LOCATION: 19 miles northeast of Ogden, Utah 55 miles north of Salt Lake International Airport.
DIRECTIONS FROM SALT LAKE CITY: Take I-15 north to Ogden’s 12th Street, turn east and follow the signs through Ogden Canyon.
DIRECTIONS FROM PARK CITY: Take I-80 east to I-84 junction, then west on I-84 to exit 96 and follow the signs.
PARKING: Will be available at Powder Mountain during the event.
Mountain Driving Safety Tips
The access road to Powder Mountain, Utah State Road 158, is one of the steepest state roads in Utah. SR 158 has an average grade of approximately 14.0% and lacks guardrails to protect you if you are driving too fast around curves. Free shuttle buses will be running regularly throughout the event from the Wolf Creek Festival Field located on the way to Powder Mountain on SR158 approximately 5 miles from the resort. To the extent possible, we recommend utilizing the free shuttle service and avoid traveling SR158 to Powder Mountain with oversized rigs and trailers. There is limited camping and parking on site which is suggested for only those with the proper transportation equipment able to ascend and descend our steep mountain road safely. We had a tragic accident at the end of the motocross event last year that took the life of a bright, talented rider and great young man, Tanner Krahenbuhl, and don’t want that to ever happen again.
Use lower or your lowest gear while traveling down SR158 leaving Powder Mountain. The mountainous portion of the road is approximately 5.0 miles long. You really shouldn’t ride the brakes at all. However, be sure your brakes are in good condition to help you stop. Most serious brake problems involve large trucks with air brakes, but you'll also need to pay attention to your brakes. Have your brakes (including your parking brake) and tire pressures checked prior to your trip. If renting, choose a major company, which is more likely to offer newer cars in good condition. Also, check your owner’s manual for instructions of what to do if your brakes fail. Should you pump them or just apply steady and firm pressure? While driving, periodically test your brakes by pumping them several times as you start downhill. Do this before you gain much speed. In fact, using low gear you should not be in a position of gaining too much speed. If your brakes fail while driving downhill, try the following. We DO NOT guarantee these, but they may save your life.
- Make sure everyone's safety belts are buckled
- Do not turn off your motor—you want your power steering to work
- Pump your regular brakes or apply very firm pressure depending on the instructions in your owner's manual
- Shift into lower gear, (you should already be in low gear) Try your emergency (parking) brake (Give it some time to work)
- Scrape against a rail or the side of the mountain to slow down if not going very fast, and—IF all else fails and you can do so safely - All of these are your decisions, Powder Mountain is not responsible - Crash into something soft before you gain too much speed, such as a the dirt side hill or a group of small trees and bushes
- The idea is to avoid having to make these kind of drastic decisions by using low/lowest gear, pulling over and letting your brakes cool as necessary, and taking your time getting down the mountain safely.
High-elevation Health Tips
The pro pits and starting line located at the main Powder Mountain parking lot sit at 8,200’ elevation. The Hidden Lake Lodge and parking lot where some will be camping are at nearly 9,000’ elevation. In order to enjoy your stay and avoid any health issues, we suggest that you significantly moderate your exercise until used to these elevations. Even Ogden Valley’s elevation which is approximately 5,000 feet, may be high enough for some to notice.
Other suggestions include: avoiding alcohol, drink extra water, and getting plenty of rest—you’ll need to be sharp for the race and for mountain driving.
Moreover, seek your doctor’s approval prior to your trip if you have a heart, respiratory, or other medical condition, such as pregnancy.
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