The skiing at Snowbird has been unreal. Yes, skiing. While the rest of the Wasatch is hunkered down, sitting out the back-to-back storm cycles because closing days have come and gone, diehard locals are rejoicing. Nineteen inches in the last 48 hours and more on the way.
If you hate skiing alone, you can't be shy. I had the ultimate dilemma today. None of my friends could come out to play. It was a Tuesday; a work day for most and forecasters had called Wednesday the day to catch the Powder Flu. Not today.
I’ve never completely understood the allure of celebrity. I’d much rather have a photograph of me and friends than me and actors who don’t know me, but it’s there…and it’s here in Park City, Utah. If you are skiing or riding in the neighborhood, have some "parkarazzi" fun at the annual Sundance Film Festival.
January is here and that means the Outdoor Retailer Show is here. When SMAK PR and Allied Feather and Down invited me to a preview glamping event to set the mood for the show, do you think I considered saying no? I said yes and hopped on a Scott fat bike to begin my afternoon of adventure.
Olympic ski legend and Deer Valley’s iconic ambassador Stein Eriksen has died. The Norwegian champion known for his impressive coif, impeccable ski technique and eponymous lodge passed away quietly at his Park City home Sunday, December 27, 2015, surrounded by family. He was 88 years old.
The irony isn’t lost on locals. Four comparatively miserable winters and yet Utah ski resorts spent millions on “improvements” this summer, raising the cost of lift tickets and season passes yet again, all in the hopes of attracting more visitors.
I swear one of these summers I’m going to get in the water and spend all day there. The 2015 Summer Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City kicked off with the annual demo day at Pineview Reservoir near Ogden, Utah, and once again I looked longingly at all the bodies paddling but kept my distance.
Winter's done. Spring's here with all the sun, warm temps and freak snow storms. Now, the only thing to worry about are the conditions. Two weeks ago we got 10 inches. Fresh snow on top of spring snow that has slopped up in the heat the day before and froze at night before the storm. What we ski instructors call "variable" and "dust on crust".
Planning to be in Park City, Utah this summer? The Park City Food and Wine Classic is back. It's hard to imagine that this humble festival is now in its 11th straight year and attracts thousands of oenophiles and foodies.
It's official. The season - at least in Utah - is going down as the warmest and driest on record. According to the National Weather Service, temps were consistently 7 to 13 degrees above normal from December to March; and that news comes on top of the reports that our nation’s winter overall was the 19th-warmest in the last 120 years.
We didn’t have to wait all ski season long for those 30 degree days to warm to 40 and 50 but there’s just a different vibe when it’s April versus February. “Spring is in the air!”
If you ask me, ‘Winter 2014/15’ in Utah’s Wasatch neck of the woods is a wash and we ought to all just say “move on.” In case you didn’t get the memo, Utah is expecting a record high this weekend.
Winter means ski hat season but darn if helmets have put a crimp in resort style. Maybe we shouldn’t sport acrylic (or wool or fleece) on the slopes but that doesn’t mean those fluffy ear coverings can’t radiate your steeze après and beyond.
Climate change, ecology, backcountry responsibility, the future of the ski industry. These topics and sentiments were at the forefront of the just concluded 2015 Snowsports Industries America (SIA) Trade Show in Denver.
I wander the halls of the Colorado Convention Center aimlessly wondering where do I start? I’ve attended the Snowsports Industries of America show three times in Denver and countless other times when it was in Las Vegas. but for the first time in, I think, forever, we both (the Show and I) have lost focus.
I skied with Barbara Streisand’s brother one year while teaching skiing at Deer Valley. I’ve spotted Danny Devito and talked with Kate Walsh at the Smile Celebrity Ski Race.