Dr. Alvin Cobabe and Family
Powder Mountain Resort had humble beginnings as a winter range for Frederick James Cobabe’s sheep. Between 1902 and 1948, he accumulated land for a summer range around Eden, Utah. Frederick's son, Alvin F. Cobabe bought the livestock company with its 8,000 acres in 1948. Just a few months later, Fred was killed in an automobile accident. Alvin had a career in ranching, livestock and construction, however, it did not satisfy him. In 1956, at 42, he sold the companies to enroll in pre-med classes at Weber College. Although the businesses were sold, he retained the property. He graduated from the University of Utah Medical School at age 45 and returned to northern Utah to establish a medical practice. At that time, Dr. Alvin Cobabe was the oldest person to graduate from the school. While horseback riding with friends along Lightning Ridge in the 1950’s, someone casually mentioned that the terrain would make a great ski resort. The idea rang true with Dr. Cobabe and he began to amass adjacent property adding to the thousands acquired from his father. In the late 1960's, he built a small rope tow lift above what is now Wolf Creek Golf Course. When the resort finally opened on February 19, 1972 at Sundown, he owned 14,000 acres. Only the Sundown lift was open during Powder Mountain’s first season. The area was lit for night skiing and a ski school was established. Food was prepared on an outdoor barbecue. The Main Lodge, the Sundown Lodge and the Timberline lift were added to operations for the 72/73 season. Dr. Alvin Cobabe, at age 88, sold Powder Mountain, Inc in 2006.