Powder Alliance Benefits
With 13 mountains in 9 states and one Canadian Territory the Powder Alliance is an excellent ski pass bonus. The benefit gives season pass holders 36 free tickets. I managed to take advantage of a few of my free days at Snowbasin and Bridger Bowl.
Snowbasin is only 8 hours away from Crested Butte, and only an hour out of Salt Lake. It’s a great ski area. They have two gondolas, a tram, and five other chairs accessing 3,000 vertical feet of steep, consistent terrain. The top of the resort is capped by a few peaks of granite, surrounded by tight chutes and big cliffs. Leftover powder and zero crowds led me to believe that most of Salt Lake City doesn’t know about Snowbasin.
My first day at Snowbasin I was able to find my way to the top of a classic chute in the Middle Cirque in no time. I was the only one up there, and had the whole ridge to myself. I was amazed at how easy the access was, and that there weren’t more people or tracks.
One great thing about Snowbasin is that it its on the way to many of the other Powder Alliance resorts from Crested Butte. While en route to Bridger Bowl Montana, I was able to snowboard at Snowbasin both on the way up and back home. It’s a great way to break up the trip.
Bridger Bowl is one of my favorite ski areas ever. I rode there almost a hundred days my Sophomore year of college while on exchange at Montana State University. When I arrived at Bridger Bowl the weather had been warm . Due to warm temps “The Ridge”, in my opinion the best terrain at Bridger, was closed. However, Slushman’s was still open and because of the slush it was skiing great. Slushman’s is the only chairlift in the country that requires an avalanche beacon. It accesses big, steep terrain.
The drive is beautiful, passing through the deserts of Colorado and Utah, past the mighty Wasatch range, through the Snake River valley, past the Grand Tetons, briefly into Yellowstone National Park, past Big Sky’s Lone Peak, and into Bozeman, Montana. The scenic drive and amazing skiing make this trip well worth it. The Powder Alliance is an amazing benefit that all pass holders should try to take advantage of.
Blogger: CBMR athlete, Rob Vandervoort