Thirteen resorts into our 14-resorts-in-7-days ski adventure, one thing had become very clear: There is no single ski area that is remotely like any other in this state. To be certain, there is some overlap — the off-piste offerings at Solitude and Snowbird. The magnificent lodges at Snowbasin and Deer Valley. The laid-back-on-the-lift, hard-core-on-the-slopes […]
For five days it hadn’t stopped snowing. On day six we finally saw the sun, and it was a welcomed sight. But now, on the morning of the seventh and final day of our trip — and some 36 hours since the last gift from above — we were lamenting the fact that there might […]
She had a shock of gray hair peeking out from her helmet, and I pegged her as someone who might have been skiing at Snowbird for a long time. “Excuse me m’am,” I said as I approached her at the base of the Gadzoom lift. “My buddies and I are looking for someone to interview […]
JJ and I will be arguing about the movie for years to come.
Holly Yocum’s coal town grows up. Holly Yocom, associate director of the Salt Lake County Community Services Department, says she was on a road trip once with Jamie Redford, director and son-of-Robert, when he asked if they could grab some food in her hometown of Price. The reason for the pit stop was to revisit […]
The gray-bearded gentleman at the next lodge table over seems to be giving me the stinkeye. His gaze hangs on my boots, then rises. I offer my most earnest smile. He purses his lips and strokes his beard as though he’s trying to solve a puzzle. I’m already used to this. Without the outer chassis, […]
Sid Boughton and Sid Boughton — the Third and the Fourth, respectively — are holding court at Molly Greens. Not quite like they own the place. But not quite like they don’t either. They could probably stake a claim to this place. The father-son duo — and dozens of family members and friends — have […]
There was no hemming or hawing over the decision. Solitude had gotten two feet of snow in the 48 hours preceding our arrival. And so we went to the place you go when heaven bestows such blessings. We went to Honeycomb. Vivian Bengtson had been on her board all day at that point, looping powder […]
The frosted aspen trees are glowing vibrantly in the morning sun, as though someone has placed thousands of spindly crystal sculptures on the side of the mountain.
I’ve seen a lot of smiles on my friends’ faces over the past few days, but the one JJ was wearing right around the time the lights went on over Nordic Valley was the biggest one yet. “I’m pretty sure that was the best powder run I’ve had so far this week,” he said as […]