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Is Utah a Bike Friendly State?

Is Utah a Bike Friendly State?

Is Utah Really a Bike Friendly State?   By Jared Hargrave In May, the Utah cycling community got welcome news when the League of American Bicyclists ranked the Beehive State as the 13th most bicycle-friendly state in the nation. While the number doesn’t sound like we should be popping corks of champagne bottles quite yet, […]

Spring Classics- 8 Weeks, 8 Adventures in Utah

Spring Classics- 8 Weeks, 8 Adventures in Utah

It happens every year in Utah – winter’s death knell tolls and skiers mourn the melting snow. Spring, however, gives rise to the best time of year for outdoor recreation in the state. Mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, canyoneering and backpacking fill the void winter leaves behind. Spring is the signal for our migration towards […]

Road Warriors- UDOT's Avalanche Battle on Utah's Canyon Highways

Road Warriors- UDOT’s Avalanche Battle on Utah’s Canyon Highways

They call it the Red Snake. This crimson serpent is the dread of all skiers and snowboarders in Little Cottonwood Canyon, and has a cruel tendency of only emerging on epic days when perfect Utah snow falls on the Wasatch. Overnight storms bring powder hounds to the canyon bottom in droves, yet what they seek […]

The Stoke of Annual Ski Movie Tradition

The Stoke of Annual Ski Movie Tradition

  Every year as the air gets colder, skies turn gray, and snow is so close to falling you can smell it, a tradition spanning generations is carried out in mountain country. This important ritual involves hundreds of people gathering together in a large room filled with rows of chairs that face a giant, white […]

Gear Envy- Gateway to Fancy Accoutrements Addiction

Gear Envy- Gateway to Fancy Accoutrements Addiction

“Ignorance is bliss.” This famous quote can be applied to many things in life, like fixing that bad engine noise by simply turning up the car stereo. But in outdoor life, the quote can work equally well while dreaming about new, expensive gear that we all want in a salivating-frenzy-kind-of-way, but don’t really need (and […]

Mountain Biking Hole in the Rock

Mountain Biking Hole in the Rock

The frenetic wail of old violins in need of new strings rang out from a rounded, red rock amphitheater. Guitars, makeshift drums and the pounding of worn leather boots on stone kept time to the music. Men and women danced in circles, their clothes sweat stained and threadbare under a starry sky. Campfires illuminated the […]

A Day in the Brewhouse

A Day in the Brewhouse

A constant hum, like an airless wind, echoes through towers and canyons. Men toil in this place, skiers, runners, and mountain bikers alike. They work together for a noble cause between the imposing forms, each tower as cold as a granite wall in shadowed morning. The men move like scientists; mixing, pouring, and analyzing. Instead […]

The Art of Running Avoidance

The Art of Running Avoidance

I don’t run, never have and never thought I would. I took pride in that statement, as if running was beneath me and my egocentric skier, mountain biker and rock climber image. I thought to run was to be a pedestrian, and I scribed an arms-length of reasons not to lace up a pair of […]

Mountain Men Don't Wear Hot Pink

Mountain Men Don’t Wear Hot Pink

The mountain biker was standing there, at the base of a local ski resort, having just completed a grueling, day-long summer race. He was the image of mountain manliness – muscular build, broad shoulders, and a grizzly beard beneath mud-spattered sunglasses. This archetype of the modern, high-altitude athlete was astride his mount; a filthy, expensive […]

Remote Utah- Three out of the way places you can drive to.

Remote Utah- Three out of the way places you can drive to.

Utah is covered by a blanket of remoteness. In any quadrant of the state, even along the Wasatch Front, you can conceivably strike out on foot, into the woods or desert, and find solitude. Hell, discovering a place absent of people is easy if you bushwhack far away from established trails, or beeline yourself to […]

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 […]

Praying for Snow (and choosing the correct drink for Ski-God consumption.)

Praying for Snow (and choosing the correct drink for Ski-God consumption.)

Skiers are a superstitious bunch, and the Pray for Snow ritual is our most cherished ceremony. As a group, we skiers share many similarities to ancient, tribal people living in a time when entire civilizations were dependent upon rain. Drum circles, rain dances and virgin sacrifices atop volcano craters were performed in the hopes that […]

Canoeing the Little Grand Canyon

Canoeing the Little Grand Canyon

I hate water. More accurately, I hate to get wet. This is why I don’t know what I was thinking when the idea came up to canoe down the San Rafael River through Utah’s Little Grand Canyon. In general, I pursue water sports with about as much effort as I lick asphalt. Rafting in particular […]