In 1960 the idyllic Silver Bell Ranch, a 900-acre mountainside retreat, was purchased from Taylor Burton by Arthur Christiansen. This renowned developer from Ogden, Utah was president of the Utah Home Builders Association and he hoped to create an oasis and summer home. Over time, he sold small lots and played a role in developing the area and building homes around the ranch. At the time, sledding and tobogganing was a winter tradition along the foothills of the ranch. With help from enthusiastic locals, plans were eventually laid to construct two chairlifts and a number of ski runs.
In the year 1968, a small ski area in the heart of Utah’s powder country was born. Nordic Valley is nestled deep in the heart of the Wasatch Mountains, however, it is just a few short miles from the restaurants, entertainment and comforts of the booming town of Ogden. Named by Forbes magazine as the third best city in the country to raise a family, Ogden and the Ogden Valley is one of the most accessible, family centered, and budget friendly ski areas in the country.
Nordic Valley is famous for its ski school, intermediate and advanced slopes, and family friendly atmosphere. Leading up to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, the Austrian downhill skiers used our mountain as a training venue before their events. The slopes of Nordic Valley proved lucky as they went on to win numerous medals including Fritz Strobl’s impressive winning time of 1:39:13 on the Men’s Grizzly Downhill.
Base Elevation: 5365′
Apollo Elevation: 6,330′
Nordic Express Elevation: 7,060′
Total Vertical Rise: 1,700′
Runs: 40 (8 Green, 12 Blue, 15 Black, 5 Double Black)
Lifts: 5 (1 high-speed 6-pack, 2 two person, 1 three person, 1 surface lift)