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City Weekly: North to Eden

A garden of eatin’ near Powder Mountain at North Fork Table & Tavern.

By Ted Scheffler @critic1

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If you’re not sure where Eden, Utah, is, it’s time to find out. Eden is about an hour north of downtown Salt Lake City, and lies between the north and middle forks of the Ogden River, above Pineview Reservoir. The small town—population 600 in the 2010 census—is just minutes from superb skiing and shredding at Powder Mountain, one of the largest ski resorts in the United States, which spans more than 7,000 acres with views of four states.

But, skiing isn’t what brought me to aptly named Eden. I’d been hearing a lot about North Fork Table & Tavern, which had opened in the location vacated when Harley and Buck’s restaurant relocated to Ogden. I always liked Harley & Buck’s, but something about the upscale ambiance, oversize chairs and such just didn’t seem to mesh with the laid-back Eden/Powder Mountain vibe.

North Fork Table & Tavern does. For starters, walls have been removed—along with those elaborate chairs—and the entire place now has an open, bright and airy ambiance. Relax at the bar, and watch wood-fired pizzas and the like being prepared while you eat and drink. It’s still upscale, but you won’t feel out of place if you show up wearing ski pants and a parka.

The story behind North Fork Table & Tavern is fascinating, and I’ll get to it. But first, I should mention that I was thrilled, after a dinner at NFT&T, to discover that a chef I admire was working there. His name is Jeff Sanich, a Utah native who ran the kitchen at Sundance’s Foundry Grill. In addition to his executive chef duties at NFT&T, Sanich also oversees the food and beverages services at Powder Mountain.

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Standard Examiner Article: Thousands of steps create snow murals on Powder Mountain

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By Benjamin Zack

Visual Journalist at The Standard Examiner

Simon Beck describes his work as map-making in reverse.

With little more than a mental sketch, a compass and a pair of snowshoes, the British artist heads into the mountains to find a landscape that doesn’t yet exist. It is only after days of pacing that the scenery he is looking for becomes visible to everyone else.

Over the past decade Beck has gained fame around the world for his murals in the snow that depict intricate geometric patterns. The snow art can cover several acres but are made up of nothing more than tens of thousands of snowshoe footprints. Read more

SKI UTAH: POWDER MOUNTAIN GAINS FAA CLEARANCE FOR DRONES

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CAPE PRODUCTIONS IS THE FIRST COMPANY TO OFFER DRONE FOOTAGE OF SKIERS’ RUNS AT AMERICAN RESORTS.

Drones: they have the capability to change the way ski and snowboard footage is captured; yet many resorts question their safety because they are afraid that drones may crash into skiers, lifts, trees, and so on. The problem isn’t so much the drone itself, but the operator behind its controls. Read more

Liftopia: North America’s Favorite Resorts for Powder Skiing & Riding

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By Kristen Lummis

Powder. You either love or you hate it.

And while I can’t say I understand the haters, I do commiserate with those who spend the winter tracking storms, cancelling work, jettisoning class and driving overnight to score fresh snow.

According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, powder snow is technically “dry new snow, comprised of loose, fresh ice crystals.” To put an even finer point on it, dry snow usually falls in dry areas, and has a very low snow to liquid equivalent. That means if you melt it, it won’t provide much water.

It’s also terrible for making snowmen. Read more

National Geographic: Top 10 Emerging Ski Towns – Ogden, Utah is at #1

These ten North American ski towns may not have the name recognition of the world’s best-known destinations, but that’s just fine with them. These are the local favorites, the up-and-comers. They’re real towns, often cheaper and friendlier than the big dogs—at least for now. If you’re on the hunt for great skiing without the crowds and glitz, read on.
—Aaron Teasdale

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Ogden, Utah

Best For: Utah powder seekers who don’t like crowds

Long overshadowed by its larger cousin to the south, Ogden sits only 40 miles north of Salt Lake City’s international airport and its two primary mountains—Snowbasin and Powder Mountain—have the same ethereal powder as the heralded resorts in Cottonwood Canyon without the pesky crowds that track everything out by lunch. Spread across the lower flanks of the famed Wasatch Range, Ogden, population 82,825, has recently become a key Rocky Mountain hub for the outdoor industry—Salomon, Atomic, Rossignol, Scott, and Descente all have headquarters here. But its sporty, buttoned-down veneer hides its past life as a rough-and-tumble railroad town and cultural melting pot, a past evident today in its surprising array of ethnic restaurants. The happening scene is on 25th Street downtown, where historic false-front buildings formerly home to brothels and opium dens now house hip bars and eateries. The nearby Salomon Center features indoor skydiving, climbing, and surfing. Read more

Fast Co. Design: A Slick Cabin Design For The Wilderness-Obsessed

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Summit Powder Mountain, a planned residential community in the Wasatch mountains, explores what it means to build responsibly in nature.

There’s an undeniable appeal to a cabin set in the back country. Cities are about constraints, whereas the wilderness is about unfettered freedom. The developers of Summit Powder Mountain, a planned residential community in the Wasatch mountains, recognized that there’s demand for remote retreats, and wanted to find a way to design them in such a way that they’d tread as lightly on the land as possible. Architect Srdan Nad won the international competition to devise a conceptual prototype. Read more

New York Times Article – The Ski Resort That Crowdsourcing Built

 

By Andy Isaacson  April 10, 2015

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Guests in the lodge at a Summit Series weekend at Powder Mountain in January had views of the Wasatch range. Credit: Jim McAuley for The New York Time

Eden, Utah — Shortly after a sunset that was deemed “epic” by a young man wearing a beanie, a crowd assembled one Friday night in January at a private lodge atop Powder Mountain, a ski area an hour’s drive from Salt Lake City. A 30-year-old Finn who was a founder of a mushroom beverage company out “to make ‘shrooms the new kale” mingled with a former chief creative officer for Microsoft and a founder of PayPal. On a sofa, a New Yorker with the music licensing agency Ascap received a shoulder massage from a self-described “bohemian capitalist” working in healthcare technology. Read more

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