Powder Mountain
Summit village offers stunning views of the Great Salt Lake and the Wasatch Ridge, at the western edge of the Rocky Mountains. Photo: Paul Bundy

Just an hour north of Salt Lake City, Powder Mountain is a hidden gem among Utah’s more famous ski resorts. At 10,000 acres, it’s one of our nation’s largest ski areas, and now the mountain’s newest owners—a group of young tech entrepreneurs—have begun construction on a contemporary alpine village that’s attracting big money and bold-face names (think Richard Branson and Tim Ferriss). With buildings by acclaimed architects like Marmol Radziner, Olson Kundig, and MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, the Summit Powder Mountain village promises sprawling views of the Great Salt Lake and a stunning organic modern aesthetic.

Die-hard skiers have been enjoying Powder Mountain’s exceptional terrain for decades, but the new village, which is expected to be operational by 2022, aims to attract a year-round community of thought leaders—from artists and activists to scientists—who will rub elbows at yoga studios and juice bars in a Burning-Man-meets-Davos type of atmosphere. To help build this kind of place, designers are held to strict guidelines that aim to thwart overdevelopment. For example, houses must remain under 4,500 square feet (an additional 1,000 square feet of living space is allowed underground), prioritize natural materials, and be energy efficient. In all, 500 mountain homes will be built, clustered around a village center with restaurants, spas, a hotel, shops, and public art—all easily accessed by ski lift, hiking, and mountain biking trails.

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