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Source: American Museum of Natural History

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A few bizarre developments from ski country: Source: American Museum of Natural History Did you see the recent article about the frozen fish blizzard in the Altai Mountain region of China? It’s the same region where for thousands of years, indigenous people have been navigating winter on homemade skis. Apparently, a tornado-like waterspout touched down in Kanas Lake, picked up[Read More…]

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Short Swings!

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by February 14, 2020 3 comments Short Swings!
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

I know that some people don’t get attached to ideas, things or each other. But it must be rare. I was 10 when skiing entered my life, and I’ve been playing in mountains and snow ever since. At first, Mount Snow in Southern Vermont was the center of my winter universe. Then it was that state’s Stowe and Killington.   [Read More…]

by February 7, 2020 6 comments Short Swings!
Not this deep...yet!

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AARGH!!!! What follows, unfortunately, is the tale of what NOT to do when renting in Salt Lake City through Airbnb or VRBO. My wife and I decided to take a place for January through March. We know SLC from having lived there.  The city is a terrific base with easy access to nine fantastic ski areas and more hotel, restaurant,[Read More…]

by January 17, 2020 9 comments Short Swings!
Monster Traffic Jams Overwhelm Canyon Roads At Four Salt Lake Resorts Last Winter

Monster Traffic Jams Overwhelm Canyon Roads At Four Salt Lake Resorts Last Winter

Big Changes Are Underway This Season. Will They Help Solve The Problem? Flashback To Last Winter Bumper to bumper traffic creeps up Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons toward Alta and Snowbird, Brighton, and Solitude. But resort parking lots are already full. It’s mid-morning on a typical weekend. Rabid skiers ignore the parkies. And they ignore One Way signs. They drive[Read More…]

by December 2, 2019 6 comments Features
Alta's slopes are blooming!  Credit: Judy Calhoun

Alta’s Wild Flowers in Full Bloom

  Any one living in or visiting Salt Lake City can escape the heat and enjoy the remarkable wildflowers at Alta. Contributor Harriet Wllis reports that the Alta’s wildflowers are blooming like crazy right now. The meadows and slopes are like Persian carpets — covered with color!

by July 31, 2019 2 comments West
Eating Salt Lake City

Eating Salt Lake City

Staying in Salt Lake City (or Valley) is an excellent option to explore Alta, Snowbird, Solitude and Brighton. Ski City USA offers good value (many hotels include a Super Pass with the room), public transportation to the resorts, and a broad range of restaurants and entertainment venues. Here are some favorites. Check websites for hours and addresses. Breakfast For a[Read More…]

by March 6, 2018 1 comment Destinations, West
Salt Lake City: Ideal Base for Skiing the Wasatch

Salt Lake City: Ideal Base for Skiing the Wasatch

For many Western resorts this is the season when it’s best to stay on the groomed. There just hasn’t been enough natural snow to enter the woods with confidence. The trail skiing I’ve done at the four resorts closest to Salt Lake City — Alta and Snowbird in Little Cottonwood Canyon and Brighton and Solitude in Big Cottonwood Canyon —[Read More…]

by February 21, 2018 1 comment Destinations, West
Dancing Bears—pre-conflagration—in tiny Bluff, UT.

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And Then, I’ll Take Off My Skis. That’s the punch line of a joke I heard in college. Many of you will know it. Two Russian soldiers are called home from their post in Siberia. They pack their belongings and start their long ski trek across the snowy steppe. They talk about what they’ll do when they arrive home. Boris[Read More…]

by December 21, 2017 5 comments Short Swings!
Bear's Ears. Courtesy: Chicago Tribune

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I’ve always believed in working with a competent car mechanic. The same applies to a well-trained bootfitter. Many older skiers experience boot issues, and a good fitter can help overcome them. Masterfit is in the business of training people to fit ski boots. Their instructors include pedorthists, professionals with specialized training to modify footwear and employ supportive devices to address[Read More…]

by December 14, 2017 3 comments Short Swings!
Solitude Mountain Resort

Solitude Mountain Resort: Perfection at the Top of a Canyon

The Nearby Area for Local and Destination Skiers Who Know. Like most great places, Utah’s Solitude Mountain Resort, combines the obvious with the subtle. Its 1200 acres are laced with a variety of groomers ranging from gentle to intense. In between are the woods and hidden openings where those who seek the untracked may find just what they’re looking for.[Read More…]

by January 4, 2017 0 comments Home Top Box 1, Resort Reviews
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CALIFORNIA Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows announced that five of its skiers were named to the 2017 U.S. Alpine Ski Team. All are part of the area’s development system and have been successful in International Ski Federation (FIS) competition. COLORADO Numerous Colorado resorts offer free skiing for young children—a definite benefit for grandparents taking the kids for a ski holiday. Ages, dates,[Read More…]

by December 8, 2016 0 comments Home Top Box 1, Short Swings!
Outdoor Retailers Summer Market is a huge trade show in SLC.
Credit: Harriet Wallis

Top Picks From The Outdoor Retailers Show

Improve Your Balance, Wear The Newest Fabric And Protect From The Sun. Outdoor Retailers Summer Market Tradeshow is the largest show of its kind in the U.S. where manufacturers strut their products and retailers place orders for next year. The massive show has over 1,500 exhibitors, and it covers acres within Salt Lake City’s convention center. A few passes are issued[Read More…]

by August 19, 2016 1 comment Gear
Reviewer Jan gleefully shows off his $20 season pass for 75+ skiers.
Credit; Jan Brunvand

SeniorsSkiing Guide: Powder Mountain—Second Biggest Resort

Mega But Low Key Resort Close To Salt Lake City Has True Bargains For Seniors. Until this season Powder Mountain ski resort advertised, “More than 7,000 acres. The largest resort in the United States. A hidden gem.” Now that Vail Corp. combined Canyons and Park City Mountain Resort into 7,300 skiable acres, the claim of largest no longer stands. But[Read More…]

by January 6, 2016 4 comments Resort Reviews
Hi From Ski City, USA
Credit: Visit Salt Lake

Breaking News: SLC Dubs Itself “Ski City USA”

Salt Lake City launches campaign to attract skiers to a “base camp for skiing”. Visit Salt Lake President Scott Beck isn’t pulling punches when he says a new $1.8 billion campaign to boost SLC’s brand is aimed at luring skiers away from Colorado’s storied resorts.  Expect a flurry of online and print advertisements promoting Salt Lake City’s short drive to[Read More…]

by September 18, 2014 0 comments West