Personally, we've never been to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. We've been to Robert Redford's Sundance Resort and bombed some runs in a manner worthy of a ski film and eaten some of the finest food in ski country at the Tree Room. But the film festival? Nope. We always thought the on-slope crush of stargazers would be too much for us.
So what'd you get up to over your Thanksgiving break? Us, we undercooked a turkey and overcompensated with fat Colorado microbrews. Which means a few dudes in Utah put us to shame with their holiday plans. Jeremy Jensen and friends hand-built their own snow-surfboards and hit the Utah backcountry for some smooth (and deep) S-turns. No, there are no bootstraps on these boards, in true surfing style. Jake Burton would be proud. Check it out.
Holy Schneiderweiss! We hadn't heard this until just now, but it looks like Utah is now open for boozers -- er, for discerning folks of legal age who enjoy adult beverages now and then. Utah's legislature recently killed off the state's "private club" rules, which required anyone entering a bar or club to be a member of that establishment -- usually for a small fee. There were ways around it, of course.
During these hard days, it's tempting to reimagine one's life. What if you just chucked it all -- the mortgage, the debt, the credit cards -- and went full ski-bum? We're talking sleep-in-the-truck, cold-oatmeal-for-breakfast, shower-at-the-Y ski bum. Scamming free waxes from your buddies at the shop, working tables at the local brewski hall, full-moon turns at midnight on the ridge at season's end. Maybe you'd get a dog, too, a nice big lab who liked to ride the lifts with you. From where we're sitting, that doesn't seem too bad. And for a lot of people, that's a popular option.
With the down economy, there are fewer major terrain expansions and new lifts being installed nationwide as most ski resorts focus on their core services, such as customer care and snow quality. Here are resort-by-resort improvements for next season compiled by Ski Utah.
The dining is divine and the service impeccable, but the skiing has always been as pampered as the guests. America’s most lavish ski resort, however, has quietly been toughening up its terrain. We sent a former U.S. Ski Teamer to investigate.
My dad always wants to ski Deer Valley. No surprise, right? Everyone’s dad wants to ski there. It’s where dads go. It might be a law or an axiom. Either way, it’s a place where fathers from all over the world go to be treated with the respect they deserve.
Terrific terrain. Great cuisine. and lodges fit for the Olympics. Why is Snowbasin still the best resort in the West that you’ve never skied?
The bunny looks suspicious. He is driving a snowmobile, after all. Never mind that it’s Easter weekend. A bunny who can drive a snowmobile is a bunny who’s not telling everything he knows. Maybe he’s in on it, too. By “it” I mean, of course, The Conspiracy.