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 Press Release: 

For Immediate Release 

December 20th, 2018 

Whisper Ridge and Powder Mountain Announce Partnership and Terrain Expansion 

Eden, Utah – The largest ski resort by acreage in North America and the largest snowcat skiing and heliskiing operation by acreage in the world have entered into a partnership to offer an unrivaled skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling experience between Eden and Paradise, Utah. Powder Mountain Resort and Whisper Ridge are teaming up to offer their guests the opportunity to ski, snowboard and snowmobile on Whisper Ridge’s 70,000 and Powder Mountains 8,400+ acres of the Wasatch Back, which is known for 500” of the driest and lightest snow in North America. 

Whisper Ridge, a premier helicopter and cat-skiing provider operating out of Eden, Utah has announced the addition of over 11,000 acres to its existing ski terrain for the 2018-19 season. The newly combined 70,000 plus contiguous acres makes Whisper Ridge the largest private backcountry ski resort in the world, accessed by 10 snowcats, 2 helicopters and a fleet of snowmobiles. Furthermore, Whisper Ridge will build an additional base of operations at Powder Mountain Resort to facilitate access to their private land, which borders the public resort. 

Powder Mountain Resort opened its doors in February of 1972 and has since grown into a world-renowned powder paradise. With over 8,000 acres of skiable terrain accessible by 2 snowcats, 9 lifts and 3 buses, Pow Mow, as known locally, has plenty of room to roam for skiers and riders of all abilities looking for an unspoiled and authentic resort. Powder Mountain Resort differentiates itself by limiting the number of tickets sold daily and season passes sold annually to guarantee an uncrowded and unique experience. 

“This partnership creates a truly unique opportunity for limitless lift serviced, side-country and back-country experiences for skiers and riders seeking an alternative to the overcrowded and overhyped resorts that are becoming all too common these days. Together with Whisper Ridge, we have created a winter paradise of unprecedented scale only an hour from Salt Lake,” said Mark Schroetel, Powder Mountain Resort’s General Manager. “The addition of heliskiing, snowmobiling and access to the Whisper Ridge yurts provides visitors with an inexhaustible combination of terrain and access options.”. Heli-taxi’s will also be available for Powder Mountain Resort guests looking for rides to the resort or unsurpassable views of the surrounding mountain ranges. 

“Skiers are always amazed at both how big our expansive terrain is and how fast they can get here,” says Dan Lockwood, CEO of Whisper Ridge. “It’s a quick hour or so drive and an even quicker heli-taxi from the major Salt Lake City International Airport to Eden, Utah.” “We’re also very excited to offer our guest the chance to explore a more traditional resort experience, including lift serviced terrain, events, activities and dining experiences at Powder Mountain” added Lockwood. 

“Both Whisper Ridge and Powder Mountain play an important role in the skiing and snowboarding landscape in Utah,” said Ski Utah President & CEO Nathan Rafferty. “This partnership and expansion bring the best of both entities together, providing visitors with access to world-class resort skiing, cat-skiing and heli-skiing on thousands of acres of The Greatest Snow on Earth.” 

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About Powder Mountain Resort 

As one of the first resorts to cap day and season passes, Powder Mountain, located 55 miles north of Salt Lake City, is a one of a kind year-round resort hanging its hat on skier experience, adventure and an unprecedented mountain modern village development. Known locally as Pow Mow, the resort boasts the most skiable acreage in North America with 8,464 acres. Preserving the Pow Mow experience is made possible by capping day passes at 1,500 daily and season passes at 3,000 yearly, which allows for an average of three acres per skier. 

About Whisper Ridge 

Whisper Ridge is a premier Heli and Cat-Skiing provider operating on out of Eden, Utah. The company owns and/or leases over 70,000 acres of skiable terrain in the Wasatch Mountains 60 minutes north of Salt Lake International Airport. Whisper Ridge provides moderate to extreme-level skiing experiences for passionate skiers from all over the world.