“With a focus on sustainability and environmental stewardship, Nordic Valley will expand from 140 acres to over 2,800—including a new 4.3-mile-long gondola connecting North Ogden to the existing Nordic Valley base area. In addition to offering direct-to-resort access in a scenic 12-minute ride, the gondola will also help cut down on canyon traffic and vehicle emissions.” – NordicValleyProject.com
Nordic Valley and its owners as Mountain Capital Partners (*Purgatory, Pajarito, Snowbowl) just dropped a bomb on the Utah ski scene with their proposition to expand from a 140 ski hill into a 2,800 acre mega-resort that would feature a 4.8 gondola all the way from Eden to North Ogden.
It’s definitely a ballsy proposition considering the ski hill had to periodically open/close its doors this past season due to low snow. That said, they were operating on a relatively healthy snowpack once the March storms rolled through.
The proposed masterplan includes 12 new chairlifts in total. They’re hoping to begin construction on the Nordic Valley > Ogden gondola in the spring of 2020.
Find details here: Nordic Valley Expansion Plan
So far the public has had a fairly adverse reaction to the news. This past Tuesday, city council held a meeting on the proposed improvements and the blowback was real. According to the Standard Examiner, many of those who spoke up hinted at the scale being too grand for the North Ogden community.
What will the expansion entail?
- “In addition to the 4.3-mile gondola providing direct resort access from North Ogden, the new Nordic Valley will feature a number of new chairlifts to significantly increase skiable acreage, as well as upgraded snowmaking capabilities to ensure a world-class guest experience.”
However before anything grand happens, a mountain of permitting, annexation requests, and environmental assessments will have to be submitted, reviewed, and approved. Stay tuned…
Find the entire Standard-Examiner article here: Nordic Valley expansion plans generate criticism, questions in North Ogden