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Shamrock Half Marathon Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by running a half marathon on Saturday, March 19 at 9 a.m. in Saratoga Springs. Course start and finish will be at Westlake High School (99 North 200 West, Saratoga Springs). This is a loop course, not an out and back. Each participant will receive a custom race shirt and a finisher medal. Fee is $35 for preregistration and $45 for late registration after March 6. For more information call Fleet Feet Sports at 801-756-5800. active.com
South Davis Sweethearts 5K Run a 5K with your sweetie at 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 12 at the South Davis Recreation Center (550 N. 200 West, Bountiful). After finishing, bring your kids to run the Cupid’s 1K. There will be fun prizes for singles, couples and families. southdavisrecreation.com
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Bryce Canyon Winter Festival Flee the inversion and escape to Bryce Canyon for President’s Day Weekend (February 19–21). Held annually at Ruby’s Inn, this festival features crosscountry ski races, archery clinics, an archery biathlon competition, free snowshoe tours, free photography clinics, sled races, snow sculptures, kids’ activities and more. Events may be subject to change due to snow and weather conditions. Call 435-834-5341 for more information. rubysinn.com
Tubbs Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer Snowshoe Series Support the fight against breast cancer at this beginnerand family-friendly 3K or 5K snowshoe walk or 3K snowshoe race. The walk/race will take place at Mountain Dell Golf Course just east of Salt Lake City up I-80 on February 5. Free demo snowshoe use is included in the registration fee. tubbsromptostomp.com
SuperFly Open Kiteboarding Festival Watch the best snowkiters in the world show off their skills at this kiteboarding festival on February 18–21 at Strawberry Reservoir. Introductory kite clinics, demos, free ride sessions, kite races and multi-evening festivities make this an event you shouldn’t miss! The main riding area and the location for this year’s event will be at the Strawberry snowkite spot, directly off Highway 40 just east of Heber City. snowkitetour.com
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Head to Snowbasin February 10–13 to see the best skiers and snowboarders battle it out at the Winter Dew Tour Toyota Championships. Snowbasin is elevating the four-day championship event by building a 22-foot superpipe and showcasing top winter athletes from around the world competing in freeskiing (slopestyle and superpipe) and snowboarding (slopestyle and superpipe). Snowbasin is a host resort for the second consecutive year on the Winter Dew Tour and is closing out the season with the Toyota Championship for the first time. Watching all events is free to the public. Full event schedule available online. snowbasin.com
Start training now for this spring half marathon in Moab on March 19! Enjoy a gorgeous course that winds alongside the Colorado River through a deep red rock canyon for the first 11 miles, and then takes runners to a green, shady finish at Swanny City Park in downtown Moab. Call 435-259-4525 for registration details or visit the website. moabhalfmarathon.org
Moab Skinny Tire Festival Celebrate the coming of spring at Moab’s road cycling festival March 12–15. Demo bikes, ride beautiful roads, enjoy great speakers and more. This event raises funds for cancer survivorship and research programs, including the Moab Cancer Treatment and Resource Center. For more info call 435-259-3193. skinnytireevents.com
Helly Hansen Big Mountain Battle Grab a buddy and explore Park City Mountain Resort on Saturday, February 12. As you visit checkpoints, ski and hike around the mountain, you’ll be tracked with a Flaik GPS and prizes will be awarded to top teams; including $2000 in Helly Hansen gear to the grand prize winners! Registration is $85 per two-person team, which includes Helly Hansen baselayers and two subscriptions to Powder magazine. Online registration closes on Wedensday, February 2, but day-of registration is also available for an increased cost. bigmountainbattle.com
RE S O RT REPORT By Jenny Willden
Are you a first-timer ready to try your luck at rails, boxes and rollers? Or a seasoned park veteran looking to hone your skills? No matter which group you fit in to, Utah’s resorts offer a plethora of varying terrain park options so you can mix it up throughout the season.
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BRIAN HEAD Come one, come all! Brian Head has terrain parks that cater to all ability levels. The beginner parks can be found off the Navajo Mountain lifts while intermediate and expert parks are located at Giant Steps. The new crowd-pleasing Junkyard Park (accessed via Wildflower lift) has amazing features, including: jumps, boxes, rails...and a Land Rover! brianheadparks.com BRIGHTON Known for its spectacular terrain parks, Brighton boasts four ever-changing parks this season and a sick halfpipe. They also host loads of park competitions, demos and events all season long. Features for all skill levels are offered, but be advised that a PEEPS Park Permit is required to enter the My O My Terrain Park. You must complete the online park etiquette and education program, and pay a $10 processing fee at the Sports Desk, before you can enter this park. Access to other parks is open to all. brightonterrainparks.com
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CANYONS Home to Utah’s longest terrain park, Transitions, this 1.1-mile long fun fest has 50+ features, 9+ jumps, a natural zone in the Aspens, an Easy Way trail and great exposure—you can watch your friends tricks from the lift. Access it from Saddleback Express Lift. Looking for some direction in your park riding? Canyons offers private terrain park classes for advanced skiers and snowboarders. ridethecanyons.com
EAGLE POINT The first phase of Eagle Point’s terrain park expansion is complete, and it features an 18’ halfpipe and other awesome obstacles. The new park is small, but expect a bigger park for the 2011/12 season. The pipe and the park are accessible from the Monarch Triple Chair. skieaglepoint.com
PARK CITY MOUNTAIN RESORT Expect something for anyone and everyone this season at PCMR’s parks. Featuring the resort’s biggest jumps, King’s Crown is the grand daddy of parks, and where the big kids come out to play. The new intermediate park, Three Kings, has lights so you can ride until 9 p.m. every day. The Ridge is also new and has medium-sized jumps and rails to hone skills in new park riders. And we can’t forgot to mention the Eagle Superpipe, one of the nation’s largest halfpipes, this bad boy played host to the 2002 Olympics’ inauguaral snowboard halfpipe event. parkcitymountain.com POWDER MOUNTAIN Learn the basics of terrain park riding in the Sundown park, which features smaller boxes, rails and jumps that are ideal for getting started and learning new tricks. Sundown is open daily until 8 p.m. Once you’ve dialed in your park skills, venture to Hidden Lake for advanced thrills like big rails and jumps, natural features and a 12´ halfpipe. powdermountain.com SNOWBASIN Snowbasin’s ever-growing park system now features an arsenal of over 60 rails! Their two parks, Needles Rail Garden and Little Cat, offer well-maintained, consistently-groomed obstacles that are fun for all. Don’t forget about Snowbasin’s new superpipe, which will be 22’ high for the Winter Dew Tour Championships, then cut down to 18’ for public use after the comp. snowbasin.com SNOWBIRD Develop basic park skills or try your hand at expert rails in this park, located near the middle of the Mid-Gad lift exit on the Big Emma run. snowbird.com SOLITUDE If you’re a total beginner to park riding, Solitude is the place to start. Their Fun Park offers low to the ground, snow-based features that are manageable for all riders, even the little ones! You’ll find table tops with differently-sized take offs, fun boxes and rollers. skisolitude.com WOLF MOUNTAIN This 20-acre park is accessible from all three lifts and offers obstacles for all riders and abilities levels. Whether you want to take it easy or push yourself to the limit, you’re sure to find features and lines you’ll love. wolfcreekutah.com
ALTA No, Alta doesn’t have a terrain park. But they do have weekly recreational racing, which is so cool that we had to mention it. These ski gate races take place from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays at the top of Sunnyside lift and are open to anyone. Not only is competing fun, it’s a great way to improve your ski skills. Just $3 for a single run or $10 for unlimited runs. alta.com
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THE MYTHS AND REALITIES OF AVALANCHE SURVIVAL By Molly Newman
Heading out to ski or snowboard in the backcountry? Be prepared to deal with an avalanche’s awesome power.
It's a gorgeous winter day in Utah's backcountry. After a series of storms, there's a thick layer of fresh powder on the ground. You and your friends are thrilled to be outside again, carving down an untouched slope at top speed. As you're heading out on your third run of the day, the sun warms your face—and the top layer of snow. You lean into one sharp turn, then another. Suddenly, you hear a low rumbling from behind you. A swirl of snow rises in your wake. You zig and zag, hoping to outrun the cresting white tide. But it's too late. You're caught in the surge and hurled downslope, unable to see, fighting to breathe. You can only hope that your friends have escaped the slide...and that someone will be able to find you and dig you out once it stops. Avalanches are a constant danger in Utah's winters, especially in a super-snowy year like this one. But if you're equipped with the right information and a little preparation, you can ski, snowboard or snowshoe right through the season without fear of being caught. MYTH: Avalanches are just a natural outdoor hazard— there's not much you can do to avoid them. FACT: Avalanches are just as preventable as hypothermia or any other “natural” hazard. “Over 90% of avalanches are caused either by the avalanche victim or by someone in the victim’s party,” says Bruce Tremper, Director of the US Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center. Tremper should know. His thirty-year career in avalanche monitoring and forecasting (including surviving
an avalanche himself) have taught him plenty about what people can do to cause, and prevent, these disasters. MYTH: Loud noises can trigger an avalanche. FACT: Shout all you like. Avalanches are triggered by weight and movement, not sound. Despite what you’ve seen in any number of James Bond movies, noises—even gunshots or helicopter engines—can’t trigger a slide. The most common cause of avalanches? Cutting across an unstable slope. Especially in the first 24 to 48 hours after a snowstorm, a slab of frozen fresh snow can form on top of a layer of looser, weaker snow. This lower layer can’t support the additional weight of a skier or snowboarder. When it collapses under the added strain, the result is a slab avalanche: the fastestmoving and deadliest type of snow slide. Being aware of slope angles can help keep you from getting caught. Most avalanches occur on slopes between 30 and 45 degrees, with risk peaking between 35 and 40 degrees. Pack an inexpensive slope meter to help you decide which slopes to ski and which to skip. When approaching a run, use common sense: Make your ascent up low-angled slopes and along ridges whenever possible. Use your climbing time to assess possible risks, keeping an eye out for areas of windblown snow that may conceal treacherous slabs. Listen carefully, too: a hollow, drumlike sound may indicate that the terrain you're crossing is unstable and ready to slip. LATE WINTER
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Though a steep, untouched slope may be a great temptation, it's important to know when to resist. “A snowpack is like a book,” says extreme skier Spencer Wheatley of Wasatch Powderbird Guides. “If you take the time to read every page, you won't get caught by a surprise ending.” Wheatley encourages his heli-ski guests to take it easy on their first few runs when dealing with riskier terrain: “The worst thing you can do is ignore the clear signs of danger. You should always have a Plan B.” MYTH: Most avalanche deaths are the result of hypothermia. FACT: Only about 2% of avalanche fatalities are caused by freezing to death. When you’re caught in an avalanche, snow fills your nostrils and mouth, making it nearly impossible to breathe. The vast majority of avalanche deaths—more than twothirds, according to Tremper—are the result of asphyxiation as victims re-breathe their own exhaled carbon dioxide. If help doesn’t arrive quickly, an avalanche victim’s life expectancy is only about 15 minutes.
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MYTH: Anyone can fall victim to an avalanche. FACT: Anyone can be a victim, but most fit a particular profile. According to Tremper, most people who are caught in an avalanche are similar, demographically speaking, to the U.S. prison population. “93% of avalanche victims are male; almost all are young; almost all are risk takers. It’s not the cautious skiers who are getting caught.”
A rescue team works to locate victims after an avalanche in the Wasatch Range.
MYTH: Even if you're caught, you can rescue yourself from an avalanche. FACT: Forget being able to dig yourself out. Snow turns as unyielding as concrete once you’re buried in it, making it impossible to move much more than your fingers. Avalanche shovels are important rescue equipment, but you’ll need someone else to wield one to save you.
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Avalanche airbags, long popular in Europe, are gaining converts in the U.S. as well. These portable devices work by inflating when a ripcord is pulled, floating the wearer to the top of the snow. “They add about three pounds to your gear weight,” Tremper says, “but in a study of 300 real-life cases, they were 98% effective in saving lives.” Not everyone is convinced of airbags' efficacy, though. “They work well on open slopes,” says Wheatley. “In tree terrain like we have locally, though, they can reduce your control among obstacles. We're testing them out, and we'll start using them regularly if we see a clear advantage.” Both Tremper and Wheatley recommend avalanche beacons, which can be rented from most outfitters. They caution, though, that these tools take knowledge and practice to use effectively. “In a situation where an experienced pro is involved in the rescue effort, beacons save lives about 60% of the time,” Tremper says. MYTH: There's safety in numbers. FACT: More people in your party = more avalanche risk. When descending a steep, potentially risky slope, leave plenty of space between yourself and other members of your party. Ski or snowboard one at a time between points of safety. That way, if someone does trigger an avalanche, only one of you is likely to be caught.
An intentionally-triggered avalanche caused by jumping on the flat part of the ridge above the trees. The propagating collapse triggered the avalanche on the steeper slope below.
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IT’S TIME TO MENTION THE UNMENTIONABLES AND REVEAL THE TRUTH ABOUT YOUR MOST INTIMATE LAYERS! At the age of six I was devastated to learn that wearing my Wonder Woman Underoos did not actually endow me with special superhero powers, despite my earnest efforts to invoke the magic by pairing them with a cape. Ironically they were made from cotton, which sport science has since proved, in fact inhibits athletic performance. Nothing against the touch, the feel, the
fabric of our lives, but when it comes to a full day of ski touring, ice climbing or running, what you put next to your equatorial region matters! Gearheads frequently pay through the nose for the best technical outerwear, but when it comes to the drawers in their drawers, underwear frequently gets the shaft, so to speak. Skivvies are the most underestimated and overlooked item in your gear closet. Perhaps it’s a matter of out-of-sight, out-of-mind, but I’m here to tell you that investing in a few pairs of highperformance undies will bring a smile to your cheeks. Think you have to give up your stylish wear down there in exchange for functionality? No way! A few brand innovators are engineering bloomers to be technical AND spicy.
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Don’t get your panties in a bunch… just a few will suffice. ExOfficio (exofficio.com) challenges that one pair of their briefs, possibly two, are adequate for a 17-country, six-week backpacking trip. They are moisture wicking, quick drying, and treated with Aegis Microbe Shield™ to control odor-causing bacteria. Also check out, ExOfficio’s new Give-N-Go® Lacy Collection for ladies that’s as comfortable as it is flattering. Patagonia’s lightweight, moisturewicking Capilene® 2 is a 100% polyester (54% recycled) fabric that’s treated with Gladiodor® odor control and made with an open-knit weave for breathability. Its core is water resistant and blended with Lycra, so compared to cotton, the warmth it provides at an equal thickness is much greater.
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Patagonia also blends recycled materials with polyester fibers for many of their clothes. So you can wear garments that feel good with the perfunctory benefit of contributing to the greater good. patagonia.com I/O BIO has your @$$ covered with their advanced yarn technology. Made from 100% Merino wool, they spin their own custom-crafted yarns to give their fabrics consistent quality and durability. The flat seams, wide waistband and a non-chaffing inseam make them quite appealing. Heads up fellas, your ladies may make an appearance in your boxers, but what you really have to worry about is being tempted to borrow her sublimely soft butt-huggers. io-bio.com
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Isis puts the fun in functional funderwear; I mean underwear. They created a line of chafe-free, seamless underthings for girls made with spandex so they stretch and move with your body and won’t, um, creep. Isis uses Evaporator Technology™, which keeps moisture away and helps the fabric dry quickly. isisforwomen.com
Aptly-named Smartwool uses only Zque certified 100% Merino wool from New Zealand. All of the wool they use is completely traceable to its source. These itch-free smarty-pants work naturally with your body’s heating and cooling system and keep you warmer in cold weather and cooler in warm weather. You may actually feel smarter for wearing them. smartwool.com
Ibex wants to get in your pants. Their britches are made from 17.5-micron Merino wool that’s blended with spandex and stitched together on a special Italian knitting machine. Since wool can hold up to 30% of its own weight in moisture and still feel dry to the touch, you can count on a dry and happy bottom. ibexwear.com
Alas, I still have no magical superhero powers, even with my Wonder Woman cape…which my friends keep insisting I ditch. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking, but I hope one day an outdoor sports brand manufactures a line of superhero underoos that are made from the latest textile technologies. Imagine the boost of power Wonder Woman would have if she wore the right fibers under her suit! LATE WINTER
TR A I L S IDES Turning Over To Telemark: A Guide To Tele Gear, Bet ter Face Shots and Another World By Josh Madsen
t is the best turn on snow, the telemark turn that is. But maybe you haven’t figured that out yet. I’m sure you’ve seen those freeheelers dancing down the mountain in a sort of alternating lunging motion. To most it’s intriguing, yet for many the desire to try it is met with obstacles, like: Where do I find gear? Who will teach me? Is it difficult? The answers are simple, and you might find yourself on a set of telemark skis sooner than you expected.
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Myth Busting is priority number one when you are thinking about taking
up tele turns. Yes, the turn is more dynamic and requires more motion than an alpine turn, but any semiathletic person can easily pick it up. It’s not as hard as it looks. Next time you’re sitting at home or your office stand up and do a lunge. Then from that lunging position step forward into another lunge. Repeat and continue and you have yourself the makings of the telemark turn. Adding snow to the equation requires balance in motion, which like most new things only requires a little practice.
Renting Tele Gear is simple in Utah. For example, several shops in Salt Lake City, including Wasatch Touring and Wild Rose, can get you completely outfitted for around $35 dollars. Be sure to ask questions about proper fit and performance as you are being outfitted, and seek out the gear
for the type of skiing you do. Someone coming from a hard-charging alpine skiing or snowboard background may be looking for a completely different experience in terms of performance than someone who wants to make carving turns on a groomer. There is telemark gear to fit every type of situation and skier.
Buying Gear is like choosing a significant other. Something that looks good at first might be something you are fighting with later. So take the time to get to know what is on your feet. This is especially important with freeheel gear since each binding and boot has a completely different flex and feel to it. Another important thing to consider is technology. Most boots and bindings you see are based on the traditional 75-millimeter square toe on the boot that shares a Nordic or cross-country ski background. These continue to improve and are completely adequate for any type of skiing. However, in more recent years companies like the Norwegian brand—Rottefella—have challenged the traditional norm with the NTN binding and boot system. This newer system incorporates adjustable tension, brakes and the ability to release. Whatever tickles your fancy, take the time to demo the gear before you buy it. Backcountry vs. Resort is a common topic of conversation when it comes
to telemark, and for good reason. The telemark binding can open up the endless possibilities of the backcountry and all the untouched powder that Utah has to offer. But don’t let this fool you into thinking that telemark and backcountry are synonymous, because they’re not. Telemark turns can be enjoyed below the depths of overhead powder or laying down deep carves on the corduroy. In fact, learning to drop your knee at a resort may be easier, as groomed runs—and the repetition of lifts—could help reduce the intimidation factor you may find hiking and skiing soft snow in the backcountry. If you do go into the backcountry, be sure to have the proper training and equipment that go along with being in avalanche-prone areas.
Acquiring Instruction is key to having a great freeheel experience and can help avoid any confusion about technique. “A lesson can provide confidence and give you a new bag of tricks to use on the mountain,” says Beaver Mountain Tele Instructor Darin Swenson. Beaver Mountain, like
most resorts, provides instruction for those seeking information on how to telemark. They even host an annual telemark festival that takes place this year February 25–27. Participants can take lessons and meet telemark skiers from around the area. At whichever resort you decide to visit, expect instruction to cost anywhere from $60 for a group workshop to $200 for a two-hour one-on-one lesson. There are even two fully-functioning kids’ programs for youngsters looking to drop knees at Canyons and Alta. Whether you are looking for a new challenge, or just another way to enjoy the mountains, 2011 might just be the year to venture into a new world and see what the hype around freeheel skiing is all about. Josh Madsen is the Editor of Telemark Skier Magazine and started freeheeling in 1994 when he decided to read a book called Cross Country Downhill. He travels most of the year promoting, writing and filming telemark culture around the world.
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ROLFING FOR SKIERS AND SNOWBOARDERS: AN INTRODUCTION TO STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION By Paul Wirth
s Mother Nature dumps snow o on Utah this winter, carloads o of people are driving up the canyons, hiking the backcountry and riding lifts to enjoy epic powder and stunning terrain while coming as close to flying as they can while still (mostly) touching the ground. Skiing and snowboarding revives feelings of effortless joy that we all remember, if not from last week or last winter, then from our childhood. For some, it shows up as a simple turn in fresh powder. For others, it’s in taking flight off a 60-foot drop. For any snow lover, there are days when skiing or riding feels effortless and easy. Other days—where you’re at your edge or far beyond it—your body is under strain and pain and injury run the show.
To reduce or eliminate those days, you can organize your body to deal with both the results and causes of injury. Refine the structural relationships in your body, bring what’s out of order into order and you set the body up for more balance, power and ease. This can be achieved through structural integration, also known as Rolfing. Rolfing was born out of the work of biochemist and bodywork pioneer, Dr. Ida Rolf, more than 50 years ago when she began to see the body as a system organized and shaped at every level by its resilient, adaptable layers of connective tissue, or fascia. Dr. Rolf saw that the body can be adapted to handling the forces that run through it in a balanced and efficient way. Over the course of decades, she developed a way to work hands-on with people, a method she initially called Structural Integration
(SI), which was eventually taught at the Institute she founded under the trademark Rolfing®. Skiers and snowboards can benefit from Rolfing in the following ways:
• Release of chronic tension and scar tissue along with increased range of motion, leading to movement that’s more free from compensation and less dictated by old injuries. • Relief of chronically-stressed areas as force transfers through the centers of joints and limbs on its way to the boots, boards and skis. • Connection and support through the core structures of the body. A clearer feeling of being grounded and stable on skis or boards with power being directed cleanly and evenly through the legs, resulting in confident and agile turns. • Improvements in the sense of balance. • Length and openness in movement, a sense of ease and flow in challenging terrain. A Rolfing session starts with a short assessment—movement and perhaps a walk around the room—to see patterns that are showing up in the client’s structure and how they might have changed since last time. After that, the rest of the session takes place on the table as we work hands-on with the relevant restrictions. The hour typically winds up with another short assessment as well as some movement cues and suggestions to help you feel what’s changed in your body. The goal is to create change that’s able to stabilize in the body—change that lasts indefinitely. Because
structural work develops over time in a person’s body, Rolfing tends to be most effective in a limited series of sessions, each one building on the progress of the next. Single sessions can be very effective, but building sessions together in series tends to help the work take shape stronger and last longer. New clients often come in with the impression that SI is always “deep” and “painful.” There’s a history to that—to the idea that deep work equals firm pressure equals pain—but it’s not that simple. The contact in Rolfing tends to be slow and deliberate. It can range from very light to quite firm depending on the layers and areas we’re dealing with at any particular time. And in my training and experience, this work is much more effective when I keep my client feeling comfortable. To sum it up, Dr. Rolf’s vision was this, in part: Your body is a complex and intelligent living structure capable of superb, inherent balance and powerful, efficient movement. The work of Rolfing and SI helps you take full advantage of that capacity by building order in your body and relieving the obstacles to it. An ordered body means more days making tracks in Utah’s fresh powder and less time recovering from fatigue and injury. For more information on Rolfing, visit: mosaicsi.com. Paul Wirth has been practicing Rolfing® Structural Integration since 2003 and is the owner of Mosaic Structural Integration in Salt Lake City and Park City. mosaicsi. com
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PR O F I LE When She Says Jump, You Say How High
PHOTOS COURTESY OF SHE JUMPS
By Sean Zimmerman-Wall
hat would you dare to accomplish if you knew the only possible outcome was success? A new line at your favorite ski hill, the second pitch of a daunting climb or perhaps the big hit in the park? This mantra has been the guiding concept for an intrepid bunch of young women who strive to push themselves, and others like them, in the outdoor realm. Welcome to She Jumps. The brainchild of co-founders Lynsey Dyer and Vanessa Pierce, She Jumps started out as a blog for the two young athletes to share their love of sport with friends.
SheJumps.org hit the World Wide Web in 2006 with the goal of showcasing women interacting with each other in the outdoors, whether it be skiing, climbing, biking, hiking or just hanging out. Dyer’s background as a pro skier with an artistic mind and a flair for graphic design meshed perfectly with Pierce’s journalistic talents and prowess as an accomplished collegiate athlete. Together, the two began creating and posting various accounts of their adventures; within a year they had a cult-like following of women from all backgrounds and ages. In a very short time, the team of “Jumpers” grew rapidly as the gals formed stronger bonds and fashioned innovative ways for their crew to get outside and try something new. Perhaps one of the wildest bits of creativity came when the group put out a post for interested women to climb the Grand Teton. At just a shade under 14,000 feet, The Grand is a formidable
adversary. However, the challenging nature of the endeavor only fueled their resolve, and in July of 2007, a group of nine women, possibly the largest female group in history, stood atop the massif and gazed into the valley below. As if reaching the summit weren’t enough, the team proceeded to hula hoop in the thin air and scorching sun. Unlikely outcomes, such as this, are what the women of She Jumps crave, and their recent outings and upcoming events further illustrate what this organization is all about. Conversing over a fine PBR tallboy at a local watering hole, Executive Director Claire Smallwood and I touched on some of the lesser-known intricacies of She Jumps. A strong skier and international traveler, Claire has an impressive resume of her own. From placing well in freeskiing competitions, to working on her quad-lingual talents, to an infamous Chilean shotski phenomenon, Claire has dared to accomplish anything, even if success was not the only possible outcome. After graduating from Lewis & Clark College in Oregon, Claire was anxious to put her knowledge to good use. Joining with the She Jumps crew early on, Claire’s enthusiasm took the organization to the next level. Realizing the potential of the She Jumps concept, Smallwood went to work formulating the plans for a non-profit. “We were excited about She Jumps becoming a legitimate organization and the party was just beginning. However, once I started putting in the paperwork
and the IRS got involved, it was less of a party,” said Claire. Staying in tune with their philosophy, Smallwood stuck with it and She Jumps received its 501c3 status. The organization could now begin pushing towards its ultimate goal of raising awareness and garnering support for continued female empowerment in outdoor activities. Since the upgrade, She Jumps has been on the forefront of creating programs that reach and inspire ladies of all ages to step out of their comfort zones and try their hand at greatness. Programs like She Jumps Into the Canyon are aimed at attracting the never-ever crowd to the mountains and helping them discover what is just outside their back door. By partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of Salt Lake City, She Jumps has taught scores of young people how to enjoy the independence that skiing and snowboarding offers. “The opportunity to build a community of snow riders is great, and we don’t want to shut out the boys either, they are just as welcome to come out and try something new,” added Smallwood. As She Jumps leaps into the New Year, developing imaginative initiatives and increasing the level of outdoor education for its followers will be a top priority. From avalanche training to climbing and cycling clinics, you can bet the ladies will be pushing their limits to attract more and more women (and men) to test themselves and become extraordinary. For more information on upcoming events, check out shejumps.org.
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TR AV E L Durango Bound: Winter Adventures in Southwestern Colorado
Photo by Sven Brunso, courtesy of Durango Area Tourism Office
By Jenny Willden
Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
ust a seven-hour drive from Salt Lake City (or less, depending on how closely you observe speed limits) is Durango, an old west town with modern-day charm. Established in 1881, Durango, Colorado is well known for its summer activities—mountain biking, river rafting, rock climbing and so much more. But fewer visit Durango in its slower season, winter. Don’t let this fool you, Durango is bustling with an array of exciting winter activities— dog sledding, skiing, snowboarding, ice climbing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing⎯just to name a few. The town also hosts a wild winter festival, Snowdown, which features an annually changing theme, a parade, live music and a plethora of winter activities for adults and kids alike. The famous Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (durangotrain. com) runs year round and offers trips to scenic Cascade Canyon on the historic, steam-powered train. The 52-mile roundtrip journey takes you through a winter wonderland of snowy mountains, frozen rivers and beautiful scenery, which you can enjoy from the comfort of a heated coach and the open-air car.
You’ll stop in Cascade Canyon where you can enjoy a fireside lunch and a walk along the Animas River before heading back to Durango. For luxurious accommodations at an affordable price, stay at the Rochester Hotel or Leland House. These historic bed and breakfasts are located just a block from Main Street and feature a variety of rooms from single queens to full suites. A hearty breakfast is included with your stay, and each day you’ll wake
up to a hot entrée, homemade baked goods, fresh fruit and hot coffee, as well as freshly baked cookies and tea in the afternoon. (Try the ginger cookies... they’re unforgettable.) Durango may be a historic western town, but don’t expect all the dining to be cowboy grub. The city is teeming with incredible restaurants, including sushi, ethnic cuisine and Durango’s famous breweries. There are four spectacular brewpubs in town, but the lively atmosphere and standout food at Steamworks Brewing Company make it a favorite. Located just down the street from the Rochester Hotel and Leland House, Steamworks features tasty fare like giant pizzas, hearty salads and the popular Cajun Boil⎯a pot full of boiled shrimp, crab, sausage, potatoes and corn on the cob dumped on the table and eaten any way you can. And be sure to order an award-winning beer like the Colorado Kölsch or Steam Engine Lager. Insider tip: Visit Steamworks on a Friday night to enter a raffle to win a free keg! If you prefer fine dining to pub fare, look no further than Mahogany Grille, which
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As you drive home from an incredible weekend in Durango, consider stopping at Mesa Verde National Park, the entrance lies just 35 miles west of town. Few cliff dwellings are open in the off-season, but crowds are nonexistent and free ranger-guided tours are offered daily. So the next time you’re looking to escape Utah’s inversion for the weekend, hop in your car and drive to Durango. You’ll be surprised by just how much you enjoy this Four Corners town and its friendly residents. But don’t stay too long; as many transplanted Durango residents say, if you visit for long enough, you’re never going to leave!
If you’re hoping for a bigger hot spring experience (and don’t mind driving an hour out of town) Pagosa Hot Springs is a retreat worth experiencing for yourself. Twenty-three hot mineral water tubs are terraced to overlook the beautiful San Juan River and range in temperature from 83 to 114 degrees. There’s something for the whole family to enjoy at the hot springs from the adults-only area to the family-friendly swimming pool and a fresh-water Jacuzzi.
Rochester and Leland House 721 East 2nd Avenue Durango, CO 81301 970-385-1920 rochesterhotel.com The Springs Resort & Spa 165 Hot Springs Boulevard Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 970-264-4168 pagosahotsprings.com
Where to Eat Steamworks Brewing Company 801 East Second Avenue Durango, CO 81301 970-259-9200 steamworksbrewing.com Mahogany Grille 699 Main Avenue Durango, CO 81301 970-247-4433 mahoganygrille.com
Where to Go Photo: Courtesy of The Springs Resort
For the ultimate Pagosa experience, stay at The Springs Resort, which offers luxury suite accommodations at their new LEED certified hotel. This greenbuilt hotel is made of 75% recycled materials, uses 30% less energy and water than standard hotels and is 80%
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For a unique Durango winter activity, take a full- or half-day dog sledding tour with Durango Dog Ranch. You’ll see Colorado’s Rockies from a new perspective and get to ride and drive the sled, interact with the dogs and enjoy hot drinks and snacks along the way. For prices and tour information, visit: durangodogranch.com. After a day on the slopes, drive 15 minutes down the road to Trimble Hot Springs. The only hot springs in Durango, Trimble has two naturally heated mineral pools, two saunas and a full spa. Visiting here is the quickest way to relax after an exhausting ski day.
Photo by Sven Brunso, courtesy of Durango Area Tourism Office
It’s said that Utah has the Greatest Snow on Earth, but don’t let that stop you from skiing Durango Mountain Resort (Purgatory) while visiting. The resort boasts a new lodge, high-speed quads and gorgeous forest terrain you can truly lose yourself in. Purgatory isn’t as steep as many Utah resorts, which makes it a relaxed learning environment for beginners and casual skiers. But if you’re looking for a challenge, explore the resort’s backside where you’ll find black diamonds, tight tree runs and moguls. For all you park junkies, spend time lapping Purgatory’s four terrain parks, which boast rollers, rails and the occasional 20-footer.
heated through geo-thermal sources. Plus, the rooms are spacious, modern and include plush robes for use during your stay and 24-hour access to the hot springs, a privilege granted only to hotel guests.
Photo by Sven Brunso, courtesy of Durango Area Tourism Office
is located inside the Strater Hotel on Main Street and specializes in New American cuisine with international influences. Live piano music, great service and an elegant setting make this casual fine dining destination one not to be missed. After dinner, indulge in the Bananas Foster, which is made from bananas flambéed tableside over vanilla ice cream with a tasty butter, brown sugar and brandy sauce.
Durango Mountain Resort 1 Skier Place Durango, CO 81301 970-247-9000 durangomountainresort.com Trimble Hot Springs 6475 County Road 203 Durango, CO 81301 970-247-0111 trimblehotsprings.com
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AVALANCHE & BACKCOUNTRY SEMINARS & CLINCS, CYCLING, FILMS FESTIVALS, CLINICS AND EVENTS AVALANCHE & BACKCOUNTRY SEMINARS & CLINICS AVALANCHE FORECAST CENTER–888-999-4019, www. avalanche.org ON THE SNOW– www.onthesnow.com SNOW FORCAST– www.snowforecast.com SNOWLINK– www.snowlink.com SKI UTAH– www.skiutah.com UTAH AVALANCHE CENTER– utahavalanchecenter.com UTAH NORDIC ALLIANCE– www.utahnordic.com WASATCH MOUNTAIN CLUB–www. wasatchmountainclub.org FEBRUARY 10 & 12 Advanced Avalanche Skills Workshop Session 1 & 2–Thursday, 6:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m., Red Butte Garden, SLC, UT. $125 for 1 classroom evening & 1 field day. Advanced Avalanche Skills Workshop Session 2–Saturday, 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. on the 3rd floor of the Brighton Center, for skiers and snowboarders with previous backcountry experience. Sign up at Black Diamond 2084 S. 3900 E. by Feb 8. friends@ utahavalanchecenter.org, www.utahavalanchecenter.org FEBRUARY 11 Basic Avalanche Transceiver Skills Clinic–5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Teaches you the basics of avalanche safety and transceiver skills. Alpine B,
Level 2, Snowbird Center, FREE. www.snowbird.com
FEBRUARY 19 Backcountry Skills Seminar– 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Alpine B, Level 2, Snowbird Center. Designed to help teach the basics of self-rescue, transceiver search techniques and traveling in avalanche terrain. Dress in snow-appropriate clothing. $40, sign-up in the Activity Center, 801-933-4147, www.snowbird. com FEBRUARY 24 & 26 Backcountry 101 Session 1–6:00p.m.–9:00 p.m. Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center. Red Butte Garden, SLC, UT. $125 for 1 classroom evening & 1 field day. Saturday Feb 26th, Meet at 8:30 a.m. on the 3rd floor of the Brighton Center. An 11-hour course for skiers and snowboarders of all ages and credos. Sign up at Black Diamond, 2084 S. 3900 E. by Feb 22. friends@ utahavalanchecenter.org. utahavalanchecenter.org MARCH 5 Basic Avalanche Transceiver Skills Clinic–5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Teaches you the basics on avalanche safety and transceiver skills. Alpine B, Level 2, Snowbird Center, FREE. www.snowbird.com MARCH 20 Backcountry Skills Seminar– 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Alpine B, Level 2, Snowbird Center. Designed to help teach the basics of self-rescue, transceiver search techniques
and traveling in avalanche terrain. Dress in snowappropriate clothing. $40, sign-up in the Activity Center, 801-933-4147, www.snowbird.com
CYCLING MARCH 5 Bike Expo And Swap–10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Utah State Fair Park 1000 West 155 North. $5 admission. www.sports-am.com MARCH 12-15 The Moab Skinny Tire Festival–Moab, UT. Benefi ting cancer survivorship and research programs. Four days of road cycling and events in Dead Horse Point State Park, Colorado River Corridor, Arches National Park and HWY 279 Colorado River Portal Ride. 435-259-2698, info@ skinnytireevents.com, www.skinnytireevents.com MARCH 19 Tour del Sol–Gunlock, UT. Margaret 435-847-0706, www. tourdelsol.com
FILMS, FESTIVALS, CLINICS AND EVENTS FEBRUARY 11–13 Alta Ski to Live–For men and women, skiers. Intermediate to expert, or even pro level. These events will help you witness skiing and your life from an entirely unique and fascinating perspective. www. kristenulmer.com
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FEBRUARY 15–16 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour–Utah Valley University Outdoor Adventure Center, Orem, UT. 801-863-7052. www. banffcentre.ca/mountainculture FEBRUARY 17–18 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour–Utah State University Outdoor Recreation Center, Logan, UT. 435-7973264, www.banffcentre.ca/ mountainculture FEBRUARY 19–20 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour–Peery’s Egyptian Theatre, Ogden, UT. 801-689-8700, Tickets: boxoffice@ peerysegyptiantheater. com or 801-888-8499, www. banffcentre.ca/mountainculture FEBRUARY 19–21 Bryce Canyon Winter Festival–www.rubysinn.com/ winter.html FEBRUARY 22–24 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour–Kingsbury Hall, Salt Lake City, UT. 801-581-7100, www.kingsburyhall.org, www. banffcentre.ca/mountainculture MARCH 3 Banff Radical Reels Tour– Kingsbury Hall, Salt Lake City, UT. 801-581-7100, www.kingsburyhall.org, www. banffcentre.ca/mountainculture MARCH 3–6 Jackson Hole Ski to Live–For men and women, skiers, snowboarders. Intermediate to
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expert, or even pro level. These events will help you witness skiing, boarding and your life from an entirely unique and fascinating perspective. www.kristenulmer.com MARCH 11–13 Alta Ski to Live 2-The Next Liberation–For those who have already attended Ski to Live. For men and women, skiers. Intermediate to expert or even pro level. These events will help you witness skiing and your life from an entirely unique and fascinating perspective. www.kristenulmer.com MARCH 14 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour– Moab, UT. 435-259-4859
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 is strongly recommended. For more information and to register, please call 801- 501-0850 or visit our website at www.rei.com/sandy. FEBRUARY 3 Backcountry Travel Basics– 7:00 p.m. Discover how to explore backcountry snowy slopes in winter. Whether on skis, snowshoes or snowboard, come learn about the
importance of being prepared and the joy of getting away from the lift lines and crowds. FEBRUARY 10 Ski/Board Tune & Wax Basics–7:00 p.m. This class will focus on the basics of waxing, including base preparation, structure, major and minor repair, and stone grinding. FEBRUARY 17 Snowshoe Basics–7:00 p.m. Focuses on selecting appropriate gear and finding where to go snowshoeing in your area. Great introduction to the sport! FEBRUARY 24 GPS Basics–7:00 p.m. This class is a basic overview of the features and functions of a GPS unit. Instruction includes GPS setup, capturing waypoints, working with coordinates and waypoint navigation. 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
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FEBRUARY 1 Snowshoe Basics–7:00 p.m. Focuses on selecting appropriate gear and finding where to go snowshoeing in your area. Great introduction to the sport! FEBRUARY 3 The Science of Avalanches–7:00 p.m.This talk is by Bruce Tremper, the long-time Director of the Utah Avalanche Center and the author of Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain. Designed for students who have a good grasp of avalanche basics, but want to know why avalanches behave the way they do. He will discuss avalanche mechanics, snow metamorphism, which stability tests work best and
why and the physics behind avalanche rescue devices.
FEBRUARY 8 GPS Basics–7:00 p.m. This class is a basic overview of the features and functions of a GPS unit. Instruction includes GPS setup, capturing waypoints, working with coordinates, and waypoint navigation. FEBRUARY 15 The Alta Ski Patrol and Their Avalanche Dogs–7:00 p.m. Alta Ski Patrollers will talk about avalanche safety and the role that Alta’s avalanche dogs have in their program. Meet these special dogs, learn how they are trained and see how the relationships develop between the dogs and their handlers FEBRUARY 17 Climbing Denali For A Cause–7:00 p.m.Join Michael Heathfield, climber and REI
employee, as he recounts his efforts climbing Denali, North America’s highest point at 20,320 feet. Hear how this group of 5 raised nearly $100,000 in donations for breast cancer research.
FEBRUARY 24 Spring Ski Mountaineering in Utah–7:00 p.m. Join Tyson Bradley, senior guide with Utah Mountain Adventures and author of Backcountry Skiing Utah, for a talk on spring ski mountaineering in Central and Southern Utah. CLASSES: The following educational opportunities are hosted by REI and are available for a fee. Registration is required online (www.rei. com/saltlakecity or www.rei. com/sandy), by calling the store or in person at REI Customer Service.
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Ladies’ Mogul Qualifications 9:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. Ladies’ & Men’s Ski Slopestyle Qualifications 11:35 a.m. - 1 p.m. Men’s Mogul Qualifications 1:45 - 2:50 p.m. Ladies’ & Men’s Mogul Finals Awards immediately following competition 7 - 10 p.m. Opening Ceremonies, Julian Marley Concert & Fireworks* (Lower Main Street, Park City)
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 201 1 START/FINISH
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Ladies’ & Men’s Ski Slopestyle Finals Awards immediately following competition 12:30 - 2 p.m. Ladies’ & Men’s Ski Cross Qualifications 3:45 - 8:30 p.m. Ladies’ & Men’s Aerial Qualifications
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9:15 - 11:30 a.m. Ladies’ & Men’s Ski Halfpipe Qualifications 1:30 - 3:15 p.m. Ladies’ & Men’s Ski Cross Finals Awards immediately following competition 7:30 - 7:40 p.m. Aerials Finalists Showcase 7:45 - 9 p.m. Ladies’ and Men’s Aerial Finals Awards immediately following all finals competition 9:30 p.m. Fireworks
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 201 1 START/FINISH
Hands-On Ski and Board Tune & Wax Workshop –
9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.at REI Salt Lake City. Learn basic tuning skills from our REI certified technician while working with your own skis or snowboard. We provide tools, just bring a set of alpine skis or snowboard. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. $85 member / $105 non-member
FEBRUARY 19 Hands-On Ski and Board Tune & Wax Workshop –
9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at REI Sandy Learn basic tuning skills from our REI certified technician while working with your own skis or snowboard. We provide tools, just bring a set of alpine skis or snowboard. Space is limited and preregistration is required. $85 member / $105 non-member.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 201 1 START/FINISH
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Ladies’ & Men’s Ski Halfpipe Finals Awards immediately following competition 4:45 - 6:45 p.m. Ladies’ & Men’s Dual Mogul Qualifications 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Ladies’ & Men’s Dual Mogul Finals Awards immediately following competition 9:30 - 9:45 p.m. Closing Ceremonies & Fireworks
GPS 201–9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at REI Salt Lake City. Learn how to use your GPS unit in conjunction with mapping software; become familiar with mapping software and how to transfer waypoints from mapping software to your GPS unit. Participants should have some familiarity with GPS or have attended REI’s GPS Basics class. Pre-registration required. $20 REI member, $35 non-REI member.
MULTISPORT FEBRUARY 20 Bryce Canyon Archery Biathlon–6K, 11:00 a.m.. Ruby's Inn. Part of the Bryce Canyon Winter Festival, Bryce Canyon, UT. www.rubysinn.com
RUNNING MARCH 5 Lake-to-Lake Team Relay– 8:00 a.m., Run from Gunlock Reservoir to Sand Hollow Reservoir! 50-mile relay. www.sgcityrec.org
* Additional parking available at Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort. Please utilize the free City transportation to and from Main Street. Please note it is approximately a 15 minute walk from the parking lots to the venue at Deer Valley.
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WINTER SPORTS FEBRUARY 5 Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer Snowshoe Series–8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., A beginner-friendly, familyfriendly 3K or 5K snowshoe walk or 3K snowshoe race that helps support the fight against breast cancer. Takes place at Mountain Dell Golf Course just east of Salt Lake City up I-80. FREE demo snowshoes to use www.tubbsromptostomp.com FEBRUARY 8 Ogden Nordic Fun Series race #3 - Cold Water Crucible–4:30 p.m. North Fork Park, Eden, UT. 5K. Meet at the South Gate Parking Lot at North Fork Park in time to register and be ready to ski. The fee is $5 for North Fork Park season pass holders, and $10 for others. Headlamps recommended. Jim
White 801-391-5789, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ogdennordic.com FEBRUARY 19 Round Valley Roundup Nordic Ski Race–5K, 25K and 50K community-based event. Located adjacent to the Park City Ice Area and Sports Complex at 600 Gilmore Way, Park City, UT (just off the junction of State Highway 40 and State Route 248). www.roundvalleyroundup. athlete360.com FEBURARY 21 Bryce Canyon Ski Race 10K–9:00a.m. Ruby's Inn, Bryce Canyon City, UT. A free technique (skate) race for skiers of all ages. Part of the Bryce Canyon Winter Festival. www. rubysinn.com FEBURARY 21 Ogden Nordic Presidents Day Race 5, 10, 20K–North
Fork Park, Eden, UT. Jim White 801-391-5789, email@example.com, www.ogdennordic.com MARCH 5 32nd Annual Yellowstone Rendezvous Race–An annual marathon ski chase in West Yellowstone, MT. The boom of a cannon will send hundreds of skiers on their 25–50 kilometer journey. www.rendezvousrace.com MARCH 12 9th Annual Wasatch Powder Keg–7:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Hosted by Brighton Ski Resort. A test of speed, strength and endurance for any backcountry skier. The race will have captivating views of Heber Valley, Mt. Nebo, Mt. Timpanogos, and the Cottonwood Canyons. There will be a BBQ, awards ceremony and raffle following
the race at the Milly Chalet. www.wasatchpowderkeg.com. MARCH 12 TUNA Wooden Ski and Pine Tar Classic & Potluck Ski Race–10:30 a.m. Alta, UT (upper parking lot) Classical (5k) Meet at the Albion Basin summer road parking lot. Day of race registration will be from 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Fee $10. A tribute to our cross countryskiing heritage, so bring your wooden skis and wool clothing. Also, please bring a potluck dish to share for lunch at the end of the race. Judging for authentic dress, oldest wooden skis, oldest skier, youngest skier, telemark turns, best storyteller and other categories. Charlie Coltrain 801-381-2515, 801-972-3049, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.utahnordic.com
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Celebrates 26 Years! June 8th – June 26, 2011 The Utah Summer Games is an Olympic-style sports festival for athletes of all ages and abilities open to residents of Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Nevada. For the past 25 years, the Utah Summer Games has conducted this event in Cedar City, Utah with an average total of 10,200 participants, 50 thousand spectators, and 1,000 volunteers in attendance each year. Add all that together and you have one of the premier sporting events in Utah.
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