Spring in the Ogden Valley offers the unique choice of participating in multiple passions. Since the Valley often receives deep powder storms well into April, the snow sometimes doesn’t even get a chance to turn to spring corn before the lifts close in mid to late April. But even on a good corn year, the local drill is: hit the slopes early, ski until about 11 a.m., golf nine holes in the Valley or in the Ogden area, and then hop on the road bike for a spin. It’s an exhilarating time.
In early May, as temperatures warm into the 60’s, the ice melts off Pineview Lake and the garage gets switched out. Skis are maintained and stored, and out come the clubs, bikes, canoes and kayaks, and all the footwear to accompany these activities. The mountain bikes stay dormant until later in May or even early June, as environmentally correct locals wait for the miles and miles of trails in the valley to properly dry out. Hiking is the best way to enjoy the trails and get the calfs ready for mountain biking. The rivers are running high and the renewed sounds of rushing water provide roaring acoustics for hikers in Wheeler Creek, North Fork and South Fork. By June, the days warm up into the 80’s and some of the best early season thunderstorms kick in, offering much needed moisture for farmers and lawns alike. Suddenly the hills and valley floor are verdant, and the contrast against the still-snowy mountain peaks is brilliant.
The weekly Farmers and Artists Market in Old Town Eden, which starts Memorial Day weekend, provides Saturday morning opportunities to catch up with neighbors and friends to whom you’ve only uttered a few words on an occasional chairlift encounter, and smiles abound. By mid to late June, Snowbasin Resort and the ski area at Wolf Creek are usually open for lift served mountain biking and hiking. The excitement of the impending summer and all she offers creates the underlying exhilaration that lasts all spring.