Published for City Weekly’s Winter Outdoor Recreation Guide | 2013
Don’t just ride the mountain—explore it. It’s time to toss out your tick list, ditch the standard run routine and search out some freshies—and we don’t just mean snow. You’re about to spend a day in rugged yet surreally beautiful mountains layered in powder so dry you might have to swim till you snap on your skis. Keep your eyes open and your curiosity piqued; the oft-overlooked treasures you’ll find will extend way beyond the errant powder stash. To borrow some slightly clichéd, but annoyingly truthful, surfer lingo: Live the search. Here are a few ideas to get started on your own personal pilgrimage…READ MORE.
Fifteen ski hills (11 within an hour of Salt Lake City) sprawl across Utah’s topographical wonderland, ready and waiting for winter—and each and every one wants you. This year’s prices, pass benefits and on-mountain offerings reflect the steep competition. What does this mean for 2013-14 Utah shredders? More bang for every single buck (especially if you pre-purchase day passes). So, kick back, keep a weather eye out and let these world-class resorts woo you…READ MORE.
Back to Basics
GPSing, altitude-reading, iPhone-integrated gadgetry is great. But, be it blizzard or bluebird, a winter day in the mountains—even lift-serviced ones—can get serious in a hurry, so dress appropriately. Freezing fingers, soggy shoulders and foggy goggles will keep you from field-testing any trinkets, but these solid basics will serve you tirelessly. And, if you stick to them, you’ll save enough money to hit the hills while your tricked-out buddies are tapping out time on a keyboard…READ MORE.
There’s always a good excuse to go tubing: legs weary after too much riding, clamoring kids or just a straight-up love of old-school laughs. But where’s the best spot to throw down your tube and let it fly? It all depends on your tubing priorities. Whether you’re catering to kids, seeking multigenerational giggles, craving let-loose fun with friends or planning the chilliest first date ever, Utah’s got you covered. But don’t forget to dress warm and waterproof—speeding downhill on your butt doesn’t generate a whole lot of body heat…READ MORE.