On Monday, April 9, my day started at 3:30 in the morning. Soon I was riding on the back of a snowmobile, speeding up Snowbasin Mountain in Huntsville, Utah. The 3,000-acre playground, which hosted the men’s and women’s downhill events as well as several others in the 2002 Olympics, had ended its season the day before, and the mountain was all mine. Well, not exactly. I did share it with some friends. Dave and Dawn Goode and Team Goode skier Nick Parsons have been enjoying the area’s soft snow, heavenly views and mirrorlike lakes for many years. Our mission for the day: ski, ski, ski.
That’s exactly what lured the Goodes to Utah in 2004 when they moved their snow and water ski company headquarters from Waterford, Michigan. Dave says that they wanted “to be close to the mountains for snow ski testing, and close to the lake for water ski testing.” Dawn, a competitive water and snow skier herself, loved the idea of having a world of outdoor adventure right outside her door. The former Ogden mayor provided incentive by granting Goode Skis sole rights to a small lake just seven blocks from its manufacturing facility’s front door. From the top of Snowbasin Mountain, at 9,350 feet above sea level, Dave directed my view to his factory and Goode Ski Lake. He then asked, “You see that mountain range to the north?” as he pointed toward Ben Lomond Peak. “Legend has it that the founder of Paramount Pictures sketched the logo based on his younger days growing up in Ogden.”