“If you’re renting a car, call ahead to reserve a four-wheel drive… Don’t settle for chains. There’s no worse nightmare than dealing with chains.” Phil McNichol, head men’s coach, U.S. Ski Team. McNichol has a point. Although chains will help get to your favorite Utah resort in snowy conditions, but putting them on in the middle of a snow storm is no fun. Remember that all SUVs are not created equal. Next time you rent one on your ski vacation, make sure it’s big enough to carry your skis inside (to avoid theft) and one that has 4-wheel drive.
From Hurricane Sandy to a horribly sad school shooting, “Sandy” has gotten a bad rap this year, except for those who know the secret of skiing Sandy. For those who know, Sandy, Utah is considered the “Ultimate Base Camp” for skiing the Cottonwood Canyon’s four world-class resorts, Snowbird, Alta, Brighton, and Solitude.
Sandy is a quick 15-20 minute drive from the Salt Lake International Airport and just another 10 minutes to the base of the Cottonwoods. Within a three-mile stretch, the Sandy/Draper area boasts a major shopping mall, dozens of restaurants and bars, movie theaters, Imax theater, several golf resorts (for half-day golf and half-day spring skiing), other entertainment, grocery stores, three Ski ‘N See/ARCS shops, and easy access to Utah’s public transportation system, including city buses, Trax light rail stations, and ski buses that take you straight to the Cottonwood resorts… not to mention easy freeway access to downtown Salt Lake City, just 10 minutes away.
To top off the access to great activities and amenities in Sandy, is a group of hotels to which you would be proud to refer your family, friends, and ski groups, with rates much lower than can be found at the resorts. Click on your favorites to learn more about what each hotel has to offer.
Preparation is underway for the 6th annual Vertical Challenge at one of Utah’s best kept secrets, Snowbasin Resort in Ogden. Teams of four skiers and snowboarders will set out on February 26th, competing to cover the most vertical feet in six hours. Although this winter challenges offers some great prizes, the focus of the event is raising money for the Trapper Trails Council of Boy Scouts of America. Click the photo to register for the Vertical Challenge before February 22nd
Thousands of skiers and boarders take off from their homes in warm climates to enjoy the slopes in their favorites ski destination, Utah. Unfortunately most of them have never driven in snowy conditions and might not, or should not, trust themselves to handle it properly, especially driving up windy canyon roads to the resorts.
Canyon Transportation offers a list of reasons you might want to consider letting a professional take the wheel:
-The right vehicle for the right conditions: Transportation companies in Utah use vans, shuttles, and buses that are equipped with four-wheel drive and snow tires, which make a big difference in gaining traction on snowy or icy roads
-Experience: CT has been serving Utah’s resorts since 1981 and nothing can teach a driver to handle slippery situations better than true experience
-Navigation: Professional drivers know the area and can get travelers where they need to be without having to deal with navigation while driving in unfamiliar territory
-Helpful service: Sitting in a warm van while a driver loads snowy gear after a long day on the slopes is much better than the DIY version
Click the photo to find about more about Canyon Transportation’s expertise and availability.
Utah has always been known as having The Greatest Snow on Earth, it even says so on the Utah state license plates, so it has to be true. Now, three major ski magazines are giving some Utah some well-earned national attention. Skiing, Ski, and Powder magazine took notice of this year’s monster dumps, featuring three different resorts on their January 2013 magazine covers.
Out of 427 ski areas across the Northern U.S., eight of Utah’s 14 resorts are rated in the top 30 this year, including (in order of rankings) Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, Canyons, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude, and Snowbasin.
Left: Brighton resort is known for its night skiing and local Steve Lloyd used special lighting to help capture a colorful action shot of skier Kevin Brower.
Center: Local Adam Barker got the Ski Magazine cover shot at Solitude Ski Resort as Julian Carr showed off the beauty of the pow that is Utah’s snow.
Right: Powder magazine’s cover was not for just any edition, but for the Photo Annual, featuring skier Tyler Knoles engulfed in a cloud of deep powder at Alta Ski Resort – shot by photographer Jim Harris.