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The Good Life at a Good Price

06/11/14

The Good Life at a Good Price

Though some may still refer to summer as Park City’s “off season,” after just one glance at June, July, and August’s jam-packed events calendars you’ll see that much like hard-tail mountain bikes and tanning oil, labeling the warm weather months the off-season is, at a minimum, obsolete.                That said, to destination visitors a Wasatch Mountains’ summer still isn’t quite as popular as winter. To fill the gap, area luxury lodging properties like the Waldorf Astoria, Stein Eriksen Lodge, and the Montage Deer Valley offer rates as low as half (and sometimes lower) of what they charge when it’s snowing. Many also sweeten the pot by throwing in event tickets, gear rentals, dining...

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Making The Wasatch One

03/21/14

Making The Wasatch One

“I was part of one of the first public discussions about connecting the Wasatch resorts with then Governor Bangerter in 1985,” said Mike Goar, General Manager at Canyons. “Of course, I was only six at the time.” Goar’s comments (joking and otherwise) were part of a gathering of seven Wasatch Mountains ski resort general managers and Ski Utah to roll out One Wasatch, a concept (that’s obviously not new) to create a seamless chairlift interconnection between Alta, Brighton, Canyons, Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR), Snowbird, and Solitude. An idea, stressed Ski Utah President Rafferty, that exists for now as just that. “Think of One Wasatch as the moment the cover comes off a concept car at an auto show,” said Nathan...

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Inbounders

03/02/14

Inbounders

    Standing atop the summit of one of Utah’s many beautiful resorts, you can see fields of uncut powder in every direction. The eye wanders from peak to peak and the imagination runs wild. In any expert skier or snowboarder, it is a powerful temptation to ride under the orange rope and cut some fresh turns in deep snow. All of us have been tempted to create a “war story” of our own on how we went backcountry and experienced the greatest powder of our lives. However, the reality of this is that while some live to tell the tale, there untold dangers beyond those thin ropes. Each year multiple people in Utah are either seriously injured or killed in backcountry avalanches. Utah remains one of the pioneers in avalanche control. Teams of...

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And Then There Were Three

01/22/14

And Then There Were Three

USSA names its US Olympic Women’s Ski Jumping Team   If you didn’t know the backstory, you’d think today would be the best day of Lindsey Van’s, Jessica Jerome’s and Sarah Hendrickson’s lives. This afternoon the three were named to the US Women’s Ski Jumping Olympic Team. They along with 27 other women ski jumpers from around the world will, thanks to their event’s long-overdue addition to the Winter Olympics program, get to compete next month in Sochi, Russia. But if you know anything about the all-Park City native Visa US Women’s Ski Jumping Team, you know that today is more than a little bittersweet. Absent from the Sochi roster were Alissa Johnson and Abby Hughes, women whom Van, Jerome and Hendrickson have...

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Sundance Is For Skiers

01/19/14

Sundance Is For Skiers

One of the most underrated gifts offered by the Sundance Film Festival to locals is that the slopes are EMPTY and just waiting for area skiers and riders to take advantage. During the festival, Park City's lodging occupancy — a.k.a. number of guests at hotels, condos and private rental homes — is at nearly 100 percent, filled with not skiers, but film goers who never get anywhere close to the mountain resorts. What does this mean for those of us who live here (or the few savvy visitors who take a day off from screenings to enjoy the Greatest Snow on Earth®)? Today at Deer Valley Resort, it meant that you could find a parking spot in Lot 1 when you rolled in representing the “Crack ofNoon Club;” fly through the lift line corral without pause;...

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Culinary Adventure For A Cause

04/01/13

Culinary Adventure For A Cause

Park City’s National Ability Center (NAC) (discovernac.org) is known globally for supporting and enabling the dreams of people with more than 105 different types of disabilities, making it possible for them to engage in the kinds of activities most of us jump into without giving it a second thought. Skiing, horseback riding, rock climbing—you name it. In order for the NAC to work its magic, it takes funding …lots of funding … to make possible success stories such as the one I learned about from blind NAC athlete Tanner Gers at one of  21 annual Vintner Dinners hosted on behalf of the NAC in various Park City homes on March 8, 2013. Gers lost his vision at the age of 21 in an auto accident. Sudden and tragic, the event changed his life....

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Fly Fishing Sportmanship

03/23/10

Fly Fishing Sportmanship

Fly-fishing is a sport/art/science that has been developed and enjoyed for hundreds of years. A variety of manners and customs have evolved to help make the sport more enjoyable for everyone. Jans Mountain Outfitters fully supports the following rules of behavior or “golden rules:” Thou Shalt Not Mistreat a TroutMany fishermen practice catch-and-release fishing but some fishermen don’t know how to release a  trout. Once you have quickly but adequately played the fish to net, begin by wetting your hands and holding the fish gently as you dislodge the hook. (Using barbless hooks or flattening the barb with pliers in advance makes the job easier.) When returning the fish to water, hold him facing upstream so that his gills can re-oxygenate and give him strength....

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We Just Found Neverland

07/07/09

We Just Found Neverland

I don't know where to start, it has been so long. I am in Dalat, a mountain town in Vietnam that is at least 20 degrees cooler than everywhere else. We arrived yesterday and couldn't decide what to make of Dalat. It is called the Paris of the east, which is fitting since it dons a mini Eiffel Tower, there are swan boats that float on the central lake and everywhere you look is a cafe. It truly is Neverland. I don't know how to feel about M.J.'s passing. I love his music, but not the man. He's a legend of good and bad, but I was happy to hear his greatest hits belted out at a cafe situated along the Disney-esque lake while the fake swans floated by.Dalat is a magical place, literally. This may not be true for everyone, but one of the strangest moments happened to me yesterday. My mom met...

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Lao Lao, Yummy Yummy

06/10/09

Lao Lao, Yummy Yummy

Laos is the most laid-back country I have visited. The people, the culture, the landscape is uniquely and beautifully exquisite. Right now, we’re in Luang Prabang, a bustling city surrounded by tropical rain forest, the Mekong River, mountains and temples. Compared to any other city, this is quaint, quiet, slow, reserved. But compared to where we have been the last five days, it is an oasis of action.We spent the past five days biking and hiking through northern Laos. For reference, the country is pronounced “louse” and the people and language and religion is Lao (no “s”). All are Buddhist, but the people are split into three, agreeable tribes: Lao, Hmong and Kamu. Intermarriage between the tribes is now widely accepted.Initially, I was petrified of biking...

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Grappling with Climate Change

05/13/09

Grappling with Climate Change

Never let it be said that going back to college is overrated. And if you're going to do it, do it right. While I did my undergrad work at West Virginia University, today a member of the Big East, this week I checked into Stanford of the Pac-10. The difference? The campus adorned with palm trees, eucalyptus trees, flowers that bloom year-round, and what Bruce Springsteen would refer to as "girls in their summer clothes." But this time around I wasn't a student, per se, but rather a "visiting scholar." I told one group that I really wasn't much more than a "writer dude," but nonetheless the university card spells it out right in bold -- v-i-s-i-t-i-n-g s-c-h-o-l-a-r. And they tossed in an office for good measure. What has brought me to Stanford for a week or...

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