Whisper Ridge adds heli-ski acreage
January 3, 2019 By Helicopters Staff
Whisper Ridge, a helicopter- and cat-skiing provider operating out of Eden, Utah, has added more than 11,000 skiable acres to its existing terrain for the 2018/19 season. The company explains its newly combined 70,000+ contiguous acres makes it the largest private backcountry ski resort in the world.
In addition to this expansion, Whisper Ridge also reached an exclusive partnership with Powder Mountain Resort to provide heli- and cat-skiing services for its customers. Whisper Ridge will build an additional base of operations at Powder Mountain to facilitate access to its private land, which borders the public resort.
“This partnership creates a truly unique opportunity for limitless lift serviced, side-country and backcountry experiences for skiers and riders seeking an alternative to the overcrowded and overhyped resorts that are becoming all too common these days,” said Mark Schroetel, GM at Powder Mountain. “Together with Whisper Ridge, we have created a winter paradise of unprecedented scale only an hour from Salt Lake.”
Whisper Ridge operates exclusively on private land in the Eden and Paradise areas of the northern Wasatch Front, about 60 minutes north from Salt Lake City. “Skiers are always amazed at both how expansive our terrain is, and how fast they can get here,” said Dan Lockwood, CEO of Whisper Ridge. “It’s a quick drive or even quicker heli-taxi from the SLC international airport.”
Whisper Ridge owns one the largest fleets of snow cats in North America, and accommodates more than 120 backcountry skiers in its 10 customized PistenBully snow cats each day. The company also holds two dedicated B3 and one 205++ helicopters, 50 Polaris snowmobiles, and 10 luxury mountain yurts.
“Both Whisper Ridge and Powder Mountain play an important role in the skiing and snowboarding landscape in Utah,” said Ski Utah president and CEO Nathan Rafferty. “This partnership and expansion brings the best of both entities together, providing visitors with access to world-class resort skiing, cat-skiing and heli-skiing on thousands of acres.”
Whisper Ridge is a relatively new resort, operating for the last four years in the North Ogden, Utah area. “These mountains have only recently opened, being held privately for generations,” said Lockwood. “Our expansion and Powder Mountain partnership creates an exciting opportunity for skiers to experience a hidden gem at the heart of the world’s best powder skiing.”