Outdoors

21/22 Ski Passes Now Available, Vail Resorts Announces Epic Pass Price Reduction

After a grimly dry and tragic beginning to winter in the Wasatch, the skiing and riding conditions have quietly been excellent since the calendar to flipped to February. Thanks to some record-setting...

After a Hard Winter, Honey Bees Are Back

Symbolic odes to the honey bee are all over Utah. It’s on the state flag. Honey bees are the State Insect. It’s even in “Deseret,” a heavily saturated word that means “honey...

Catch a Snowy Wave: Powsurfing in Utah

The rapid-fire reverb of surf rock is blaring through the Utah mountains. No, not literally. That’s just the wind. But ya know, in spirit, man. Utahns are starting to ride the powsurfing...

In Utah, 2021 Has Become the Year of the Avalanche

To most skiers and snowboarders, avalanches are a seemingly detached threat. They’re something either punctuating dramatic moments in films like Aspen Extreme or periodically popping up in the headlines from far flung...

Utah Field Guide: The Inversion

It was early winter in 1991, and I had just come from a meeting with my advisor at Utah State University about my transfer from the U. I remember crunching across the quad...

Join the National Ability Center for Red White and Snow Fundraiser

The National Ability Center (NAC) is getting ready to uncork a major fundraising effort after a year navigating the coronavirus pandemic. The 17th annual Red White and Snow event will take place...

Park City Mountain Closes Backcountry Access After Another Fatal Avalanche

The backcountry access gates at Park City Mountain are closed indefinitely per a directive from the resort’s management. The closure follows the a fatal avalanche accident in backcountry terrain adjacent to the...

Floating in John W. Powell’s Wake

In the 1800s, humans were busy scurrying across the globe prying into the blank spots on the map, why? Because, of course, they were there. From the frozen poles of the Earth...

Hideout Annexation in Plain Sight

It’s all over but for the shouting. The controversial annexation of 350 acres of land in Summit County by the municipality of Hideout was approved following a 3-2 vote by the Hideout...

Utah’s National Monuments Back in Spotlight as Biden Administration Takes Action on Day 1

Just hours after being sworn in, President Joe Biden signed an executive order calling for a review of the boundaries for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. The monuments—designated by Barack...

Fatal Avalanche Accident on Park City Ridgeline Spurs Discussion on Risk

On Friday, January 8, a 31-year-old man from Clinton, Utah was killed in an avalanche on the Park City ridgeline in Dutch Draw, a popular backcountry skiing area that is easily accessible...

Remote Retreats: Yurt Getaways

There’s a stillness to the mountain air, a quiet at times which is almost startling. It’s the kind of quiet where the only thing breaking the hush is the mild tinnitus acquired...

The Pandemic on Ski Town Economies

When the lifts stopped spinning early last spring, we didn’t just lose out on pond skims and goggle tans. We also lost a mountain of revenue crucial to Park City’s feast and...

Robert Redford Agrees to Sell Sundance Mountain Resort

More than 50 years after founding Sundance Mountain Resort, Utah’s adopted legend of the silver screen Robert Redford has agreed to sell the resort to a pair of companies, Broadreach Capital Partners...

Tips for a ski vacation in the time of COVID

I’ve never been a huge fan of gondolas. Sitting in a cramped, stuffy box with an overhyped loudmouth who has seemingly no control of where his ski poles are at a given...

2020 Outdoor Holiday Gift Guide

We’re skiing in face masks to protect us from deadly illnesses. We’re socializing outdoors late into the evening in colder weather than could be considered responsible. We’re outside all the time because...
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