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The Nordic Valley Ski Resort in Eden is about to grow by 510 acres, bringing with it new trails, lodging, and more.

Nordic Valley Ski Resort in Eden could get a huge upgrade

A510-acre piece of land at the base of Nordic Valley ski resort in Eden could soon become home to an affordable, thriving ski community. Through a team effort, Skyline Mountain Base, Mountain Capital Partners, Nordic Valley Ski Area, and the Ogden Valley community are bringing Nordic Village to life.

The master-planned community will include hotel space and overnight accommodations, up to 550 new residential units, and over 38,000 square feet of commercial space. The developed land will cover 61 acres, leaving 88 percent of the 510 acres as open land.

According to the Nordic Village Proposal, “The Master Plan proposed in this rezone document for the Nordic Valley Village promotes Weber County residents’ health, safety, and welfare by creating a family-centered distinct year-round resort. This variety will provide stability and long-term benefits to Weber County and the Ogden Valley while also preserving significant open space within the project.”

While Skyline Mountain Base is the owner of the land, Mountain Capital Partners has been the operator and manager of the Nordic Valley resort since 2018. Since the companies entered a partnership, the resort has undergone numerous upgrades and improvements.

“This will ultimately be a win for our community and everyone who calls Nordic Valley home,” says Stacey Glaser of Mountain Capital Partners. “While Skyline plans are still preliminary, we are happy to see many improvements that will enhance the skier experience at Nordic Valley, including better parking, improved access to the mountain and on-mountain services, and additional restaurants with more seating.”

While Nordic Valley ski resort gained recognition for being one of the best downhill training ski areas during the 2002 Winter Olympics, it’s long been overshadowed by the larger, better-known resorts in the Salt Lake area. Developers on the project anticipate that the construction of Nordic Village will be part of an ongoing effort to put Nordic Valley on the map as one of Utah’s world-class ski resorts. So far, one of the most significant updates to the resort was the expansion project in 2020.

“The importance of this expansion, (which is ongoing: last year we added 15 trails, this year we added three more) has been nothing short of revolutionary,” says Glaser.

The 2020 expansion project was the largest in the resort’s history. With the addition of Nordic Express, the resort’s first high-speed detachable six-person chairlift, and the development of 300 acres of undeveloped land, the resort is growing to meet the needs of locals and visitors alike.

“We developed a part of the mountain that Nordic Valley pioneers only dreamed of. We added intermediate and advanced terrain our guests had been asking us for,” Glaser continues. “We’re now one of three ski areas in Utah to offer a lift of this kind, and with our ongoing trail development, we will eventually more than triple our skiable acres. This expansion has improved the experience for everyone at Nordic Valley, especially for the local community.”

While Nordic Valley expands with new trails, new lifts, and now a ski village, it aims to continue to be one of the most affordable ski options. With some of the most expensive ski resorts in the country located to the south, Utah is in desperate need of affordable ski options.

Glaser, who believes skiing should be an option for everyone, says, “Our purpose at Mountain Capital Partners is to give people the freedom to ski, and that includes making skiing accessible to everyone. Removing barriers to skiing is something we talk about regularly and, more importantly, create products and plans to address.”

With day passes to nearby resorts setting visitors back upwards of $200, Nordic Valley has days where passes are available for as low as $9. Children can access completely free season passes at Nordic Valley, and lodging at Nordic Village is expected to be priced lower than lodging at other Utah resorts.

To minimize traffic and the environmental impact of the village, the Nordic Village master plans call for a pedestrian-oriented, compact design. To accomplish this, the developers are seeking a rezone for the land.

According to the master plan, the rezone “establishes design guidelines and sustainability practices within the rezone application far superior to current zone development requirements minimizing the overall impact of the community.”

Without the requested rezone, current zoning laws will require Nordic Village to build new units on a larger portion of the land, leaving less open space. The county is still considering the rezone request and gathering public opinion on the issue.

As is common in the rapidly expanding state of Utah, some residents wonder if the current infrastructure in the area can support a new development. Dwindling water resources are always a concern, and highly congested roads are increasingly common in areas with many new developments.

With proper planning for water usage and traffic management, however, the new ski village has the potential to bring significant benefits to the area. An analysis performed by Lewis Young Robertson and Burningham Inc. the project’s overall economic impact will reach $471.74 million over the next 25 years. This includes the tax revenue generated for the county and the creation of an estimated 538 new jobs.

Scott Perkes, a Weber County planner, spoke to the Standard Examiner in March 2020 about the feedback he’s received from the public, “I’ve received very few outright detracting comments of the proposal,” says Perkes. “Several property owners adjacent to the project have offered very positive feedback and are excited about the changes.” However now, several weeks later, public input against the project is fierce.

These economic benefits, combined with the potential to spend time in the entirely public new ski community, could lead to new opportunities in Weber county should the proposal pass.

Note from the Editor: We have added the link to the Standard Examiner article where Scott Perkes was quoted.

Note from the Editor: We have updated the number of residential rooms from 763 to 550.

Note from the Editor: We have added a new link to an article on the public outcry from The Standard Examiner.

Comments (23)

  • Olivia

    Yes, a great win for the residents here! We are so excited to have prices go up, have more crowds, and less water! Anything for the money though, right?

  • Robi Kunz

    Not sure where you got your information for this article but it’s clearly pre-mature. Nothing is done except a proposal for a village that few in Ogden Valley want. The clear message from local residents is that this extra large village is not something needed or wanted in our small community. Furthermore, there is no water or sewer commitment. So to write this as it is a done deal is not only pre-mature but poor reporting.

    • Mike

      Well Said Robi.

  • Cecil Doog

    No one here wants it!!! All Lies!!

  • Carri Story

    If I wanted to live in Park City or Aspen, I would have !!!

  • Leonora Midgley

    We moved from Park City to get away from this kind of thing!

  • Sean McIntyre

    This article is remarkably sanguine about the benefits of further development in Ogden Valley. The claims strike me as overly optimistic and downplaying all the obvious negative impacts of further development.
    Sometimes when I read reports like this, I can’t help but wonder why all these developments are being proposed precisely at a moment when we can expect ever less snow, increasingly severe drought, hotter and hotter warm seasons, and increasingly long wildfire smoke seasons. Last summer was unbearably hot with many weeks of toxic haze from the wildfires raging in neighboring states. Is this the obvious response to this impending dystopia? Build more and expand?

  • Mike

    Way too big! All about $$$ and insider deals. Corrupt officials and personal gain. This is not about improvements to our community. It is 100% developers greed and squeezing an unwanted dense commercial community into an “off the grid” treasure that is Nordic Vally. Locals here do not want this. Wrong plan, wrong place!

    • Mike


  • Karen

    This would ruin this nice community. The roads can’t handle a lot more traffic, we are in a terrible water shortage. I cannot see any reason to even put this in the Ogden Valley. Nothing here is equipped to handle it. Restaurants, shops. Nothing.

  • Coleen Briggs

    This is misleading. It will not be good for our community.

  • Mark

    The developers tried to put this monstrosity in North Ogden with their hotels, condos and gondola, and North Ogden residents would have none of it. They thought Eden and Ogden Valley would be much easier prey. Take note of which property owners are poised to make millions on this thing. The foreign investors don’t care that cramming 50 foot tall new “units” which could be apartments, condos or hotel rooms would bring traffic, noise, congestion, water shortages, all night parties and crime to our neighborhood. They don’t care that the new water wells would have to be sunk 1000 feet to access the aquifer, or about the impact to the existing wells which provide our drinking water. They don’t care that according to an engineering study that the water consumption would be up to 641,000 gallons per day during record drought or that their waste water treatment would have to deal with that 641,000 gallons per day.

    Ogden Valley is the jewel of Weber County and real-estate developers hope to sell it off to foreign investors so as to make as much money as they possibly can to the detriment of everybody who lives here.

  • Brenda

    We have a great community in Nordic Valley. Amen to everyone’s comments here. Wouldn’t we just appreciate some paved parking lots at the ski resort so we aren’t driving in mud all season? Wouldn’t we just enjoy a few basic upgrades rather than condos, shops, restaurants, and employment housing? Wolf Creek has done a great job providing condos. We don’t need more. It’s a fact that our Nordic area doesn’t have the resources to sustain this proposed expansion.

  • Paul

    I haven’t talked to a single person who sees this as a desirable addition to the Valley. For many reasons most residents I know do NOT support this development.

  • Clayton

    I am trying to figure out how there is a moratorium in the Ogden Valley on construction permits due to water shortages for the foreseeable future. At the same time there is discussion of 500-700 more residential properties and a huge lodge being proposed. Make this make sense, I will wait.

  • Karen Taylor

    Sounds like a toxic waste dump. We already have road, sewer and water problems. Not to mention, I haven’t seen one item regarding Radon waste reflected to this construction. This construction is for someone to make millions for the Olympics and leaving the backside of Ogden’s mountains a virtual wasteland when the Olympics are over. This happened to this same ski resort after 2002 Olympics. For those poor people who are having there homes and what little bit of agriculture land taken for this project can they move into one of the paid commissioned planning office employee mansions. Also, no eminent domain. This is a complete money making project and abandonment. The project will never be finished. Leaving a huge bill for the county and state to cover after the millions are taken and owners move back to there own country. Who wants to come to a resort that gets 8″ of base snow two months out of the year. Come on planners. Who are you fooling.

  • Teresa Irvin

    Let’s see you want to take a pristine, living forest open space filled with wildlife and native plants and make parking lots and dense housing. Why? It’s called greed and a careless regard for our planet, our water and the community who calls Nordic Valley their home. What a legacy to leave for your children! Please don’t destroy this gorgeous area.

  • Laurent

    Rachel, yes this article is probably premature. We have answered many concerns raised by some people living on Viking drive and have substantially reduced our plans since the meetings you are reporting about were held. Nevertheless some still think that we don’t have the right to build the density we already have on our property. I guess property rights are not applicable in the Ogden Valley… The same people are by the way using our trails, property and private accesses to ride their horses, their bikes or walk their dogs…Some others are fearing a lack of water not understanding that there is plenty of water but poor infrastructures in the valley. Some think it’s too big even though it represents less than 5% of the current and platted density of the Ogden valley. Whatever we do, resistance to change will always happen. Now the increasing value of their property or the financial support we have brought to many events in the valley are never mentioned by these detractors. It is always a matter of perspective…of perception and understanding…We have supported this project and this community for many years now, and we will continue to do so despite lack of balance and understanding of some…

    • Teresa Irvin

      Mr Laurent Jouffray, this development directly goes against the vision goals of the Ogden Valley general plan. To start is the suspect revenue numbers.. Our lack of understanding and perception is not the problem. The form based village gives the developers (you and others) carte blanche to configure it anyway you want. (Form based codes erases open space and are the flavor of the year for developers.) The people of Ogden Valley are not idiots. The idea of your real estate development having “the harmony of a village” or as a “nice boutique resort,” so package this anyway you want but it is laughable. You will have an organized fight on your hands because no one else seems happy for this development but you and other developers.

  • Graham Taylor

    Thank you Laurant. It is clear from many of the comments that they are based on emotion, selfishness and not fact from many who have moved to the area in recent times. There is a wave of humanity moving towards northern Utah and if infrastructure and recreation facilities are not upgraded and thoughtfully expanded there is going to be serious overcrowding and the problems that accompany that. We are all living in a lead, follow or get out of the way situation in northern Utah at this time and I for one hope that the good people of Nordic Valley will try to contribute to success and good planning as opposed to the old and tired rhetoric that usually surround efforts like this. Good luck to you all.

  • Ronald

    It is also clear from some of the comments which commenters have direct or indirect connections to this development. They will be vested in dismissing the comments of actual residents of the area as emotional and selfish. Did I miss anything? Oh yeah, full of “old and tired rhetoric”.
    With this village experiment, the residences of Nordic Valley, of about 300 homes, are being asked to sacrifice their open space and absorb hundreds of additional units of residences and short term rentals. Of course there will be emotion as the character of the neighborhood will change dramatically.
    We all are aware there will always be an influx and increase in the population, beyond births, but this project and village concept will fast forward and accelerate the population increase significantly, while quickly changing the character of the neighborhood forever. There is nothing old and tired about local residents opposing, challenging and attempting to protect their homes, lifestyle and open space.
    We should also be looking closely at the connections between all county decision makers, developers and involved property owners. This train seems to have an unnatural amount of momentum. Public voices at public hearings at best generate token modifications, if not dismissed completely, while the train keeps rolling.

  • Lynn

    We should also be looking closely at the connections between all county decision makers, developers and involved property owners. This train seems to have an unnatural amount of momentum. Public voices at public hearings at best generate token modifications, if not dismissed completely, while the train keeps rolling.

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