Nordic Valley Ski Resort welcomed 2018 with a special 50 th Anniversary fireworks display that wowed the crowd..
Honoring its roots as a family friendly ski resort, Nordic Valley set off their celebration at 7:00 pm New Years Eve to enable all ages
to attend the festivities. The torchlight parade simultaneously kicked off with the beginning of the fireworks show. The fireworks
sparkled reflecting off of the snow and a special 50 th Anniversary emblem was lit off at the end of the fireworks. Cheering revelers
enjoyed the show as well as the Carne Asada Tacos offered in the Nordic Grill.
The 50th Anniversary New Year’s Celebration honored the beginnings of the Resort. Bringing back the original Nordic Valley logo. So many reminiscent of "I learned to Ski at Nordic Valley"
In the fall of 1960 Arthur Christiansen purchased the Silver Bell Ranch from Taylor Burton in Liberty, Utah.
Part of the property was located on mountainside terrain, so additional plans were eventually made to develop a ski hill with two
chairlifts and several ski runs for the beginning, intermediate, and advanced skier. In the mid 60's, the hillside made for a popular
toboggan, sledding and tubing area to locals. In the latter part of the 60's, the Nordic Valley Ski Area was born, the sledding hill was
equipped with a tow rope and soon became known as the beginners ski hill. A few years after that the ski area was expanded to
include a double chairlift. Additional terrain was prepped, cleared and Nordic Valley offered more ski runs in 1970. A short time after
that the tow rope on the beginner's hill was replaced with a 2nd chairlift.
Lights were also installed along the main lift to the top of the hill with lights following some of the runs down to the bottom of the hill.
With the completion of the lights, the ski hill was one of the first ski areas in Northern Utah to offer night skiing which soon became a
popular and convenient time to ski. Mr. Christiansen named the area Nordic Valley, mainly because of his Norwegian ancestry. The
Nordic Valley Ski Lodge was named Odin Hall. Before it was a lodge, it was a hay barn complete with two hay shoots that ran from
the basement of the structure all the way to the roof reaching two cupola vents situated on top of the barn, tack rooms were located in
The festivities were enjoyed by all! Thank You Art Christiansen for starting the beginnings of something very special! Happy New
January and February can be tough months for our family. It’s cold. It gets dark shortly after
school gets out. The excitement and constant flow of activities of the holiday season has ended.
If the kids are motivated, I can sometimes get them to play for 45 minutes in the backyard.
More often than not, they’d rather go straight inside, grab a snack, and start tearing apart the
house. By the time bedtime rolls around, we are all on the brink of insanity. Nordic Valley After School Program is a great alternative to the insanity.
The Kap Brothers will Open the Summer season at Nordic Valley performing Saturday June 25th 5-8 pm. $10 per car.
The brothers first played Nordic Valley back in the 70's. Nordic Valley has seen a few changes over the years, but remains a favorite hometown venue for locals. Enjoy the comfort and hospitality of having a back yard BBQ with friends and family. Bring your lawn chairs, blanket, cooler, and the neighbors. Nordic Grill is open Saturday 10am-8pm, We offer an affordable menu and, once you smell the fries and hamburgers on the perfect evening, you will wonder why you brought a brown bag! The resort will be having live music on select Saturday nights and some amazing events. For more information on events visit nordicvalley.com and please sign up for emails..
Nordic Valley is excited after a great winter to continue the affordable family fun. Opening June 18th summer operations, weekends Saturday and Sunday thru August 21st. Nordic Valley will run the Apollo lift to the top of the resort. The lift will give you access to mountain biking, and hiking trails and our new summer addition 9-hole disc golf course with rental discs available. Come cool off and make a splash in our new inflatable 400 ft slip and slide. Get away from the crowds and enjoy the outdoors and spend a stress free day at Nordic with activities like volleyball and corn hole. Nordic is bringing back a Northern Utah favorite, Music on Saturday Nights featuring local entertainers in concert. Bring up the family pay by the car full and picnic on our grassy hillside and relax to the sounds while you enjoy the fine eats from our barn Café. Alternate nights will feature a premier DJ that will play all the latest tunes with an assortment of oldies.
Nordic Valley is also available for company or private parties, family reunions. Weddings and special events the beautiful mountain side be the perfect venue with views that make saying “I Do” the perfect portrait.
For more information and pricing contact Nordic Valley 801-745-3511.
Remember the local ski hills of yesteryear? A rope-tow, a couple of chairlifts, a shanty-town of shacks that performed various functions...one to sell tickets, one to serve coffee and hot chocolate, one to thaw out frozen ski patrollers. The parking lot was a tailgate party with thermoses of coffee, coolers of beer and hibachi grills searing burgers and dogs. It was back when skiing was a pastime; long before it became an "industry."
With the "corporatization" and industrialization of skiing, most of the shacks have been torn down to make room for posh lodges that serve 5-star cuisine. The shacks that remain on the periphery have been converted to storage sheds for snow shovels and such. Rope tows have given way to high-speed quad lifts, even on the bunny hill. It's considered "progress," and most skiers are content to take the good with the bad.
As more and more local ski hills are swept up in acquisitions, mergers, buy-outs and takeovers, they fall under various "mondo-pass" models...buy a single pass and gain access to dozens of resorts. It sounds good in theory, but it has its drawbacks.
It's not unlike Disneyland, where, once you've dropped several hundred dollars on entry, you become a bit of a hostage, forced to drop several hundred more on your Disney-diet of Mickey-burgers and Minnie-fries.
The old days of spending your season's ski budget chasing storms, buying day passes around the west and checking off a dozen new resorts has been replaced with trying to log enough ski days at a couple of "participating resorts" to justify the purchase of your "mondo-pass." Gone is the sense of adventure, exploration and discovery that comes from road-tripping to different resorts.
However, for those looking to step back in time, there is no better place than Ogden, Utah. The city itself has been able to maintain the relevant architecture and feel of its booming history that so many other cities bulldozed during the strip mall phase of the 1970s.
The resorts that surround Ogden range from the old-school learning hills of the past to the most opulent resorts around. Even more impressive is the fact that these diverse resorts have retained their independence, while coming together to offer their own take on the "mondo-pass" idea: Ski 3.
Designed to attract out-of-area skiers, the deeply discounted pass is available to any visitor who books two nights of accommodations in or around Ogden. Here's how it works:
Upon check-in at any participating lodging partner...and options run the full gamut from major hotel chains (Hilton Garden Inn, Courtyard Marriott, Hampton Inn, Comfort Suites, Holiday Inn Express, etc.) to boutique offerings to short-term condos and home rentals...the front desk provides a card with a promo code.
The card provides the details, but it goes something like this...you go to skiogden.com where you'll find a simple interface that lets you purchase as many "Ski 3 for $139" packages as you have guests in your party, using the unique promo code. Upon completing your transaction, you'll receive a text message on your phone. That text message will walk you through the rest of the process. It will include a link that will open your internet browser and invite you to drop a home-screen icon on your phone. From that app-like icon, you'll have access to your passes and be able to share them with other members of your party if you want.
Here's the best way to take advantage of your "Ski 3" passes:
NORDIC VALLEY: This quaint little resort is one of the few remaining "hometown ski hills" in existence. It's very much like the resorts of yesteryear described above. It is the perfect place to get your ski legs under you after traveling to the area. Your Ski 3 pass can be used for a full-day pass or night skiing...ideal if you arrive in Utah in the afternoon. Three lifts serve a variety of terrain and the entire resort is accessible for night skiing.
Simply take your phone to the ticket window and present the electronic pass information. The ticket agent will redeem the passes and give your your lift tickets.
POWDER MOUNTAIN: Until Vail's acquisition and merging of Park City and The Canyons resorts last year, Powder Mountain was the largest ski area in North America. With over 7,000 acres of lift-served, cat-served and backcountry terrain, this is a resort you want to hit at first chair and ski until close. Recently purchased by the Summit Group, Powder Mountain is in that transitional phase between the hardcore locals' secret spot and what looks to become a significant development boom.
The drill is the same. Present the electronic passes on your phone to any of the three different ticket windows around the resort and get your lift ticket.
SNOWBASIN: Snowbasin was the venue for several events during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, including the marquis event, the downhill. With amenities that rival more well known swanky resorts like Deer Valley, Snowbasin features two high-speed gondolas and several high-speed quad lifts as well as opulent lodges and fine dining.
Present your electronic pass information at the Activities Desk in Earl's Lodge to obtain your lift passes.
If your party should decide to go separate ways and ski different resorts on a given day, passes can easily be separated and texted to various individuals.
Of course, your Ski 3 experience should include the apres ski scene in downtown Ogden among its galleries, eateries and bars. More details are available at skiogden.com