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Guides to enjoying Utah's back-coutry fraturing new destinations, activities and how-tos.

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The New Park City

Exploring the United States’ Largest Ski Resort I first visited The Canyons in 1997, when making the junior high Honor Role netted you a free season pass. It was the first Park City resort to allow snowboarders like me, and…

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Wintry Wonders

5 Daring Snow Season Adventures The fun doesn’t have to stop when temperatures drop! Even if you don’t ski or snowboard, there are plenty of ways to enjoy winter in Utah. So bundle up and hit a trail, slope, or…

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Autumn Escapes: Utah Backpacking

Overnight Utah Backpacking Trips Near SLC Fall foliage, fewer crowds, and crisp air are just a few reasons to love hiking and backpacking in autumn. Whether you’re new to backpacking or a seasoned overnighter, these close–to–home destinations are perfect weekend…

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13.5er

(Almost) Bagging Telluride’s Wilson Peak Wilson Peak is a formidable adversary. From afar, climbing the mighty face looks daunting—if not impossible—as the black, snowcapped peak is more akin to Mordor than a hiking trail. As it came into view while…

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Getting the Skinny

3 Reasons to Try Cross-Country Skiing When describing Utah, our unique snow, amazing winters, and downhill and backcountry skiing and snowboarding come to mind for most. As a state, we boast some of the top winter sports athletes in the…

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Quiet Sold Separately

Rock Climbing with Kids “Dad, I am going to die in two seconds!” she screams. “GET ME DOWN!” Quinn’s wail of hyperbolic doom echoes off the cobbled walls of Maple Canyon. Even the birds stop singing momentarily, as if waiting…

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Race-Day Etiquette

Whether you’re new to racing or seasoned competitor, knowing what to do and not to do on race-day is key. As a race director, coach, and athlete I see races from many different perspectives. As I was once a beginner…

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Snow Striding

Winter Running Training Tips As a runner and triathlete for over 28 years, I’m a big advocate of cross training; it’s fun to throw new things into workouts to keep them fresh. Winter is the perfect opportunity to do this.…

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Wasatch Wonderland

Snow Season Trail Running My footfalls are measured but sloppy, uneven, and shorter than normal as I make my way up Grandeur Peak. Each step lands in a few inches of the eight percent density white gold that makes the…

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Shoulder Season

Climbing in St. George Ahhh, the season’s first dusting of snow! Most ski bums along the Wasatch Front get giddy at the prospect of deep powder. Hold on partner; don’t break out the rock skis just yet. Climbing and flip…