Nordic Express – Nordic Valley, UT

This six pack is a rare detachable accessible only via a double chair.
The tallest tower has four tube sections.
View back down the lower lift line.
Middle part of the lift line.
Tower 10.
Arriving at the drive station.
Tower 13 and the top terminal.
View down the line towards the town of Eden.
Looking up the lift line.
A Leitner chair imported from Austria.
Tower 5.
View up at tower 3.
Loading area and small maintenance rail.
Side view of the bottom terminal.
Top terminal overview.
Side view up top.
Tower 13 and the upper station.
View down at T12.
Upper part of the line.
View down.
Tower 7.
View leaving the bottom terminal.
Unloading area.
The bottom station seen from above.
Top terminal turnaround.
Leitner-Poma tower head.

19 thoughts on “Nordic Express – Nordic Valley, UT

  1. Max Hart February 25, 2021 / 4:53 pm

    Welcome back to Utah L-P!

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  2. skibumbarnes February 25, 2021 / 5:07 pm

    Real nice lift! Will be interesting to see if Nordic Valley ends up putting in more detachables in the future for quite a small mountain. Also love those Leitner chairs from Austria.


    • Utah Powder Skier February 25, 2021 / 5:18 pm

      They at least plan to add a bunch more lifts, including two gondolas, one of them coming up from North Ogden and the other coming up from the current base. They have plans to replace all of their existing lifts, along with a lot more new lifts. While this plan looks nice, Nordic Valley just doesn’t have the elevation that Basin and Powder have. After a big snowstorm, they always get the least amount of snow in the state. Ogden does need another ski area, Basin can get a little crowded on weekends, Saturdays in particular are the worst. I can’t see Nordic Valley staying under its current ownership, this lift upgrade hasn’t really brought in the skier numbers they hoped for.

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      • skibumbarnes February 25, 2021 / 5:27 pm

        Wowza, didn’t know that they were planning on adding two gondolas. But like you were saying, this brand new lift is pretty empty and I think a new owner could really help boost their sales.


      • MICHAEL STAHLER March 20, 2021 / 9:37 pm

        I am still surprised that they installed this lift instead of replacing the Apollo Double. That and the other lifts at the main area are all pretty old. I think starting there would have made a difference instead of adding a new lift on a new area that requires one to ride an ancient double to access. That said, their snowmaking system is pretty crazy.

        Did they get a deal on the Six-Pack because someone cancelled due to COVID?

        And it seems like the ownership/management has high aspirations. I’m pretty sure that the owner of Purgatory is running Nordic (or owns it). How did he earn his money? Tech?


  3. Myles Svec February 25, 2021 / 5:17 pm

    The snow amount doesn’t look as bad as I thought. Well it could be just because it’s late in the season but beautiful detachable Nordic valley!

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  4. Utah Powder Skier February 25, 2021 / 5:21 pm

    I can’t believe they were able to get the lift up and running so fast. When the new lift at Arizona Snowbowl was finished, Nordic Valley still had towers in the parking lot!

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  5. Donald Reif February 26, 2021 / 9:15 am

    Huh, the lift has no name painted on the terminals nor on any of the shacks.

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  6. skitheeast February 26, 2021 / 9:57 am

    The lift looks great, but I have absolutely no idea why they chose to build this before other lifts in their master plan. It will always raise some eyebrows when the only way to access a detachable six-pack is with a fixed-grip double.


    • Utah Powder Skier February 26, 2021 / 10:09 am

      Nordic does plan to replace all of their old lifts. The reason for this expansion was to access terrain that receives more snow. This lift is only 800 pph more than Lift 1, but Lift 1 breaks down regularly. I think this was also to see if an expansion with advanced terrain at a beginner mountain would attract more skier numbers in the Ogden area. I don’t think it really attracted the skier numbers they hoped for.


      • MD March 24, 2022 / 3:14 am

        It seems like they have an idea of what could potentially bring people in, like night skiing, but then they kind of half-a** it and ruin the value prop of it. Their “night skiing” is only until 7PM (that’s before sunset right now, lol) when Brighton is open until 9PM and with Snake Creek being open, Brighton has way more night terrain. Their night tix are also not competitive with Brighton in terms of price. Nobody is gonna go to Nordic Valley unless they are a significantly shorter drive for them.


      • Ryan March 24, 2022 / 3:59 am

        Yup, I hear Apollo has been quite the headache as of late. It was a good lift when I skied it years ago but given it’s a 1970 Hall and had been their primary lift, she’s been due for replacement


    • Donald Reif February 26, 2021 / 10:14 am

      I don’t think it raises eyebrows with me. Not when Breck has a high speed six pack (the Kensho SuperChair) which can only be reached by taking a fixed grip quad (Zendo), and a high speed quad (the Imperial Express SuperChair) only accessible via double chairlift (Lift 6) or T-Bar.


      • skitheeast February 26, 2021 / 10:36 am

        Breck has 10 high-speed lifts. Them installing a high-speed lift anywhere would not raise eyebrows, and it is almost expected with their caliber and reputation. Even still, I will add that it is weird for them to not have a high-speed lift, or at least a modern fixed-grip, accessing Imperial. For Nordic Valley, having an all-fixed-grip base area and one detachable lift elsewhere on the mountain is definitely odd, even after knowing why they chose to do so.


        • Donald Reif February 27, 2021 / 8:04 am

          In Breck’s cases, the high alpine detachables only being reachable via fixed grip lifts makes sense since the slower lifts serve as a means of metering traffic flow. This is definitely a necessity with Imperial since it’s the only detachable at Breck with less than 2,400 pph capacity.

          In Nordic’s case, I see it as them starting out with the expansion then backtracking to replace the older lifts.


        • skitheeast February 27, 2021 / 12:09 pm

          Exactly, Nordic is backtracking. They are eating their dessert before dinner. The entire thing is weird because it makes more sense to upgrade the base area before looking to expand elsewhere on the mountain.


        • Utah Powder Skier February 27, 2021 / 6:13 pm

          Nordic isn’t competition for Basin and Powder. All they’ve had up until now is night skiing and good prices for beginners. They’re getting impatient and expanding terrain so they can actually be competition in the Ogden area. I would guess that they did not get the skier numbers that they hoped for. Snowbasin skiers will still ski Snowbasin. Snowbasin is also closer to more people that Nordic Valley is. There isn’t anything between the Cottonwoods and Snowbasin and no one driving up from Salt Lake would want to drive further for less terrain. They are still the beginner hill for the Ogden area.


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