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Utah's Sled Accessed Riding

Utah’s Sled Accessed Riding

Writer’s Note: No secret stashes were harmed during this article’s publication.  Let’s try something. If you’re a purist backcountry traveller, keep an open mind about snowmobiles. Just for the duration of this article. Adapt this thought: you skin; they ride. It’s all good.   Consider that maybe no one uses sleds more regularly than Utah […]

Drew Hardesty Interview

Drew Hardesty Interview

A forecaster at the Utah Avalanche Center (UAC) since 1999, Drew Hardesty is often described as the storyteller on the team, and with good reason. After college at UC Boulder, he served as an intelligence officer in the US Navy during the first Desert Storm, and spent a number of years working and guiding for […]

New Threat to the Grand Canyon- A Proposed Tram to the Bottom

New Threat to the Grand Canyon- A Proposed Tram to the Bottom

  On previous raft trips down the Grand Canyon I have seen summer rains bring roiling muddy water from the Little Colorado into the deep green of the Colorado River and dramatically change it to a silt brown color. This June was different. We tied off our rafts at the confluence and walked upstream beside […]

What the Women Folk Don't Know Can't Hurt Me

What the Women Folk Don’t Know Can’t Hurt Me

“How was skiing?” The wife asks me this every time I return from a day in the mountains. I lean my skis, still dripping with spring snow, against the wall by the front door, put down my boots and poles, and take off my jacket. “Fine,” I say with a shrug. “We got a few […]

On Lone Peak- Winter 1975

On Lone Peak- Winter 1975

  I look up at this wall often, especially in winter.  Even from I 15 you can see the cirque with your butt comfortably warm in your car.  But I know only too well just how bloody alpine it is up there, despite being too close to a too-big city.  When we climbed the Open […]

Inspired-Lessons Learned From a Life of Adventure

Inspired-Lessons Learned From a Life of Adventure

  A longtime avalanche professional at Snowbird resort, and former president of Wasatch Backcountry Rescue, Dean Cardinale is also an avid mountain climber, outdoor enthusiast, and adventure seeker. The founder of World Wide Trekking and the president and founder of Human Outreach Project, he has climbed and led expeditions to North America, Central America, Africa, […]

Skiing By Instinct

Skiing By Instinct

  “Nature presides in all her dignity, permitting us the study and the use of such her forces as we may understand. It is when we presume to intimacy, having been granted only tolerance, that the harsh stick falls across our impudent knuckles and we rub the pain, staring upward startled by our ignorance.” –Beryl […]

Seldom Seen- But They've Got Your Back

Seldom Seen- But They’ve Got Your Back

  A strong case can be made that the heart and soul of a ski resort are the lift operators. Guests will park once, probably eat once, and hopefully never have to utilize ski patrol services, but they usually ride the lifts all day and therefore have ongoing interactions with the happy people running the […]

Wide Load- The Fat Bike Hits Utah

Wide Load- The Fat Bike Hits Utah

The world just got a bit smaller, literally.  Fat-tire mountain bikes have come on the scene over the last several years and have made a huge impression on the industry.  These wide tracked behemoths allow riders to float over terrain and their prowess in the snow is unmatched.  You may have seen a fat bike […]