Ogden was the site of the famous “Golden Spike” in 1869, where the Union Pacific railroad met the Central Pacific, linking the American coasts and ushering the rapid expansion of the American West. For the next fifty years, every person taking the railroad cross-country stopped at Ogden’s downtown Union Station, creating a boomtown. The advent of diesel in the 1950′s allowed the transcontinental railroad to bypass Ogden and its economy withered. Until now. The New York Times wrote recently, “Set in the western foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, Ogden, a city of approximately 83,000 people, is fast gaining on places like Boulder, CO, as a destination for extreme sports.” Money Magazine named Ogden one of the best places to live in America, and Sunset Magazine called it “one of the ten places you gotta go.” More glowing articles in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Outside have sung Ogden’s praises as a wonderful place to live, work and play.

Outdoor Industry

Ogden boasts superb skiing, cycling, fishing, climbing, hiking and camping. The local government’s stated goal is the creation of the “Silicon Valley of the Outdoor Industry.” It’s clearly working, for Ogden now has more ski companies than any other city in the country. To date, eleven ski/outdoor related brands have moved or are soon moving to Ogden, including industry leaders such as Salomon, Rossignol, Atomic, Descente and Scott USA. Curt Geiger, VP Descente North America moved his company to Ogden from its longtime home in Denver. He believes “Ogden, with its proximity to airports, charming Main Street, University and nearby ski resort, has what it takes to be the Milan of the ski industry – a hub of major industry leaders together creating a single destination for retailers to send their buyers in search of next year’s wares.”

World Class Skiing

Just twenty five minutes up beautiful Ogden Canyon is the finest skiing you have never heard of, Snow Basin and Powder Mtn. Home of the 2002 Olympic Downhill, Snow Basin is the property of Earl Holding, billionaire owner of the Sun Valley Ski resort. Holding’s stated plan is to turn Snow Basin into the next Sun Valley. Outside Magazine ranked the resort the fifth-best in North America, based on snow quality and terrain, behind only Alta/Snowbird, Whistler, Vail, and Jackson Hole. Currently, there is nowhere to stay near the mountain, and our luxury properties in Ogden are 25 minutes from the Snow Basin gondola. Holding’s son-in-law, Chris Peterson, is developing a ski resort IN Ogden called Malan’s Basin, and there is discussion of building a gondola in Ogden which would ultimately connect to Snow Basin.

Easy Access

Ogden lies just forty minutes north of Salt Lake City in the foothills of the Wasatch Range off north/south Interstate I-15. In Spring 2008, a new light rail from Salt Lake City connected Ogden with the rest of the front range. The lightrail stops just one block from several of our properties. If a gondola or ski shuttle is built in town, a skier will one day be able to fly into Salt Lake, board the light rail to Ogden, get into the gondola and hit the slopes, without ever entering a car.

Downtown Renaissance

Until the last few years, most of Downtown Ogden had been vacant, including numerous classic historic brick buildings. That is all changing as this important city reclaims its illustrious past. Historic 25th Street is now a National Historic District boasting dozens of restaurants and locally owned shops. Ogden City’s business and economic development team bought up six derelict blocks next to historic 25th street and razed it to create The Junction, the new outdoor mall and recreation center which has been an enormous success. It includes, the Salomon Center, the finest recreation center we have ever seen, with a super-sized Gold’s Gym, simulated sky diving, climbing walls, a surf wave, racquetball and swimming pool. Next door is a 16 screen multiplex, restaurants and retail. All our properties are a short walk to the Junction.