Sometimes the old jalopy is just so dependable that its a shame to trade it in for a flashy new model. All it really needs is a tune up and a few new features, and it’s as good as new.

Well, this year Powder Mountain unvailed its new Paradise lift with service to nearly 1500 more rideable acres. And for anyone who has ventured to Powder mid week after a major outpouring of snow, you know what goods lie untouched (if you know where to look).

The new Paradise lift is 5,530 feet in length, and has over 1,600 feet of vertical drop. And best of all, its a quad chair. The folks at Powder Mountain spent in the area of $1-2 million in improvements in the off-season and you will definitely notice the upgrades immediately. The downside? Ticket prices also went up along with the quality of the accesible terrain. Day pass for adults is now $33 and $19 for kids 12 and under. Children 5 and under are free on Sundown lift. The biggest bargain at Powder Mountain continues to be the night riding at $16 you can go from 4:30pm until 10pm 7 nights a week. And if you are a real machine, grab a day/night pass good from 9:30am until 10pm for only $38. What a bargain!

Bottom line? The old jalopy is new again! and with storms lined up off the Pacific Northwest soon the exploration sessions can begin. With cat service and Heli service, (through Diamond Peaks), Powder Mountain is set to open up the Millenium in Grand fashion. So if your coming to the land of the greatest snow on earth, take a break from the normal Cottonwood Canyon routine. Venture North on I-15 40 miles to Ogden, get off on the 12th street exit and follow the signs up the Ogden Canyon, for some serious natural terrain riding.

Check it out, you won’t be sorry. But as a local, you can thank me for the tip by keeping your parties to a limited size. I’m happy to share the wealth as long as my fresh tracks don’t get diminished.

For more information on Powder Mountain, lodging and conditions call them at- 801-745-3772, (snowline) 801-745-3771 e-mail: www.powdermountain.net/