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2016 / 2017 Speaker Series

2016 / 2017 Speaker Series

Utah Adventure Journal, in conjunction with Snowbird Resort is pleased to announce the 2016/2017 Adventure Speaker Series, taking place at the Wildflower Lounge at the Iron Blosam Lodge at Snowbird, on nine Thursday nights this winter.  Come and meet some amazing adventurers, and hear their motivating and inspiring tales of high adventure from around the […]

Searching for Gold

Searching for Gold

Exploring the New Gold Butte National Monument   As you read this article, snow is falling and piling high in the Wasatch Mountains.  Hopefully, you’ve gotten your fair share of powder turns thus far.  However, you might yearn for a warm winter break!  Do you need to feel the warmth of sun’s rays on your […]

Strong for a Girl

Strong for a Girl

Fighting Gender Stereotypes in Backcountry Skiing Photos by Peter Quayle Last winter, I had my first backcountry skiing experience in the Tetons. Per usual, I was the only girl in a gang of six Gore-Tex clad guys who had years of backcountry experience under their belt. Although my secondhand skins would occasionally lose their grip […]

UDOT Revises Little Cottonwood Canyon Avalanche Control Policy

UDOT Revises Little Cottonwood Canyon Avalanche Control Policy

  Backcountry skiing on powder mornings in Little Cottonwood Canyon is now under new restrictions. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has adjusted their backcountry closure policy for avalanche control along SR 210 (the highway to Alta and Snowbird) as well as some of the most popular backcountry skiing zones in the country. For backcountry […]

A Mountain of Work: The Legend of Montgomery Atwater

A Mountain of Work: The Legend of Montgomery Atwater

Snow and avalanches are an enduring part of the mountain environment that affects the livelihood of many operations throughout the world.  In the western hemisphere, the scientific study and monitoring of these little understood phenomena began in the small town of Alta, Utah.  Situated nine miles up a glacially carved canyon in the heart of the Wasatch […]

Fresh Tracks for the Tram

Fresh Tracks for the Tram

  In my second winter season at Snowbird I became a tram operator working under the legendary tram and cable guru Bob Ficker. A year later having moved into lift maintenance, I recall a conversation about an upcoming cable replacement job on one of the lifts, and I asked Bob about the Tram track cables […]

Skiing Uphill Both Ways: New Talking Mountain Yurt System Opens in the La Sal Mountains

Skiing Uphill Both Ways: New Talking Mountain Yurt System Opens in the La Sal Mountains

“This is the nicest yurt I have ever seen.” It’s Saturday afternoon in the La Sal Mountains and I am taking off my ski boots at the door of the Geyser Pass Yurt to avoid tracking mud onto the gorgeous wood floor. My friends enter behind me with similar exclamations about our lodgings. The bunks […]

How to Succeed at Being a Ski Bum

How to Succeed at Being a Ski Bum

10 Tips to Creating a Location-Independent, Fully Funded Winter After a while, most skiers and snowboarders get tired of service industry jobs and other location-bound positions. You want the freedom to work and the freedom to chase a storm without the consequences of unemployment, bankruptcy, and homelessness. Unless you went to finishing school, you benefit […]

Tears and Tracks on Denali

Tears and Tracks on Denali

Story and Photos by Brett Carroll  I don’t consider myself to be an especially emotional person. I think that I tend to cry at appropriate times. I cried when my Grandpa died. I cried when my girlfriend and I broke up. I cried when my friend Joe died. And I cried my way up Pig […]

Mountain Accord Update

Mountain Accord Update

By Tom Diegel  Utah Adventure Journal readers are likely aware of Mountain Accord, the coalition of dozens of formal stakeholders across the Wasatch Front and Back that came together three years ago to attempt to hammer out a resolution that would address the many interests and pressures on the Central Wasatch (see the Winter 14-15 UAJ).  In […]

Is Outdoor Retailer Bad for Utah Public Lands?

Is Outdoor Retailer Bad for Utah Public Lands?

Is Outdoor Retailer Bad for Utah Public Lands? By Amanda Ashley Twice a year the Outdoor Retailer show descends on Salt Lake City and is the largest gathering of the Outdoor Industry in the United States. The opportunity to meet with suppliers, retailers, manufacturers, athletes, demo products and learn about new materials makes OR a truly unique […]

The Grit Mill Project in Little Cottonwood Canyon

The Grit Mill Project in Little Cottonwood Canyon

The Lower Little Cottonwood Canyon (LCC) Hiking & Climbing Trail Project is the largest climbing access trail project on US Forest Service (USFS) land in the nation. This project is a large scale public private partnership in which the user group is taking the lead and providing the experts. The Salt Lake Climbers Alliance (SLCA) […]

From the Top Down- Backpacking the Zion Narrows

From the Top Down- Backpacking the Zion Narrows

The scene before me looks like news footage of a crowded New York City sidewalk. A stream of people, hundreds, maybe thousands deep, approach. These people trickled in a few at a time at first; a giggling, young couple here, a group of shirtless college boys there. But as we near the end of our […]

A Game Changer- Pack Rafting Through Canyon Country

A Game Changer- Pack Rafting Through Canyon Country

  Day ten of our desert jaunt, and I felt somewhat exhausted. I slowly sipped my coffee while I packed to go boating. It wasn’t making much sense at the time. We had spent the previous nine days hiking, canyoneering, and ruin-hunting all over the deserts of Utah and Arizona. Now, we were boating? I […]

I Am Becoming the Desert

I Am Becoming the Desert

  “Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.” – Edward Abbey   Autumn rains and cold temps descended upon Park City early November. As the trees prepared for hibernation, we prepared for escape. The daily mundane of schedules, lists, […]