Epically picturesque and pristine, Powder Mountain has welcomed outdoor revelers for generations. In the early 20th century, Frederick Cobabe accumulated 8,000 acres of Wasatch Mountain land as range for his sheep herd. His son Alvin eventually purchased the livestock company and land from him, turning it into a ski resort in 1972, after acquiring another 6,000 acres.
The resort became a coveted local’s destination, dedicated to ski lovers, not the elite. In 2006, at age 88, Dr. Alvin Cobabe sold the resort to Western American Holdings, who gave the mountain’s reins to Powder Mountain Resort Management, LLC.
In 2013, Summit Series co-founders and two venture capitalists purchased the resort with the intention of retaining its history, ecosystem, and authentic character. Powder Mountain was expanded to its current 8,464-acres of skiable terrain, with every step pursued in an ecologically conscious manner. It has become the nation's largest multi-season ski resort by acreage and boasts outdoor recreations and activities year-round.
Ground was broken on a master-planned community in 2016. This development involving an interconnected trail system, 500 residences, hotels, restaurants, shops, event spaces, and more was thoughtfully and sustainably planned to ensure Powder Mountain remains unspoiled for all future generations.
Everything we do is centered around making minimal environmental impact. Our foundational philosophy is to preserve the exquisite ecosystem that makes Powder Mountain one of the most enchanting, inspiring places on the planet.
Within the community, ecologically driven design and development ensures the ethereal landscape and all it protects will remain safe and pristine for centuries to come.
Our master plan is limited to a small percentage of overall property acreage, retaining 80% of our Weber County lands as open space for residents and visitors to revel in. As well, the entire plan was heavily vetted by various wildlife and environmental agencies and groups.
Our team's full-time Ecosystem Specialist has over 40 years of experience and helps us keep our resource consumption to a bare minimum. On-mountain, we limit our environmental impact in many ways, such as providing fresh drinking water and eliminating plastic bottles, creating an efficient trail and lift network, doing minimal grooming and only when necessary, plus using only the fresh powder provided to us naturally, because making snow is the largest use of water and energy for most resorts.
To help offset any impact, we’ve planted 5,000 trees, spearheaded reforestation after an insect blight damaged the surrounding fir trees and put over 1,400 acres of land on the east bench of the Ogden Valley into conservation easement.
Conservation is our core here at Powder Mountain, and forever will be.