Mountain for one, please
You may think skiing means crowds, but it’s never been easier to recapture some solitude—at any budget.
You go skiing not just for the endorphin-boosting exercise and the promise of frothy microbrews near a fireplace, but for the moment of renewal achieved by standing on top of a hushed, steep-faced mountain dotted by snow-dusted birch trees that you will ultimately have to dodge in order to make it down alive. Which is why it’s such a letdown to emerge from the lodge on the kind of chilly bluebird day when your breath still hangs in the air, only to be faced with snaking lift lines and groomers jam-packed with beginners in jeans and Jets puffers. But there’s a way to reclaim that enviable solitude slopeside: Resorts across the country are figuring out how to keep crowds at bay and get solace seekers to more remote corners of the mountain.
Take Powder Mountain, the secret handshake of Utah ski resorts at the moment. This Ogden Valley spot has more than 8,000 skiable acres and a relatively cheap day pass (USD85), and it gets the sort of light, airy powder dumps that make you wonder if there’s indeed a snow god. There’s a tech-titans-with-good-intentions vibe about the place, which is only an hour or so away from the Salt Lake City airport. In 2013, the mom-and-pop resort was bought by the Summit group, which hosts TED-Talk-like gatherings with attendees such