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EARLY WINTER 2010 FREE Volume 27 Issue 6

Powder cats Backcountry Skiing Adventures

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STARTING LINE Editor’s Note, Beat the New Year 5K, Utah Winter Games, BASH Winter Tri


RESORT REPORT Classes & Clinics at Local Ski Resorts Jenny Willden


10 FEATURES A Day with the Cats: Park City Powder Cats Backcountry Ski Adventure BY Rachel Hodson

15 GEAR 2011’s Best Skiing and Snowboarding Gear BY Rachael Hodson & Jenny Willden


Stocking Stuffers Under $100 BY Rachael Hodson & Jenny Willden


Ice to Meet You: An Intro to Ice Climbing BY Ashlyn Cassidy

26 HEALTH Winter Sports Preparation via Yoga BY Rebecca Petersen


28 CALENDAR Two Months Worth of Calendar Listings

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Many of the activities covered in the Sports Guide are action sports carrying significant risk of personal injury or death. Sports Guide, including its writers, photographers and other staff and management, does not recommend that anyone participate in these sports unless they are supremely expert, knowledgeable about the risks and willing to personally assume all responsibility associated with those risks. Also, the views herein are those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect those of the magazine’s management or ownership. Sports Guide welcomes story, art and photo contributions. We will consider, but assume no responsibility for, unsolicited proposals, manuscripts, art and photographs; all such material must be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope or it will not be returned. MILLS PUBLISHING, INC. retains reprint rights, including affiliated internet site reprints, but contributors retain all other rights for resale, republication, etc. Sports Guide is not responsible for unsolicited contributions, lost or damaged photo material. Send contributions to Sports Guide, c/o Mills Publishing, Inc., 772 East 3300 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84106, 801.467.9419; email For advertising information please call 801.467.9419 or email Published by: Mills Publishing, Inc. Salt Lake City, Utah. Copyright 2010 by Mills Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved.

the STARTING line Editor’s Note Winter is in full swing in Salt Lake City, and the ski resorts are boasting the best early season conditions in years. Some resorts already have over 100 inches, and you can expect fresh powder up to your knees in many spots! Visit our local resorts and take advantage of this epic snow; you won’t be disappointed! But when you’re not out skiing or riding, curl up by a fire with this issue of Outdoor Sports Guide and read up on skiing with Park City’s Powder Cats (pg. 10), get an introduction to ice climbing (pg. 20), check out this season’s best skiing and snowboarding gear (pg. 15) and find stocking stuffers for anyone on your list. (pg. 18). While driving around in this snowy weather can be a pain, I can’t complain. Fresh snow is the best early Christmas present a snowboarder could ask for! But Mother Nature isn’t the only one giving out gifts this season—Outdoor Sports Guide is too! One lucky reader will win a waterproof, shockproof Magellan ToughCase for iPhone/iPod Touch that retails for $199. We’re also giving away the running charms featured in our Stocking Stuffer story, courtesy of Scott James Jewelry. Enter by sending an email to with “Holiday Giveaway” in the subject line, and tell us your favorite, and least favorite, things about Outdoor Sports Guide. We’ll randomly select winners from all entrants. Good luck and happy holidays! Jenny Willden

Elevate Winter Indoor Triathlon Series #2 Complete a sprint triathlon this winter without freezing your butt off at Elevate’s Winter Indoor Triathlon! Race takes place at Elevate (147 West 400 North, Orem) The race runs from 7 a.m.– 2 p.m., but you must call to schedule your own start time. This tri will feature t-shirts, SWAG, raffle prizes and postrace recovery snacks. You must provide your own bike. Call Elevate at 801-221-9060 for more information. Or call race director, Greg Phillips, at 801-830-8426 or email at

Utah Winter Games Ready to learn a new winter sport? Try a variety at the Utah Winter Games. Just pick the sports you want to try and attend affordable clinics (between $5 and $35) to learn how. Clinics are offered in the sports of bobsled, cross country, curling, figure skating, hockey, luge, skeleton, ski jumping, skiing, snowboarding, speed skating and telemark. Events take place during December and January at local ski resorts and the Utah Olympic Park. To register online and see the full event calendar, visit the website.

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Santa Skis Free! FIS Freestyle International World Ski Championships This year Deer Valley and Park City Mountain Resort will team up to host the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships from January 30–February 7, 2011. Competition days will be February 2–5 and will feature aerial, moguls, dual moguls and ski cross competitions at Deer Valley Resort and the ski halfpipe competition at Park City Mountain Resort. The Opening Ceremonies will take place on Main Street on Wednesday, February 2 and include live entertainment and fireworks. All events are free to the public.



On Saturday, December 18, the first 50 guests who don St. Nick’s attire will ski or ride for free at The Canyons! Guests must be in FULL costume, no partial costumes will count. Registration takes place at the top of the Cabriolet in the Resort Village from 8 a.m.– 9 a.m.

33rd Annual Beat the New Year 5K Run Race takes place 11:30 p.m. on December 31 at Sugarhouse Park (2100 S. 1500 E.) Check-in is next door at Highland High School. Course is two laps around the park, and all runners who cross the finish line before midnight receive a plaque.

BASH Winter Triathlon and 5K Snowshoe Fun Run

Solitude’s 21st Annual Chocolate Lovers Tour

Triathlons aren’t just for summer! Get your fix at the Battle of Soldier Hollow (BASH) Winter Triathlon in Midway on Saturday, January 15 at 9 a.m. The race consists of running, mountain biking and crosscountry skiing on the groomed ski trails at Soldier Hollow. Short and full distances are available. Not ready for a triathlon, but still want to participate? A 5K Snowshoe Fun Run starts at 10 a.m., and each participant in all races will receive a shirt, water bottle and swag bag.

Get free chocolate treats, including ice cream, chocolate milk and chocolate-covered strawberries when you ski Solitude on January 22. Look for the various chocolate stations around the base area and on mountain. Complete your Passport to Chocolate and be eligible to win fabulous prizes at the 1:30 p.m. drawing at Moonbeam.

Demo Day at The Canyons Try the latest in ski and snowboard technology from Atomic, Burton, K2, Lib Tech, Nordica, Salomon, Rossignol, Roxy, Volkl and more on Saturday, December 11 for free with a lift ticket. The demotakes place from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at Red Pine Lodge.

Carhartt Opens Utah Store Carhartt, manufacturer of premium outerwear and work wear, just opened its first brand-only retail store in Murray at 116 East Winchester in the Fashion Place Plaza (across from the Fashion Plaza Mall). The 5,000 square foot store carries over 10,000 Carhartt items exclusive to the Carhartt brand for men, women and kids. Products include Carhartt’s traditional outerwear pieces, jeans, pants, shirts, sweats, tees, accessories and footwear.

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RE S O RT REPORT By Jenny Willden

Sharpen your skills or gain new ones at local ski resort camps, clinics and classes. These clinics vary in price and time commitment required, but each is assured to improve your skills rapidly while you have fun! Only a few classes at each resort are highlighted here, but for full class listings (including children’s classes) visit the resorts’ websites.

BEAVER MOUNTAIN Wild Women Ladies’ Specialty Clinics (January 13, February 16, March 9) Skiing or snowboarding lessons are available. Each clinic is just $45 and includes a light breakfast, group lesson and lunch. Lift tickets are not included. BRIAN HEAD Get Better Ski/Snowboard For teenagers and adults ages 13 and older that have skied or snowboarded at least once. The half-day package includes a full-day lift ticket, full-day equipment rental and a 1.5-hour lesson. BRIGHTON Women’s Day Camp (December 7, January 4, February 1, March 1) Get a full day of lessons and lunch for just $95. Women’s Workshops (Multiple dates, December–March) Female instructors provide a professional program geared to skill development for beginner to advanced skiers and snowboarders. Prices vary dependent on length of the workshop, but all include a lift pass for each day of class, brunch on the first morning and a social following last class. Telemark Workshops (Sundays; December 5–19, January 9–23, February 27– March 13) Develop the telemark turn and learn to adapt to various conditions and terrain in this workshop. For beginner through advanced telemark skiers. Cost is $175 and includes a full-day lift pass for each lesson, brunch on the first morning and a social following the last class. Senior Workshop (Fridays; January 7–21) For people 50 years and older, taught by senior instructors. Suitable for beginner through advanced skiers. Cost is $155 and includes a full-day lift pass for each lesson, brunch on the first morning and a social following the last class.



CANYONS Terrain Park Private Clinics Advanced skiers or snowboarders can schedule private lessons with expert instructors to either introduce you to the terrain park or perfect your already developing skills. Steep Skiing Camp (February 4–6, March 4–6) This 3-day clinic, led by World Extreme Skiing Champion Brant Moles, will focus on getting you to ski steeper, moretechnical terrain safely and confidently. Cost is $499. Lift tickets not included. Ski-fit Workshop (December 6–10, December 13–17, January 24–28) An elite one-week, on-mountain workshop designed to advance personal ski endurance, technique and skill level with practical, personalized tips and training. Cost is $394 and doesn’t include lift tickets. DEER VALLEY Mahre Training Center Ski Camps (December 10–12, December 13–17, January 7–9, January 10–14, February 11–13) These three- and five-day sessions, conducted in part by Olympic medal winners Phil and Steve Mahre, provide skiing fundamentals to all ability zones. Includes daily instruction by Deer Valley’s top ski instructors, indoor sessions, unique Mahre Training Center progression, video and other amenities. Prices vary and lift tickets are included., EAGLE POINT Learn to Ski/Snowboard Try out skiing or snowboarding for the first time! Program is five hours of on-snow learning and includes lesson, lift ticket and rental. Just $75 per skier or boarder. PARK CITY MOUNTAIN RESORT Ski College (December 6–10, December 13–17) Includes five days of lessons with a resort pro. During this time, you’ll make permanent changes in your technique. For skiers that do parallel turns on green and blue runs, and adults ages 21 and up. Participants will be placed in groups to match ability level. Price without lift tickets $415 and with lift tickets $490. Women’s Snowboard Camp (January 28–30) Come ride with female coaches in a group of women only. This camp is for riders that link turns on green terrain, and adults ages 21 and up. Participants will be placed in groups to match your ability level. Price is $315 without lift tickets and $495 with lift tickets.


ALTA Alta Performance Ski Camp (December 8–10, 29–31, February 18-20, March 21–23) Integrates the assets of Alta and Snowbird ski areas with a progressive approach to coaching expert, all-mountain skiers. Price is $600 and includes three days of guided skiing, video analysis, evening indoor demos and more.

POWDER MOUNTAIN SheSkis Women’s Clinic (Tuesdays; January 11–February 1, February 8–March 1) Taught by and for women. Women instructors match participants with similar abilities togther and spend time on the slopes perfecting their technique. Each half-day lesson concludes at the Mountain Adventure Yurt for après ski fun. Price is $250 and includes lift tickets.

Mountain Experience (Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays; December 24–April 3) A day-long adventure designed for expert skiers and riders seeking steep challenging terrain and off-trail snow conditions. Cost is $180.

R E S O RT REPORT SNOWBASIN Snow Divas Workshops Three- and five-session workshops take place throughout January and February. Instruction by women for women. Available for alpine and snowboard learners of all skill levels. Prices vary. First-Timers Learn to Ski or Board & Earn Season Pass For children and adults who are first-time skiers and riders. Just take beginner lessons, then enroll and complete any Snowsports Recreation program. Upon completion you’ll have taken 14 hours of instruction and will then receive a season pass to use the rest of the year. SNOWBIRD SheRide (January 30–February 2) A weekend of snowboarding in the company of other women, coached by women. Learn to tackle steeps, negotiate trees, whisk through chutes and bury your body in powder. For all skill levels. Cost is $575.

SOLITUDE Back Tracks Enjoy backcountry guided tours for groups of 1–10 skiers or snowboarders. Guides accompany the group into areas just outside of the ski area boundaries for an all-day excursion. Tours include a lift ticket, lunch and each guest is provided an avalanche transceiver, skis, backpack with shovel and probe, climbing skins and snacks. Snowshoes and poles are provided for guests who prefer to snowboard. SUNDANCE RESORT Ladies Day Specialty Clinics (Tuesdays and Thursdays; January and February) Offers ladies from beginner to advanced skill levels the opportunity to learn to ski or snowboard, or just improve their skills. Price is $180 and includes a lift ticket. WOLF CREEK UTAH Get on Board Learn to ski or snowboard in this beginners lesson package that includes three group lessons, three rentals and an unlimited season pass upon completion of the lessons. Price is $200.



A Day with the Cats:

Park City Powder Cats Backcountry Ski Adventure Story by Rachael Hodson Photos by Rebekah Stevens


here is a reason I live at the bottom of Little Cottonwood Canyon. I can leisurely crawl out of bed 15 minutes before the lifts open and still make it to Alta before the lifties unfasten the rope to Collins. Yes, I know, lucky me, but truth be told January was a little bare, and the Wasatch had been withholding the famous flakes that make a local’s heart skip a beat. We’d had a couple storms, but nothing significant, and it got skied out before you could even begin to think about clicking into your rockers. So I was aching for some soft, fluffy turns. I placed a call to my old buddy, owner and lead guide, Ray Santa Maria, at Park City Powder Cats. Reaching their manager of operations, Johnny Adolphson, I gave him the “I’ll help you if you help me” spiel and I was in. A storm was heading towards Utah’s Uinta Mountains and they would get me on the next available seat. Well, I


got a call two days later (on my birthday thank you) and was set for the following morning. I had a preconceived notion of what the day was going to be like even before I awoke to my cell phone beeping at the ungodly hour of 6:00 a.m. The last time I skied in the Uinta’s with the Cats, I had to meet up with the crew at the Yarrow Hotel. This is how they did it back in the day. I was shooting photos for Descent and we had wait for all the guys to get themselves together. It was a crowded ride in a shuttle out to Thousand Peaks Ranch. The sun was barely peaking over the wild, untamed Uinta Mountain Range, illuminating the cold, barren cabin in icy pink hues when we arrived. Our breath sparkled in the air as we gasped in the bitter chill of an early winter morning at the base of the magnificent Uintas. We huddled into the cabin as someone tried to get a fire going. I stood there

in dismay as I realized I was going to have to strip out of what warmth I had and into the clothes we would be shooting. Really, who wouldn’t sell their house and dog to shoot photos with a renowned photographer all while racking up pristine, untouched vertical feet in one of the most breathtaking places on the planet? Yet, there I was breathing heavily into my clenched up mittens and wishing I were home in bed. As the cabin warmed and the old snow cat purred its way towards the cabin I finally let myself go and the day was filled with pure pleasure and insane vertical. So, there I was, trying to relax in the final moments getting up when I realized I had fallen back asleep and it was 6:40! I was supposed to be at the cabin at 8:30!!! I pulled on my ski clothes and rushed out the door. Snow had fallen overnight and the roads were icy. The shadows of the evening still lingered as I crested Parley’s SumEARLY WINTER 2010

mit, passing all the creepers who were tightly gripping their steering wheels in fear. Somehow, I miraculously pulled onto the private drive, which led to the cabin, with minutes to spare. I was surprised to see smoke billowing from the chimney and cars lined up outside. Two shiny cats were gently idling next to the cabin. I stepped through the front door and was surprised by the entirely different scene that met my gaze. An official-looking front desk staffed by several gracious employees greeted me, and gone were the dark, dusty furnishings and primitive surroundings. At least 16 high-end clients were lounging on cozy couches and chairs, warming themselves by a roaring fire and sipping on cocoa. Heaters filled the rest of the cabin with unspeakable warmth. Complimentary doughnuts, muffins and fruit were piled high, and warm drinks waited to be consumed. The new owners, Ron Baldis, Matt Shier and Joe DeVogelaere, had definitely upscaled the company. Driven by the needs of the consumers who

could and would pay to play on 42,000 acres of mind-boggling terrain, Park City Powder Cats had reinvented itself.

Any anxiety we felt gave way to euphoric joy as each of us made our way down the untouched pristine slopes. After the morning safety meeting we were fitted with beacons and ushered into our state-of-the-art cats. The company has three newer, beautiful powder cats to accommodate the increasing number of skiers who trek back into the Uinta’s scenic wilderness. Well-equipped and warm, I settled in to enjoy the varied company

of people who surrounded me. A vineyard owner from Napa, a playboy and his “friend” who he’d met two days earlier, a couple from England and our entertaining and knowledgeable guides, Johnny Adolphson and Megan Boyer. As well as Rebekah Stevens, their bubbly photographer, whose job is to ski hard all while making you look like a pro! The sky was still thick with clouds that had deposited nearly 20 inches overnight. Because of the lack of snow over the last few weeks the terrain was verging on the side of treacherous. I knew avalanche danger would be high that day, and the thought of being swept under the snow with the crushing power of a slide was not how I wanted my life to end. My concerns were justified, but I soon realized I had nothing to worry about. Park City Powder Cat’s guides are some of the best around. They’ve had extensive training and experience all over the world, including Canada and Alaska. They take every precaution to make sure their clients are safe. Because of the snow conditions, some of the 3000 Continued on next page



bisque, deli sandwiches and freshlybaked sweets. The sun was beginning to break through the clouds, and as we finished lunch we knew we were in store for a spectacular afternoon. Crystal skies greeted us as we stepped off the cat and onto a sparkling ridge of untouched snow. From the top of Thousand Peaks Ranch are 360 degree vistas that spread out for miles. The unspoiled Uintas boast several peaks that tower over 13,000

The natural high was intoxicating, and as we gently bounced along everyone agreed that we would each return again.

vertical plus of steep terrain, I had skied on my last visit, was off limits. Although my adrenaline junkie of a body wasn’t going to feel the rush of making tight turns down a gnarly shoot, I was elated as billowy plumes of powder encircled me as I carved down perfectly pitched slopes entombed in the white stuff that makes


Utah famous. Any anxiety we felt gave way to euphoric joy as each of us made our way down the untouched pristine slopes. Through a virgin glade of trees we eventually made our way to a picnic table, which was brimming with delicious food. Park City Powder Cats filled our bellies with hot lobster

feet. As we stood there surrounded by jagged, snow-capped mountains and tiny valleys tucked away from the world, we were all struck by the infinite beauty that encompassed us. As a faint moon kept watch in the distance we reveled in the glory of the rest of the afternoon, run after perfect run! Cat skiing gives you the opportunity to ski epic lines while hinting at the thrills of a TGR ski flick. There is no hiking, no cold feet, no heavy skis to carry and, best of all, no lift lines to wait in. Other than your crew, the occasional moose and other mountain creatures, you are alone. You are the King (or in my case Queen) of the mountain! As the light began to dim, the warmth of the quietly purring cat greeted us after our final epic run. The natural high was intoxicating, and as we gently bounced along everyone agreed that we would each return again. Excited by my good fortune, a smile spread across my face as I thought of the incredible skiing I’d found so close to home and away from Utah’s lively resorts. I couldn’t wait to spread the word! Park City Powder Cats operate from mid-December until April. Starting at $399, you can’t afford not to go up and give it a try. Trust me, it was the best birthday present a girl could give herself! You can reach them at or by calling 435-649-6596.




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Gear Guide for

GEAR BOARDERS By Jenny Willden


Head Tika Helmet Women are different than men, which is why Head made this helmet and its beanie liner in a women’s-specific fit. The Twist Stop Goggle Retainer locks goggles in place and removable, height adjustable ear pads offer customized comfort. $99 Gretchen Bleiler Signature Series A Frame Goggles Designed with Gretchen’s unique styling, these comfortable A Frame goggles offer 100% UVA and B protection and optically corrected, antifog treated lenses. $130

Photo by Jonathan Cracroft. Photo location courtesy of Solitude.

Kombi Rover Merino Wool Baselayers Blend polyester and Merino wool into one fitted baselayer and what do you get? The Rover! It’s warm, moisture wicking and super breathable for comfort in changing temperatures. Plus, princess seams and a slim cut make it a cute choice for après ski socializing. $40 DC Loon Bib Pant Never worry about pants full of powder again! These bib suspenders keep snow out, but are easily removable for days when pants are preferred. Inseam vents prevent overheating and fully-taped seams keep you dry. $169 O’Neill Chiasa Jacket Equipped with audio, goggle and liftpass pockets, this sexy, slim-fitting jacket will store your essentials and make you stand out on the slopes. Available locally at the Sports Den. $180 POW Stealth Gloves Mittens aren’t your only option in freezing conditions! Keep your finger dexterity with these women’sfit goatskin leather gloves. They’re breathable, waterproof and come with a packet of Nikwax® for rewaterproofing. $75 Smartwool PhD Medium Snowboard Socks Think any snowboarding sock will suffice for a day on the slopes? Wrong! We found that Smartwool socks best kept our toes unfrozen all day in bitter weather. Maybe it’s the



New Zealand wool that makes them so effective, or the full cushioning in the foot and leg...or maybe we just love the fantastic women’s-specific designs. All we know is that Smartwool is the sock our feet like best. $23 Vans Aura Snowboard Boots A favorite of last season, the updated Auras feature the new Double BOA Lacing System with two adjustable closure zones and articulating cuff construction for flexibility. A new thermal liner and faux-fur lining keeps your feet comfortable, without breaking the bank. $239 K2 EcoPop Board Change the way you ride with

Snowboarder Magazine’s #1 women’s board for 2010–11. The Eco Pop wows in looks and performance, plus its ecofriendly construction reduces the board’s weight while helping the planet. AllTerrain Rocker allows for all-mountain use—hardpack, powder, ice...bring it on! The directional twin shape provides float and is ideal for riding regular and switch. Harshmellow Dampening reduces vibrations felt at high speeds for a faster, more stable ride. Worth every penny. $450 K2 Agogo Bindings Get off the lift and on the slopes quicker than ever with the auto, singleratcheting Agogo. The ankle and toe strap tighten together for quick entry

and exit the anatomically-correct, cushioned footpads reduce fatigue. Add Harshmellow Dampening for chatter reduction, and get ready for the most comfortable ride of your life! Pick these up locally at the Sports Den. $180


Bern Watts Helmet Look fly while protecting your skull. This visor helmet features top and back vents to keep air flowing and a warm liner for snowboarding. Ditch the liner for summer skateboarding use. $99 Julbo Revolution Goggles Sunny, cloudy or snowy conditions, the Revolutions are your new best friend in any weather. The photochromatic Zebra lens changes protection levels instantly for alwaysperfect vision. Lens features a lifetime anti-fog coating. $160 Icebreaker Sprint Zip Baselayer Sport this technical, merino wool baselayer under your coat on cool days. The sustainable Merino wool dries quickly while naturally regulating temperature and resisting odor. You’ll be stoked to be the only one NOT

smelling like a gym bag at the end of a long day. $100 Helly Hansen Legend II Pant Keep your rear warm and dry with these pants that have Helly WarmCore™ insulation in the seat with14.000 mm waterproof and 18.000 g breathable fabric. $150 DC Paoli Jacket Pull this jacket on or off with ease, thanks to the convenient front half-zip. Features a full zipper down one side, a loose fit and 8K waterproof fabric. $190 Outdoor Research Crossline Gloves Protect your hands from biting conditions with these durable gloves featuring leather palms and a removable liner. Wear just the shell for sidecountry riding and warmer weather. $99 Point6 Snowboard OTC Not all snowboarding socks are created equal. So if you prefer warm, dry feet to frozen tootsies, these spun Merino wool socks are your ticket to comfort. An arch brace and deep heel pocket support your foot while ventilation panels prevent overheating. $23

GEAR DC Judge Snowboard Boots Responsive and supportive, these boots feature an internal ankle harness and BOA closure for supreme fit. The Bravo liner has Aegis to prevent bacteria growth and directional fiber lining to promote easy entry and to prevent heel lift. $269 Ride Highlife Snowboard Go anywhere with Highlife! It has rocker for float on powder and a stiffer, flat tail for stability and control. Lightweight with great pop for playing in the park and smooth when carving. Ideal for all-mountain use by intermediate riders. $549 Ride Alpha MVMNT Bindings Lightweight, but strong enough to take a beating, these flexible, high-performing bindings are for freestyle riders who rock the park, trees and trails. The Thingrip toe strap locks your foot in place, but can also be worn old-school style across your boot. The Wedgie 2.5 footbed provides anatomically-correct support for a cushiony ride. $270


Gear Guide for

By Rachael Hodson



Smith Holt Park Helmet Don’t be mistaken for one of the guys. Rip it up in this bright pink helmet. Your head will be protected as well as your bank account. Designed to wear with a thin beanie underneath, so don’t forget your skull cap. $60

Photo by Jonathan Cracroft. Photo location courtesy of Solitude.

Smith Regulator Stance Goggles Helmet gap is NEVER cool! Always buy goggles designed for your specific helmet. Try the Smith Regulator Stance for a perfect fit with the Holt. Technology and design come together for the best goggle your eyes may ever look through. $70 Stoic Merino Baselayers These warm baselayers won’t make you feel like you are chillin’ in your undies when you start stripping off your wet outerwear. $50-75 Scott Zuri Jacket Youthful and bright, the puffy Scott Zuri Jacket in Limeade is sure to make a statement without being too overbearing. Light enough to stuff in a bag, but warm enough to keep you on your edges, this reversible coat can be turned inside out to reveal an all-new, fully-lined, waterproof jacket. Surprise! $195 scott– Scott Academy Pant Pair your Zuri Jacket with this wellmade pant in Limeade. If matchy matchy isn’t your thing, Scott has plenty of other colors to choose from. Waterproof, tailored and with too many once securely on your wrist, you can’t features to list, this pant could be your beat the support! $129.95 perfect fit. $200 Lorpen Women’s Light Ski Sock Leki Colorado Mitt Designed for women seeking a highWho knew Leki made gloves? When performance fit, this sock delivers and we saw these in white, we had to check keeps toes dry and toasty warm. No them out. Real girls know that mittens added bulk and itch-free fabric make are a girl’s best friend...not diamonds! this a sock fit for a queen...or a skier! These puffy leather mitts are about the $19.99 warmest we’ve tried. $149.95 Nordica HR Pro 105 W Boot Leki Project 19 S Poles Just because this boot boasts a warm We love these poles, and the fun neon “fur” liner and pink accents does not graphics, but are undecided about the mean it’s not hard core. Aggressive new strap design. The Project 19 is women who don’t want to hang out in fantastic with thin gloves, but bulky World Cup race boots every day, but mittens make these a pain. However, who still need a solid fit with technical



performance, will find this a competitive alternative. $875 Nordica Nemesis Skis Built for powder and crud, these skis will happily surprise you when kicked into high gear on the cruisers. With true camber underfoot and in the tail, as well as the slow rise powder tip profile and user-friendly 98 mm sidecut, the Nemesis offers a chatterfree ride at any speed and in any conditions. $900 Marker Griffon Binding Sometimes, looks really do matter. You don’t want any old binding mounted to your Nemesis. You want something

lightweight and functional, but also strong and safe. You want a binding that is easy to click into, affordable and most importantly...IT MATCHES YOUR SKIS! $229


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We are climbers. We will sleep on a porta-ledge, live out of our cars, put cams on our wedding registries and forego lunch for months on end so that we can invest in a nice rack and spend our days shimmying up crags. When the warm weather slips away and the rock becomes covered in ice, we don’t say a tearful goodbye to our summertime rockmance. We pack our crampons and axes and head into the bitter cold. Hello ice! Ice climbing is not for everyone. It’s a treacherous, expensive and painful sport. Perhaps it’s wiser to snuggle up by a fire in the middle of winter with a hot cup of cider and a good book. If, however, you enjoy suffer-fests and an iffy amount of personal safety, then saddle up. WHEN TO GO Utah’s prime ice climbing season is December through February and like most outdoor recreation in this state, there are many options that are close by and easily accessible. If you can’t sneak away to Ouray or Cody, there are about 20 routes in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons and close to that number in Provo Canyon. The Bridal Veil Ice Fall in Provo Canyon and Great White Icicle in Little Cottonwood Canyon are among the most popular classic routes. SCREAMING-PUKING-BARFIES: REWARMING It would be inhumanely irresponsible of me to write an introduction to ice climbing without telling you about the screaming-puking-barfies. Articulate, I know. This is the term commonly used by ice climbers to refer to the painful sensation of warm blood Continued on page 22



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flowing back into cold hands after sending a climb. Your blood vessels vasoconstrict, or narrow, in your extremities in an effort to keep your core warm. Vasodilation is the reversal of this and occurs when the warm blood from your core flows back into your frozen sausage fingers. When this happens the pain is so heinous that you’ll actually want to sever your own hands with your ice tool. Before you do so, keep in mind that it only lasts for one or two minutes, but it does happen to almost EVERYONE no matter how warm your gloves are. When the excruciating pain ends, it’s practically orgasmic.

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You can mitigate it by using leashless ice tools and by violently swinging your arms before starting the climb to get your blood moving. Shaking your hands, above and below your heart, as you ascend will help break up the lactic acid and encourage warm blood flow to the extremities. UPCOMING ICE CLIMBING FESTIVALS •Bozeman Ice Festival – Bozeman, MT – December 9–12, 2010 •Ouray Ice Festival – Ouray, CO – January 6–9, 2011 •Southfork Ice Festival – Cody, WY – February 18–21, 2011 ICEPACK What You’ll Need To Get Started A shopping spree for all of the basic necessities of ice climbing will cost you about $3,000 to $4,000. Before you drop serious coin into this sport, consider hiring a guide who will be able to provide the expertise and basic gear. That way you’ll know if you like it before you commit financially. ** Don’t forget to pack a professional guide or a good friend who is well versed in ice climbing. (Or if you are blessed, a good friend who is well versed in climbing because he or she is a professional guide). HARDWARE •Helmet •Alpine backpack with tool loops •Twin Rope, 8mm double-dry



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THE RATING SYSTEM The technical rating system for ice climbing is somewhat different from the standard rating system used for rock routes. There are three rating designations for ice climbing, Water-Ice (WI), Mixed Terrain (M) (Rock and Ice) and Alpine or Glacial Ice (AI). The spectrum of technical difficulty spans from 1-7+, 1, no tools necessary and 7+, which are practically unheard of and if you do find them, they are extremely overhung, strenuous, intense and likely to cause insanity. These designations are combined with the grading system to indicate level of difficulty. Grades range from I, a short pitch route on a high alpine climb with an easy ascent that can be completed in a couple of hours to VI, long, multi-pitch, which may include winter alpine climbing logistical problems in addition to severe objective hazards, including: avalanches, falling seracs, high elevation, remoteness and days to complete. To make things increasingly more complicated these ratings are combined with the Yosemite Decimal System

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ICE CLIMBING GEAR PICKS Outdoor Research Alibi Jacket™ Durable, weatherproof fabric on the hood and shoulders keeps you dry where ice likely falls, a warm soft shell lower body holds in core warmth and stretch fabric in the torso allows for unrestricted movement. A two-piece hood, with an inner helmet liner and an outer shell maintains warmth. $250 Black Diamond Cyborg Pro Step-In Crampons with ABS Plates Optimized for steep waterfall ice, mixed climbing or hard mountain routes, these crampons have a semiol rigid design that offers maximum control ght. for precise placement with minimal weight. $199.95 Scarpa Mont Blanc GTX Mountain Boots Ice climbing boots are pricey so it’s important to get the right ones. You can pick either hard plastic or leather boots. Leather boots are lighter and more popular, and these ones have Gore-Tex® waterproof breathable materials and are known for their flexibility and comfort. $419

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kiers and boarders everywhere wait with childlike anxiety for the first snowfall deep enough to warrant calling in sick to work, but there are better ways to prepare for snow season than working on your “sick voice” for that obligatory call to the boss. Most winter sports injuries can be blamed on two things. An untuned body, geared up and decked out for the season’s first rickety attempt or a significant impact with an immovable object. We’re here to discuss how to avoid the former. While we rely on muscle memory to whisper to our bodies what to do with fresh, deep powder, we can benefit by tuning up before strapping on a board, skis or snowshoes for the first time. Cross training with weekly yoga sessions can lend flexibility and warmth to your body during a time when cold can hamper your efforts more than help them. Cold can intensify tension and rigidity of basic musculature, making it more susceptible to season-stealing strains, breaks and pulls. Even practicing yoga once or twice a week brings benefits to your other activities. Stretching and strengthening muscles you didn’t know you possessed helps you avoid injury while promoting increased flexibility and balance. Prevention of muscle injury isn’t the only benefit yoga offers. Yoga focuses heavily on breathing, internal mental focus, maintaining balance despite, or in spite of, an awkward or unplanned position and a finding of one’s center that many find compliments their winter sports. Our bodies’ ability to respond to an ever-changing environment by spontaneously and subconsciously adjusting one’s balance is critical in even casual enjoyment of most winter sports and crucial to the diehard winter enthusiast. Yoga studios around the valley offer beginner’s classes through master’s level training. In fact, several offer sportor individual-specific classes to other sub groups as well. Centered City Yoga offers free introductory classes and a “Yoga for Athletes” class that focuses on lower back mobility, lower body strength and balance. The Yoga Center offers multiple levels of class for the novice to the beginner, with complimenting and escalating meditation classes.





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Bikram Yoga boasts a heated studio allowing for deeper, safer se stretching, greater blood flow and a better n cardiovascular workout. Bikram also offers a beginner’s special consisting of 30 consecutive days of unlimited yoga. Or you can spend a weekend combining a love of skiing and yoga at the Alta Lodge’s weekend retreat from January 5–9, 2011. This retreat is designed to help you connect with your surroundings, increase self awareness and develop your backcountry and resort skiing skills. The package includes: four nights lodging, all meals, instruction fees and yoga sessions. For more information call 801-550-3986 or visit All winter sports enthusiasts can benefit from the increased strength, flexibility, balance and cardiovascular capacity that practicing yoga brings. Whether a slope veteran of several decades or a brand spanking new boarder ready to make your mark, yoga will improve your game, your stamina and your resistance to injury. Just avoid the big trees. Local Yoga Studios Bikram’s Yoga College of India 1300 East 9343 South, Sandy, 801-501-9642, 1140 Wilmington Avenue, Salt Lake City, 801-488-4681, 111 Historical 25th Street B, Ogden, 801-627-4688, Centered City Yoga 918 East 900 South, Salt Lake City 1550 East 3300 South, Salt

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DECEMBER 16 Snowshoe Basics–7:00 p.m.

at REI Sandy. Join REI staff for a class on the basics of snowshoeing. We’ll focus on selecting appropriate gear and where to go snowshoeing in your area.

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SALT LAKE CITY - The following presentations are offered free of charge to the public at the Salt Lake City REI store. REI SLC is located at 3285 East & 3300 South. Registration is strongly recommended. For more information and to register, please call 801-4862100 or visit our website at DECEMBER 7 Snowshoe Basics–7:00 p.m. at REI Salt Lake City. Join REI staff for a class on the basics of snowshoeing. We’ll focus on selecting appropriate gear and where to go snowshoeing in your area.

JANUARY 23 St. George Half Marathon & 5K– 9:00 a.m. St. George,

UT. Contact Aaron Metler at or 435-627-4504. www.sgcity. org/recreation/races/details. php?id=204 JANUARY 29 Kahtoola Bigfoot Snowshoe Festival & Marathon, 50K, 25K, 10K, 5K– 8:00 a.m.


Midway, UT. Groomed course on 10K and 5K loops at Wasatch Mountain State Park Golf Course.50K, Marathon and 25K include a 5K single-track mountain loop. Contact John Bozung at or 801-808-4222.

Avalanche Awareness for Women– 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.


at REI Salt Lake City. Join local non-profi t, SheJumps and Evelyn Lees of the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center to get smart about snow. We know that it can be intimidating to ask questions in a group dominated by guys, so this class is an opportunity to learn about avalanches with the ladies!

SLC Track Club Winter Running Series 2011 – 5K–

10:00 a.m. The Saltair Pavilion, 16 miles west of Salt Lake City on I-80, Exit 104.


DECEMBER 9 Avalanche- Know Before You Go–7:00 p.m. at REI Salt

Lake City. This popular, multimedia talk includes a video on avalanche basics followed by a PowerPoint on how to stay alive in avalanche terrain. Subjects include: avalanche rescue, how avalanches work, reading avalanche terrain, obvious clues to instability, avalanche weather, safe travel practices and essential equipment. Presented by the staff of the Utah Avalanche Center.


Chilly Cheeks Duathlon #2–10:00 a.m. Denver, CO.

Running and cycling. Contact Darrin or Jill Eisman at info@racingunderground. com or 303-642-7917. www. chillycheeks/index.html JANUARY 22 Elevate Winter Indoor Triathlon–7:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Elevate, 147 West 400 North, Orem, UT. Swim, bike and run at this indoor sprint triathlon. Greg Phillips 801-830-8436,,

JANUARY 15 Freeze Your Buns Run for Scholarships–11:00 a.m.

Kanarraville, UT. 5K run and kids’ one-mile walk. All proceeds go to high school seniors from the local Trio Program, Educational Talent Search. Contact Tami Shugart at or 435865-8251. talent/freezeyourbunsrun.html

A little bit of Italy in Brian Head


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Famous for New York Style Hand-Tossed Pizza Calzones - Subs - Pasta Soup - Salads - Wings Micro Brews & House Wines

Takeout and delivery service to your room or cabin Open 7 days a week 259 S State Hwy 143 In The Mall in Brian Head

(435) 677-3341

Pizano’s puts the PIZZAZZ in Pizza!

WHAT’S HOT YURT CAMPING By Molly Newman When the wind howls and the snow is thick on the ground, campers everywhere start suffering from cabin fever. Sure, you could spend the night shivering in a snow cave...or you could just give up and wait for warmer weather to return. Or, as hundreds of people discover each year, you can sleep in warmth and comfort at one of Utah’s year-round camping yurts. These simple, round structures made of wood or canvas

DOES IT WORK COLUMBIA HEATED BOOTS By Jenny Willden Wave goodbye to bulky handwarmers stuffed in your boots to keep warm, and hello to Columbia’s new heated boots! Last winter Columbia created the world’s first heated high-performance winter boot. This season they’ve vastly g improved the original design, making them lighter and and increasing theirr sty, heating capabilities to keep you toasty, even in sub-zero conditions. s The men’s Bugathermo Techlites are rugged, waterproof and built for winter trekking. The cute, waterprooff al women’s Snowfall Thermos are ideal for snowshowing, snowmobiling or playing in the snow.



were created by the nomads of Mongolia as a form of shelter that could keep out the steppes’ bonechilling winds. In recent years, they’ve become a popular alternative to tent or RV camping at campgrounds and hike-in sites around the U.S. Now, whether you’d like to go cross country for an isolated getaway or would rather park your car and walk a few steps to shelter, Utah’s yurts offer accessible, affordable winter lodging. For a true wilderness adventure, strap on your snowshoes or crosscountry skis and head down a trail to a backcountry yurt. Away from the crowds, you can enjoy the silent majesty of the winter landscape. Supplies for yurt camping differ from those needed for tent camping or backpacking. Most yurts include wood stoves, bunk beds and basic kitchen facilities. Many also keep a supply of firewood on hand (though you’ll usually have to split it yourself). Though backcountry yurts lack running water, it’s simple to melt clean snow for drinking and cooking. Essential equipment includes a warm sleeping bag, plastic bags for packing out

garbage and comfortable soft shoes for wearing inside the building. If you’re skiing or snowshoeing to your destination, an avalanche safety kit is another must-have. For an overnight stay or a weeklong trip, yurts offer a perfect base camp for exploring on skis or snowshoes. Without the hassle of setting up camp and struggling to stay warm, you’ll have more time to enjoy your surroundings. Grab a buddy (or a few—most yurts sleep up to six) and get ready for a winter camping adventure.

n Both feature a single-button heating system, rechargeable batteries and three heat settings. The battery lasts for hours on a single charge and tucks into a hidden panel on the outside of the boot, but is y removable for wear in easily P warmer weather. Plus, antimicrob antimicrobial, moistu moisturewickin liners wicking preven stinky, prevent sweat feet. Sounds ounds sweaty great great...but do these boot actually boots deliv in cold deliver wea weather? We found they were slow to heat initially, but

once warm they cranked out stead warmth. On hours of steady high power the battery lasted for about three hours; it lasts o low, but this much longer on setting does little to keep your toes w warm. On sizing Snow the Snowfall’s ran a bit big, so try them on b before buying. Bottom line, if you’re time outdoors in winter is minimal, these probably aren’t worth the investment. But if you’re outside often and constantly subject to numb feet, they’re a lifesaver! Men’s Bugathermo $350, Women’s Snowfall $325

IF YOU GO State and regional parks, including East Canyon and Rockport State Parks, offer close-in yurts within developed campground areas. These yurts are easy to access throughout the year and are ideal for families or less experienced campers. Reserve your spot at Ski-in yurts require reservations and are often booked months in advance. Get a rundown of backcountry yurts and contact information for each at

Photos courtesy of Stu Reynolds-Powder Ridge Ski Touring


Beginners Learn to ski or snowboard

ONLY $39!

Learn and Earn a Season Pass! Easy as 1-2-3 STEP 1 - BEGINNER LESSONS For total beginner skier or snowboarder (ages 7 - adult), or a returning skier or snowboarder who wants to give it a fresh start. COST: $39 includes 2 hr. lesson, Littlecat lift ticket and rentals. Participant will receive a voucher to repeat one or two more times. If participant is ready on a consecutive lesson, upgrade to a Littlecat/Becker lift ticket for an additional $10. COST: $49 includes 2 hr. lesson, Littlecat/Becker lift ticket and rentals. If a participant is ready to explore the entire mountain on a consecutive lesson, upgrade to an All Area lift ticket for an additional $20. COST: $59 includes a 2 hr. lesson, All Area lift ticket and rentals. (Offer valid up to 3 times per person)


Children and Adults: Give it a go and earn a season pass! Valid for ďŹ rst time skiers or riders. Must be purchased as a package through Snowsports Learning Center.


Upon completion of three beginner lessons, participant enrolls in the Snowsport Recreation Program session of choice. COST: $150 youth / $200 adult. Includes four 2 hr. lessons and four All Area lift tickets.

STEP 3 - RECEIVE A FREE SEASON PASS! Participants who complete Step 1 and Step 2 will have received 14 hours of instruction, 3 days of rentals and 7 ski passes for a maximum cost of $297 youth / $347 adult. Upon completion, participants will receive a SEASON PASS to practice their new skills for the rest of the season! (Pass valid after February 1, 2011.)



Live the Sport–Play the Games

Celebrates 26 Years! June 8th – June 26, 2011 The Utah Summer Games is an Olympic-style sports festival for athletes of all ages and abilities open to residents of Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Nevada. For the past 25 years, the Utah Summer Games has conducted this event in Cedar City, Utah with an average total of 10,200 participants, 50 thousand spectators, and 1,000 volunteers in attendance each year. Add all that together and you have one of the premier sporting events in Utah.

Registration opens January 1, 2011 at (435)865-8421 While you’re here, take a scenic trip to Cedar Breaks, Zion National Park, Kolob Canyon or Bryce Canyon. Gold Medal Sponsors

The 2010 Early Winter Issue  

The premiere publication for outdoors enthusiasts, Outdoor Sports Guide Magazine has promoted recreation, travel, health and fitness to read...

The 2010 Early Winter Issue  

The premiere publication for outdoors enthusiasts, Outdoor Sports Guide Magazine has promoted recreation, travel, health and fitness to read...