Arriving up the steep twisty access road, you'll see an old school Timberline Lodge (with a classic après ski pub – the Powder Keg). You can continue driving to park at the 8,900’ summit at the Hidden Lake Lodge - the centerpiece of the ski area with groomed boulevards and the only high speed quad for “resort-skiing”.
Warm up on Hidden Lake’s long runs like East 40 and Dr C named after the founder Dr Cobabe, before heading to the grittier Paradise - a fixed grip lift perfectly poised for a powder day at Powder with steeper chutes and bowls. To skiers’ left is the Village Lift and Mary’s Bowl – both fixed quads with gently pitched runs and pleasant trees to ski. This is where Powder Mountain Summit Village is being developed – note the gorgeous views on the mountaintop where the future planned private community will be constructed - restaurants, concert halls, recording studio, science and tech labs, and minimalist luxury alpine homes. Phase 1 is 140 homes, while the complete village design is 400 homes. It will be fascinating to see the Powder’s Summit evolve. For now, you can grab delicious Mexican fare at Hidden Lake Lodge, pizza at Sundown Lodge and delicious noodle bowls at the Powder Keg – where there’s lively music après ski and beer.
For alpine adventurists, ski into Powder Country, all the way to the bus pick up. Then ski Sundown – the resort aspect that stays open daily til 9:00 pm under the lights. From Sundown you can ski to the cat skiing pick up at Powder, a 25 USD ride gets you to Lightning Ridge for untracked trees and wide open faces of fresh powder. Powder has three cat skiing operations, plus guided side-country tours, skinning and hike to areas plus heli-skiing on James Peak. There is so much terrain at Powder, whether you like groomed green and blues or adventuring beyond while still being technically in bounds.