Powder Mountain in Utah lives up to its name, with claims to have more skiable terrain than any other U.S. resort.
This season welcomes another 1,700 acres of off-piste skiing and ‘boarding as the area formally opens up Wolf Canyon, including the portion known locally as DMI (Don't Mention It), and the LaPlata-Davenport canyon area.
"It's an area (DMI) that the locals have gone into for a while," Paul deLong, director of the Mountain Adventure Center, told OnTheSnow. "Now we've opened it up for ski-and-skin with a guide and a patroller as the wing man."
The lower portion of Wolf Canyon becomes the Ultimate DMI tour, where patrons can drop in off the backside of the Sundown Lift and ski or ‘board to a service road at the base. There, they get ferried back up for another run. Some powder hounds have gotten as many as 16,000 vertical feet in a day, deLong said. The cost is $295, with a minimum of five people, and avalanche equipment is required.
The LaPlata-Davenport area, new this season, dips off of the Cobabe Canyon area on the southern edge of the resort with an infinite number of lines down this old mining area, which is privately owned. Snowcats provide transportation. The cost is $300 a day for up to six people for a full day of powder hunting.
The Ogden-area mountain resort has developed a series of "Mountain Adventure Tours," where powder hounds will delight in the best snow that the Wasatch Mountains have to offer. A short hike up James Peak at the north end of the resort opens up about 1,000 acres in Wolf Canyon, which is four miles long and has been open for a year for those willing to climb on skins. Powder Mountain also has plenty of powder skiing that is served by snowcats between Cobabe and James peaks.