Friday, December 28, 2018

Whisper Ridge Announces Heli and Cat-Ski Expansion and Powder Mountain partnership

Exciting news for powder seekers traveling to Utah EDEN, UT - Dec 17, 2018

Whisper Ridge, a premier helicopter and cat-skiing provider operating out of Eden, Utah has announced the acquisition of over 11,000 premium skiable acres to its existing terrain for the 2018-19 season. The newly combined 70,000+ contiguous acres makes Whisper Ridge the largest private backcountry ski resort in the world. This addition represents over $17 million of private capital investment and land development.

In addition to this latest expansion, Whisper Ridge is also announcing an exclusive partnership with Powder Mountain Resort to provide heli and cat-skiing services for their patrons. Whisper Ridge will build an additional base of operations at Powder Mountain to facilitate access to their 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,” says Mark Schroetel, General Manager 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, only 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,” says 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 over 120 backcountry skiers in their 10 customized PistenBully snow cats each day.

“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 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 of The Greatest Snow on Earth.”

Whisper Ridge is a relatively new resort, operating for the last 4 years in the North Ogden, Utah area. “These mountains have only recently opened, being held privately for generations,” says 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.”

About Whisper Ridge
Whisper Ridge is a premier Heli and Cat-Skiing provider operating out of Eden, Utah. The company boasts over 70,000 acres of private, skiable terrain nestled in the Wasatch Mountains in Northern Utah. The largest private backcountry ski resort in the world, Whisper Ridge has a fleet of 10 custom PistenBully snowcats, two dedicated B3 and one 205++ helicopters, 50 performance Polaris snowmobiles, and 10 luxury mountain yurts. Located 60 minutes north of Salt Lake International airport. Whisper Ridge provides world-class powder skiing and snowboarding experiences for passionate adventurers from all over the world.

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.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Ski Gear Buyers Guide For Holidays and Gear Shopping - Masterfit Buyer's Guide to Ski Gear

The Mountain Sports Club is proud to introduce you our members and community to an exciting new online resource and service - Masterfit Buyer's Guide to Ski Gear. This is the definitive resource to do your research before buying new gear for the coming winter season.

As traditional ski magazines continue to shrink their commitment to equipment coverage, skiers who wonder where to find independent, expert advice on buying new ski gear have a new best place to turn-the Masterfit Buyer's Guide to Ski Gear.

A joint venture combining content and talent from the ski world's two leading gear websites, America's Best Bootfitters and, the MasterfitBuyer's Guide is headed by long-time ski equipment journalists Steve Cohen, Jackson Hogen and Mark Elling. They are supported by a team of experienced ski writers, editors and photographers.

"The Masterfit Buyer's Guide has the most comprehensive, candid ski and boot reviews anywhere in the ski world," says Publisher Steve Cohen. "Our gear experts have also shared their insider tips on selecting just the right bindings, poles, helmets, socks, boot bags and more."

"When you've got gear that works in concert with your body, you ski better, with more confidence, and in greater comfort," says Editorial Director Jackson Hogen.  "And the better you ski, the easier and more fun it is."

Produced using state-of-the-art flipbook magazine technology, the Masterfit Buyer's Guide is priced at $10 and available as a digital download.  For a limited time, a free copy is available by clicking here.


THE MASTERFIT BUYER'S GUIDE is a joint project of America's Best Bootfitters ( and It is produced and edited by:

  *   Steve Cohen, founder of the on-hill boot testing program and former Executive Editor at Ski Magazine.
  *   Jackson Hogen, formerly of Salomon and Snow Country Magazine gear editor.
  *   Mark Elling, formerly of Ski and Skiing Magazines and currently America's Best Bootfitters boot test program director.
  *   Iseult Devlin, former editor at Skiing Magazine and Skiing Trade news.

Between us, we have a collective 100+ years testing, reviewing and writing about ski gear!