Utah’s newest, biggest ski resort to officially open this season

“Whisper Ridge”

Whisper Ridge, Northern Utah

Image by: Courtesy Whisper Ridge

Whisper Ridge, Northern Utah’s newest winter resort, to offer a unique backcountry experience in 110 square miles of terrain.

Utah- Whisper Ridge officially opened last winter, opening a portal to 110 square miles of powder. There are no lifts at this resort, no lodges and no season passes. Instead, Whisper Ridge offers a unique backcountry experience, accessing acres and acres of terrain with a helicopter and eight custom-built snowcats.

For the coming winter, word about Whisper Ridge has started to spread and resort operators are ready to get more guests out making tracks.

“Last year, we slipped under a lot of people’s radar. It was a light opening,” said Marshall McGonegal, marketing and public relations manager for Whisper Ridge. “We only ran two snowcats — we wanted to test the waters and get everyone excited.”

Whisper Ridge’s diverse terrain spans between Eden and Paradise near the Weber-Cache county line. Runs have up to a 3,300-foot and snowfall has averaged right around 330 inches the past few years, consistent with other resorts in Ogden Valley.

Most of the massive mountain destination is owned by the Cache Valley-based Lockwood family, who used the land as a grazing site in the summer and for fall hunting in the past, leaving the land largely undeveloped and untrammeled, McGonegal said.

This winter, Whisper Ridge will also have leases on two adjoining private properties extending into Morgan County.

“You could take seven Powder Mountains and they’d all fit in our terrain,” McGonegal said. “You literally have a private mountain to yourself.”

Whisper Ridge is the second ski area to open in Cache County in as many years.Cherry Peak kicked off its first winter in 2015. Beaver Mountain, an old Utah ski favorite since 1939, also operates in the county’s borders.

“Having an attraction like that is great for our industry,” said Paul Marshall, spokesman for Ski Utah. “It shows this $1.3 billion industry in the state is a thriving thing.”

Whisper Ridge sets itself apart from other Utah resorts with its overnight backcountry experience, Marshall said. Some resorts, like Powder Mountain, offer snowcat toursto exclusive sites, but none offer secluded overs. 

Whisper Ridge also leads the pack with its staggering amount of terrain.

“What I’ve heard from people who did test runs last year is there’s tons of terrain with different pitches that can be super fun,” Marshall said. “But … they have so much land, and they haven’t even touched half of it to know just how great it could even become.”

COURTESY OF: http://www.standard.net/Recreation/2016/09/16/Whisper-Ridge-Utah-s-newest-biggest-ski-resort-to-officially-open-this-season

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