Located less than an hour away from Salt Lake City, nestled in the mountains fifteen miles from Ogden City is the picturesque area of Ogden Valley. Ogden Valley is home to two rural communities, Eden and Huntsville, and a host of recreational activities and beautiful natural landscapes.
Ogden Valley is scenic year-round, but in the winter the beauty of the surrounding mountains is unmatched. If someone decides they want to do more than just visit, there are plenty of new homes for sale in Ogden Valley. Here are just a few reasons Ogden Valley is a wonderful place to live and spend the winter months.
The Scenic Byways
Ogden Valley’s charm begins before one even arrives, as the two most common routes into the valley are scenic byways. These are roads that are officially recognized for their spectacular views.
Ogden River Scenic Byway
Also referred to as Highway 39, the Ogden River Scenic Byway runs from the city of Ogden through Ogden Valley and to the Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Although the road can sometimes be closed during heavy snows, this usually occurs beyond Ogden Valley as the route approaches the Monte Cristo summit.
The road snakes along a canyon and through panoramic mountain views. It passes by waterfalls, campgrounds filled with cottonwood trees, and winding creeks. Common wildlife to spot along the drive includes moose, porcupines, and beavers.
Trapper’s Loop Scenic Backway
Driving into Ogden Valley from the south means taking I-84 up Weber Canyon, beautiful by itself, to the scenic backway called Trapper’s Loop. Also named Highway 167, Trapper’s Loop is 9 miles of mountain views. The name comes from the Hudson’s Bay trappers who used to follow this route, making the road historic as well as beautiful.
One of the most popular attractions in the Ogden Valley area is skiing. There are several famous ski resorts nearby.
Snowbasin Ski Resort
The Snowbasin Ski Resort was built in 1939 and is one of the oldest continually operating ski resorts in the United States. Snowbasin was home to the 2002 Winter Olympics downhill skiing events. It boasts 107 runs ranging from easy to double black diamond expert runs. Snowbasin has 3000 skiable acres, terrain parks, tubing, and a nordic center.
Powder Mountain Ski Resort
Powder Mountain Ski Resort is home to over 8,000 skiable acres, making it the largest ski area in North America. The resort has 154 runs ranging from beginner green to black diamond. Because the area is so large, local Mountain Hosts are available to guide guests through the mountain’s hidden wonders. These hosts can be found at Powder Mountain’s Adventure Center.
Powder Mountain regularly earns top marks in snow quality and value from SKI Magazine’s reader survey. Another unique reason to visit Powder Mountain is the Snowcat Powder Safari, a 22-guest all-day trip through the mountain’s bowls, chutes, and far-reaching views of the mountainside.
Nordic Valley Ski Resort
The third ski resort of note near Ogden Valley is the smaller Nordic Valley Ski Resort. Once a training ground for the 2002 Winter Olympics, Nordic Valley is now known as the most family-friendly ski resort in the area.
Nordic Valley has two lifts and 18 runs, including one of the best beginner courses in the state. The runs range from beginner to black diamond, but skiers who are still learning have a lot of options at this resort. New management re-contoured the learning area and built the Nordic Valley Learning Center Yurt. They also created the Kids Zone, where parents can drop their kids off for lessons and go hit the slopes.
Norid Valley is also family-friendly due to pricing. It is the most affordable ski resort in Utah, with the lowest prices for ski and ride-learning programs in the Rocky Mountains.
Pineview Reservoir is a National Forest Recreation Area. In the summer, it is a popular spot for locals to cool off and is home to some of the best fishing. In the winter, the frozen lake rimmed by mountains is still an ideal way to relax in nature.
While it may be too cold to take advantage of the almost 100 camping sites, there is plenty to do at the reservoir if the lake is fully frozen. Snowshoeing, ice fishing, cross-country skiing, and snowkiting are popular ways to spend a winter day at Pineview.
Monte Cristo Recreation and Snowmobile Complex
Snowmobiling is a favorite winter activity in Ogden Valley. The Monte Cristo complex offers trails and ungroomed areas perfect for snowmobiling. Several options include the 63-mile gently graded Ant Flat loop, the scenic local favorite Sinks Trail, and the canyon-side climb up Millie Springs. Maps are available through the United States Forest Service to avoid accidental trespass of private property.
Annual Winter Events
Because Ogden Valley is located so close to Ogden City, there are plenty of seasonal and cultural events to experience throughout the winter months.
Snowbasin Ski Resort’s annual opening is a favorite event that occurs at the end of November. The annual Christmas Tree Jubilee also occurs in the last week of November and sales from the boutique benefit local children with special needs.
A short drive away in Ogden City, the downtown area is transformed into a Christmas Village from the end of November until January 1 each year. The area is filled with lights and cottages dressed up to look like the North Pole.
Many cultural events in the area happen year-round. The First Friday Arts Stroll is hosted on the first Friday of every month in Ogden City and is a great way to take in the local culture.
One of the country’s six remaining Egyptian Theaters, Peery’s Egyptian Theater, is located in downtown Ogden. It hosts plays, film festivals, and concerts. This theater is a great way to warm up on a winter night and take in some culture.
Ogden Valley is a hidden retreat up in the mountains. A rural escape from nearby cities, the valley is the perfect place for a winter vacation. It is also an ideal place to move to find a beautiful natural setting close to bustling city centers.
Use a winter trip to Ogden Valley to view the local wildlife, ski, snowshoe, snowmobile, and take in the annual holiday festivities. If the views are too pretty to leave, look for lots for sale and land for sale in Ogden Valley.