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LATE WINTER 2013 VOL. 31 NO.1

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PUBLISHER Dan Miller

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STARTING LINE

ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Paula Bell

Editor’s Note, Helly Hansen Big Mountain Battle, Chasing Cupid 5K, Banff Fim Festival, Wasatch Powder Keg, Skinny Tire Fest, Run The Slam, Salt Lake City Challenge

MANAGING EDITOR Jenny Willden CIRCULATION MANAGER/OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR Cynthia Bell Snow

RESORT REPORT

Ski Resort Dining By Rachael Hodson and Jenny Willden

ASSOCIATE EDITORS Melissa McGibbon, Molly Newman CONTRIBUTORS Richard Cheski, Rachael Hodson, Aaron Lovell

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ART DIRECTOR/PRODUCTION MANAGER Jackie Medina

Some Like It Icy: Winter Climbing Festivals By Melissa McGibbon

GRAPHIC DESIGN Leslie Hanna, Ken Magleby, Patrick Witmer

12 TRAILSIDES

REGIONAL ADVERTISING SALES 801-467-9419 Paula Bell, Karen Malan, Paul Nicholas, Don Nothdorft

Pioneering Powder: A History of Brighton Resort By Richard Cheski

NATIONAL ADVERTISING SALES Brook Gardner, Jeremy Solomon

15 TRAINING Teach Your Kids to Ski (Without Going Crazy): 11 Tips to Make It Easier By Rachael Hodson

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A Newbie's Guide to Snowshoeing By Aaron Lovell

DISTRIBUTION Rick Springer, Paige Silva, Jenny Willden

16 GEAR

18 TRAVEL

Southern Skications: Family Getaways in Brian Head By Jenny Willden

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21 NUTRITION

Heart-healthy Dining on Valentine's Day and Beyond By Molly Newman

23 PROFILE Utah's Little Rippers By Rachael Hodson

27 CALENDAR Two Months of Event Listings

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STARTING LINE FROM THE EDITOR On a recent drive back from Park City, I watched my car's temperature gauge plummet as I descended into the great, gray blanket that is Salt Lake City's everpresent inversion. Like an unwanted suitor, this muggy mess is relentless, suffocating...and a bit of a buzzkill.

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Escape it with a quick drive up your closest canyon, where blue skies, warmer temperatures, and fresh air await you. Go skiing, snowshoeing, or simply play in the snow, and enjoy the freedom of being above it all.

When the ground thaws and air clears in April, look for our annual Keeper issue—Utah's guide to local events. This huge race-themed edition is packed with endurance training tips, racing gear picks, nutrition advice, and much more. Event directors can add their races for FREE! Just create an account at sportsguidemag.com to get started. Jenny Willden Comments, feedback, or complaints? Email editor@sportsguidemag. com send mail to 772 E. 3300 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84106.

HELLY HANSEN BIG MOUNTAIN BATTLE

Partner up with a skiing or boarding buddy and spend Saturday, February 2 navigating, traversing, and skiing your way through Park City Mountain Resort in a battle to the finish. Your path will be tracked with a Flaik GPS, and you must visit checkpoints and take specific runs while skiing around the mountain. Prizes awarded to top teams. Registration is $90 per two-person team, which includes two Helly Hansen baselayers. bigmountainbattle.com

CHASING CUPID 5K AT GARDNER VILLAGE

Come chase Cupid on a fun 5K route throughout Gardner Village, West Jordan streets, and the Jordan River Trail on Saturday, February 9. Bring your friends and hope to be a chaser who wins a prize along the course! After the race enjoy soup, hot chocolate, giveaways, and other surprises. Costumes encouraged! Begins at Gardner Village. lonepeakevents.com

BRYCE CANYON WINTER FESTIVAL

Experience Bryce Canyon in winter over President’s Day weekend (February 16–18) at this annual festival! You’ll avoid the summer crowds and enjoy cross-country ski races, archery clinics, biathlon competition, free snowshoe tours, photography clinics, snow sculptures, kids’ events, and much more! Event sponsored by Ruby’s Inn. rubysinn.com

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BANFF FILM FEST WORLD TOUR

Get inspired by outdoor films on hiking, skiing, and kayaking with some of the most spectacular views you can imagine. Performances in Utah are scheduled for February and March 2013. Salt Lake’s screenings are February 19–21 at Kingsbury Hall. Logan’s are February 14–15 at Utah State University Recreation Center, Ogden’s are February 16–17 at Peery’s Egyptian Theater, and Moab’s is March 11. Find detailed information and buy tickets online. banffcentre.ca

KWAHATEN RUNNING LEAVE YOUR LOVE BEHIND 5K & 10K

Support Utah High School Cross Country and race a winter obstacle 5K or 10K race at Timbermine Restaurant (1701 Park Blvd.) in Ogden on February 23.
For the obstacle portion, you get to choose to do an uphill climb or you can go with the steeplechase barriers. Finish line features food, raffle prizes, and kid’s gift bags. kwahaten.blogspot.com

BRIGHTON FRIDAY NIGHT BONFIRE SOCIAL

One Friday each month during the ski season Brighton will be offering free smore's, hot beverages, and giveaways while gathering around the firepits at Alpine Rose during night skiing. Come hang out with other riders at these socials on February 8, March 22, and April 19. brightonresort.com

WASATCH POWDER KEG

Test your endurance and backcountry ski skills in this intense race featuring an 11mile course with 6 climbs totaling 6000’ at Brighton Resort on Saturday, March 9. The recreational division is a bit shorter with a 6.5-mile course and 4 climbs totaling 3,500’. The race offers male and female divisions, AT/Tele and splitboarding. You’ll see stunning views and get a calorie-torching workout followed by a post-race barbecue, awards ceremony, and raffle at the Millet Chalet. New this year is a Friday night sprint race! wasatchpowderkeg.com

THE BOOKSHELF

Favorite Hikes In & Around Zion National Park By Tanya Milligan and Bo Beck This comprehensive year-round hiking guide features the best trails in Southwest Utah, Northwest Arizona, and Canyon Country with detailed directions (including GPS coordinates), great photos, needed equipment lists, and restroom and water availability for each trail. It will help you plan your next hiking adventure with ease, and assure you won’t get lost along the way. Features popular and lesser-known trails. $25 sharpendbooks.com

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Think Moab is only for mountain bikers? Moab is home to some of the world’s best road biking too. Experience Moab’s best pavement rides at this annual festival from March 9–12. Stay all weekend and enjoy four beautiful rides: through Arches National Park, two along the Colorado River, and one to Dead Horse Point and back. The rides are fully supported with sag wagons, bike mechanics, and aid stations along the way. The event also includes yoga, event expo, non-cycling activities, and prizes! skinnytireevents.com

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Escape winter treadmill running and bring your five favorite running buddies to St. George on Saturday, March 9 for a one-day, six-person relay! Each team member does just two legs. This is a great race to motivate you to train throughout the winter. redrockrelay.com

CANYONS SPRING GRUV

Welcome the changing seasons at the Canyons’ Spring GRÜV from March 22–31. For 10 days they will host huge, free concerts in the Resort Village, the famous Pond Skimming Contest, and Red Bull Schlittentag! thecanyons.com

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Celebrate St. Patty’s Day with a half marathon race in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, March 16. This is a perfect training race for spring marathons like Ogden and Utah Valley. Great course with plenty of up and downhill! All participants will receive a technical race shirt and a finisher’s medal. active.com

RUN THE SLAM

Join this group and compete against other top runners in Utah Valley's top eight half marathons. You'll get $5 off each race entry, guaranteed entry into all eight races, cool finisher's shirt, window sticker, and a unique medal for each race you complete. The website will track your race times and compare them with other runners to compete for age division medals and bragging rights. Membership fee is $50. runtheslam.com

SALT LAKE CITY CHALLENGE

Gather your friends and sport your spandex at this Amazing Race-style competition. Teams of two or more dash around the city to solve clues and explore new areas in a race against time! Cash prizes are up for grabs for the fastest finishers and best costumes. Plan to run about a 5K distance, but train your brain too. Smarts and strength are equally important in this competition! Challenge yourself on Sunday, April 6, beginning at Legends Bar and Grill by Brewvies in Salt Lake. challengenation.com

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SKI RESORT DINING By Rachael Hodson and Jenny Willden

ALTA They did away with the curly fries at the Goldminer’s Daughter, but when you want something more than soup and burgers, the GD Slopeside Cafe at the base of Collins still delivers. Order with the cashier then sit down and wait for your number to be called. Locals dig the roasted pork or grilled chicken sandwich, fresh spinach or Caesar salad, and the soups. You can also start your day with a fresh hot breakfast and skip lunch altogether. alta.com BEAVER MOUNTAIN The Beav might not have the expansive terrain or speedy lifts like its neighbors to the south, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t find yourself some secret stashes of steep powder, or even some good eats, on this hill. The Beaver Mountain Cafe, found in the lodge (there’s only one), offers your typical ski fare of burgers, fries, soups, salads, and made-to-order deli sandwiches. But hold onto your long johns because there is an unexpected specimen of deliciousness on the Beav’s menu— the Philly Steak Sandwich. Treat yourself to this hearty sandwich stuffed with piles of braised beef, peppers, onions, and swiss. Trust the kitchen manager when he says, “It’s the best food on this mountain!” skithebeav.com BRAIN HEAD Escape the Wasatch inversion and spend a weekend at this beginnerfriendly Southern Utah resort. Cafeteria dining is available, but get the best bang for your buck at Pizano’s Pizzeria, located at the base of the Giant Steps area. A slice of New York-style pizza is just $2.50 at lunchtime, or you can get two slices and a soda for just under $7. For large groups with specific tastes, it’s worth the wait to order a large specialty pie. skibrianhead.com BRIGHTON Ride, ride, ride Brighton and eat lunch ‘later’ in Molly Green’s Pub. You’ll languish amid the charm of Brighton Manor’s upper floor while waiting for your pizza, hot wings, French onion soup, and burgers, but it’s worth the wait over your cafeteria options. If you must dine at noon, the newer Milly Chalet offers beer, burgers, and epic views of the Mt. Millicent area. However, families with starving kids should opt for the Alpine Rose cafeteria near the Brighton Center. It’s easy to get to when you’re in a rush to warm bellies with hot cocoa. brightonresort.com CANYONS This Park City resort opened a slew of dining options in the last year, and our favorite pick for families is brand-new Murdock’s, a yummy, quick dining option in the Resort Village. Get yourself a Grinder’s sandwich and keep the kids happy with favorites like mac and cheese or a grilled cheese sandwich. For gourmet, healthy cuisine on-mountain, visit CloudDine at the top of Dreamcatcher. This hardto-beat eatery offers salads, soups, sandwiches, and much more.

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DEER VALLEY Known for elevating ski cuisine to a new class, choosing which great place to eat at is the biggest challenge at Deer Valley. For upper mountain dining, order a filling sandwich from the Panini Station at Empire Canyon Grill. With plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, large groups can gather here for a noon break. You’ll find the best aprés scene at the resort base in EBS Lounge. Try a drink from their creative cocktail menu while enjoying live music on weekends. Don’t miss the Turkey Chili Nachos, or whet your appetite with Deer Valley’s signature popcorn. For the full Deer Valley experience, visit the exquisite Seafood Buffet. Open Thursdays–Mondays, it includes a variety of sustainable seafood, a carvery station, and a selection of freshly made desserts. Don't miss the crab legs and the flourless chocolate cake! deervalley.com EAGLE POINT Utah’s newest resort is known for bluebird days, Southern Utah’s steepest ski runs, and delicious comfort cuisine. Opt for a simple lunch at Skyline Cafe inside the Skyline Lodge. Traditional ski fare is available, or enjoy your brown-bagged lunch here if you prefer. Save room for a heartier meal at the Outpost Grill in the newlyremodeled Canyonside Lodge. Open for lunch and dinner with late hours so you can dine, drink, and dance long after sunset. skieaglepoint.com PARK CITY MOUNTAIN RESORT PCMR offers something different for everyone from terrain park junkies to powderhounds to first-time skiers, but one thing everyone can agree on is where to eat. Gather your crew for a mid-day break at Summit House. Located at 9250 feet and accessible from five chair lifts, it’s easy for everyone to find. Try their famous bison chili or a healthy salad while enjoying gorgeous views from the heated patio. End a long ski day at PayDay Pizza in Legacy Lodge and relax with microwbrews paired with a slice of pizza or a pretzel on their sunny deck. When bringing the kids, order a large pie to share. parkcitymountain.com POWDER MOUNTAIN The first rule of Pow Mow is that you don’t talk about Pow Mow, so please, our apologies to the locals. As the name suggests, Powder Mountain is a mecca for powder junkies who crave untouched runs and uncrowded spaces. Although this mountain is small in its operation, Pow Mow is not small in its size, terrain, and unparalleled scenery with pristine glades, bowls, and steeps. Stop in at Hidden Lake Lodge at the top of the Hidden Lake Lift to warm up with hot cocoa and fries, but save the real eating for Harley and Buck’s in Eden. Calamari, crab cakes, and fish tacos make for a fabulous apres ski dining experience, and don’t forget to finish with the Apple Walnut Cobbler! harleyandbucks.com, powdermountain.com

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RESORT REPORT

Employees swear by the Cuban Pork Sandwich and Mediterranean Vegetable Calzone. Find our favorite aprés ski eats across from the Ski Beach at Red Tail Grill. The southwestern menu with delicious offerings like guacamole and tortilla soup will satisfy your whole group. thecanyons.com


Some Like It Icy

Winter Climbing FESTIVALS

By Melissa McGibbon

I love ice climbing. I have gathered with thousands of other freezing fans (read: nutcakes) en masse at one of the nation’s most Siberian-esque destinations to delight in the cauldron of suffering and purpose with knowing strangers and friends who share in aches, triumphs, and perhaps, the screaming barfies. Many festival-goers are there to watch some of the best climbers in the world demonstrate their athletic prowess in sub-zero temperatures. Others are demoing new boots, crampons, ice tools, and other climbing accoutrements provided free of charge by festival sponsors. And some are there to sharpen their picking and kicking skills. The festival in Ouray, Colorado reigns as the biggest in North America, but it competes for attention with Bozeman, Montana and Cody, Wyoming, which have dandy ice festivals of their own.

BOZEMAN ICE FESTIVAL December (SLC – Bozeman = 6.5 hrs.) bozemanicefest.com The Bozeman Ice Festival (BIF) has been held the second week of December since 1996, and is attended by 2,000 people each year with 200 or so taking full-day clinics. It features world-class ice in Hyalite Canyon, which is home to more than 250 routes between the three main drainages and is considered an international ice climbing destination. The canyon features a sweep of waterfalls that quickly turn solid when winter comes knocking, making it an optional proving ground for ice enthusiasts and Himalya hopefuls, whether they’re after the stochastic columns that appear almost only in folklore or the juggernauts that blithely adorn the steep canyon walls. Montana Alpine Guides serve as primary host to 65 clinics at BIF to promote the sport of ice climbing to people of all ages and abilities. The Friday workshops are just for the ladies, making it the largest women’s ice clinic in the country. Clinic registration starts at the beginning of October and sells out fast. The venue for the Bozeman Ice Festival is 15 minutes from the airport, so participants can be climbing in Hyalite Canyon less than an hour from runway arrival. There are also many après-climbing commingling opportunities at the slideshows, talks, and dance parties, which also have some pretty stellar gear raffles. OURAY ICE FESTIVAL January (SLC – Ouray = 6.5 hrs.) ourayicefestival.com With 3,000 attendees, over 70 clinics, 14 distinct climbing areas embellished with beautiful blue ice, and more than 200 ice and mixed routes in an extremely unique park design, it isn’t hard to see why the Ouray Ice Festival is mighty among

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It’s -2 degrees Fahrenheit, but feels like -9 with wind chill. I haven’t felt my toes in two days and my speech is starting to slur, a warning sign of hypothermia. I have dressed in my most serious base layers under my micro-puffy, shell, big puffy combo. I’m lurching over the rails on the lower bridge in the Ouray Ice Park at the 18th Annual Ouray Ice Festival to watch Simon Duverney sack the Men’s Elite Climbing Competition on the Mighty Aphrodite route—it’s truly a thing of beauty.


winter festivals. The Ouray Ice Festival is attended by a global who’s who list of the best exhibition climbers and a roster of attendees that even includes toddlers in onesies wielding modified ice tools in the Kid’s Climbing Park. San Juan Mountain Guides are the official concessionaire of the Ouray Ice Park and they work with partnering organizations, like Chicks with Picks and Mountain Education Development, to offer more than 70 full-day and half-day clinics at the festival. Online clinic registration begins mid-November and sells out within days or hours. After a day in the ice park, patrons can bask in natural hot springs and revel in the afterglow of successful ice adherence. There’s no shortage of stimulation to keep blood and interest circulating with zip-line rides, dance parties, free product demos, and gear giveaways. Black Diamond’s Jonathan Thesenga has been attending the Ouray Ice Festival for four years and enjoys the sense of community the festival brings to the sport. “At Ouray, the climbing is so concentrated that everyone can climb together. That type of camaraderie and closeness is not very common in the world of ice climbing where the climbs tend to be spread out. The park itself is an ideal learning area, with plenty of easily top-roped ice, which makes it perfectly suited for the clinics and product demos that are an integral part of any climbing festival where a large portion of the attendees are beginner to intermediates.” CODY ICE FESTIVAL February (SLC – Cody = 7.5 hrs.) southforkice.com While Cody may be more famous for its namesake, Colonel William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, who founded the region in the 1870s, the spectacular ice climbing in the South Fork of the Shoshone River also deserves a holler. It’s drastically smaller than the Ouray Ice Festival, with attendance at around 150 people. Jackson Hole Mountain Guide’s John Bates says, “The only competitions visitors might see would be a pull-up contest.” Gear demos, raffles, silent auctions, music, dancing, home-cooked meals, and certain free libations are all part of this friendly little ice festival. It was started in 1997 by Foote Mountaineering, who partners with Jackson Hole Mountain Guides, as well as many other professional athletes and guides, to host roughly 30 clinics over the course of three days. The South Fork area has over 300 frozen waterfalls of varying size and difficulty ratings. Cody boasts one of the longest ice climbing seasons of all with climbing beginning in mid-October and lasting through May.

WHERE TO SLEEP & EAT BOZEMAN Bozeman’s Western Heritage Inn westernheritageinn.com (800) 877-1094 The Emerson Grill emersongrill.com (406) 586-5247 Montana Ale Works montanaaleworks.com (406) 587-7700

OURAY Twin Peaks Lodge and Spa twinpeakslodging.com (970) 325-4427 Ouray Brewery ouraybrewery.com (970) 325-7388

Mouse’s Chocolates mouseschocolates.com (877) 937-7447 Thai Paradise thaiparadiseridgeway.com (970) 626-2742 CODY Chamberlin Inn chamberlininn.com (307) 587-0202 The Irma Hotel irmahotel.com (307) 587-4221 Cody Wyoming Rib & Chop House ribandchophouse.com (307) 527-7731

FESTIVAL FAVORITES 2013 Ice-friendly Gear Trends Popular picks from this year’s ice festivals.

La Sportiva Nepal Evo GTX Boot $510 lasportiva.com Rab Infinity Jacket $325 us.rab.uk.com

The ephemeral nature of ice means that sometimes the lines are voluptuous and sometimes they’re emaciated, which makes the climbing all the more provocative−and equally difficult to plan an agenda. Check each state’s avalanche information center for details on current conditions. Millet Peuterey 35 Mountain Backpack $179 millet.fr

Climbingweather.com or mtnguide.net are also good sites for specific data. The best resources are often other climbers, which is possibly the best reason to join the recreational rendezvous in the festival circuit. Plus, how else would one end up at a Lost in Spacethemed dance party with legendary climber Conrad Anker?

Melissa McGibbon is an Associate Editor for Outdoor Sports Guide magazine and a member of the Society of American Travel Writers. She is relentlessly optimistic, and always in pursuit of adventure, travel, or some daring combination of the two. Follow Melissa on Twitter @ambitbrands or on Google+.

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Pioneering Powder

The accommodations at Brighton- 1930s.

A History of Brighton Resort By Richard Cheski Brighton Resort, a local favorite for skiers and snowboarders, wasn’t always a recreation hot spot. Here's how this quiet mining town became the promised land for powder hounds. A few years after the Mormon pioneers arrived in Salt Lake City, they explored Big Cottonwood Canyon and found thick forests with rapid streams that made it ideal for sawmills. By 1858, the three mills produced more than a million feet of lumber used to construct many of Salt Lake’s homes and buildings. The area near Brighton also had a wealth of minerals: gold, silver, and lead. At this time people used the mountains for mining, not recreation. This would soon change. Part of the land that is now Brighton Resort was settled by the “first family” of Brighton, William Stewart Brighton, his wife, Catherine, and their children, Dan and Will, who emigrated from Scotland to Salt Lake City and homesteaded an 80-acre plot. Brighton became a popular summer destination in the 1850s when Salt Lake City residents came to escape the city heat. Visitors rode horses to Brighton in pioneer days and spent time swimming, fishing, and enjoying picnics in the outdoors. But the name Brighton was not selected until 1887 and was named after the Brothers Brighton who placed the first telephone and communication lines there that year. In the late 1800s, Dan and Will Brighton made crude skis so they could move around on the snow and used them to enjoy Brighton’s earliest power turns. Soon others began discovering the winter recreation possibilities and began enjoying their own turns in fresh snow. But in those days there were no ski lifts. Instead, groups would travel to Park City, climb up over the ridge tops, and ski down into Brighton where they would spend a few days skiing, eating, drinking, dancing, playing bridge, and getting very little sleep, according to accounts from The Utah Ski Archives and Sons of Utah Pioneers.

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Meanwhile, mining booms in Park City and Alta resulted in travelers moving frequently between the two towns, and Brighton lay between them. The shortest route was a one-day trip over the ridge and through Brighton. Otherwise, it took about three days by wagon to go from Park City, down the canyon to Salt Lake City, then up another canyon to Alta. By 1910, Brighton was hailed as a mecca to mountain lovers. Affluent people began day tripping to Brighton by car to enjoy outdoor recreation and festive parties, but the road was unpaved, making driving difficult. In the 1920s, the Wasatch Mountain Club was established. This Club’s purpose was to promote outdoor recreation in Utah’s mountains, deserts, and rivers. Then Club members hiked together and soon became interested in skiing. They visited Brighton because of its sumptuous snow, and it quickly became a favorite skiing location. Today the club continues as an outdoor recreation group for adults. The Wasatch Mountain Club continued growing in the early 1900s and ski pioneers marked the frequently used routes from Park City to Brighton with signposts displaying the club’s insignia. Then in 1936, the Wasatch Mountain Club built the first rope tow at Brighton, making it Utah's first ski resort. But in those days, lifts were all privately owned, so many tried their hand at building lifts at Brighton. The Alpine Ski Club built a J-bar in 1936, but it didn't work very well. Then a very successful 1,400 foot T-bar was built in 1938 by K. Smith, an avid skier with the Wasatch Mountain Club. After building it, Smith went to Sun Valley to study a new invention: chairlifts. He learned from his mistakes and used the newfound lift technology to develop Brighton’s first chair. In 1940, the eruption of WWII called many men to duty and nearly putting an end to recreational skiing. But Zane Doyle, a meat cutter

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Brighton Resort’s Milestones

1958 – Mary double chair lift added to Majestic side. 1963 – Most competing companies are merged into Mt Majestic Inc, owned by Doyle and Jensen 1968 – Evergreen double chair lift built on the Millicent side. 1971 – Ski school and building purchased from K Smith. 1979 – Night skiing begins on Majestic side. 1984 – Snake Creek triple chair built. 1987 – Boyne USA Resorts owned by Everett Kircher buys Brighton Ski Area and all base facilities. Zane Doyle and his family operate Brighton. 1991 – Crest Express high-speed quad replaces Mary double and adds 75 acres and 8 runs. 1992 – Explorer triple chair and new beginner terrain opened. Great Western quad opens 250 acres and 12 new intermediate and expert runs. 1994 – Brighton Center opens. It includes an elevator to the slopes, restrooms, lockers, retail and rental shops, ticket sales, public bus waiting room, and executive offices. Night lights and snowmaking added to Crest lift runs. 1994 – Vehicle maintenance shop added to house growing snow cat fleet. 1997 – First free season pass for kids 10 and under is introduced. 1998 – Lights added to existing night terrain. 2000 – Snake Creek Express high-speed quad replaces triple chair. 2004 – Fixed-grip quad replaces Majestic double chair. 2005 – GAZ EX avalanche exploder system installed in Millicent Bowl. 2006 – Magic Carpet installed on Explorer beginner area, and GAZ EX system extended. 2007 – Brighton is purchased by CNL Income Properties Inc, a real estate investment trust in Orlando, Florida, and it agrees that Boyne USA will continue to operate the resort under a long-term lease. Milly Express High-Speed Quad replaces double chair. 2008 – A new Milly Chalet is built with expanded indoor/outdoor seating.

Continued from page 12 for the bustling Hill Air Force Base, disliked the meat business and decided to try his hand at the ski industry. With a unique vision and after much haggling, he bought Smith’s idle lift to begin a ski business. But the first time Doyle turned on the power, a lift tower collapsed. This did not dampen his spirit. Doyle went on to create a fully Millicent Ski Chair- Zane Doyle Creation. functional lift service accommodating early skiers. Over the years he continued installing other lifts, and the mountain officially opened in 1947. In the winter of 1947–1948, Doyle erected a 4,000-foot long, 1100-foot high chair called Millicent. It was praised by skiers and called one of the best constructed ski lifts in the United States. Brighton was now on the map as a ski destination. In 1987, Boyne USA’s Everett Kircher, purchased the resort, and the Doyle family continues to operate Brighton to this day. The Doyles helped create one of the friendliest resorts in North America, and you can still find family members enjoying deep powder there today. Brighton now boasts multiple high-speed quad chairs, expansive night skiing, amazing power riding, terrain parks, and family skiing. It's a favorite skiing and snowboarding destination for locals and visitors of all ages.

Ski bunny on the slopes at Brighton in the early 1950s.

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don’t forget the goggles. If you’re not willing to spend the dough on skis and boots for your ever-growing child, rent modern equipment. If you put your “mini me” on the same sticks you learned on back in ‘82, you’re setting them up for immediate failure and harassment. The new technology and width of modern skis make learning faster and easier than on the gear rusting in your mom’s garage. 6. Take a break. Stop and have a snowball fight or make snow angels (not in the middle of the run please) if your child starts to break down or become tired. You could also just throw in the towel and catch a matinee at the local theater. Smiles and giggles are better than perfect turns, and there’s nothing wrong with heading in early.

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7. Be a kid yourself. Kids don’t realize they’re “learning” when they’re playing “Red Light, Green Light” or making airplane turns with funny noises. Use Google to find a wealth of information that helps you instruct your child using fun techniques and games you play together.

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aking your kids skiing means one of two things, you’re either going to have a super fun day bonding with your child (not likely) or you’re going to lose your marbles in less than thirty. If you want to stay sane on the hill, take my advice, put the monsters, I mean precious little gems, in ski school! Kidding aside, teaching your children to enjoy the mountains and the sport of skiing or boarding can be a rewarding experience for both of you IF you have the skills and desire to do so (if not, see above). Ski School or other learn to ski programs are generally the best bet for most parents and their children. But whether you choose to put your tot in someone else’s hands or handle developing their future World Champion Freeskiing skills on your own, here are some pointers to help you have the best ride of both your lives. I promise you, there is a light at the end of the pizza and French fry tunnel. 1. Build up the sport. Show your enthusiasm about skiing/boarding and get excited for your kids. Let your monkeys sport their gear around the house. You don’t want the first time they squeeze into a pair of uncomfortable boots to be that first day on the hill. 2. Encourage, but don’t force. If your child doesn’t want to ski or board right out of the starting gate, don’t

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make ‘em! Even though some of us junkies started our grommets when they first learned to walk, most ski school instructors say five is a great age to start. Kids are old enough to listen, strong enough to hold a wedge, and are fine leaving their mom and dad’s sides for a few hours. Remember, there is always another day. Hire a sitter or enroll him in an adventure or day care program at your local resort if things aren’t going well and enjoy the time to yourself. 3. Cough up the cash. If you are can, pay for a few lessons (or many). Your shrink will thank you, and your child will be that much further along when you take him out on the slopes. I will never forget my first time on skis. My dad paid for an hour ski lesson, then he took me to the top of the mountain and hoped I would rip it perfectly to the bottom. I slid most of the way down. 4. Dress your kiddo appropriately. Their small bodies lose heat quicker than yours and need to be well insulated and protected. Our family lives on giant boxes of Little Hotties from Costco. And with kids along on a ski day, you’re bound to become a mobile skiing closet, so you might want to park close, carry a backpack, or pay for a locker. You can also shove all your extras under the stairs at Moonbe… (oops, I almost shared my secret). 5. Gear up. Helmets are necessary equipment. Make sure they fit snugly, and

8. Know your surroundings. Get familiar with your resort’s trails, or use a map, so you don’t take your advancing little skiers somewhere beyond their capabilities. And just because they can carve on a black groomer at one ski area doesn’t mean they’re ready to charge a truly advanced run at another. Remember, putting your child in an uncomfortable or dangerous situation could be the end of a lifetime of fun! 9. Make a plan. DO NOT lose them on the hill. My boys go AWOL (on purpose) at least once a week (lucky for them, Solitude is tight and we’re all on speed dial). Pick an easy-to-find meeting spot with your kids in advance so you can find them fast if (and when) they disappear. 10. Get good grub. Kids don’t want to go to the brown bag area or sit in the car and munch on soggy sandwiches. Treat ‘em right and splurge on some gooey cheese fries and a burger. Hey, you already broke the bank when you decided skiing was a good idea, so what’s a couple more dollars? (This tip is straight from the mouths of babes.) 11. Know your limits. If you don’t listen to my first morsel of advice and let someone else have all the fun with your child, make sure you know when you need a break from instructing. Your kids know when you’re heading south, and I’m sure

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SNOWSHOEING By Aaron Lovell

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f the idea of hiking or trail running during Utah’s winters conjures up visions of soggy shoes, frozen faces and fingers, bad roads, and few nearby accessible routes, you’re not alone. But if this impression is keeping you in hibernation until spring, then it’s time for a perspective change. Snowshoeing makes your favorite trails accessible when snow covers them, usually more than six months of the year in the Mountain West. Be they remote or convenient, breathtaking, challenging, or simply familiar, these mountain retreats let you escape the mundane and take time for reflection, mental relaxation, and physical exercise. And winter weather is no reason to stop frequenting them. For snowshoe runners and hikers, winter is the time when the trailheads empty, and those familiar, warmweather haunts become new worlds to explore. When we said snowshoes, we didn’t mean the wood-framed, rawhide-latticed monstrosities of your grandfather’s generation. Today’s sleek, lightweight aluminum-framed, fabric-decked beauties are simple to use and let you float in almost any snow conditions. HOW DO SNOWSHOES WORK? Remember when you hiked a mountain early last spring and nearly got turned back by snow before reaching the top? On the flats and in the forest you sank to your hips because your feet didn’t have enough surface area to keep you on top of the snow. And when you finally reached the steep climb to the summit, you had to kick steps just to keep yourself from sliding down the face. Snowshoes address both these issues. Whether used for hiking or running, snowshoes effectively increase the surface area of your foot, meaning they increase the amount of snow available to bear your weight as you walk across it. Also, most snowshoes are equipped with metal cleats, called crampons, that dig into steep snow or soft ice to reduce the effort needed to climb. Pack a pair of snowshoes on your next spring trip up the mountain, and expect a very different experience. WHAT GEAR SHOULD I BUY? Think you’re ready to make this growing sport your own? You’re getting in at the right time. Advances in design and materials technology have made it possible to create snowshoes tailored for virtually any kind of cross-country travel in winter. Hiking snowshoes tend to be larger and have more aggressive crampons for climbing and sidestepping on steep terrain. Running snowshoes, on the

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other hand, have a narrow design to prevent the snowshoes from getting tangled up and causing the runner to fall. If you’re already a skier or snowboarder, or even if you get outside just enough to build a few snowmen every year, the only thing you’ll really need to buy is a pair of snowshoes. Your weight and the terrain you plan to visit will determine the size of snowshoes you’ll need. Heavier hikers or those wishing to visit backcountry areas and seldom-used trails will require a bigger shoe to account for softer, deeper snow. Lighter hikers or those who plan to spend most of their time on the groomed trails at ski resorts or on packed trails frequented by other snowshoers should consider smaller models. If you plan to wear a pack while hiking, figure your weight while wearing it before deciding what length of snowshoes to buy. Because snowshoe runners usually train and race on more packed snow, running snowshoes tend to come in a much smaller range of sizes. Before making any snowshoe purchase, consult an experienced snowshoe hiker or your local outdoor retailer for help in picking the right shoe. Most models work with virtually any kind of footwear, though something warm and water resistant is best. If you aren’t ready to commit your cash to new snowshoe gear, consider renting. Local retailers like REI, Kirkhams, or Recreation Outlet rent snowshoes by the day. Renting is a great way to check out the activity before you make the leap to full-fledged snowshoemanship. WHAT SHOULD I TAKE WITH ME ON THE TRAIL? A little trial and error is in order for all snowshoers as they discover what works best for them. As a general rule, hikers should dress in warm layers that can be removed or put back on as needed. Runners should dress as they would for any winter run, keeping in mind the need to protect their feet and lower legs from snow. Moisture management is key. And just because it’s cold outside, don’t neglect to take plenty of fluids with you, as much as you would need during a hike or run any other time of year. If you don’t mind the weight, a thermos filled with something hot is nice to sip on when you get cold. Snacks are also good for keeping your energy up. You’ll need to refuel on most treks because your body burns more calories snowshoeing than it does hiking. (This also makes snowshoeing a great winter fitness activity.)

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tah is home to the Greatest Snow on Earth, but you'd be crazyto think our fluffy powder is only a Wasatch Front phenomenon. Head south and experience it for yourself at Brian Head, a town set high in Utah's mountains at 9,800 feet and home to just 83 yearround residents. Their scenic ski resort boasts Utah's highest base, an annual snow total surpassing 360 inches, and powder skiing without the crowds. It's just a 3.5-hour drive from Salt Lake City, but the striking views of snow-capped red rock and clear, blue skies make Brian Head feel worlds apart. And with nearly 650 acres of terrain spread across 63 runs and two mountains, you won't quickly run out of places to explore. Visitors from Southern Utah, Las Vegas, and Southern California have long been privy to these perks, but Northern Utahn's rarely explore this hidden gem, thanks to our bounty of nearby resorts. It's time to change that! Brian Head is an ideal winter destination for families on a budget. Here lift tickets are a bargain, and you'll find learning lifts and easy terrain with fewer folks using them, making it ideal for new skiers and youngsters. No, you won't find fancy ski lodges at Brian Head, or a resort village with high-end retail outlets, but the low prices mean you can ski and stay for the cost of a lift ticket elsewhere! Need lessons before you venturing out on your own? Try the excellent Winter Sports School where you'll get budget-priced instruction that includes lift ticket, equipment rental, and a hot lunch. The instructor to student ratio four-to-one, meaning you'll

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receive personalized help transitioning from a pizza to parallel or overcoming fears. Beginner packages are just $89, so the whole family can afford to learn. Or just send the kids to ski school while you access the resort's most challenging terrain via a snowcat ride to Brian Head Peak. And if a day of riding isn’t enough, night skiing is available on selected runs on Friday, Saturday, and holiday evenings. Terrain park junkies of all levels can hone their skills in two parks with rails, pipes, boxes, and other jibs. The latest addition to the terrain park, BagJump, is great for newbies because it prevents the risk of injury while developing solid technique. While teens perfect their jumps, take the little ones to the endlessly entertaining Brian Head Snow Tube Park. Tubes are provided and a lift takes you to the top (without the huffing and puffing) so you can maximize your runs! Unfortunately, reservations fill up fast, so book in advance if you plan to ride it. The park is open every day through April and night tubing is available most weekends and holidays. Get gear or rentals at Georg’s Ski Shop (georgsskishop.com), which was founded in 1965 by Brian Head’s first year-round residents, Georg and Stephanie Hartlmaier. Today, the shop continues as a family-run business that specializes in high-quality rentals and equipment repair. There's enough gear here to get lost in, but knowledgable staff members can help you navigate it quickly. Georg's also offers great lodging rentals on their property and throughout town.

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Choose from every kind of lodging at Brian Head. Enjoy spacious, on-mountain accommodations at Cedar Breaks Lodge (cedarbreakslodge.com), where even the smallest rooms feature a kitchenette, jetted bathtub, and gas fireplace. These junior villas sleep up to four comfortably and are priced at just $119 a night on weekdays and $139 on weekends during the winter season. Large, two-bedroom villas with space for eight are $269 on weekdays.

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As a Lodge guest, you can ride a free winter shuttle for quick lift access. Use it to return to the hotel mid-day so youngsters can take a break before heading to the tubing park. After skiing, relax in the gorgeous indoor pool, two hot tubs, dry sauna, and steam sauna, or get pampered with a deep tissue massage or a calming facial at the on-site day spa. Other amenities like free underground parking, multiple restaurants, fitness center, and a video game room make this hotel a stand out. Be aware that the lodge’s WiFi costs $10 a day, and the cell phone reception is less than optimal if you don’t have 4G. But who cares? You're on vacation after all.

If you prefer a cozy cabin or private condo to a hotel, book it online through the Mountain Info tab on brianhead.com, or on scenicsouthernutah.com. Many units include access to an indoor swimming pool and recreation room, and most are within walking distance of Brian Head's lifts. Further away condos almost always include a free shuttle to the resort, but check online before booking.

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Continued from page 19 Don’t be surprised if you wake your first morning with a highaltitude hangover. Yes, Salt Lake residents live at altitude, but Brian Head is double that elevation and the change can give sensitive folks headaches. Take it easy on your first day, and get plenty of shut-eye to mitigate the negative effects.

Where to Eat

Start your morning with an espresso drink and light breakfast from the Cedar Breaks Cafe inside Cedar Breaks Lodge before hitting the slopes. Free WiFi is available here during selected hours with any purchase. Snag a quick, cheap lunch just steps from the chairlift at Pizano’s Pizza, where you can get a slice of pizza for just $2.50! Finding prices this low at a ski resort is uncommon, and the authentic New York-style pizza is droolworthy. Confession: We visited twice in two days. For dinner, partake of gourmet food with a mountain casual atmosphere at the Double Black Diamond Steakhouse in Cedar Breaks Lodge. Make reservations beforehand and request a table by the fireplace. Try the seared Ahi Tuna as an appetizer, and don't miss our favorite secret entree! It isn’t on the menu, but ask for the pear and cheese fiocchi, a stuffed pasta with a light oil sauce. You won't be disappointed! Homemade desserts like peach cobbler and indoor s’mores will tempt you into making your meal a threecourse affair. Nearby Leany's Steakhouse, located inside the DoubleTree Resort, is another fine choice. Keep the party going into the night at Cedar Breaks Bar & Grill or the Lift Lounge & Patio at Doubletree, which have full bars and regular live music performances. Gather with friends old and new at the Lift Lounge's indoor and outdoor fire pits or play a game of pool at the Cedar Breaks Bar.

Getting There

Most of the three-and-a-half-hour drive from Salt Lake City is on I-15, but the last 10 miles require steep hill climbing on a wellmaintained highway. If snow is in the forecast, you’ll need chains or a 4-wheel drive vehicle to access the resort. Brian Head's recent purchase means changes are afoot for this hidden Utah treasure, and the new owner intends to make Brian Head better than ever. So enjoy your trip south, but look forward to exciting improvements to come. And don't tell ALL your friends, a secret this good is better kept than shared.

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Heart-healthy Dining on Valentine’s Day (and Beyond)

Terms such as “deep-fried” or “Alfredo” are obvious red flags, but be on the lookout for words like “sauteed” and “breaded” as well. Choose roasted, baked, or braised dishes instead to limit calories and fat. Even “primavera,” an innocuous-sounding word, often refers to pasta drenched in cream sauce and loaded with cheese. Be wary of oversalted food too. One serving of chain-restaurant spaghetti with sausage has an eye-popping 3020 milligrams of sodium: that’s nearly 150% of the maximum an adult should consume in an entire day. Look for restaurants that rely on healthy flavor-boosters such as fresh herbs, citrus fruits, and toasted nuts instead. Nutrition experts advise eating foods in their whole, unprocessed state whenever possible, and you won’t find foods closer to the source than those served at Omar’s Rawtopia. Chef Omar Abou-Ismail combines 100% organic sprouted nuts and seeds, sea vegetables, and gardenfresh produce to create refreshing dishes in a gorgeous rainbow of colors.

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ike any other holiday, Valentine’s Day invites indulgences: a box of chocolates, a steak and lobster dinner, a luscious, creamy dessert. But on a day that’s all about hearts, doesn’t it make sense to do something nice for your own— or your loved one’s—instead? If the idea of “heart-healthy eating” summons up grim visions of plain poached chicken and steamed broccoli, some of Utah’s finest and most creative chefs may be able to change your mind. Restaurants in the Salt Lake area and beyond offer options to satisfy both the health-conscious athlete and the most discriminating gourmet. Or, if your idea of the perfect Valentine’s Day involves an intimate dinner at home, check out our tips for healthful, delicious “house specialties.” Think green Low-fat? Low-carb? Paleo diet? Though nutrition advice can be confusing and even contradictory, nearly all experts agree: Loading up on produce is the single best thing you can do to improve your overall diet. According to the USDA’s new My Plate program, a good guideline is to fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables, then the other half with lean proteins and whole grains.

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Plant-based dishes elevate fruits and vegetables to the starring role in a hearthealthy dinner. Whether wholly vegan or seasoned with moderate amounts of meat, they’re a great way to pack more produce into your diet. Meatless doesn’t need to mean drab, though, as offerings from chefs around Utah make clear. Salt Lake City’s Sage’s Cafe serves up delectable vegetarian meals ranging from light buckwheat noodle salads to hearty basil-walnut pesto crepes. It’s been named one of the 20 best vegetarian restaurants in the country by VegNews Magazine. Plant-sourced foods rule the roost at Frisch Compassionate Eatery in Salt Lake City. This all-vegan restaurant “avoids ingredients that require a Ph.D. to pronounce,” focusing instead on nutritious, yet satisfying, dishes like tempeh kale salad and spicy mac-n-cheez. Don’t miss Saturday’s sumptuous vegan brunch. Think light Typical restaurant fare is rich and heavy, often slathered with butter or cream sauces. No matter where you choose to dine, a little menu savvy can help you make solid nutritional choices.

Craving favorites like grilled New York steak, butter-drizzled salmon, or Chicken Marsala? With the right combination of carefully chosen ingredients and reasonable portion sizes, even decadent dishes like these can fit into your hearthealthy eating plan. La Jolla Groves, with locations in Orem, Provo, and Salt Lake City, boasts “insanely good” food made with fresh, nutritious ingredients. Think local At Communal Restaurant, the chefs’ philosophy is a simple one: Use seasonal, locally-sourced foods as the building blocks for a constantly changing menu of bold, distinctive flavors. “We rely on local products and local farmers for everything we can,” says general manager Chris Neidiger. “We’ll even bring our restaurant staff out to the farm to have them see exactly where our ingredients are coming from.” This reliance on top-quality, absolutely fresh foods mean that subpar ingredients have nowhere to hide. “Physically, you can only taste three or four flavors at one time,” Neidiger says. “We make sure there’s a reason to include each specific ingredient. If the butter, oil, or anything else isn’t needed to make the dish work, it’s OK to leave it out.”

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Asked to choose a favorite dish, Neidiger doesn’t hesitate: “It’s got to be our rotating pork special. We buy our pigs whole from the farm and cut them up on-site. Combined with whatever produce is the freshest and best-tasting, it’s unlike any other pork dish out there.”

Where to Find It Sage’s Cafe 100% vegetarian, organic fare. 473 East 300 South, Salt Lake City sagescafe.com

Think for yourself Dining in this Valentine’s Day? Make a heart-smart choice when cooking at home with these guidelines.

Consider “sole” food... or any other type of fish. Low in saturated fat and typically rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, a seafood dinner is a perfect at-home Valentine splurge.

The brighter the color, the better the food. Fruits and veggies in deep shades of green, blue, purple, and red have higher levels of vitamins and health-protecting phytochemicals than their paler cousins.

Raise a glass of champagne or sparkling water instead of fruit juice. Though it has all the sugar of whole fruit, juice lacks the fiber that makes fruit such a healthful choice.

Pick whole-grain breads, pastas, and baked goods... or take a tip from your Paleo friends and skip the grains altogether. Fill up on baked sweet potatoes or other roasted root vegetables instead.

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Skip packaged seasoning mixes in favor of your own combinations of herbs and spices. The stuff in the envelopes is typically loaded with sodium and chemical preservatives.

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Whether you’re planning an evening out with your sweetheart or a movie night with single friends, this Valentine’s Day is a great time to sample flavor-packed dishes that will inspire you to make hearthealthy food choices all year long.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries and Almonds Inspired by a dish from Communal Restaurant. Wash, trim, and halve 1 pound Brussels sprouts. Toss with 2 Tbsp olive oil and 1/2 tsp salt. Arrange, cut sides down, on a sheet pan and roast at 400 degrees until tender and slightly browned, about 20 minutes. Remove and let cool. In a large, nonstick skillet, heat 1 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Add Brussels sprouts, 1/2 cup dried cranberries, and 1/2 cup blanched slivered almonds. Cook, stirring, until heated through. Stir in 1 Tbsp maple syrup if desired. Taste, correct seasoning, and serve.

Molly Newman lives in Portland, Oregon, where she hikes, walks, and runs whenever it isn’t raining­—and often when it is. A contributor to Outdoor Sports Guide since 2009, she also hosts regular trivia nights and homeschools her two sons.

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Utah’s Little Rippers By Rachael Hodson

Utah produces its fair share of pro skiers and boarders, so it’s no surprise that our little ones are stepping up their game in hopes of hanging with the big boys and girls. We thought it would be fun to feature a couple kiddos who you may have seen whizzing past you on the mountains recently. You know the ones...kids who make you do a double take, and then find yourself rushing after to ask how old they are. So here they are, Utah’s cutest and toughest, ready to steal the thunder! Full Name: Caden Brehm Gennerman (The HurriCaden) Age: 8 1/2 Home Mountain: Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Years on the Hill: 8, yes, I started when I was 1. Sponsors: Dynastar, Lange, Look, and Dad Gear: 686, TNF, Marker, Oakley, Bern, Dakine, Atomic Mini Bent Chetler/ Dynastar Sixth Sense Skis, Lange JR Boot Favorite Run: Main Bowl (PCMR) and Northside 9990 (The Canyons)  Discipline: Big Mountain Free Ride Favorite Food on the Hill:  The Fondue at the Lookout Cabin at the Canyons. I only had it once, but it was the BEST!

Worst Wipeout: At PCMR, I found a non-park jump and the first time I went off it, one ski ejected and I tumbled down the rest of the run and lost all my other gear. YARDSALE!! Top tip for other groms: Never give up, even if you don’t like it when you start, because you will always get better. Favorite ski word/phrase/jargon: Radical and awesome! Best part about skiing: You never know everything and you can always learn. I Rip Because: When I was little I never wanted to listen to my dad so he said, “I’ll teach all your friends and they’ll be better than you.” That made me mad and I let him teach me.

Full Name(s): Luke and Alex Mallen (The Twinners) Age: Almost 5 Home Mountain: Snowbird Years on the Hill: 3.1 Sponsors: Viice Skis and parents Gear: Viice Skis, Scott Goggles, Giro G9 Helmets, Obermeyer Kids outerwear, Spyder & The North Face mitts, Hot Chilly’s, and Trespass baselayer. Favorite Run: The Cirque, Mineral Basin, Mark Malu, Road to Provo (and of course we love the tunnel and the terrain park!) Discipline: Bumps, jumps, steeps, and pow. Favorite Food on the Hill: Hot chocolate, Fruit by the Foot, Cutie oranges, fruit snacks, string cheese, mini turkey sandwiches, and an occasional famous Snowbird Kobe beef hot dog....mmmmm.

Worst Wipeout: Luke: Attempting a “daffy”. Alex: Forgetting to check speed before heading into a mogul field. Top tip for other skiers: Have fun and laugh a lot! Tell mom and dad to bring “pocket snacks”, hand warmers, and a lot of patience. Favorite ski word/phrase/jargon: Alex: “Oh yeah! Oh yeah! pow-DAH baby”, “Cowabayyya!”  Luke: “Follow me dude!”, “Look! There’s jumps over there!” Best part about skiing: Luke: Big jumps Alex: Big air Both: Cute girls to hang with (preferably cougars), and not being inside watching lame TV. We Rip Because: We ski on Viice kids skis– they help us rock the mountain, making it easyespecially in the pow! And our parents ski with us A TON!

Full Name: Mary Lowrey Bocock Age: 9 Home Mountain: Snowbird Years on the Hill: 8 Sponsors: My parents Gear: Rossignol skis, boots, and bindings. POC helmet, Scott goggles and poles, Spyder jacket and pants, Smartwool socks. Favorite Run: In powder: “Bookends” at Snowbird. Groomed: “Big Emma” at Snowbird during early morning training. Discipline: Alpine Ski Racing Favorite Food on the Hill: Cup-o-Noodles, clementines, and M&Ms.

Worst Wipeout: I was skiing at Snowbird early this season and the visibility was bad. I hit a bump and landed really hard on my head. My skis fell off. It really hurt because the snow was hard. Top tip for other skiers: Have a really fun time! Go fast! Keep your hands forward and up, and do NOT lean in! Favorite ski word/phrase/jargon: “J-Fast Rules!” Best part about skiing: Racing, training, being with friends and coaches. Being on snow. I Rip Because: I started skiing at an early age, I really love to ski. I listen to my coaches, and I want to get better.

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Full Name: Tristan Griffin Age: 11 Home Mountain: Solitude and Snowbird Years on the Hill: Been shreddin’ for 9 years. Spent 4 seasons on the Solitude Devo Team, and now I ride with the Snowbird Freeride and Big Mountain Team. Sponsors: The best Gram in the world...and of course mom and dad! Gear: K2 Bad Seeds, Dalbello Menace 4’s, Line poles, Volcom, Electric , Pro-Tec, and Swany. Favorite Run: Headwall Forest (Solitude) and The Cirque (Snowbird) Discipline: I am a rippin’ big mountain freeskier! Favorite Food on the Hill: Hands down the burger at Solitude and the sausage at Snowbird. And of course hot chocolate! I also snack on GU Chomps or CLIF SHOT BLOKS for energy.

Worst Wipeout: This season at Snowbird, I was skiing the Cirque with my team, I caught an edge and had a complete yardsale. I tumbled all the way down the hill and when I stopped I felt kinda dizzy....everyone was laughing and so was I. They said it was the funniest crash of the year. Top tip for other groms:  If you really, really have to go and can’t hold it.......then go! Favorite ski word/phrase/jargon: Get Da Pow Pow and Steezy Best part about skiing: The feeling on a great pow day that I am floating or flying through the snow getting face shots and snow is blowing over my head. I Rip Because: I started out early and have been taught really well, plus I love it and someday I want to be a professional freeskier.

Full Name: Noah Larsen Hodson Age: 10 Home Mountain: Solitude/Alta Years on the Hill: 9.1 (Not even kidding) Sponsors: Anyone who will send my mom free gear & Utah Water Sport’s payroll (Thanks dad!) Gear: Bern Helmets, Hestra gloves, DC Clothing Co., Oakley, K2, Volkl Gotama, and Lange Favorite Run: The Guild Line (Solitude, Don’t ask him where it is, he won’t tell you.) and Gunsight (Alta) Discipline: Big Mountain and Park Favorite Food on the Hill: Cheeseburgers from Sunshine Grill. Worst Wipeout: A double summersault BLOWOUT at the finish of a bump race I was in.

Top tip for other groms: “When you stop making pizzas, skiing gets fun. Pizzas are no good unless you are eating them at Stone Haus!” Favorite ski word/phrase/jargon: “It’s Pow Pow time!” Best part about skiing: Mostly it’s just super fun, but also knowing I can point my skis down anything and ski it well. Skipping school sometimes when it dumps is an added bonus! I Rip Because: I have been skiing since I could walk and my mom is crazy. My dad taught me how to ski, but my mom taught me to love skiing. She is the one who taught me how to handle Big Mountain terrain and gets me into places where I can really step up my game. I also learned a lot from my DEVO coaches at Solitude Mountain.

Full Name: Kosten Curtis Ruff Age: 10 Home Mountain: Brighton Years on the Hill: 7.5 years on my board, but riding in my dad’s backpack since I was 8 months old! Sponsors: The Levitation Project, Milo Sport (Josh Roberts), Tonino Copene, Timmy Ostler, and my mom and dad. Gear: Nitro board, boot, and bindings; The Levitation Project goggles, beanies and face masks; Celtek gloves; Volcom coat and pants. Favorite Run: Pioneer Ridge hike Discipline: Skating a ton on my ramp and at the skate park, jumping on my tramp, riding my dirt bike, and snowboarding every chance I get! Favorite Food on the Hill: Pepperoni pizza Worst Wipeout: I missed the airbag off the Monster kicker at High Cascade snowboard camp in Mt. Hood and got the crap and wind knocked out of me.

Top tip for other boarders: Just have fun and keep on trying and trying until you get it. Favorite ski word/phrase/jargon: Dad can I stay home from school and go SHREDDING?! Best part about snowboarding: The powder! I Rip Because: My family goes snowboarding a lot together. I want to get better and better so I keep on trying until I get what line or trick I’m focused on. When I see people trying hard, I want to learn whatever tricks I see them doing. My dad was a pro snowboarder for 15 years, and I want to be like him and jump off huge cliffs like he did, he RIPS!! I skate a lot when it’s warmer out and my dad built me a mini ramp in our garage. I go to the skate park TONS! Skating makes me better by pushing me to learn tricks, and it’s a lot like snowboarding. I LOVE to snowboard and to ride in the powder. It makes me feel like I’m floating, and it’s super fun!

Rachael Hodson followed her love of skiing from Washington to Utah. Entrenched in the ski industry for more than 18 years, she worked as a tech rep for Atomic, a ski instructor at both Alta Ski Area and Solitude Ski Resort, and was a freeskiing competitor and sports action model before turning to ski writing. Rachael currently makes her home at the base of Little Cottonwood Canyon with her husband and two sons, Noah, 10, and Isaac, 7.

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RESORT REPORT Continued from page 8 SNOWBASIN For an elevated dining experience, ride the gondola to Needles Lodge and experience breathtaking views from 8710 feet on the patio. Or venture inside to enjoy the elegant interior complete with a roaring fire. Be adventurous and try German specialties like chicken schnitzel, or stick with traditional ski dishes like pizza, salad, or a sandwich. At the base, Earl’s Lodge boasts Utah’s best burger. The “Basin” Burger, a 1/3 pound bacon cheeseburger made with a Kobe beef patty and topped with pulled pork, will refuel you after a full day of powder riding. Unique offering like the Asian specialities, including pho and lettuce wraps, are a welcome change for adventurous eaters. snowbasin.com SNOWBIRD Snowbird is 100% big mountain skiing and when you’re riding hard, the lunch goal is to get in and get out. General Grits in the Tram building is fine for a cold sammy and chips to-go while warmer morsels can be found above in littletrafficked Rendezvous cafeteria. The conference room feel could stand renovation, but the burgers, Philly Steak sandwiches, giant hot dogs, and tasty Thai chicken wraps with fries hit the spot. For those with more time, build your own pasta bowl with your choice of sauces, noodles, and mix-ins. snowbird.com SOLITUDE Solitude has a wide variety of dining options from fine dining at St. Bernards to beer and sushi (weekends only) at the The Thirsty Squirrel and everything in between. After skiing laps through Honeycomb, take a few extra steps into Solitude’s Village and create your own gourmet pizza at Stone Haus while grabbing an ice cream for the kiddos. Burgers reign supreme at ski resorts and Solitude boasts two that are worth their weight in gold. The fight is on to decide whether the Montana Burger at Honeycomb Grill loaded with mushrooms, onions, bacon, and cheese takes your top spot or the juicy cheeseburger served with a side of epic outdoor scenery at The Sunshine Grill slides in for the gold. skisolitude.com SUNDANCE Be it a quick bite or a gourmet meal, you’ll find it paired with scenic mountain views at these slopeside establishments. Enjoy 360 degree views at Bearclaw, a casual ski eatery that overlooks Heber and Utah Valleys. Warm up with a bowl of Sundance Chili or a cup of hot cocoa or cider. Creekside (the base dining venue) offers Mount Timpanogos views and features reasonably-priced breakfast and lunch fare. Keep it simple with a breakfast burrito or all-beef hot dog. sundanceresort.com WOLF MOUNTAIN Looking to entertain the kids after school? Head north to Wolf Mountain and spend an affordable evening on the slopes under the lights. You won’t find high-end lodges or high-speed quads, but you will find happy children, excited teenagers, and satisfied parents enjoying each other’s company and having a blast! Grab a table in the Wolf Nordic Cafe and order piping hot chicken fingers for your little ones and a bowl of clam chowder for yourself. There is some surprisingly good food here with an all-new menu this season. No McDonald's stops needed on the way home from this fun, little gem! wolfmountainutah.com


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CALENDAR AVALANCHE & BACKCOUNTRY SEMINARS & CLINICS AVALANCHE FORECAST CENTER»888-999-4019, www.avalanche.org ON THE SNOW»www.onthesnow.com SNOW FORECAST»www.snowforecast.com SNOW LINK»www.snowlink.com SKI UTAH»www.skiutah.com UTAH AVALANCHE CENTER» www.utahavalanchecenter.org UTAH NORDIC ALLIANCE»www.utahnordic.com WASATCH MOUNTAIN CLUB» www.wasatchmountainclub.org

CYCLING March 2

THE ZION COUNTRY EARLY SPRING CENTURY 2013» Hurricane, UT. Register early. Bob Kinney, bob@bike2bike.org, www.bike2bike.biz

March 31

TOUR DEL SOL»Gunlock, UT. 435-652-1234, www.tourdelsol.com

FILMS, FESTIVALS, CLINICS AND EVENTS PRESENT–APRIL 12

TGR'S JEREMY JONES' FURTHER»The Forklift, Snowbird, UT. Every Friday-Sunday. The Aerie, Wednesdays. Further will explore some of the world's most remote mountain terrain while continuing Jones' mission to camp deep in the backcountry and on the summits of unridden lines. www.snowbird.com

PRESENT–APRIL 13

TGR'S THE DREAM FACTORY»The Forklift, Snowbird, UT. Every Friday-Sunday. The Aerie, Wednesdays. Watch as the TGR crew ventures from AK training grounds Jackson Hole, WY, and Pemberton, BC, and delves deep into the Alaskan way of life during a record snowfall year in AK. www.snowbird.com

PRESENT–APRIL 6

WARREN MILLER'S FLOW STATE»The Forklift, Snowbird, UT. Every Friday-Sunday. The Aerie, Wednesdays. Warren Miller's 63rd feature film brings audiences to a place only recently identified by scientists: a place where the faster we go physically, the slower things appear mentally. www.snowbird.com

February 16-18

BRYCE CANYON WINTER FEST»Cross-country ski races, snowshoeing, photography clinics, and more in Bryce Canyon. www.rubysin.com

February 14–21

BANFF FILM FEST WORLD TOUR»See inspiring outdoor films in SLC, Logan, Ogden, and Moab. Details online. www.banffcentre.ca

March 9–12

MOAB SKINNY TIRE FESTIVAL»Moab, UT. Channeling the energy riding through the grandeur of Moab’s canyon country is bound to inspire. For most riders, cycling is more than just a release; it can help define a deeper sense of purpose. To add to that purpose, the Skinny Tire Festival was created. It is an annual fundraiser to benefit cancer survivorship programs. 435-259-3193, www.skinnytireevents.com

March 29–31

ALTA SKI TO LIVE 2013» Alta, UT. Come improve your skiing/snowboarding through mindset training. Come enhance your enjoyment of life through greater consciousness. Come deepen the escape or freedom found in snow sports. Ski to Live is for skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers intermediate to pro ability levels, men and women, ages 12 and up, who want to experience who they are as athletes, and as human beings, in a powerful, super fun weekend event. Ski to Live offers unique on-hill coaching focused

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subjects like terrain, rescue, safe-travel or other basic subjects. Ages 14 and older.

REI COMMUNITY EVENTS

SKI - SNOWBOARD WAXING BASICS
»7:00 p.m. REI Salt Lake City. Class focus on: base preparation: structure, major and minor repair, and stone grinding. Our expert technician will also go into an in-depth examination of how and why waxes work. You do not need to bring your personal skis or snowboard to this class.

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 is recommended. For more information and to register, visit our website at www.rei.com/sandy or call 801-501-0850.

February 7th

SKI - SNOWBOARD WAXING BASICS
»7:00 p.m. REI Sandy. This class will focus on a wide variety of subjects including base preparation: structure, major and minor repair and stone grinding. Our expert technician will also go into an in-depth examination of how and why waxes work. You do not need to bring your personal skis or snowboard to this class.

February 12

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AVALANCHE AWARENESS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO»7:00 p.m. REI Sandy. This popular, multi-media talk covers: avalanche rescue, how avalanches work, reading avalanche terrain, obvious clues to instability, avalanche weather, safe travel practices and essential equipment. Presented by a representative of the Utah Avalanche Center. Ages 12 and older.

February 28

OUTDOOR FITNESS: NATURE’S GYM»7:00 p.m. REI Sandy. Climbing, hiking, biking, and paddling take a certain level of effort. If you are interested in becoming more active in the outdoors, join our instructors for a session that will give you some ideas to incorporate cross-training exercises into your activities. 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 recommended. For more information and to register, visit our website at www.rei.com/saltlakecity or call 801-486-2100.

February 5

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HOW TO SELECT A GPS»7:00 p.m. REI Salt Lake City. During this class you will receive a simple and non-technical overview of how the GPS system works, features common to handheld trail units, and an explanation of map download options and their use.

February 7

7 EASY RAPTORS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW»7:00 p.m. REI Salt Lake City. Join Hawkwatch International to learn how to better identify 7 common raptors seen in our area. You’ll learn how to identify the most common raptors along the Wasatch Front. For ages 8 and older.  

February 12

THE SCIENCE OF AVALANCHES»7:00 p.m. REI Salt Lake City. This presentation is by Bruce Tremper, the long-time Director of the Utah Avalanche Center. Covers the geeky side of avalanches in a simple, understandable way. Designed for students who already have a good grasp of avalanche basics, but who want to know why avalanches behave the way they do. Bruce will NOT cover basic avalanche

February 14

February 26

TRIATHLON BASICS - TRY A TRI?»7:00 p.m. REI Salt Lake City Join us to discover the ins-and-outs of triathlons: types, distances, how to get started, how to train, and what to expect on race day. CLASSES:

February 21

GPS NAVIGATION BASICS»6:00-8:00 p.m. REI Salt Lake City. Join an REI Outdoor School instructor as he or she leads you through the basics of GPS navigation. Learn how to use your pocket-sized navigator to pinpoint your location, mark waypoints, and navigate to distant points. If you own a GPS unit, please bring it to the class. Cost $20 REI members, $40 non-members LEARN TO SKI/ LEARN TO SNOWBOARD February 6, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at REI Sandy.

February 9 at Park City Mountain

Resort. Have you wanted to learn to ski or snowboard but just don’t know how to get started? Join the REI Outdoor School, the PSIA/AASI and a local Resort in this great first-time experience. This two-part class includes a 2-hour presentation during the week and an on-snow Saturday half-day class at PCMR. Cost REI Members $120/ Non-Members $140. Registration required.

RUNNING February 9

CHASING CUPID 5K FUN RUN»Gardner Village, West Jordan UT. www.lonepeakevents.com

February 9

SOUTH DAVIS SWEETHEARTS RUN»Run with your sweethearts at the Wasatch Front's sweetest valentines race! Choose from 5K or kids' 1K. Bountiful, UT. www.sweethearts5k.com

February 16

MOAB'S RED HOT 55K & 33K 2013»8:00 a.m. – 55K Start; 8:30 am – 33K Start. Moab, UT. www.grassrootsevents.net

February 16

FREEDOM RUN»Run in support of Freedom and all those who protect our freedom. Run solo or you can form a Freedom Team. St. George, UT. www.active.com

February 23

KWAHATEN RUNNING LEAVE YOUR LOVE BEHIND 5K AND 10K»Ogden, UT. Runs and obstacle course. kwahaten.blogspot.com

March 9

RED ROCK RELAY DIXIE»One-day, six-person relay in St. George, UT. www.redrockrelay.com


CALENDAR March 15–16

38TH ANNUAL CANYONLANDS HALF MARATHON AND 5 MILE RUN»Moab, UT. The scenic USATF sanctioned and certified course follows the Colorado River through a dramatic redrock canyon. Food, awards, raffle, and live music await you at the finish in downtown Moab. www.moabhalfmarathon.com

ZION HALF MARATHON»Run near this national park! www.thezionhalf.com

April 6

RUN 4 KIDS»Run a 5K or 10K in Utah's Dixie! Kids's 1K includes prizes for all participants. Coral Canyon, UT. www.run-4-kids.com

TRIATHLONS

March 16

March 30

SHAMROCK HALF MARATHON»Saratoga Springs, UT. www.active.com

ICE BREAKER TRIATHLON»American Fork Fitness Center, American Fork, UT. A great early season race. A 300-meter pool swim is followed by a 12-mile bike and 5K run, and offers both individual and relay team events. Also included is a kid’s race (100 meter pool swim, 5k bike and 1-mile run) to immediately follow the main event. The Ice Breaker is USAT-sanctioned event. www.racetri.com

March 16

SALT LAKE CITY CHALLENGE»Urban Amazing Racestyle competition. Salt Lake City, UT. www.challengenation.com

March 16

LEPRECHAUN LOPE»10K, 5K, or 2-mile fun runs. All end at Memory Grove, Salt Lake City, UT. Proceeds benefit Our Lady of Lourdes School preK-8th Grade Catholic School. www.lourdesschool.org

March 17

KISS ME DIRTY MUD RUN SERIES - TUCSON, AZ»femaleonly events that offer a fun, safe and rewarding challenge to women of all athletic abilities with a portion of proceeds benefiting gynecological cancer research! You and your closest gal pals are in for some good ol' dirty times as you hop, skip, jump, slip and scramble your way through all sorts of obstacles and mud! With filthy fun like this, you just might have to ask someone to "Kiss Me Dirty" when you finish! So come on, check us out...DIRTY, it's the new HOT! www.kissmedirty.com

March 23

BUNS UP 5K»Benefits colon cancer screening. Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT. www.buns5k.org

March 23

March 23

RUNNING OF THE LEOPARDS 5K»Fastest 5K in Utah! This is a USTAF certified course and designed for speed. Begins at the mouth of Emigration Canyon in Salt Lake City and ends at the East High School track. Transportation from East High to the start is provided. www.runningoftheleopards5k.com

WINTER SPORTS

February 8, March 22, April 19

BRIGHTON FRIDAY NIGHT BONFIRE SOCIAL»One Friday each month during the ski season Brighton will be offering free smore's, hot beverages, and giveaways while gathering around the firepits at Alpine Rose during night skiing. Come hang out with other riders at these socials on February 8, March 22, and April 19. www.brightonresort.com

March 8–10

THE WASATCH POWDER KEG SKI MOUNTAIN RACE» Like to backcountry ski? Interested in ski mountaineering racing? Now a three-day event, beginning with a sprint race Friday night before packet pickup and racer meeting. A one-hour event, run in heats, it's a blast for spectators to watch. Traditional individual race Saturday in Brighton Ski area and backcountry. www.wasatchpowderkeg.com

March 22-31

CANYONS SPRING GRUV»Welcome the changing seasons at the Canyons’ with 10 days of celebrating with free concerts, Pond Skimming Contest, and Red Bull Schlittentag! www.thecanyons.com

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TEACH YOUR KIDS TO SKI Continued from page 15 you’re right there with them. Continuing at this point will not lead to anything good. People ask me all the time why my kids ski so well, and I look at them and say “I gave up my own ski time for YEARS to churn out the little shred dogs.” My husband and I skied and still ski with them constantly. It’s what our family does. I like to joke around about the negatives of hanging with the kids on the hill, but I am here to tell you that the whining, crying, and utter torment of dealing with not one, but two, of my own terrifying creations on the slopes has been the most rewarding and exciting thing we’ve done. Now my oldest, Noah, can hike with me anywhere and ski any line. He’s scouting out jumps, ripping chutes and trees, and even venturing into the backcountry (safely). Isaac is keeping up and laying out beautiful arcs on the steepest of groomers. Long gone are the days of skiing backwards in a pizza, and though we might still end up shouting and name calling a bit, our family skiing future is bright and the adventures endless. Read profiles of Utah’s youngest rippers see page 23 Rachael Hodson followed her love of skiing from Washington to Utah. Entrenched in the ski industry for more than 18 years, she worked as a tech rep for Atomic, a ski instructor at both Alta Ski Area and Solitude Ski Resort, and was a freeskiing competitor and sports action model before turning to ski writing. Rachael currently makes her home at the base of Little Cottonwood Canyon with her husband and two sons, Noah, 10, and Isaac, 7.

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FIFTH ANNUAL RUNNING OF THE LEOPARDS 5K March 23, 2013 8:30 a.m. East High School

The race is USATF certified and sanctioned and is ranked the fastest 5K in the State! The safe course is designed for speed with a record time of 13:56 posted for men and 16:34 for women. This is the Perfect Race to achieve a Personal Record, it’s an all-around PR! Last year’s race attracted over 800 entrants – from elite runners, students, families, and the community. We invite all to participate in this year’s community event. Register on-line at www.runningoftheleopards5k.com

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