towns

By Celeste Tholen Rosenlof | Posted - Dec 12th, 2013 @ 11:04am


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OGDEN — Two Utah cities were nominated as top ski towns in North America.

Ogden and Salt Lake City were recognized by separate publications as great ski towns in North America this month.

Ogden was named among North America’s “up-and-coming ski resorts” by National Geographic as the best destination for “Utah powder seekers who don’t like crowds.”

The city was chosen by locals for the powder of Snowbasin and Powder Mountain, affordability, proximity to Salt Lake International Airport and the historical 25th Street area.

“Powder Mountain is a throwback hill, with very non-high-speed chairlifts, simple lodges, and cheaper lift tickets,” National Geographic wrote. “It also, somewhat charmingly, continuously runs a skiers’ school bus along its access road to pick up skiers and boarders who drop the backside into its “Powder Country” zone. Snowbasin, which has expert terrain rivaling anything in Utah, has the superior steeps. While Powder Mountain, with its sprawling layout (7,000 acres) and abundant snow (500 inches a year), is an intermediate powder skier's dream.

Utah’s capital city was nominated by USA Today in a reader’s choice poll as one of the best North American Ski Destinations. It is in the running for the title, among 19 other cities.

Salt Lake City was chosen because of the Big and Little Cottonwood canyons resorts — Snowbird, Alta, Solitude and Brighton — and the city’s downtown restaurants and pubs.

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