We have Purgatory in Washington County, Noah’s Ark in Iron County, Gog and Magog in Cache County and Eden in Weber County. And indeed the Eden Valley is beautiful, perhaps a bit of heaven on earth. Past a frozen reservoir, nestled between snow-capped peaks, threaded by a winding bike path, with three ski resorts rising above, it holds much promise for visitors. Time-share accommodations, B&B’s, quaint motels and bustling restaurants are enough to draw visitors here, behind the Wasatch. A short drive from Ogden up the eponymous canyon, away from metro mayhem, Eden unfolds before you.
Not only prime topography for those seeking speed in the snow, the climate here suits the tending of sure-footed beasts. The sheep milked for Snowy Mountain Cheese Factory’s blends have exotic names, sounding more like fancy beauty products than hardy, hairy ungulates. French Lacaune, East Freesian and Icelandic Dairy provide the main ingredient for cheese found at Eden’s Valley Market.
Athena Stedman, proprietress of Simply Eden, has a herd of goats she milks by hand for the soaps and lotions she crafts. These potions smell great and make your skin feel lovely. She also sells doelings and bucklings if you are in the market for a natural lawn mower. Simply Eden is the first storefront open in a semi circle cluster of small log buildings on the main drag.
Snowbasin, Powder Mountain and Wolf Mountain have amazing Utah powder without the crowds of other resorts. If you want a ski experience without the crowds, head up here. There is also plenty of terrain to go Nordic and strap on some skinny skis or step out in style and step into some snowshoes. Metro to mountain busses run between Ogden and the resorts, a handy way to get to the snow and be kind to the climate.
With only 600 permanent residents, there is plenty of space for visitors. Boasting a quaint down town that juxtaposes yoga and tea with burritos and beer. Explore small town Eden before the rest of the world finds it.
Photos by Pippa Keene