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staff PUBLISHER Dan Miller ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Paula Bell mAnAgIng EDITOR Jenny Willden

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COnTRIBUTORS Rachael Hodson, Melissa McGibbon, Molly Newman, Sean Zimmerman-Wall ART DIRECTOR PRODUCTIOn mAnAgER Jackie Medina

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8 resort report 10 feature Powder Prospecting: early Season touring in Utah by Melissa McGibbon

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14 profile Southern Hospitality: a look at the South american Beacon Project by Sean Zimmerman-Wall

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Happy holidays from all of us at Outdoor Sports Guide! We hope your festivities are filled with good company, great food and fresh powder! I’ve been lucky enough to spend time boarding in the early season at Brighton Resort, and I hope this is the beginning of another epic season.

Prepare for it with this issue, where you’ll get the scoop on staying safe in the backcountry (pg. 10), learn about the South American Beacon Project, which provides beacons to those in need (pg. 14), and check everyone off your list with our annual holiday gift guide (pg. 18). You may even win some gifts for yourself when you like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (@osportsguidemag). Followers are also the first to know about local events, discounted activities and extra content. So sign up today! See you on the slopes! Jenny Willden Comments, feedback or complaints? Email editor@ sportsguidemag.com or send mail to 772 East 3300 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84106.

sports-am 5K snowshoe/running shoes stomp Run or snowshoe in this fun race on Saturday, January 14 in Park City. Meet at Prospector Square Lodging and Conference Center at 10:00 a.m. and run along the Rail Trail and snowy singletrack. Register at active.com. Enjoy snacks, awards and music after the race. sports-am.com

utah winter games Learn a new winter sport at affordable clinics (from $5 and $35) this season. Clinics are offered in the sports of bobsled, cross country, curling, figure W I N T E R G A M E S 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. utahwintergames.org

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Try the latest in ski and snowboard technology from Atomic, Burton, K2, Lib Tech, Nordica, Salomon, Rossignol, Roxy, Volkl and more on Saturday, December 10 for free with a lift ticket or season pass. The demo runs from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. at Red Pine Lodge. thecanyons.com

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33rd annual beat the new year 5K Ring in the new year on a run! The 5K starts at 11:30 p.m. on December 31 at Sugarhouse Park (2100 S. 1500 E.) Check-in is next door at Highland High School. Racers go two laps around the park, and all runners who cross the finish line before midnight receive a plaque. slctrackclub.org

lick the pole obstacle course run Start the new year off right with a fun 5K obstacle course in the snow at Soldier Hollow on Saturday, January 7 at 10:00 a.m. As if running on packed snow wasn’t enough, there will be twists and turns, climbing walls, cargo nets, tubes and other surprises. For more information email info@wasatchracing.com. lickthepole.com

tubbs romp to stomp out breast cancer snowshoe walk/race Support the fight against breast cancer at this family-friendly 5K snowshoe walk or 3K snowshoe race on Saturday, February 11 at 10:00 a.m. The walk and race take place at Quinn’s Junction in Park City. Free demo snowshoes are available. tubbsromptostomp.com

solitude’s 21st annual chocolate lovers tour Get free chocolate treats like ice cream, chocolate milk and chocolate-covered strawberries when you ski Solitude on Saturday, January 21. Look for 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. skisolitude.com

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run like a girl retreat, 5K and half marathon Escape the cold and head to St. George February 2–4 for a running retreat and race for women only! Participants will learn to train smarter with elite runners and get a personal training regimen. Includes group runs, yoga, pilates, and Zumba classes and an entry in 5K or half marathon race. One meal and snacks are included along with a sweet swag bag. The retreat is for ALL skill levels. Event will be hosted at Red Mountain Resort in Ivins, Utah. Or sign up for just the 5K or half marathon on Saturday. runlikeagirlretreat.com

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santa skis free! Celebrate the season at Canyons on Saturday, December 17 where the first 50 guests who don St. Nick’s attire will ski or ride for free! Guests must be in FULL costume, no partial costumes count. You can also dress as Mrs. Claus or an elf. Registration takes place at the top of the Cabriolet in the Resort Village from 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m. thecanyons.com

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FIS freestyle world ski championships See competitors from around the world challenge each other on Deer Valley’s 2002 Olympic runs. Event runs February 1–4 beginning with evening entertainment on Main Street in Park City. Mogul finals on February 2, Aerial finals on February 3, Dual Mogul finals on February 4. The events will be televised on NBC on February 11, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. EST. All events are free to the public. deervalley.com

elevate winter indoor triathlons Complete a sprint triathlon this winter without freezing your butt off at Elevate’s Winter Indoor Triathlon! Races take place at Elevate (147 West 400 North, Orem) on January 21 and March 17. The triathlon runs from 7:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., but you must call to schedule your own start time. Event includes t-shirts, swag, raffle prizes and post-race recovery snacks. Must provide your own bike. Call Elevate at 801-221-9060 for more information or contact race director, Greg Phillips, at 801-830-8426 or greg@elevateutah.com. myelevateutah.com

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resort report Sharpen your skills or gain new ones at local ski resort camps, clinics and classes. Only a few clinics are highlighted here, but for full listings (including children’s classes) visit the resorts’ websites.

BEAVER mOUnTAIn Wild Women Ladies’ Specialty Clinics Skiing and snowboarding lessons offered. Each clinic is just $45 and includes a light breakfast, group lesson and lunch. Lift tickets not included. skithebeav.com 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. brianhead.com BRIgHTOn Women’s Day Camp (Fridays; Dec 9, Jan 13, Feb 10, mar 9 or mondays: Dec 12, Jan 9, Feb 13, mar 12) Improve your skills while enjoying girl time at this half-day lesson and lunch for just $55. Add a full-day pass for just $20. Senior Workshop (Fridays; Jan 6–20) For people 50 years and older taught by senior instructors. $155 and includes a full-day lift pass, a light brunch on the first morning and a social following the last class. brightonresort.com CAnyOnS Steep Skiing Camp (Feb 3–5, mar 2–4) This 3-day clinic, led by World Extreme Skiing Champion Brant Moles, focuses on getting you to ski steeper, more technical terrain safely and confidently. $529. Lift tickets not included. Pure Powder Workshop Develop skills to enjoy powder skiing. This 2.5-hour workshop is for intermediate and advanced riders ages 15 and up. Lift ticket not included. DEER VALLEy Mahre Training Center Ski Camps (Dec 9–11, Dec 12–16, Jan 6–8, Feb 5–9, Feb 10–12) These sessions, conducted in part by Olympic medal winners Phil and Steve Mahre, provide skiing fundamentals to all ability levels. Includes daily instruction by Deer Valley’s top ski instructors, indoor sessions and video. deervalley.com EAgLE POInT Learn to Ski /Snowboard For first-time skiers and riders! Program is five hours of on-snow learning and includes lesson, lift ticket and rental. $75 per skier or boarder. skieaglepoint.com

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PARK CITy mOUnTAIn RESORT Ski College (Dec 5–9 or Dec 12–16) Spend five days learning with a resort pro. During this time, you’ll make permanent changes to your technique. Participants grouped according to ability. Women’s Snowboard Camp (Jan 27–29) Ride with female coaches in a group of women only. For beginners and experienced riders. Participants are grouped according to ability. parkcitymountain.com POWDER mOUnTAIn SheSkis Women’s Clinic (Tuesdays; Jan 10–31, Feb 7–mar 6) Taught by and for women. Women instructors match similar abilities together and work on technique. Each half-day lesson concludes at the Yurt for après ski fun. $275 and includes lift tickets. powdermountain.com SnOWBASIn Snow Divas Workshops Three- and five-session workshops help women build confidence and skills to tackle the slopes. Instruction is by women, for women. Available for all ability levels in January and February. High Flyers Program (Sundays in Jan 8-29, Feb 5-26 and mar 4–25) Instruction by men for men. Experienced instructors challenge participants with three-hour ski clinics. Five clinics for $270. Lift tickets not included. SnOWBIRD SheRide (Feb 3–5) Snowboarding women’s weekend, coached by women. Learn to tackle steeps, negotiate trees, whisk through chutes and bury your body in powder. For all skill levels. $850. Sidecountry Camp (Jan 20–22, Feb 10–12) Explore untracked sidecountry trails while following procedures for leaving the ski resort with a pack, avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel. Camp fees include guiding and coaching, early mountain access, video and apres-ski activities. $425. snowbird.com SOLITUDE Back Tracks Guided Backcountry Tours Guides accompany groups of 2–10 skiers or boarders into areas just outside of the ski area boundaries for an all-day excursion. Tours include lift ticket, lunch and backcountry equipment. $199 per person. skisolitude.com SUnDAnCE RESORT Ladies Day Specialty Clinics (Tuesdays or Thursdays; Jan and Feb) Ladies learn to ski or snowboard, or just improve their skills. $180 and includes a lift ticket. Kids can be enrolled in a program that takes place at the same time. sundanceresort.com

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ALTA Teen Freeride Camp (Dec 26–30, Feb 18–24) For expert teen skiers ages 13–17. Get coaching on expert terrain and daily video assessment. No commitment to a specific number of days required. $120 per day and includes lunch. alta.com Alta Lodge Powder Tracks (Jan 7–12) Spend a weekend learning how to make skiing powder easier, faster and more fun. This four-day, all-inclusive clinic includes five nights lodging at Alta Lodge, breakfasts, dinners, four days of instruction with lift tickets and high-end demo rentals. altalodge.com

WOLF CREEK UTAH Get on Board Learn to ski or snowboard with this beginner’s lesson package, which includes three group lessons, rentals, lift tickets and an unlimited season pass upon completion of the lessons. $200. wolfcreekutah.com

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Conducted by Deer Valley’s professional ski instructors, these innovative programs involve students in planning the focus of the day. The programs include stance, balance and alignment analysis and test skis.

MEN’S / WOMEN’S WEEKEND (ADV. BEGINNER AND UP) JANUARY 27 - 29, 2012; MARCH 2 - 4, 2012, (WOMEN ONLY). Three full days. Advance reservations are necessary. Lift tickets not included.

WOMEN ON WEDNESDAYS (ADV. BEGINNER AND UP) JANUARY 11, 18, 25, FEBRUARY 1, 8, 2012. Five consecutive Wednesdays. Full days. Advance reservations are necessary. Lift tickets not included.

MEN ON THURSDAYS (ADV. BEGINNER AND UP) JANUARY 12, 19, 26, FEBRUARY 2, 9, 2012. Five consecutive Thursdays. Full days. Advance reservations are necessary. Lift tickets not included.

MAHRE TRAINING CENTER SKI CAMPS These three- and five-day sessions, conducted in part by Olympic medal winners Phil and Steve Mahre, provide skiing fundamentals for all ability zones. They include six hours of daily instruction by Deer Valley’s professional ski instructors, indoor sessions, unique Mahre Training Center progression, video and other amenities. Three-day ski camps offered December 9 - 11, 2011, and January 6 - 8, 2012, (FRI - SUN). Five-day ski camps offered December 12 - 16, 2011, (MON - FRI) and February 5 - 9, 2012, (SUN - THUR). Participants must be 12 years or older. Advance reservations are necessary. Lift tickets included.

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TOURING IN UUTAH TTAAH By Melissa McGibbon

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hen I first learned about backcountry skiing I thought it was inane. However, my disbelief that people would willingly engage in this outdoor pursuit quickly turned into biting curiosity. I thought, let me get this straight…I will have to purchase an entirely new ski set-up and expensive touring necessities so that I may endure hours of uphill drudgery—all for the

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grandeur of dropping down one measly slope? That all seems most unsatisfying. And, by the way, skinning doesn’t exactly sound like a pleasant activity. Alas, many of my friends are avid backcountry excursionists, and it pains me to be left out, so of course I caved. I blame it on peer pressure. The first few times I went touring were indeed suffer fests, but then something

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remarkable happened. I quit focusing on the burning sensation in my lungs from breathing in so much cold air, the articulate nagging in my hip flexors, the developing bruises on my shins and the non-stop drip from my nasal cavity. Suddenly there was room in my brain to appreciate the truly arresting beauty of uncorrupted snowscapes. Happiness became palpable in the form of a floaty

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descent from a snowy peak, and it lasted whole minutes. Touring may be a bit about avoiding the crowds at resorts and some backcountry enthusiasts will scowl at the word inbounds, but it’s not just about that. It’s nice not to wait for the resorts to open for the season, and it’s cool to explore beyond the boundaries of where I would otherwise be able to, but that’s not really the driving force either. For me, the bliss of the turns on the way down is commensurate with the hard work I do while gaining vertical feet. Summiting via my own motive power can be quite an achievement depending on the scale, so earning my turns has become a commanding enticement. I also delight in sharing the experiences and many grins along the way with my amigos. It’s impossible to know how many skiers and snowboarders venture into Utah’s backcountry prospecting for powder, but when the snow flies, so does a mighty rush for first tracks. You will find a perplexingly full parking lot at Alta by mid-November, even though the resort doesn’t usually open until late November. Even a scant few inches of snow accumulation induces powder-fever and on the “good” (safe) days, Alta is open to uphill traffic pre-season. Finding untracked skiable snow is perhaps not unlike mining for gold. You have to know where to find it, how to get there and how to separate the legit stuff from a fool’s find. You also have to beat everyone else there to get your hands, er feet, on an unclaimed cache—and you have to know how to survive the stakes. Hasty

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decisions made early season can easily stumble your stoke.

AvAlAnche AWAreness courses

My friend Kevin skis with dynamite in his backpack. It’s true. But he does so because he’s a professional ski patroller, and it’s his job to keep resort patrons safe by strategically triggering avalanches. Since there are no teams of Kevins patrolling the backcountry, everyone out there needs to be avy savvy. Knowing how to react so you can save your backcountry buddies—should you ever need to—is not negotiable. Level I and II Avalanche Courses are offered throughout the season by the American Avalanche Institute, Utah Avalanche Center, Utah Mountain Adventures and White Pine Touring. Visit utahavalanchecenter.org/education for a calendar listing of courses available. In the Level I course, you can expect to learn about safe travel in the backcountry and basic information about snow pack, weather, terrain and other factors that cause avalanches. In the Level II course, participants learn more advanced concepts, such as identification of snow crystal types and other weather factors that determine snow stability. Participants also get to practice a variety of beacon rescues.

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Snowpack stability is the most critical factor in determining the likelihood of an avalanche. Pay attention to the weather. Significant precipitation, windy weather

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and rising temperatures are major contributing factors to snow instability and increased avalanche danger. Local weather reports are also helpful in determining where the most snow has fallen. If it’s safe, you’ll know where the powder stashes are located. Early season snowpack sets the tone for the rest of the season. According to Utah Avalanche Center Director, Bruce Tremper, “The weather patterns in November play an extremely important role in the avalanche conditions for December and January. A thin snowpack combined with clear skies in the early season create persistent weak layers because they continue to produce avalanches for many days or even weeks after they are loaded with the weight of overlying snow. These early season weak layers don’t fall from the sky; they grow in place through temperature gradient metamorphism, which creates weak, sugary snow near the ground called depth hoar. Once persistent weak layers such as depth hoar are loaded with an overlying slab of snow, they can remain dangerous for several weeks. Counter-intuitively, the early season is often the most dangerous time of year in Utah because the snowpack is not only weak and fragile, but people are anxious to get out on the snow and also people don’t think early season snowpack can be dangerous.” The recent tragic loss of professional skier Jamie Pierre is a sobering reminder that anyone can fall victim to an early season avalanche, regardless of skill level.

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Gear Check Where did I put my snow saw? While you rummage through all your steezy gear to find your sick tall tees and sweet ski socks, which you neatly packed away at the end of last season, take a minute to locate your beacon and replace the batteries. Does your shovel deploy properly? What about your probe? It should go without

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splitboardeducationcompany.com Aims to be the leading source of splitboard education and instruction by providing complete and comprehensive splitboard curriculum. Founder Kelly Robbins is so amped about sharing his passion for splitboarding that he may just take you on a guided field trip.

unofficialnetworks.com Officially responsible for the uber popular must-see ski movie Gaffney’s Numerical Assessment of Radness (aka GNAR), but there is also a section on the site specifically dedicated to Snowbird that has posts about current conditions and other helpful beta. For updates, you can follow on Twitter @unofficialbird.

utahavalanchecenter.org One of the best and most used resources for local backcountry skiers and snowboarders. The UAC is a cooperative effort between the Department of Agriculture Forest Service and the non-profit Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center. On their site you’ll find links to advisories for current conditions, avalanche education courses, incident reports, photos, maps and other lifesaving information. You can also call the Avalanche Hotline at 888-999-4019 for daily updates about mountain weather advisories.

The early season selection of glories can be a trifle on the thin side, and any dangerously stupid gaper can climb up a hill to slide down it without as much as a drift in thought about the life-threatening elements involved. So all of this means diddly-squat if you don’t put it to use. The difference between gold and snow is that gold has the same value even if it’s melted. Oh…and gold doesn’t expel its pursuers down the mountain at 60–80 mph for disturbing its cohesion. *To learn more about the gear shown in these photos visit sportsguidemag.com

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slope meter and snow saw are also wise investments. It would be a terrible calamity if you were in a situation where you had to use your tools to save someone’s life and they didn’t work. Beacon practice sites are located at Snowbird, Canyons, Solitude, Snowbasin, and Nobletts Beacon Basin.

In an effort not to be shot at by misanthropic backcountry veterans who prefer to keep the secrets of the Wasatch backcountry just that, I won’t tell you exactly where to find the treasure troves. I can, however, recommend a few resources that will help you on your hunt for powdery goodness.

Photo Credit: Jill Charron

splitboard.com A popular site dedicated to snowboarding in the backcountry with educational information as well as trip report forums, photo galleries, deals on gear, splitboard reviews, weather information and many other topics. Like splitboard.com on Facebook for deals on gear and classes.

saying—but I’ll say it anyway, whether you are touring all day long or taking a short sidecountry detour, you need to have your shovel and probe in your pack with your beacon on and beeping. You need to be an expert at using them, and you need to be with other people who know what they’re doing too. The Avalung II,

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whitepinetouring.com Hosts multi-day avalanche education courses from beginner through expert levels. They offer one of few Level III 5-day courses designed for ski and mountain guides that also covers operational planning and decision making in complex terrain, as well as group management situations. Like White Pine Touring on Facebook for the latest outdoor and gear news.

Melissa is always in search of adventure and truly enjoys arranging words together for others to enjoy. Traveling is part of her soul—skiing, climbing, biking, surfing, diving and practicing yoga are a few of her favorite things.

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SouThern hoSpiTaliTy: a look aT The SouTh american Beacon projecT By Sean Zimmerman-Wall he Chilean Andes are renowned for their scenic vistas, epic terrain and plentiful snowfall. Forming the eastern boundary of the Ring of Fire, these mountains represent a dramatic mix of volcanoes and lofty peaks. While this rugged land inspires the spirit and captures the heart, it leaves the mind wanting. Enter Alex Taran, an aspiring philanthropist, educator and six-year ski patroller at Snowbird Ski Resort. She has spent the austral winters traveling around Chile in search of good snow and great friends. 2011 marks her fourth year visiting the area, and it represents the inaugural year of the South American Beacon Project (SABP). The project aims to deliver much needed avalanche safety equipment to mountain employees and provides additional snow safety education to those with limited resources. The SABP was born out of necessity. During her first visit to Chile, Taran worked as a pistera (patroller) for La Parva Ski Resort. On her days off, she would spend time exploring the neighboring backcountry terrain with fellow employees. Venturing to a popular, yet avalanche prone, area

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known as Santa Teresa, Taran had her first encounter with the lack of knowledge of the average Chilean skier. “We were cruising up St. Tere and all of sudden our group of four wellequipped riders turned into nearly ten people. Almost none of the additional skiers had avi gear and I got pretty freaked out,” said Taran. The slope they planned to ski was relatively safe, but the fact that no one was prepared became quite unnerving. “Gringa, tranquila, no tenemos avalanchas en Chile,” remarked one member. Taran knew this was not the case and the overall attitude of the group made her increasingly anxious. Luckily, the day went on without incident, but Taran knew that something had to be done to change the situation. This experience spurred her thought process into how she could make a difference in the region. “We had started talking to our friends in Chile during the 2010 season in order to determine the response such a program would generate. Overall, it seemed like there was positive feedback from riders and patrollers,” Taran added. Prior to her visit to Chile this past summer, she organized the SABP’s

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first fundraiser. Partnering with local companies like The Levitation Project helped the SABP gain exposure and generate interest. After the event, the organization had received enough support to furnish 12 avalanche beacons and several shovels and probes to mountain workers. Arriving in Chile this year with a game plan and gear, she proceeded to organize her resources and spread the word. The trip began with donating a few beacons to the La Parva Ski Patrol. When she was a patroller there four years ago, the crew of 18 patrollers had only four beacons to share. “Part of the reason most workers don’t have the gear is the cost. An average patroller makes about $250 a month, and most of them have to support families. The money for safety equipment just doesn’t fit in,” said Taran. While providing beacons is a big part of the SABP, another goal is to create an environment of education. By partnering with local resorts and ski clubs, the organization hopes to reach a wide demographic of individuals that work in the mountains. The broad outreach hopes to prevent deaths, like that of a plow driver that was killed by a massive

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slide while clearing a canyon road this season. Incorporating the training aspect into the SABP will raise awareness and benefit the communities served. The educational goals of the project are two-pronged. The first is a very basic avalanche beacon class that goes over the anatomy of the device and shows the user how to effectively perform a search. It also covers rudimentary rescue skills like probing and digging. The second portion is more comprehensive and works to expand the knowledge of the backcountry skier. “We want to emphasize safe travel, one person on a slope at a time, and how weather and terrain can affect route finding,” Taran said. Initially, the attempt at providing training was met with some skepticism. “It seemed that at first people weren’t accepting. They were like ‘who is this young gringa coming

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to teach us?’ Eventually, they realized we just wanted to help, and those that were interested found the courses really educational,” added Taran. Moving from La Parva to other, smaller venues, the SABP continued with its mission. Taran sought out the Patrillas Ski Chile, similar to the United States’ National Ski Patrol, and had a positive meeting. She also visited Nevados de Chillan and Lagunillas, which represent some of the smallest ski areas in the nation. Her interactions with these organizations helped solidify the project’s objectives to deliver quality training and equipment to deserving individuals. “We are really excited to get these programs in place and get people involved. We also hope to design some beacon training facilities so they

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can practice what they have learned,” said Taran. As the snow begins to fall in Utah, the SABP will be focused on continuing to increase its reach here and abroad. The project’s future goals are ambitious, yet achievable, and it hopes that the local ski community will get more involved with supporting the cause. More information can be found at southamericanbeaconproject. com. Be sure to check out the site for future fundraisers, project updates and ways you can help. Sean understands the value of a cold beer after an epic day of adventuring, as well as good friends to share the experience with. When not ski patrolling at the Bird, you can find him on the golf course enjoying a game with his grandfather.

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2011 Holiday Gift Guide By Jenny Willden, Melissa McGibbon and Rachael Hodson

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goPicnic® Ready-to-Eat meals Ensure loved ones eat healthy on long flights or drives with GoPicnic’s shelf stable, organic boxed meals. With five varieties to choose from, everyone can enjoy these wholesome fiberand protein-packed foods. The Hummus + Crackers pack features dip, seed crackers, dried edamame, dried fruit, nuts and dark chocolate. $5 gopicnic.com

Lug Tango Travel Wallet Minimize travel stress with this smart, spacious wallet. A boarding pass flap keeps tickets accessible and passports, cards, pen and cash all have their own spot. The wrist strap and zipper secures valuables. $29 luglife.com Kiva Designs Compress-It™ Cubes Help travelers save on checked bag fees by compressing clothing to half its size with packing cubes. They’re also great for organizing electronic gear or toys while traveling. $30 kivadesigns.com SmartWool Ultra Comfy Sock Trio Pre-boxed for easy gifting, luxurious wool socks are great for travel and everyday wear. Each box includes three different wool blend pairs in a variety of colors and styles. $50 smartwool.com merrell Women’s Adventure Rest Precipice Jacket Functional for backpacking in the Uintas or Europe, this jacket is filled with earthfriendly PrimaLoft® Eco™ insulation and has a DWR finish and hood to keep you dry. Transforms into a neck pillow when you’re not wearing it. $129 merrell.com

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ExOfficio men’s Storm Logic Jacket This packable jacket is a frequent flyer’s dream. With dedicated interior pockets for glasses, passport, tickets and the ability to convert it from jacket to plush neck pillow, you won’t want to give it away. $150 exofficio.com

Dakine 65L Split Roller and EQ Bag Luggage is always a popular gift, especially if it’s as functional as it is good looking. This Dakine duo is made of durable 600 D Polyester and will suit any traveler’s needs. The roller’s clamshell-style opening allows for easy access and fits enough for a week away or three. The EQ Bag is a great carry-on with U-shaped zip for easy access and a padded shoulder strap. Roller $185, EQ Bag $35 dakine.com

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Exxel Outdoors Disney 4-piece Kid’s Camp Set A surefire way to entice kids to bag the game controller and explore their backyard is by slapping their favorite Disney characters onto sleeping bags and tents. Sturdy fiberglass shock-corded tent poles prop up this water repellent tent while the mesh ceiling opens up the sky for stargazing. The sleeping bag is warm enough for summer nights, and it comes with a backpack/ stuffsack and flashlight. $30 target.com Julbo Looping 1 Sunglasses Let baby flip and flop these sunglasses all day long. The reversible frames have no uncomfortable hingesand are made for newborns to 18-montholds. The wraparound style provides complete coverage and an elastic strap keeps them in place. $32 julbousa.com Hi-Tec Big Fit Kid’s Hiking Shoes Save on kids shoes with the innovative Big Fit system, which is comprised of an insole and volume adjuster inside the boot. As the child’s feet grow, remove the volume adjuster and gain an extra 2/3 size, adding about three extra months of use to the shoes. $35 hi-tec.com motorola Talkabout® mJ270R Radios Whether they’re calling Star Command or Dad, your kids will freak having their very own walkie-talkies in their hands. Blip from up to 27 miles away, and unlike cell phones, you won’t have to worry about dropping

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them in the snow or losing your signal. The radios come equipped with NOAA weather channels, a built-in flashlight and emergency alert siren. Plus you get two free, colored faceplates. $47 per pair walmart.com Kodak EasyShare Sport C123 Digital Camera No need to worry when your little Ansel Adams reaches for the digital camera. For just a few dollars more than you’d pay for play cameras, you’ll get a worry-free camera that takes decent photos. It’s not ruggedized, but it is sand, dirt and waterproof (up to 10 feet), and sized just right for tiny hands. Shoots 12MP, takes AA batteries and uses SD memory cards. The controls are simple enough for a 5-year-old, but bigger kids will dig the instant upload to their favorite photosharing websites. $55 store.kodak.com Leki Drifter Vario S Ski Poles They beg and beg and beg, and it’s finally time for their first set of ski poles. Maximize your yield with the Drifter Vario S. Adjustable from 36–48 inches; you won’t have to buy them another pair until high school. $99 thesportloft.com Chaco Loyalist EcotreadTm Start ‘em early. You don’t have to wait for summertime to get your little explorers their own set of Chacos. The Loyalist for girls and the PedSheds for boys will take busy feet on first adventures. The suede leather shoes are built with the same arch support and long-lasting, non-marking sole that elevated the brand. $120 chacos.com

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FUSE InTuneTm Headphones Stuff a stocking with genrespecific, fully optimized headphones. The Rap set features extra bass and the Pop set pumps the midrange up. Available in Jazz/ Classical, Rap/Hip Hop, Rock/ Blues/Country and Pop/Easy Listening, these headphones make a big difference in your favorite jams’ sound quality. $25 fuseplusyou.com

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Pelican® i1015 Case Tired of replacing that broken phone? Protect iPhones from mayhem with Win a crushproof, airtight Pelican case. This Guaranteed for life, this case guards gadgets from dust, splashes and drops, but not full water immersion. Fits iPhoneTM, iPod ClassicTM and iPod TouchTM. $40 pelican-case.com g-Form Extreme EdgeTm for iPadTm Drop a bowling ball on an iPadTM worry free…if it’s in this G-Form sleeve. Don’t believe us? Watch their YouTube test for proof. Made of soft, flexible, water resistant PORON® XRD™ and proprietary G-Form materials, this sleeve change its molecular structure on impact to absorb shock and prevent damage. $60 g-form.com Sony Walkman nWZ-W260 Ditch the cord and hit the gym with Sony’s latest MP3 player. Water and sweat resistant, the player’s built into the headphones for cord-free cardio. In a hurry? Just a three-minute charge yields a full hour of playback. 2GB $60, 4GB $80 sony.com

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LifeProof™ iPhoneTm 4/4S Case Shield an expensive phone from rain, snow, spills and drops with this sleek, slim case. Weighing less than an ounce and adding only 1/16” to phone, it allows access to the touchscreen and is completely waterproof. Perfect for shooting video or pictures while skiing or swimming. $70 lifeproof.com Drift HD Camera Let your adrenaline junkie capture their POV superhero moments by attaching this camera to a pair of goggles or a helmet. This small, but powerful, video camera has rotating lens, remote control, playback LCD screen and a night mode. $369 driftinnovation.com

Backcountry Explorers

Eagles nest Outfitters Twilights Add mood lighting to a tent or hammock with this string of 23 battery-operated LED lights. Plenty bright for a tent, they’re a lightweight, space-saving alternative to lanterns. Also perfect for decorating mini Christmas trees. $19 eaglesnestoutfittersinc.com Princeton Tec® Customized Fuel Headlamp Pink and purple, all black or rainbow? Let your friend decide with a custom headlamp gift card. These compact 43 lumen lamps are made in the

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USA and are fully color customizable. Just have them visit Princeton Tec’s site, pick the colors and eagerly await the deliveryman’s arrival. $35 princetontec.com Spenco FLOW Warm Insoles Warmer feet make for happier hikers. Keep your family’s toes thawed using these insoles with a reflective thermal barrier foil layer to retain body heat and air channels to circulate warm air. $35 spenco.com Primus Express Lander Stove Minimalist backpackers will shout with glee if this lightweight stove is under the tree. Weighing just 6.2 ounces, the Express Lander folds to fit in the palm of your hand and functions in temperatures as cold as 0 degrees F. It’s a cinch to operate, and you can get a refillable fuel canister to reduce waste. $79 primuscamping.com High Peak Trango 65 Backpack Whether camping for the weekend or trekking through the Alps, this spacious, hydration compatible pack is ready for adventure. Features adjustable sizing from extra small to large, separate sleeping bag compartment, ice ax loop and compressions straps. Weighs three pounds six ounces. $140 highpeakusa.com Sierra Designs Pyro 15 Sleeping Bag Award winning and roomy, this toasty 600-fill down sleeping bag is a gift that keeps on giving. Features Core Comfort Technology, which puts extra fill over the torso and around feet for warmth without excessive bulk. Compresses small with a nosnag zipper that glides like butter. $249 sierradesigns.com

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films, festivals, clinics ¦ calendar Films, Festivals, Clinics and Events December 2–26

Christmas Cruise ¦¦ 6:30

p.m.–9:00 p.m. Enjoy a lighted riverboat ride on the lower Provo River. Blankets and warm clothes are strongly encouraged. The ride is a round-trip experience that takes 25 minutes, with departures every 30 minutes, on the hour and half-hour. Open Monday through Thursday, 6:30 p.m–9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Closed Sunday, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 801-3738891, www.clasropes.com

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2011 holiday festival ¦¦

Utah Olympic Oval, Kearns, UT. Visit Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus, ice skating, watch hockey games, ice sculpting, enjoy figure skating show, funny face photo booth, crafts, face painting, pizza & drink, $1 burritos, horse carriage rides. Admission is $2.00 per person OR $1.00 per person with Canned Food Donation. Skate Rental is $2.00 per person. www.utaholympiclegacy.com

December 8

BaCkCountry 101 avalanChe eduCation series 1 of 2 ¦¦ 6:00

p.m.–9:00 p.m. Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT. Evening Session. Designed for those new to the backcountry and those wanting a refresher. You will

leave this class understanding the basics of safely traveling in avalanche terrain and sporting a great foundation for learning more. Class provided by Utah Avalanche Center. www. utahavalanchecenter.org

December 10

BaCkCountry 101 avalanChe eduCation series 2 of 2 ¦¦ 8:30

a.m.–5:00 p.m. Brighton Ski Resort, UT. Field Session. Designed for those new to the backcountry and those wanting a refresher. Class provided by Utah Avalanche Center. www. utahavalanchecenter.org

January 5, 2012

BaCkCountry 101 avalanChe eduCation series 1 of 2 ¦¦ 6:00

p.m.–9:00 p.m. Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT. Evening Session. Designed for those new to the backcountry and those wanting a refresher. Class provided by Utah Avalanche Center. www. utahavalanchecenter.org

January 7, 2012

BaCkCountry 101 avalanChe eduCation series 2 of 2 ¦¦ 8:30

a.m.–5:00 p.m. Brighton Ski Resort, UT. Field Session. Designed for those new to the backcountry and those wanting a refresher. Class provided by Utah Avalanche Center. www. utahavalanchecenter.org

January 19, 2012

BaCkCountry 101 avalanChe eduCation series 1 of 2 (women’s) ¦¦ 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Red

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Evening Session.Designed for those new to the backcountry and those wanting a refresher. Class provided by Utah Avalanche Center. www. utahavalanchecenter.org

January 21, 2012

BaCkCountry 101 avalanChe eduCation series 2 of 2 (women’s) ¦¦ 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Brighton Ski Resort, UT. Field Session. Designed for those new to the backcountry and those wanting a refresher. Class provided by Utah Avalanche Center. www. utahavalanchecenter.org

January 21, 2012

2012 “freezin’ for a reason” ndPa Polar Plunge ¦¦ 9:00 a.m.–12:00

p.m. Fort Buenaventura State Park, 2450 A Avenue, Ogden, UT. You provide the swimsuit, we’ll provide the cold water. Costumes and athletic gear permitted. Sorry - NO wetsuits allowed. Come watch your friends and family “TAKE THE PLUNGE”. Food, firepits and raffle items are just some of the things available. www.northdavisprep.org

January 26, 2012

advanCed avalanChe skills workshoP 1 of 2 ¦¦ 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT. Evening Session. Furthers the skills taught in the Backcountry 101. Class provided by Utah Avalanche Center. www. utahavalanchecenter.org

January 27–29, 2012 alta ski to live 2012 ¦¦

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beings, in a powerful, fun weekend event. Ski to Live offers unique on-hill coaching focused on the mindset and wisdom side of our sports, and evening gathering to solidify the experience. www.kristenulmer.com

REI Community Events sandy City - The following presentations are offered free of charge to the public at the Sandy City REI store. REI is located at 10600 South & 230 West in the northwest corner of the South Towne Mall property. Registration recommended. If you register for any of our free in-store presentations, we will hold a seat for you until the scheduled start. For more information and to register, visit our website at www.rei.com/sandy or call 801-501-0850.

December 8

snowshoe BasiCs ¦¦ 7:00

p.m. at REI Sandy. Join REI staff for a class on the basics of snowshoeing. We will focus on selecting appropriate gear and finding out where to go snowshoeing in your area.

December 13

avalanChe awareness - know Before you go ¦¦ 7:00 p.m. at REI Sandy.

Includes an exciting 15-minute video on avalanche basics followed by a half-hour 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. Ages 14 and older.

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public at the Salt Lake City REI store. REI SLC is located at 3285 East & 3300 South. Registration recommended. If you register for any of our free in-store presentations, we will hold a seat for you until the scheduled start. For more information and to register, visit our website at www.rei.com/saltlakecity or call 801-486-2100.

December 6

ski & snowBoard: tune and wax BasiCs ¦¦ 7:00

p.m. at REI Salt Lake City. Focuses on the basics of waxing, including base preparation, structure, major and minor repair and stone grinding.

December 8

avalanChe awarenessknow Before you go ¦¦ 7:00 p.m. at REI Salt Lake

City. Includes an exciting 15-minute video on avalanche basics followed by a halfhour 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.

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December 3 or December 17

hands-on ski/Board tune & wax Class ¦¦ 9:00

a.m.- 1:00 p.m. at REI Sandy. Learn basic tuning skills from our REI certified technician while working hands-on with your own skis or snowboard. We’ll have all the tools, just bring a set of alpine skis or snowboard. Space is limited and pre-registration is required $65 member / $85 non-member. Class limited to 5 students. Must be 18 or older to participate.

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December 10

hands-on ski/Board tune & wax Class ¦¦

Learn basic tuning skills from our REI certified technician while working hands-on with your own skis or snowboard. We’ll have all the tools, just bring a set of alpine skis or snowboard. Space is limited and pre-registration is required $65 member / $85 non-member. Class limited to 5 students. Must be 18 or older to participate.

Running December 3

winter sun 10k ¦¦ 10:00 a.m.

Moab, UT. A fast course, great raffle prizes and delicious finish food make the 29th annual Winter Sun 10K a good reason to visit Moab when the air is crisp and the skies are blue and sunny. www.moabhalfmarathon. org/wintersun/

December 3

run, run, reindeer 10k, 5k ¦¦ 9:00 a.m. Ivins, UT.

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December 3

Provo santa run 5k ¦¦

4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Provo, UT. Joe Coles, 801-3354940, joe@onhillevents. com, sclaus@runsanta. com, www.runsanta.com

December 3

Jingle Bell run and walk for arthritis ¦¦ 9:40 a.m. Trolley Square

Southwest Plaza, 602 E. 500 S., Salt Lake City, UT. This is a fun, festive event for the whole family. Entry fees are $15 in advance and $25 October 1st for 5k, $10 for 1K Children’s Run with the Elves (T-shirt is included) and free for JBR. www. jinglebellrunslc.kintera.org

December 3

roCk’n reindeer romP 5k ¦¦ 10:00 a.m. Sugarhouse

Park, Salt Lake City, UT. www. girlsontherunsaltlake.org

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December 4

xterra trail running world ChamPionshiPs ¦¦ Off-road half-marathon

on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The event will also host 5km and 10km trail runs. www.xterraplanet. com/xduro/championship. html for more details.

December 10

make room for santa 5k, 10k & 1/2 mile kids run ¦¦ Come on out for the

best Holiday run in Orange County. All Participants get a commemorative Make Room for Santa Run Christmas ornament at the FINISH LINE! www.trifuel.com

December 31

new year’s revolution run ¦¦ 8:00 a.m. Utah

Olympic Oval, Kearns, UT. A 4-hour running, walking and exercising party before the party. Join us as we count laps, give away thousands of dollars in prizes and raise funds to support the Autism Council of Utah and the Utah Food Bank. www. newyearsrevolutionrun.com

December 31

Beat the new year 5k ¦¦ 11:30 p.m. Sugarhouse

January 7, 2012

liCk the Pole oBstaCle Course fun run ¦¦ 10:00

a.m. Solider Hollow, Midway, UT. This Obstacle Course Fun Run, invites you...no we Triple Dog Dare YOU, to come join on the most fun you can have galloping 5K merrily thru the cold and snow. As if running on packed snow wasn’t enough, we’ve added twists and turns, climbing walls, cargo nets, tubes and who knows what other surprises we’ll come up with for this event. www.lickthepole.com

Winter Sports December 10

white Pine/tuna relay ¦¦ 10:00 a.m. White Pine,

UT. A 3 x 5 kilometer run race, with one leg classical and two free technique. www.utahnordic.com

December 11

wild rose fun raCe ¦¦

4:30 p.m. Mountain Dell, UT. Distance varies from week to week, and technique is up to each competitor. Register in the Mountain Dell parking lot at 4:30 p.m., and be ready to ski at 4:45. Call Tim Metos at Wild Rose 801-533-8671, www.utahnordic.com

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December 17

smartwool wasatCh Citizens series raCe 1 ¦¦ 10K, 10:00

a.m. Soldier Hollow, UT. www.utahnordic.com

December 18

wild rose fun raCe ¦¦

4:30 p.m. Mountain Dell, UT. Distance varies from week to week, and technique is up to each competitor. Register in the Mountain Dell parking lot at 4:30 pm, and be ready to ski at 4:45. Call Tim Metos at Wild Rose 801-533-8671, www.utahnordic.com

December 31

smartwool wasatCh Citizens series raCe 2 ¦¦ 10K, 10:00

a.m. Soldier Hollow, UT. www.utahnordic.com

January 14, 2012

sPorts-am Park City 5k snowshoe/running shoes stomP ¦¦ 10:00

a.m. Park City, UT. Meet at Prospector Square Lodging and Conference Center. www.sports-am.com

January 21, 2012

smartwool wasatCh Citizens series raCe 3 ¦¦ 10K, 10:00

January 25, 2012

wild rose fun raCe ¦¦

4:30 p.m. Mountain Dell, UT. Distance varies from week to week, and technique is up to each competitor. Register in the Mountain Dell parking lot at 4:30 pm, and be ready to ski at 4:45. Call Tim Metos at Wild Rose 801-533-8671, www.utahnordic.com

January 28, 2012

5th annual kahtoola Bigfoot snowshoe festival 50k, marathon, 25k, 10k & 5k ¦¦ Wasatch

Mountain State Park, Midway, UT. www.squawpeak50.com

January 29, 2012

silver ski nordiC tour ¦¦ 10:00 a.m. White Pine or

Willow Creek Park to Kimball Junction. This event is not a race, but a fun ski tour for the entire family. The 10K ski starts at White Pine and follows the groomed trail that parallels SR-224 to the Basin Recreation Field House at Kimball Junction. A 5K tour for kids starts at Willow Creek Park. www.mountaintrails.org, www.basinrecreation.org, www.utahnordic.com

a.m. Soldier Hollow, UT. www.utahnordic.com

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what’s hot: Snow Sport Helmets By Molly Newman You wouldn’t think of hitting the slopes without a jacket to stay warm or goggles to shield your eyes from glare. Within the next few years, another piece of safety equipment may become second nature as well: a helmet designed just for snow sports. Though head injuries are less common than wrenched wrists, torn ACLs or broken tibias, these accidents can be especially dangerous. 60% of snow sport fatalities are the result of head injuries. In many cases, a properly fitting helmet can make the difference between a bump on the head and a full-on concussion or worse. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 44% of head injuries suffered while skiing would be made less severe by wearing a helmet, and an estimated 11 deaths per year could be prevented if all skiers wore helmets. The word is getting out about helmets: Over the last several seasons, the proportion of skiers and snowboarders wearing them has increased from 25% in 2002–03 to 50% or more at many resorts in 2010–11. And as more states consider making helmet use mandatory for skiers under 18, a new generation is growing up wearing helmets on the slopes just as they would on a bike or in a skate park. Protecting yourself with a snow sports helmet doesn’t mean looking like a snowbound geek any more. Whether you choose a jaw-protecting full-face model or a lightweight ¾-shell, helmets are available with eye-catching colors and patterns (or, of course, in basic skater-style black). You may be tempted to save a few dollars by making your bike helmet do double duty—but this isn’t a great idea. Snow sport helmets are insulated for warmth, and many contain vents that can be opened or closed for ventilation on warm spring days. They’re

DOES IT WORK?: Zeal Z3 gPS goggles By Jenny Willden Prove you’re the best skier on the mountain with these techy goggles that track your speed, distance, vertical feet and locations traveled. Based on last year’s Transcends, the Z3s are revamped and tricked out for easier use, better vision and optimal comfort. They offer real-time statistics of your runs and are now operated from a wireless remote you can wear on your wrist or the goggles. With large, easily distinguishable buttons, the remote is easy to operate while keeping your mitts on. The Z3s provide a safer ride with a less obtrusive monitor and large lenses for a wider field of vision. And the polarized anti-fog lenses automatically adjust to changing lighting conditions, so you never have to worry about swapping lenses or goggles. The sun came and went when I rode in these, and I never noticed a difference in my ability to see in changing light. The built-in monitor also captures altitude, time, temperature and ski jump data that you can view as you ride, but the real fun starts when you get home from the hill. Just plug the goggles into your Mac or PC and use free software to download

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also designed to fit well when wearing ski goggles; some even contain built-in audio systems so you can bomb down the mountain while blasting your favorite tunes. When shopping for a helmet, look for certification that it conforms to ASTM F 2040 standards, designed to protect against single-impact collisions. A few helmets also conform to the skateboarding-oriented ASTM F 1492 standard, meaning they offer protection in multiple-impact collisions (like hitting a tree, then falling and smacking your head against a rock). Of course, just as no seatbelt can save your life in every crash, no helmet is proof against all accidents. Researchers disagree on whether helmet-wearing athletes are more or less likely to take dangerous risks. Remember that even toptier helmets are only designed to protect against mid-speed crashes (though they can mitigate the damage from crashes at 25 mph or more), and use common sense when deciding where and how to ride. Our Favorite Lids Smith Variant Brim Helmet This low profile brim helmet looks good on everyone! An air-flow system with 22 vents keeps your noggin’ cool and the Boa® Fit System dials in the perfect size every time. For men and women. $159.95 smithoptics.com K2 Kid’s Illusion Helmet Protect kids’ heads with this supercomfortable, high-style helmet. The K2Dialed fit system adjusts for growth spurts and guarantees a custom, slip-free fit. The integrated liner keeps heads warm and dry. For boys and girls. $89.95 k2skis.com

summarized stats on your fastest and slowest speeds, individual runs and total distance. The software makes sharing your data with Twitter followers and Facebook friends a cinch. A 3D map overlayed with a resort’s runs and lifts shows you exactly where you’ve been, and you can play back your runs on 3D Goggle Earth to share on social networking sites. I forgot to turn my goggles off between runs, so my 3D map accurately displayed my trips to the parking lot, lodges and even the drive back down the canyon. Thankfully, the rechargeable lithium-ion battery lasted all day. Cool features aside, a downer about these goggles is that they’re only made for medium- and large-faced folks. They were a little large for me to view the display while riding. Hopefully smaller models (and brighter colors) will be available next season. The Z3s will cost you a pretty penny, but if you’re obsessive about tracking your stats on the mountain, no other product competes. $549 zealoptics.com

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