OGDEN — Move over Aspen, Whistler, even Park City — Ogden is the second-best place to ski in all of North America.
That’s according to a feature in the November issue of Powder Magazine, one of the ski industry’s most respected and prominent publications.
The magazine ranks Ogden No. 2 ahead of many traditional skiing spots across the continent.
The ranking is based on a number of variables, including location, cost and terrain.
The magazine also worked with an unnamed Massachusetts Institute of Technology student to develop an algorithm to determine the amount of snow per person at the 32 locations named in the magazine.
Lots of skiable acreage and low skier visits yielded higher scores, said Mike Rogge, managing editor of Powder Magazine.
“The best days (to ski) are deep ones that aren’t tracked out by noon,” the magazine states.
The Ogden-Clearfield metropolitan area is the second-largest in Utah, “but you wouldn’t know it from visiting Snowbasin or Powder Mountain,” the feature states.
“We wanted to find out, if you were going on a ski trip for three days, a week or even a month, where would you want to go,” Rogge said.
“Ogden came out as the second-best place to ski. You’ll have these fantastic powder days, and there will be nobody around. You get much more bang for your buck in Ogden.”
According to the magazine, Powder Mountain has more than 7,000 skiable acres, and Snowbasin has more than 3,000.
Snowbasin spokesman Jason Dyer said officials at the resort found out about the ranking only a few days ago.
“We knew (Powder Magazine) was working on something, but we didn’t know what it was,” he said.
“It’s great to see Ogden and the Ogden Valley finally getting some overdue recognition.”
Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell said Ogden’s still-growing ski industry will continue to improve the city’s economic viability.
“It validates what we as a city have been talking about for a long time,” he said.
“Ogden is a world-class venue for outdoor recreation. All these things going on in our city means great things for the future economy.”
Caldwell also said the city’s recent partnership with Allegiant Airlines, which operates commercial flights at Ogden-Hinckley Airport between Mesa, Ariz., and Ogden, will open more eyes to the city’s great snow.
Powder Magazine ranks Salt Lake City at No. 16 as the best place to ski in North America, followed by Park City at No. 18.