Part of an ambitious ongoing development project to transform Powder Mountain Ski Resort, the Horizon Neighborhood sits atop a striking ridge and offers unimpeded views of the Ogden Valley and the Great Salt Lake beyond. Led by Summit (a group whose events have featured everyone from Bill Clinton to Kendrick Lamar), the larger vision for this formerly untouched mountain top is one rooted in top-notch culinary, wellness, and outdoor recreation offerings, and Horizon’s minimal, cedar-clad structures represent a crucial step in transforming Powder Mountain into a global destination to rival the state’s other resorts.
From the jump, the Horizon Neighborhood presented a challenging-but-intriguing landscape. Namely, the award-winning architecture firm tapped for the project—Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple—needed to find a way to build unique cabins (9,000 feet above sea level) that would take full advantage of the site’s magnificent views while withstanding whipping winds and 500 inches of snowfall each year. Because of the lack of roads or services when construction began, the firm got creative, using conscientious materials like cedar-shingled roofs, shiplap cedar walls, aluminum-clad wood windows, and limiting the amount of concrete needed to support the structures.
It’s safe to say the results are stunning.
Understated but still inviting, these cabins are designed to sit in harmony with their natural surroundings, both aesthetically and ecologically. Sat atop the snowfall on lightweight steel stilts, the structures are kept warm through a sustainable combination of thermal mass concrete floors and hydronic radiant floor heating. The covered balcony and abundance of windows, meanwhile, offer easy visual access to the striking landscape in which the neighborhood is located, and the furnishings and finishes are comfortable, well-culled, and unfussy.
Mountain majesty, indeed.
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