- Feb. 14, 2008
- Save Our Snow 2008Day 1: Powder Mountain
Mike's on the road again with the Save Our Snow Road Trippart deux. Read on for the nitty gritty, the fine details, the adventures of how their first day panned out...
For our first official stop of the 2008, Save Our Snow Tour, we set our sights on the reclusive and often overlooked Powder Mountain Ski Area, just a few hours north of Salt Lake City.
We arrived early, well before the sun was up and made our way up the snow-covered access road. After fourteen miles of steep hills and sharp curves I was starting to get nervous, this drive down is going to be sketchy, I thought to myself.
Suddenly we came around a corner to find a front-end loader, blocking the road while trying to remove snow. A few minutes later, he pulled aside and waved us on. I quickly let out the clutch and floored Marty McFry in an effort to get moving on the steep hill. Slowly he crept up towards the front-end loader 'till the clutch was all the way up and the gas pedal was all the way down.
Sadly, the hill was just too much for Marty; he stalled out. I tried again and again, but to no avail. As it turns out, the Powder Mountain access road is the steepest public access road in the state. We turned around and slowly made our way down. Marty had to stop every mile or so to let the brakes cool as smoke billowed from them. Our first stop of the tour and already adversity was being thrown upon us.
At the bottom of the hill we found the park and ride bus spot and pulled into the empty lot. We made the best of our day by loading up with bags full of bars and hitting the slopes, via the bus. The terrain was amazing and the snow made me realize why this place could get away with such an implicit name. The lines were short and the runs were deep, amazing for a Saturday so close to the city.
At the end of the day, our friend Dave, who has been working at Powder for eighteen years told us, this was the busiest day he’d ever seen. We were amazed and promised we’d tell more people to come check it out. With a very serious look in his eye he asked “Please don’t.”
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