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Ski (all of) Utah Olden days: Alta is what skiing is and always was

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,…

Ski (all of) Utah Brightest at night: Making turns and spinning tales at Brighton

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…

Ski (all of) Utah Sweet as Honeycomb: Solitude imparts first chair experiences — all day long

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…

Ski (all of) Utah Small resort, big smiles: Plenty of surprises in store at Nordic Valley

  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…

Ski (all of) Utah Off the map: Never-ending powder shots at Snowbasin

Ezra Jones is taking us to his favorite spot at Snowbasin — a daisy-chained series of three-and-four-turn clearings connected by tight runs through evergreens.   There’s no name for this run, and Ezra’s fine with that. Put a name on something and someone can put it on a map. And, like most skiers, Ezra isn’t…

Ski (all of) Utah Battle buddies: Picking ski pals for a bucket-list tri

Picking a resort buddy is easy. You hop on Facebook. You say where you’re headed. You carpool. After that, and particularly on a powder day, all friendships are null and void. Those are the rules. Picking someone to travel with you to every one of Utah’s 14 resorts in seven days — and to document the adventure…

Ski (all of) Utah Snow day: Cherry’s Peak has best Monday ever

We didn’t have “snow days” in California. That, of course, would have required something resembling snow. As a kid growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, though, I had heard tales of days in which school would miraculously be cancelled and the entire world would turn into a snow-covered playground. When I moved to…