In Utah, These Entrepreneurs Are Creating Their Own Version of Eden

Summit Powder Mountain is turning a built-in fan base into a luxury ski resort just north of Salt Lake City. Can it weather a struggling industry?

The new ski getaway home of Darcy Bingham and her husband, Robert Bingham, isn’t what you’d call rustic. It, in fact, eschews nearly all normal “mountain” architecture influences, like faux log cabin, Swiss chalet or stone McMansion. Though popular at many ski resorts, those designs are effectively banned here at Summit Powder Mountain, a 10,000-acre ski development in Eden, Utah, about 60 miles north of Salt Lake City.

Instead, the Binghams’ 5,200-square-foot, four-bedroom, five-bathroom home is partly clad in Wyoming snow...