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.
According to LearntoSkiandSnowboardMonth.Org it can be helpful when trying out a new winter sport to bring a friend who can learn alongside you. Not only is it comforting to have someone to enjoy the great moments of skiing, but if each of you pick up some part of it more quickly than the other, you can help each other grow your skills. You’ll come to find out what a great social experience skiing and snowboarding can be… and it’s always fun to have a friend to hang out with in the lodge afterward.
All across Park City and the Salt Lake Valley are beautiful homes for rent to ski travelers from all over the world. Property managers point to many benefits of staying in a rental home, including the camaraderie groups and families enjoy by staying in one location.
Utah Vacation Homes points to another benefit of staying in a vacation house – the ability to dine in. Although some people don’t want to spend a lot of time grocery shopping while on vacation, there are ways around it and all the savings from otherwise restaurant hopping can go toward fun winter activities. Some options to help keep it simple: