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In Defense of the Winter Beard

In Defense of the Winter Beard

“Oh my God! Look at his beard!” The exclamation echoed down from people riding the chairlift above me, followed by hoots of joy and frenzy. It was a March morning, and over two feet of creamy spring fluff had fallen overnight on Park City Mountain Resort. My friends and I knew the skiing that day […]

Steep Skiing in the West- A Look Back

Steep Skiing in the West- A Look Back

“If you fall, you die!” This catchy, morbid phrase, popularized by Coloradan, Chris Landry, one of the sport’s foremost pioneers, defines the allure of steep skiing. Although people have perished, it is rare, and most never consider that dire possibility. Mountaineering skiers are driven by a passion to descend improbable lines, and the reward is […]

Utah Powder- Plentiful or Precious?

Utah Powder- Plentiful or Precious?

Utah’s ski resorts are growing in popularity, as documented by a steady increase in skier days since the 2002 Olympics. While numbers are down slightly to just under 4 million last year, the last 7 seasons have all been in the top 10 in skier visits of all time, with 2007/08 the biggest year ever. […]

Skiing Utah's Biggest Lines

Skiing Utah’s Biggest Lines

Skiing Utah’s Biggest Lines What is the point of pushing oneself aerobically? Why do that extra lap or pedal another hill on a training day? For many it’s to pass another athlete in the late stages of a race, for others it’s the satisfaction of establishing a new personal best. For me- it’s the possibility […]