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Utah Senate Pushes Seven-Resort Interconnect

Ski Link
Ski Link
Utah politicians cast their vote to connect Canyons and Solitude ski resorts. But what does it really mean for skiers?

Looks like we know which side Utah's legislative entity falls on in the connect-'em-or-not debate. On Tuesday, the Senate passed a resolution calling for a connection between seven of the state's ski resorts, citing environmental and tourism benefits should such a link be built. The vocal opposition didn't waste time piping up, citing fears of overcrowding the canyons and marring the backcountry experience. Not that any of this really matters.

Experts: Avalanche Danger High in ‘Outlier Year’

Experts: Avalanche Danger High in ‘Outlier Year’
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More experience skiers, not newbies, getting into trouble.

This winter’s unstable snowpack—built on sparse early snow—has lead to a “perfect storm” for treacherous avalanche conditions, avalanche forecasters say. Six experienced backcountry travelers died in the past week, two in Colorado and four in Washington. The dicey snow pack across the West has avalanche centers on high alert—the Colorado avalanche center issued a special warning last weekend— but forecasters say that human factors still play the biggest part in avalanche incidents.

Experts: avalanche danger high in rare outlier year

New twist: More experience skiers, not newbies, getting into trouble

This winter’s unstable snow pack—built on sparse early snow—has lead to a “perfect storm” for treacherous avalanche conditions, experts say. The dicey snow pack combined with easier access to back- and sidecountry terrain has created a “spooky,” combustible mixture this season, as avalanche centers are increasing their warnings to skiers and riders. We said it before, and we'll say it again: You can’t be too careful out there—inbounds and out.

Need to get in shape? Less just might be more.

Need to get in shape? Less just might be more.
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Good news for procrastinators, the overworked and the overbooked—kind of.

We’re not sure if this helps or hurts us in our quest (ok, often a battle) to stay fit, but recent research seems to indicate that you don’t need to grind it out daily to get in shape—if you’re willing to pump up the intensity of your workouts. The magic, according to scientists, is in interval training, where you push yourself to max effort and heart rate for shorter bursts of time. Now, if you use this news as a handy excuse to cut back on your workout schedule but never follow through with the whole interval thing—yeah, that’s a trap we’re also trying to avoid.

Nothing Lame About This Olympic Downhill

Sochi downhill Olympics 2014
Sochi downhill Olympics 2014
Sochi downhill's character—plenty of vert, huge jumps—shines despite conservative course-set in initial test drive.

To our thinking, the downhill is, or should be, the marquee event of the Olympics—king of all events. Problem is, Olympic cities don’t always have big enough mountains to challenge the world’s best speed skiers, so the event is often cheapened.
 
By all accounts, there’s nothing cheap about the terrain and sheer vertical footage of the Sochi course at Krasnaya Polyana. World Cuppers got their first crack at the speed-event course over the weekend and were favorably impressed.
 

Aspen institutes three-drink policy at mid-mountain Cloud Nine Bistro

Aspen institutes three-drink policy at mid-mountain Cloud Nine Bistro
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In other news, Ski Co. considers outlawing powder days.

The good news? You’ll have more time to ski in the afternoon. The bad news? The Aspen Skiing company has levied a three-drink maximum at its popular mid-mountain Cloud Nine bistro on Highlands, citing safety reasons with over-indulged patrons ski-stumbling down the mountain. The end result: probably shorter lunches, fewer hangovers and a concerted effort to indulge mid-day at another establishment. Just saying.

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