Eden, Utah- Powder Mountain has been in the thick of it this season. A flurry of changes has angered local guests, with many threatening never to return. However, Powder Mountain’s latest announcement has made people more hopeful for the ski resort’s future.

Powder Mountain – Ian Matteson

Yesterday, the Utah ski resort announced that they’ll expand into the DMI and Wolf Canyon terrain pods. Previously available only via guided tours, they will add lift infastructure into this area. Located on the backside of the Sundown terrain pod, the area has many bowls, glades, and expert chutes. This terrain expansion will add 900 acres of lift-serviced terrain and 147 acres of hike-to terrain, which totals 1047 acres.

In a New York Times article from yesterday that details the changes coming to Powder Mountain, author Gordy Megroz described how the new terrain skis:

“A large portion of it is known as ‘Don’t Mention It,’ or DMI for short. It was named by backcountry skiers who found the descents there so good that they didn’t want anybody else to know about them. After a short hike beyond the ski area boundary, I was able to get a full view of the slopes and could see why they so coveted them.

Dozens of steep, long runs and chutes wind down the vast expanse, with huge boulders jutting out of the land like prehistoric monuments. A big open bowl makes up much of the new terrain, but extreme skiers and snowboarders will drool over the north-facing slopes, which trump the skiing in Davenport and, when they open, will likely be considered some of the best skiing in the country…

I dropped onto a slope and skied through well-spaced trees, descending the length of nearly seven football fields. It hadn’t snowed much in about eight days, but the run still held light powder that drifted over my boot tops. At the bottom, my legs were burning and I had a frozen grin on my face.”

While PowMow hasn’t officially announced an opening timeline for a lift in Wolf Canyon, it sounds like it could possibly open for the 2025-26 season. They’ll work on surveying and planning this summer, with the goal of beginning construction in the summer of 2025. They are planning either one or two lifts back there.

For the private portion of the mountain, they are planning to acquire the Davenport area, which is situated on the backside of the Raintree terrain pod. This terrain, which is currently accessible via cat-skiing, has a 1766-foot vertical drop across 980 acres of trails and glades.

These aren’t the only changes that will happen at Powder Mountain in the future. This coming offseason, they’ll install four new chairlifts, three of which will be public. The public chairlifts will include a replacement of Timberline, Paradise will be replaced by a high-speed quad, and a new chairlift will go up Lightning Ridge. The private chairlift will go up Raintree.

Click here for the New York Times piece on Powder Mountain, which features many interesting tidbits about the Utah ski resort’s future.

Image Credits: Powder Mountain

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