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Rock Relay, Running of the Leopards, Skinny Tire Fest<br />

Resort Report<br />

Classes and Clinics at Local Resorts<br />

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Feature<br />

Spandex and Skinny Skis:<br />

The Rise of SkiMo<br />

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Profiles<br />

Sochi Hopefuls:<br />

Local Athletes Contending for Olympic slots<br />

By Connie Lewis<br />

Trailsides<br />

Snow Striding:<br />

Winter Running Training Tips<br />

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hometown Winter Olympic<br />

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WOMEN’S SKI/<br />


Join Roxy pros at Brighton on Saturday, February 8 for a<br />

women’s all-mountain ski or snowboard workshop that’s catered<br />

to your ability level. Half the day will be spent on the mountain and<br />

half in the terrain park. Camp is from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. and<br />

includes lunch. Giveaways and goodie bags for participants. $100<br />

to register. brightonresort.com<br />


Celebrate Valentine’s Day by coupling<br />

up with your sweetie or a friend for this<br />

5K run at Gardner Village in West Jordan<br />

on Saturday, February 15. Chase Cupid<br />

along the trails, and win a prize if you’re<br />

stuck with one of his arrows! Finishers<br />

receive a medal, cup of soup, and hot<br />

chocolate after crossing the finish line.<br />

Costumes encouraged! lonepeakevents.com<br />



Partner up with a skiing or boarding buddy<br />

and spend Saturday, February 22 navigating,<br />

traversing, and skiing your way through Park<br />

City Mountain Resort in a battle to the finish.<br />

Your path will be tracked with a Flaik GPS, and<br />

you must visit checkpoints and take specific<br />

runs while skiing around the mountain. Prizes will be awarded to<br />

top teams, including $2000 in Helly Hansen gear for the winners!<br />

Intermediate and advanced courses available. Registration is<br />

$80 per two-person team. Discounted lift tickets available for<br />

participants. bigmountainbattle.com<br />



Watch adventurous outdoor films featuring<br />

hiking, skiing, kayaking, and the most<br />

spectacular views you can imagine. Utah<br />

showings are scheduled for February and March<br />

2014. Salt Lake’s screenings are February<br />

18–20 at Kingsbury Hall. Orem screens on February 11 at Utah Valley<br />

University <strong>Outdoor</strong> Adventure Center, Logan on February 13–14 at<br />

Utah State University Recreation Center, Ogden on February 15–16<br />

at Peery’s Egyptian Theater, and Moab on March 10. Find detailed<br />

information and buy tickets online. banffcentre.ca<br />


Test your endurance and backcountry ski<br />

skills in this intense race featuring a 10-mile<br />

course with 5 climbs totaling 6500’ at Brighton Resort on Saturday,<br />

March 8. The race offers male and female divisions, AT/Tele, and<br />

splitboarding. A shorter, single-division sprint race is offered Friday<br />

that features a 6.5-mile course with 4 climbs totaling 3,500’. A 14-<br />

mile technical teams competition is on Sunday. Saturday’s race is<br />

followed by a barbecue, awards ceremony, contests, and raffle at<br />

the Milly Chalet. wasatchpowderkeg.com<br />


Ditch sub-zero temperatures and bad air quality to<br />

spend a winter weekend running outdoors with five<br />

of your favorite running buddies in St. George on<br />

Saturday, March 8. The one-day, six-person running<br />

relay requires each team member do just two legs<br />

with a full course total of 64 miles. Plus, you’ll get<br />

a sweet medal and bragging rights when you finish.<br />

redrockrelay.com<br />


Moab is home to some of the<br />

country’s best mountain bike rides,<br />

but did you know Moab’s also<br />


famous for world-class road cycling?<br />

Experience Bryce Canyon in winter over<br />

Experience Moab’s best pavement rides at this annual festival<br />

President’s Day weekend (February 15–17)<br />

from March 8–11. Stay all weekend and enjoy four beautiful rides:<br />

at this annual events! There’s something for<br />

through Arches National Park, two along the Colorado River, and<br />

everyone from enjoy cross-country ski races,<br />

one to Dead Horse Point and back. Each ride is fully supported<br />

archery clinics, biathlon competition, free<br />

with sag wagons, bike mechanics, and aid stations along the way.<br />

snowshoe tours, photography clinics, snow<br />

Registration includes yoga, event expo, non-cycling activities, and<br />

sculptures, kids’ events, and much more! Call 435-834-5341 for prizes! Choose from a four-day pass or weekender with Saturday<br />

more information. rubysinn.com<br />

and Sunday rides only. skinnytireevents.com<br />

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This annual event hosted at Canyons Ski Resort pairs teams<br />

of six racers—one celebrity skier, a professional skier, and<br />

four amateurs—for a fun downhill ski race to raise money for<br />

the organization, which raises funds to provide free surgical<br />

procedures for children with facial deformities around the<br />

world. Famous names like actress Kate Walsh, Access<br />

Hollywood's Billy Bush, and many others will participate. The<br />

race is on Saturday, March 15 beginning at noon and it's free<br />

for the public to watch. thecanyons.com<br />


Get your spring on at Canyons’ Spring GRÜV<br />

from March 21-30 where they celebrate the<br />

changing seasons in a big way with FREE<br />

outdoor concerts, the popular Pond Skimming<br />

contest, and much more. Check the website for<br />

updates. thecanyons.com<br />


Nicknamed the fastest 5K in Utah, this race's<br />

downhill course is designed for speed, making it a<br />

great place to achieve an early season PR! Race<br />

begins Saturday, March 22 at 8:30 a.m. at the<br />

This Is The Place Heritage Park parking lot and<br />

finishes at East High’s track. Race benefits East<br />

High School. runningoftheleopards5k.com<br />



How well do you know Salt<br />

Lake City? Team up with one or more friends for a thrilling<br />

urban scavenger race around town where you’ll follow clues<br />

to landmarks and hot spots, snapping pictures along the<br />

way to record your travels. Plan to run about a 5K distance<br />

while solving riddles and clues along the way. Cash prizes<br />

for fast finishers and best costumes. Race is Saturday, April<br />

5 beginning at Legends Bar and Grill in Salt Lake City.<br />

challengenation.com<br />

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Celebrate St. Patty’s Day with a half marathon race in Saratoga<br />

Springs. Date is to be announced, but will be sometime in<br />

March. This is a great training race for spring marathons like<br />

Ogden and Utah Valley. Great course with plenty of up and<br />

downhill! All participants will receive a technical race shirt and<br />

a finisher’s medal. active.com<br />

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esort report<br />

Sharpen your skills or gain new ones at local ski resort camps,<br />

clinics, and classes. Only a few clinics are highlighted here, but for<br />

full listings (including children’s classes) visit the resorts’ websites.<br />

Alta<br />

Performance Ski Camp (February 10–14, April 6–10)<br />

Take a getaway to Alta and learn to develop allmountain<br />

ski tactics and techniques to increase your<br />

performance on expert terrain. This three-day, four-night<br />

camp includes lodging at Alta Lodge, breakfasts, dinners, four days<br />

of instruction with lift tickets, and high-end demo rentals.<br />

altalodge.com<br />

Beaver Mountain<br />

Wild Women Ladies’ Specialty Clinics<br />

(Wednesdays, February 12, March 12)<br />

Get to know a great group of ladies at this women’s clinic for<br />

skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Each clinic is just $50 and<br />

includes a light breakfast, group lesson, and lunch. Lift tickets not<br />

included. skithebeav.com<br />

Brian Head<br />

Terrain Park Lessons<br />

Learn the basics of park riding from skilled<br />

instructors. For intermediate or advanced riders.<br />

brianhead.com<br />

Brighton<br />

Women’s Workshops<br />

(Wednesdays and Thursdays in February and March)<br />

Sign up for this half-day series to improve your skiing and<br />

snowboarding with a female instructor in this workshop for beginner<br />

through advanced levels. Includes lift tickets each day and brunch<br />

on first morning. 3 days $199, 4 days $249. brightonresort.com<br />

Canyons<br />

First Tracks<br />

Make the day’s first tracks on Tuesdays and Saturdays<br />

with a resort insider and Olympic skier. You’ll ski two hours<br />

before the resort opens followed by breakfast in Red Pine<br />

Lodge. Cost is $79 and doesn’t include lift ticket.<br />

Holly Flanders Women’s Clinic<br />

(February 6–8, March 13–15)<br />

Improve your skiing with Olympian Holly Flanders at this 3-day<br />

clinic for intermediate and advanced skiers. For women only, you’ll<br />

develop your ski skills in a low-pressure, confidence-boosting<br />

environment. Price is $699. thecanyons.com<br />

Deer Valley<br />

Mahre Training Center Ski Camps<br />

(February 3–7, February 28–March 2)<br />

These three- and five-day sessions, conducted in part<br />

by Olympic medal winners Phil and Steve Mahre,<br />

provide skiing fundamentals to all ability zones. Includes daily<br />

instruction, and indoor sessions, and video. Prices vary; lift tickets<br />

included. mahretrainingcenter.com, deervalley.com<br />

Eagle Point<br />

Learn to Ski /Snowboard<br />

Try out skiing or snowboarding for the first time!<br />

Program includes five hours of on-snow learning,<br />

lift ticket, and rental. Just $75 per skier or boarder.<br />

skieaglepoint.com<br />

Park City Mountain Resort<br />

All Mountain Club (Daily until March 30)<br />

New this season, join a top instructor and up to four<br />

participants for an insider’s tour before the resort<br />

opens. You’ll learn about secret powder stashes, hidden runs, and<br />

more. Advanced skiers and snowboarders only. $130 per person.<br />

Snowboard Camp (Dates vary)<br />

Focus on improving your snowboard skills on freestyle or all mountain<br />

terrain at this affordable afternoon workshop where coaches<br />

help you reach the next level. Intermediate level riders and up.<br />

parkcitymountain.com<br />

Powder Mountain<br />

Locals Program (Saturdays; February 8–March 15)<br />

Live nearby? Get lessons for a steal! Five lessons for<br />

skiers or snowboarders are just $95. Lift tickets not<br />

included, but they are discounted for participants.<br />

powdermountain.com<br />

Snowbasin<br />

Snow Divas Workshops<br />

(February and March)<br />

Build confidence and skills to tackle the slopes at these all-women<br />

workshops. Instruction by women for women. Available for alpine<br />

ski and snowboard learners of all skill levels. Cost is $275, which<br />

includes luncheon but not lift tickets or rentals. snowbasin.com<br />

Snowbird<br />

SheRide (February 21–23)<br />

A weekend of snowboarding in the company of other women,<br />

coached by women. Learn to tackle steeps, negotiate trees, whisk<br />

through chutes, and enjoy riding in powder. For all skill levels.<br />

Includes three days on-hill instruction, reception, video analysis, and<br />

celebration dinner. Cost is $1095.<br />

Sidecountry Camp (March 22–23)<br />

Use the lifts to explore untracked sidecountry trails while following<br />

procedures for leaving the ski resort with a pack, avalanche<br />

transceiver, probe, and shovel. Camp fees include guiding and<br />

coaching, early mountain access, video, and après-ski activities.<br />

Cost is $350. Lift ticket not included. snowbird.com<br />

Solitude<br />

Back Tracks <strong>Guide</strong>d Backcountry Tours<br />

<strong>Guide</strong>s accompany groups of 2–10 skiers or boarders<br />

into areas just outside of the ski area boundaries for<br />

an all-day excursion. Tours include lift ticket, lunch and<br />

equipment: avalanche transceiver, skis, backpack, shovel,<br />

probe, climbing skins. Snowshoes and poles are provided for guests<br />

who prefer to snowboard. skisolitude.com<br />

Sundance Resort<br />

Ladies Day Specialty Clinics<br />

(Tuesdays or Thursdays; February and March)<br />

Offers ladies from beginner to advanced skill levels the opportunity<br />

to learn to ski or snowboard, or just improve their skills. Price is $200<br />

and includes a lift ticket. Kids can be enrolled in a program that takes<br />

place at the same time as this class. sundanceresort.com<br />

Wolf Mountain Utah<br />

Get on Board<br />

Learn to ski or snowboard with this beginner’s<br />

lesson package, which includes three<br />

group lessons, lift tickets, and an unlimited season pass upon<br />

completion of the lessons. Price is $275, $325 with rental.<br />

wolfmountainutah.com<br />

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Spandex and Skinny Skis:<br />

The Rise Of SkiMo<br />

By Melissa McGibbon<br />

Photo Credit: Sallie Shatz<br />

It’s a starry Tuesday night. It’s wintry, it’s dark, and there’s an<br />

overwhelming sea of spandex and skinny skis forming at the base<br />

of Brighton Ski Resort’s Great Western Trail. As the countdown<br />

ends an amoeba of determined athletes—who are exceptionally<br />

fast and fit—morphs into a procession of headlamps storming<br />

full speed ahead up the mountainside. It’s fluid and graceful.<br />

Frontrunners emerge and are rapidly separated from the pack. It’s<br />

a struggle to decipher who’s who, let alone track intervals. Racers<br />

flash by, reach the transition point, peel off their skins without the<br />

pesky task of actually removing their ultralight anorexic skis, and<br />

proceed to fly down the slope faster than The Road Runner with<br />

a jet pack. And then do you know what happens? They do it all<br />

over again! And again after that! The hour passes in a blink and<br />

suddenly the race is over and it’s time to head to the closest pub,<br />

Molly Green’s, for the après awards, prizes, and libations.<br />

Although randonee ski mountaineering races, commonly shortened<br />

to SkiMo, have been all the rage in the Swiss Alps for many years,<br />

it has only recently begun to gain steam in the Wasatch. In January<br />

2012, Andy Dorais and Chad Bracklesberg founded the Wasatch<br />

Citizen SkiMo Series (citizenseries.wasatchpowderkeg.com) as<br />

a division of Utah Ski Mountaineering. At the time only a dozen-ish<br />

skiers were consistently showing up to the races, but by the end<br />

of last season the numbers had doubled and this season, just two<br />

years later, they have quadrupled to a prodigious 100.<br />

The Wasatch Citizen SkiMo Series hosts bi-weekly races at<br />

Brighton Ski Resort on Tuesday nights from 7:00–9:00 p.m.<br />

Organizers mix up the format of each race alternating between<br />

completing as many laps as possible in an hour or a set<br />

course with a specific number of climbs and descents. Each<br />

lap consists of a 400–600’ vertical gain and both ways are<br />

sufficiently challenging.<br />

Why are SkiMo races exploding in popularity? Elite ski<br />

randonee mountaineering competitor Jason Dorais speculates<br />

it has to do with the accessibility and affordability. “One<br />

of the big reasons the Citizen Series has grown is that the<br />

atmosphere at the races is great. It’s pretty low key and<br />

everyone there is supportive of one another. One barrier to<br />

racing is that a lot of people think it’s only for the fastest skiers.<br />

At the Citizen Series it doesn’t matter if you’re first or last, you’ll<br />

be hearing encouragement the whole time.”<br />

Indeed word is spreading quickly among pro ski mountaineer<br />

racers and amateurs alike. So much so that the series has<br />

attracted a sexy list of sponsors, including: Backcountry.com,<br />

BCA, Black Diamond Equipment, Gear30, Gnarly Nutrition, Kate’s<br />

Bars, La Sportiva, Scarpa/Ski Trab, Skimo.co, The Sport Loft,<br />

Utah Avalanche Center, Voile, and Wasatch Powder Keg who<br />

donate prizes for the awards and raffle ranging from pies and<br />

Powderwhore movies to Arc’teryx apparel.<br />

The Wasatch Citizen SkiMo Series has two divisions, 30% of<br />

whom are in Lycra (the racing division) and the other 70%, wearing<br />

sensible clothing (the recreation division). Helmets and headlamps<br />

are required to participate. And by headlamp, I mean the lightest,<br />

highest amount of lumens one could possibly strap to a helmet.<br />

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Most of the sprinters<br />

usually finish 15 minutes<br />

in front of the rec division<br />

racers and are admittedly<br />

obsessed with the fastest<br />

and lightest gear, hence<br />

the racing suits that leave<br />

little to the imagination<br />

and their über-lightweight<br />

randonee set-ups (which<br />

seem pretty worthless<br />

for other types of skiing),<br />

weighing a mere 750<br />

grams—that’s about 1.65<br />

pounds for those of you,<br />

like me, who are still using<br />

the Imperial system. The<br />

rest succeed just fine with<br />

typical alpine touring gear.<br />

Brackelsberg<br />

acknowledges<br />

that women are<br />

underrepresented in<br />

the group, but hopes<br />

more will join in the fun<br />

as the event catches<br />

on. Splitboarders also<br />

account for a very small<br />

portion of the group—<br />

understandably limited<br />

by transition logistics,<br />

but are nonetheless<br />

increasing their count as<br />

The Series grows.<br />

Dorais adds, “The Citizen<br />

Series is training for how<br />

to move faster and more Photo Credit: Sallie Shatz<br />

efficiently on skis and<br />

snowboards, and I think<br />

people value that. They are realizing that racing techniques and<br />

the right gear will allow them to go farther and ski more in the<br />

backcountry. This certainly is what drew me toward racing. After I<br />

showed up to my first race and saw how fast people could move,<br />

my mind was blown. I realized that if I could ski the light gear,<br />

aiming to be as efficient as the top racers, the mountains would<br />

greatly shrink and I’d be able to ski a lot more.”<br />

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Powder Keg Triple Crown and North American Championship<br />

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Sochi Hopefuls:<br />

Local Athletes Contending<br />

for Olympic Slots<br />

By Connie Lewis<br />

Alissa Johnson, ski jumper<br />

Photo Credit: Dan Campbell<br />

As temperatures drop, Olympic athletes in Utah are heating<br />

things up. The road to Sochi, Russia is not an easy trip and<br />

competitors training in Utah have given it their all to get<br />

there. From the Olympic Legacy Park to the Utah Olympic Oval in<br />

Kearns, speed skaters, aerialists, and ski jumpers take advantage of<br />

our world-class training facilities to prepare for the Games.<br />

Some of these amazing athletes took a moment out of their training<br />

schedules to provide some insight into their Olympic journeys.<br />

Dylan Ferguson<br />

A member of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team<br />

competing in aerials, Dylan qualified for<br />

the 2010 Vancouver Games, but was<br />

sidelined with appendicitis. Just weeks<br />

later he took silver in the 2010 U.S.<br />

National Championships. Dylan trains<br />

in Park City and attends Westminster<br />

College. Sadly, Dylan just learned he did<br />

not qualify for this year's Olympic team.<br />

2. What's your current training routine?<br />

In the summer we train five days a week at the Utah Olympic Park<br />

water ramps in Park City. This is where we learn and qualify new<br />

tricks while perfecting our previous tricks. We supplement this<br />

with weight training at the Center of Excellence located just down<br />

the road. Once we get into winter, we trade off between training<br />

at the Utah Olympic Park and training at our different World Cup<br />

locations. We usually have 2–3 days before a World Cup to get<br />

used to the jump site and make sure we feel super comfortable<br />

come competition time.<br />

3. What are your Olympic goals?<br />

I would love nothing more than to win an Olympic gold for my<br />

country. Like so many other athletes, it has been a dream of mine<br />

1. What’s your proudest accomplishment?<br />

My top accomplishment is a two-way tie. Making the Olympic<br />

team for Vancouver 2010 was definitely one of the most rewarding<br />

and proud moments of my life. Though I couldn’t compete in the<br />

Games because of illness, making the team was pretty sweet! The<br />

second most rewarding experience was my 2nd Place podium<br />

at the Deer Valley World Cup in 2012. Deer Valley always holds<br />

one of the best World Cups of the season, so I knew I had to<br />

throw down some huge tricks for my home crowd, and that’s just<br />

what I did!<br />

Dylan Ferguson, aerialist<br />

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Photo Credit: Steven Kornreich

since I was little to not just represent my country in the Olympic<br />

Games, but to have as much fun as possible doing it!<br />

4. What are your ties to Utah?<br />

I moved to Utah in 2006 when I was 18 years old. The U.S. Ski<br />

Team invited me out to Park City for the summer training camps,<br />

and after training with them throughout the summer and fall I<br />

was named to the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team. I started attending<br />

Westminster College in the fall of 2006, and have been living the<br />

Mahalo Lifestyle in Park City ever since! Although I grew up on the<br />

East Coast and my family still lives in Massachusetts, I consider<br />

Park City just as big a part of my life.<br />

5. Describe the motivation or inspiration for starting down<br />

the path that led you to the Olympics.<br />

My parents put my older sister Megan and I in the Waterville Valley<br />

(NH) freestyle program when I was about 7 years old. I started<br />

off doing a combination of ballet skiing and moguls, and at that<br />

time halfpipe and slopestyle disciplines were just coming onto the<br />

scene. When I was about 10 years old my coach, Nick Preston,<br />

put me on the water ramps for the first time where I started<br />

off with simple front flips. Until I moved to Park City in 2006, I<br />

switched off between boarding school in New Hampshire for half<br />

my school year and Waterville Valley Academy for the other half,<br />

so I could train and still get an education. My time in Waterville<br />

Valley with Nick Preston and his wife Susie not only gave me a<br />

strong foundation, but introduced me to the sport and the amazing<br />

community I am part of today. Later down the road, seeing my<br />

teammate—the late Speedy Peterson—progress the sport and have<br />

such a great time doing it was the biggest inspiration I could ask for.<br />

Photo Credit: Dan Campbell<br />

Alissa Johnson<br />

A Park City resident and member of<br />

the VISA Women’s Ski Jumping Team,<br />

Alissa was in competition for a spot on<br />

the Olympic Team, but just learned she<br />

did not make it this year . Between 2012<br />

and 2013 she had 16 top 30 finishes on<br />

the World Cup circuit. At the 2014 U.S.<br />

Olympic Team Trials, held at the Utah<br />

Olympic Park on December 29, she<br />

came in 3rd.<br />

1.What’s your proudest accomplishment?<br />

I am proud to be a part of the core group of women that pushed<br />

hard to get Ski Jumping into the Olympics for women to compete.<br />

2. Explain what goes into training physically, mentally, and<br />

emotionally. What kind of endurance does it take to reach<br />

the Olympic level?<br />

While our sport obviously takes a serious time commitment on the<br />

hill and in the gym, a vast majority of it is mental. It takes years and<br />

years of mental work to get yourself to a place where your mind<br />

and body can work together on the jump hill. Every year I give<br />

my best in the gym and on the hill and I think there isn’t possibly<br />

anything left to give. Then every spring I reevaluate and convince<br />

myself that there is always just a little bit more. It’s that little bit<br />

more that keeps me going year after year.<br />

3. What are your ties to Utah?<br />

I have lived in Park City for almost 22 years. I have been really<br />

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Abby Hughes, ski jumper<br />

Photo Credit: Dan Campbell<br />

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fortunate to have traveled to 25 different countries before the age<br />

of 30, but nothing feels like coming home. I am always amazed<br />

when I fly into Salt Lake and see the snow-covered mountains and<br />

realize that I’m so fortunate to have them in my backyard.<br />

4. What would people be surprised to learn about you?<br />

I worship my days off and vacation time. I don’t get much of it<br />

being an elite athlete, but I take it to a whole new level. I need at<br />

least a week-long vacation at a warm beach in April to thaw out<br />

before I can consider going back to the gym in May!<br />

Chomping at the Bit for<br />

a great Ski Season<br />

Abby Hughes<br />

A Utah native, Abby resides in Park City<br />

and attends Westminster College. She’s<br />

also part of the VISA Women’s Ski Jumping<br />

Team and came in 4th at the recent trials<br />

in Park City. Unfortunately, Abby did not<br />

qualify for the Sochi Olympic team.<br />

1. What’s your proudest<br />

Photo Credit: Dan Campbell accomplishment?<br />

I’m proud of myself for being a role model for younger girls. I grew up<br />

idolizing the guys in ski jumping and when a group of younger girls<br />

came up to me and ask for my autograph on their helmet I knew I was<br />

making a difference in their lives.<br />

2. Explain what goes into training physically, mentally, and<br />

emotionally. What kind of endurance does it take to reach<br />

the Olympic level?<br />

Every day counts. Every gym session, every acupuncture<br />

appointment, every massage, every night’s rest, every jump,<br />

everything I put in my body. Everything I do, I do for ski jumping.<br />

My life is consumed by my athletics, and it’s consumed by jumping<br />

because I love the sport. You have to be fully committed and<br />

dedicated to be the best you can be.<br />

3. What are your ties to Utah?<br />

My parents came to Utah from Pennsylvania to ski. I was born<br />

at the University of Utah Hospital and have lived in Park City my<br />

entire life. I’m a very lucky girl.<br />

4. What would people be surprised to learn about you?<br />

I am afraid of heights! Not ski jumping, but ski jump towers or tall<br />

buildings. I guess I’m mostly afraid of falling. I struggle with being<br />

at the top of tall things and looking over the edge. I engage my<br />

fear frequently and am working on getting more comfortable with<br />

pushing myself to the edge.<br />

Sugar Todd<br />

Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin,<br />

Sugar is a member of the U.S. Long Track<br />

Speedskating Team who now makes<br />

Park City her home. She competes in the<br />

500m and 1000m events, and thanks to<br />

a fundraising campaign her parents will<br />

be able to travel to Sochi to watch her<br />

compete.<br />

1. What’s your proudest accomplishment?<br />

I am most excited about making my first Olympic Team. It’s<br />

everything I have been working towards.<br />

2. Describe your current training routine.<br />

A typical day consists of an on-ice practice in the morning<br />

followed by dry land or weights in the afternoon. We also do a<br />

good amount of biking and running to maintain overall fitness.<br />

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As a runner and triathlete for over 28 years, I’m a big advocate of<br />

cross training; it’s fun to throw new things into workouts to keep<br />

them fresh. Winter is the perfect opportunity to do this. Consider<br />

adding snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, elliptical, indoor<br />

cycling, yoga, swimming, and indoor surfing to your routine.<br />

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While it’s fun to add new things; it’s important to include key<br />

workouts to maintain sport-specific fitness. Running is probably<br />

one of the most important activities and can be utilized in nearly<br />

every sport. Personally, I prefer to run outside—even in the winter—<br />

because I love the outdoors and running on a treadmill utilizes<br />

muscles differently than outdoor running. I believe that if you want<br />

to do well in races you must mimic the conditions you’ll face, so<br />

outdoor running is best. However, there are several barriers when<br />

it comes to running outside in winter.<br />

You’re likely to find icy conditions, and to prevent falling you must<br />

change your form. Try to land more flat-footed and minimize your<br />

calf push-off. This gives you more surface contact, and while it<br />

might slow you down it keeps you from slipping. If you run in the<br />

road, face oncoming traffic and be mindful not to impede drivers.<br />

When dressing for winter runs, choose a pair of tights, a double<br />

layer on top with a hat/ear warmers, and gloves. If it’s below 30<br />

degrees, add a light jacket on top. For deep snow runs, wear<br />

gators to keep snow out of your shoes. Try trail running shoes in<br />

the winter as they’re less breathable and provide better traction.<br />

Wearing reflective gear is also smart with the reduced daylight in<br />

cold-weather months.<br />

just prefer running indoors because of the weather or inversion.<br />

If you choose a treadmill workout, explore the interval feature at<br />

least once a week to improve your speed in races. Be sure to<br />

also do a pace workout like a tempo or steady-state run weekly.<br />

Treadmills are great for this because they give you constant<br />

feedback. It may be boring and difficult to get that long run in on<br />

the treadmill, so consider splitting it up and doing the first part<br />

on the treadmill then heading outdoors and finishing up your run<br />

that way.<br />

While the temperature change may feel great at first, realize<br />

it can dissipate your heat quickly leaving you chilled, so dress<br />

in layers to allow for adjustments as needed. Also, be careful<br />

when you start to run outdoors regularly after putting a lot<br />

of miles in on a treadmill over the winter. Running outdoors<br />

is generally harder on your body than using a treadmill so<br />

reduce your overall mileage by 10–15% the first 2–3 weeks to<br />

allow your body to adapt since treadmills cushion more than<br />

unforgiving asphalt or concrete.<br />

Maintain Your Motivation<br />

This can be a challenge in winter, but one of the best ways to stay<br />

motivated is to have units of measure that show you are making<br />

progress. For example, do a timed mile every week and try to<br />

improve it. Or do as many push-ups as you can in a minute and<br />

test yourself weekly. Also, keep in mind that “summer bodies are<br />

earned in the winter.” It takes work and consistent effort to make<br />

progress. Decide in your mind that exercise and eating right will<br />

be a part of your day once and for all instead of debating it with<br />

yourself daily. This way you’ll spend time figuring out what works<br />

best for your schedule instead of “IF” you are going to exercise.<br />

A little time spent outdoors or at the gym now can mean more<br />

healthy time with your family in the future.<br />

Treadmill Running<br />

Some people, especially moms of young children, are often<br />

confined to running on a treadmill at home or in the gym; others<br />

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A Mom-and-Pop<br />

Resort Grows Up<br />

By Rachael Hodson<br />

“The last bastion of ripping glory away<br />

from the tourist towns.”- Rip The World<br />

Over a hundred years ago, a sheep herder from Grand<br />

Targhee, Wyoming began buying property around Eden,<br />

Utah for his livestock. As the years went by, he acquired a<br />

considerable amount of land, much of it being found high up in the<br />

picturesque mountains and valleys which surround the sleepy town.<br />

Little did he know that a few mere decades later, his son Dr. Alvin<br />

Cobabe would listen to two simple words, “build it,” and develop<br />

what would become one of Utah’s best kept secrets.<br />

After Alvin’s father unexpectedly died, Alvin decided he wanted to<br />

break away from the rancher life and go to medical school. He was<br />

no spring chicken at 41 years old, but he had his heart set on it. The<br />

summer before he was scheduled to begin at the University of Utah,<br />

Alvin was horseback riding with a friend on the property. Admiring<br />

the vast, steep, open terrain, Alvin’s friend posed the question of<br />

building a ski resort. Alvin stated later that he heard a voice as clear<br />

as day tell him to “build it,” and with that Powder Mountain took its<br />

first breath.<br />

Over the years, Alvin earned his medical degree while giving life<br />

to what locals, and those in the know, now call Pow Mow. With a<br />

heritage steeped deep in family values and sense of community, many<br />

of those who come here desire to keep Pow Mow on the lowdown<br />

with the crowds few and far between. You’ll find people working on<br />

this mountain who’ve been here as long as anyone can remember.<br />

Pow Mow is also home to some of the best powder in North America,<br />

receiving up to 400–500 annual inches of the lightest snow on<br />

Earth. Locals know they can ski here weeks after a storm and still<br />

find stashes of the Wasatch’s finest white stuff, but more people are<br />

discovering this hidden gem just an hour north of Salt Lake City each<br />

year. Although, if you think about it, it really isn’t hidden, we’ve just<br />

been overlooking it for glitzier, more developed mountains.<br />

While most of us continue to pass up this powder paradise and<br />

head to bigger names, Pow Mow has been quietly creating a niche<br />

in the market by offering in- and out-of-bounds snowcat skiing,<br />

heli skiing, and even kite boarding! There’s no need to jet up to<br />

Canada and Alaska when you can enjoy some of the best snow,<br />

terrain, and breathtaking scenery the world has to offer in our very<br />

own backyard!<br />

Photo courtesy of Powder Mountain<br />

Photo courtesy of Powder Mountain<br />

With over 7,000 skiable acres, Powder Mountain is the largest<br />

resort in the United States! Lift tickets are reasonably priced, and<br />

you can add on single cat rides for just $18 with a lift ticket. Free<br />

buses run continuously that pick skiers and boarders up who<br />

choose to ski powdery side bowls of natural glades and trees.<br />

Powder Mountain also boasts incomparable views, untracked<br />

glades, unsurpassed snow conditions, and terrain that would take<br />

a season to truly discover, but what you won’t find are are over-thetop<br />

lodges and fine dining. Think 1980s ski movies, and you’ve got<br />

Powder Mountain.<br />

But the future is bright for this formerly obscure resort; magazines<br />

and websites are naming Powder Mountain among the best, and<br />

people are buzzing with the latest news. The Summit Group (which<br />

throws conferences/festivals that are the hottest ticket among the<br />

country’s entrepreneurial elite) co-founders, Jeremy Schwartz, Jeff<br />

Rosenthal, Brett Leve, and Elliot Bisnow, recently plunked down<br />

a rumored $40 million for the place. This seems to be the start<br />

of something positive for Powder Mountain and the community.<br />

Though some protest change and change is always hard, many<br />

welcome the new owners as a better option than the last.<br />

Several years ago the Cobabe family sold the mountain and<br />

surrounding acreage to a consortium group who planned to turn the<br />

place into a mini Vail or Park City. Locals hated the idea and when<br />

the economy tanked, so did the mega million dollar plans. Then<br />

along came The Summit Group’s Millennial entrepreneurs with the<br />

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hopes of finding a permanent home for their decadent but<br />

eco-friendly bashes, and a deal was struck.<br />

The future remains to be seen, but for now the Summit Group<br />

hopes to build a sense of community with the locals and are<br />

promising not to upscale their beloved mountain…too much.<br />

There will be some changes like homes going in on the backside<br />

and a lodge, and the locals know this group won’t be shy about<br />

spending money where it needs to be spent. As far as the skiing<br />

and boarding goes, nothing changes and nothing ever will.<br />

Powder will always remain one of Utah’s biggest little mountains<br />

and the snow will never stop falling.<br />

How to Ski the Mountain<br />

Powder is huge and spread out so it’s easy to get turned<br />

around. Take advantage of the inbound tours, which include a<br />

snowcat ride up Lightning Ridge.<br />

The word on the street is to ski this mountain in a loop.<br />

Everyone does it a little bit differently, but here’s our suggestion.<br />

Start at Timberline and take the cat up to the top of Cobabe<br />

Peak. Find a powder stash and ski to the bottom of Paradise<br />

Lift. Take one of the many black runs back to the bottom and<br />

ski Geronimo down to Hidden Lake Express. From there ski<br />

Powder Country, take the Palmalift or go back to the base and<br />

repeat.<br />

One local said, “Do not be afraid to hike, that is where you will<br />

find the gold at the end of the rainbow.”<br />

Looking to hit some rails and bust out your bag of tricks? Try<br />

your skills out at Sundown Park; then kick it over to Hidden<br />

Lake for more advanced technical features.<br />

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Ride Powder Country for untouched stashes that last long after<br />

a storm, or spend the money and catch a private cat for the day.<br />

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Burntwood at the top of Hidden Lake Express is picturesque<br />

and perfect.<br />

Where to Eat<br />

Pow Mow is no Deer Valley, but who comes here to eat<br />

anyway? Down a beer and the local’s favorite Powder Burger at<br />

the Powder Keg, or enjoy endless views from the top of Hidden<br />

Lake Lodge and warm up with hot cocoa and fries. Save the<br />

real eating for Harley and Buck’s in Eden. Calamari, crab cakes,<br />

and fish tacos make for a fabulous après ski dining experience.<br />

Don’t forget to finish with the Apple Walnut Cobbler!<br />

For more information on pricing and lodging visit<br />

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Rachael Hodson followed her love of skiing from<br />

Washington to Utah. Entrenched in the ski industry for<br />

more than 18 years, she worked as a tech rep for Atomic,<br />

a ski instructor at both Alta Ski Area and Solitude Ski<br />

Resort, and was a freeskiing competitor and action sports<br />

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Another key component of CrossFit is its group<br />

setting. While you may be able to do these<br />

exercises on your own, an essential part of the<br />

CrossFit experience is testing yourself against<br />

others, getting encouragement from them, and<br />

encouraging them in turn. Tommy Hackenbruck,<br />

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weight room again. You’re part of a team, you’re<br />

training for something; it’s a powerful motivator to<br />

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Steph Gaudreau McCormack, CrossFit athlete and<br />

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but the people at your CrossFit gym end up being<br />

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There’s also the aspect of constant variety in the<br />

day to day workouts, so it’s really hard to get bored.<br />

And from someone who can’t stand five minutes on<br />

the treadmill, that’s big!”<br />

For outdoor athletes, CrossFit’s whole-body<br />

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core strength and endurance are perfect prep<br />

for any sport. “Endurance athletes who do<br />

CrossFit typically notice that it’s much easier to<br />

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With more than 20 CrossFit affiliates in the Salt<br />

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be a challenge. “Find a gym that really emphasizes<br />

building strength and quality of movement before<br />

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Hackenbruck warns against choosing a gym too<br />

quickly: “Don’t shop based on price. The cheapest<br />

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It will definitely make you sweat, possibly make you collapse in<br />

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athlete, should you give CrossFit a try?<br />

What is CrossFit?<br />

Developed by trainer Greg Glassman, CrossFit emphasizes<br />

“functional fitness”: the development of all-around strength,<br />

endurance, and cardio capacity. It’s best known for the “Workout<br />

of the Day” or “WOD,” a list of prescribed exercises to be<br />

completed as many times as possible in a given amount of time.<br />

These workouts, all named after people, range from the relatively<br />

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ten pushups, and fifteen squats, repeated for 30 minutes) to the<br />

truly brutal “Hero WODs” named after fallen US soldiers.<br />

Another great resource for learning CrossFit<br />

basics is the official CrossFit website. Learn weightlifting terms<br />

and techniques with the extensive exercise library at crossfit.<br />

com/cf-info/exercise.html. Detailed videos demystify<br />

“kipping” (jerking your knees up to help you do a pull-up), the<br />

“hang power snatch,” and the infamous burpee, among many<br />

other moves.<br />

No matter where you start your CrossFit journey, experts<br />

emphasize the importance of safety. “Make sure your trainer knows<br />

about any pre-existing injuries or conditions, even if they’re not<br />

bothering you at the time,” Hackenbruck says. “When you start<br />

using a new range of motion, old issues can flare up if you’re not<br />

prepared to deal with them.”<br />

Playing it Safe<br />

Like any other form of exercise, CrossFit is associated with certain<br />

risks. By far the most common related “injury” is muscle soreness,<br />

which usually passes after two or three days. But other problems<br />

can prove more serious and require special attention.<br />

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“We see people getting ankle injuries from box jump moves,”<br />

Hackenbruck says. “That step-up, step-down motion can lead<br />

to twists or even sprains.” Minimize your risk of ankle injury by<br />

wearing extra-stable shoes suited for your foot shape, and always<br />

warm up with a few minutes of light stretching or slow jogging<br />

before progressing to more intense moves.<br />

Another associated risk is “exercise-induced nausea,” or the<br />

condition that was the genesis of Pukie the Clown. Though<br />

any prolonged, challenging exercise can sour your stomach,<br />

CrossFit’s uniquely demanding environment may lead you to push<br />

yourself past your natural stopping point, resulting in a possibly<br />

embarrassing situation. Experienced CrossFitters recommend<br />

working out on an empty stomach, or snacking no less than an<br />

hour before the start of your session.<br />

One rare, but extremely serious, condition that’s been<br />

associated with CrossFit is rhabdomyolysis, a condition in<br />

which overstressed muscle fibers break down and release the<br />

protein myoglobin into the bloodstream. This protein damages<br />

the kidneys and can even lead to acute kidney failure, possibly<br />

requiring IV fluids and dialysis. Though this condition occurs<br />

infrequently, it’s a possibility with any intense exercise straining<br />

the muscles for a long period of time; it also occurs among<br />

marathon runners and other endurance athletes. Good CrossFit<br />

trainers are aware of the warning signs, including abnormal urine<br />

color, joint pain, and seizures, and make sure their students know<br />

to look out for them. Doctors and trainers agree that the best<br />

way to prevent rhabdomyolysis is by gradually increasing workout<br />

intensity and staying properly hydrated when working out.<br />

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CrossFit and Your Lifestyle<br />

Though many CrossFit exercisers become dedicated to the<br />

lifestyle, others use it as an adjunct to other training programs. Its<br />

focus on building overall fitness makes it an excellent way to stay<br />

in shape during the off-season for outdoor sports like cycling and<br />

trail running.<br />

“Many athletes find that CrossFit helps them recover from<br />

injuries or other chronic problems they’ve developed elsewhere,”<br />

Hackenbruck says. “The variety of exercises helps you develop<br />

new motor patterns that strengthen you overall, and having a<br />

higher fitness level helps you recover faster from any new injuries.”<br />

During the long, cold months of winter, it’s often tempting to stay<br />

on the couch rather than face a snowy slog to the gym and another<br />

boring hour on the treadmill. The high-energy, challenging, supportive<br />

nature of a CrossFit class could make it just the thing to help you start<br />

this year’s racing season in better shape than ever before.<br />

Resources<br />

Give CrossFit a try at one of Utah’s dozens of affiliate gyms. Ute<br />

CrossFit (utecrossfit.com) has locations in downtown SLC,<br />

Sugarhouse, Holladay, and East Draper.<br />

Learn more about the CrossFit lifestyle and pick up lots of<br />

healthy eating tips (and tasty recipes!) at Stupid Easy Paleo<br />

(stupideasypaleo.com).<br />

Molly Newman lives in Portland, Oregon, where she<br />

hikes, walks, and runs whenever it isn’t raining —and<br />

often when it is. A contributor to <strong>Outdoor</strong> <strong>Sports</strong> <strong>Guide</strong><br />

since 2009, she also hosts regular trivia nights and<br />

homeschools her two sons.<br />

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Spandex and Skis continued from page 11<br />

The Wasatch Citizen SkiMo Series is a unique niche of endurance<br />

recreation that retains its cool factor because it has yet to be<br />

co-opted and is insofar still under the radar of the masses, but<br />

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 7:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.<br />

SkiMo Evening Race-Race #7<br />

@ Brighton Ski Resort<br />

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 7:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.<br />

SkiMo Evening Race-Race #8<br />

@ Brighton Ski Resort<br />

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 7:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.<br />

Wasatch Powder Keg Sprint Race<br />

@ Brighton Ski Resort<br />

Friday, March 7, 2014 4:30 p.m.—6:00 p.m.<br />

Wasatch Powder Keg<br />

@ Brighton Ski Resort<br />

Saturday, March 8, 2014 7:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.<br />

Wasatch Powder Keg Technical Teams Race<br />

@ Brighton Ski Resort<br />

Sunday, March 9, 2014 7:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.<br />

Wasatch Citizen Series Wolf Mountain Race #3<br />

@ Wolf Mountain Resort<br />

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 7:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.<br />

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the Society of American Travel Writers, and a Löle<br />

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3. What are your Olympic goals?<br />

Skate fast!<br />

4. What are your ties to Utah?<br />

I moved to Utah in May of 2012 from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to<br />

train with the National Team. I live in Park City, and I can’t imagine<br />

living somewhere without mountains ever again.<br />

5. What’s your motivation or inspiration for starting down<br />

the path that led you to the Olympics?<br />

It simply starts with a desire to be the best. When you’re little you<br />

think, “I want to be the best in the world. How do I do that? I go to<br />

the Olympic Games.”<br />

Chris Crevling<br />

2014 will be Chris’ first trip to the Olympic<br />

Games. He competes in the 1000m and<br />

1500m short track events. Originally from<br />

Pennsylvania, Chris now resides in West<br />

Jordan, Utah.<br />

1. What’s your proudest<br />

accomplishment?<br />

My career has been relatively short so<br />

there is one accomplishment that really<br />

sticks out: winning the relay at the World Cup Final in Kulomna.<br />

This win placed us as the number one team overall going into<br />

the Olympics.<br />

2. Describe your current training routine.<br />

I have currently been training primarily on the ice along with off ice<br />

training and weight room training twice a week, but usually I train 6<br />

days per week with 5-or 6-hour training days.<br />

3. What are your Olympic goals?<br />

Going into my first Olympics I have big goals! In particular I want<br />

to win an individual medal. But ideally I want a gold medal, which<br />

would be most likely in the relay event.<br />

4. What are your ties to Utah?<br />

I have lived in Utah for a total of five years. I moved away for<br />

school and decided to come back. That makes Utah pretty high up<br />

on my list of places I love. Also, I’m a snowboarding fanatic.<br />

5. What’s your motivation or inspiration for starting down<br />

the path that led you to the Olympics?<br />

In my early skating career I was not thinking about the Olympics.<br />

After I accomplished my goals to be world champion I decided there<br />

was something bigger for me out there. That’s when I decided to<br />

pursue my dream of becoming an Olympian. My friends who won<br />

medals in past Olympics are a big inspiration, but mostly my friends<br />

and family back home inspire me to bring home the gold.<br />

Connie Lewis attended BYU and the U of U and has<br />

written for the past 33 years. An avid skier and jeeper,<br />

she thinks Utah is the ideal recreational destination for<br />

any sports enthusiast.<br />

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Breathe, a primer on what air pollution is and<br />

what it does to the human body.<br />

• See Clearing the Air, a panel discussion exploring<br />

the range of options for Utah, the roadblocks and<br />

resistance, and the role each of us can play in<br />

turning the state in a new direction.<br />

• Find resources and background.<br />

• See what's in the news regarding air quality.<br />

• See tips on what you can do to help clear the air.<br />

• Share your story in our Public Square feature.<br />

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calendar ➧ cycling ➧ films, festivals, clinics and events<br />


March 8-11<br />


➧ Moab is home to some of the<br />

country’s best mountain bike<br />

rides, but did you know Moab’s<br />

also famous for world-class<br />

road cycling? Stay all weekend<br />

and enjoy four beautiful rides:<br />

through Arches National Park,<br />

two along the Colorado River,<br />

and one to Dead Horse Point<br />

and back. Each ride is fully<br />

supported with sag wagons,<br />

bike mechanics, and aid stations<br />

along the way. Registration<br />

includes yoga, event expo, noncycling<br />

activities, and prizes!<br />

Choose from a four-day pass or<br />

weekender.<br />

www.skinnytireevents.com<br />

FILMS,<br />



EVENTS<br />

February 11-<br />

March 10<br />



➧ Watch adventurous outdoor<br />

films featuring hiking, skiing,<br />

kayaking, and some of the<br />

most spectacular views you<br />

can imagine. Performances in<br />

Utah are scheduled for February<br />

and March 2014. Salt Lake’s<br />

screenings are February 18-<br />

20 at Kingsbury Hall. Orem<br />

screens on February 11 at<br />

Utah Valley University <strong>Outdoor</strong><br />

Adventure Center, Logan on<br />

February 13-14 at Utah State<br />

University Recreation Center,<br />

Ogden on February 15-16 at<br />

Peery’s Egyptian Theater, and<br />

Moab on March 10. Find detailed<br />

information and buy tickets online.<br />

www.banffcentre.ca<br />

March 21-30<br />


➧ Get your spring on at<br />

Canyons’ Spring GRÜV where<br />

they celebrate the changing<br />

seasons in a big way with<br />

FREE outdoor concerts,<br />

the popular Pond Skimming<br />

contest, and much more. Check<br />

the website for updates.<br />

www.thecanyons.com<br />

REI<br />

SANDY CITY – The following<br />

presentations are offered free<br />

of charge to the public at the<br />

Sandy City REI store. REI is<br />

located at 10600 South &<br />

230 West in the northwest<br />

corner of the South Towne<br />

Mall property. Registration is<br />

required. For more information<br />

and to register, visit our website<br />

at www.rei.com/Sandy or call<br />

801-501-0850.<br />

February 13<br />



➧ 7:00 p.m. Sandy. This popular,<br />

multi-media talk includes an<br />

exciting 15-minute video on<br />

avalanche safety basics followed<br />

by a half-hour PowerPoint on how<br />

to stay alive in avalanche terrain.<br />

Subjects include: avalanche<br />

rescue, how avalanches work,<br />

reading avalanche terrain, obvious<br />

clues to instability, avalanche<br />

weather, safe travel practices and<br />

essential equipment. This talk is<br />

presented by a representative of<br />

the Utah Avalanche Center. For<br />

ages 12 and older.<br />

February 27<br />



➧ 7:00 p.m. Sandy. Would<br />

you like to become a better<br />

climber, paddler, backpacker,<br />

skier or snowboarder? It<br />

starts from within. Join our<br />

Yoga instructor to learn the<br />

Yoga basics and develop<br />

your balance, endurance and<br />

strength (inner and physical).<br />

Note this is not a Yoga class<br />

– we will demonstrate a select<br />

number of poses and provide<br />

examples of how you can use<br />

these examples to modify and<br />

enhance your workout.<br />

SALT LAKE CITY - The following<br />

presentations are offered free of<br />

charge to the public at the Salt<br />

Lake City REI store. REI SLC<br />

is located at 3285 East & 3300<br />

South. Registration is required.<br />

For more information and to<br />

register, visit our website at<br />

www.rei.com/saltlakecity or call<br />

801-486-2100.<br />

February 4<br />



➧ 7:00 p.m. SLC. This popular,<br />

multi-media talk includes<br />

an exciting 15-minute video<br />

on avalanche safety basics<br />

followed by a half-hour<br />

PowerPoint on how to stay alive<br />

in avalanche terrain. Subjects<br />

include: avalanche rescue,<br />

how avalanches work, reading<br />

avalanche terrain, obvious clues<br />

to instability, avalanche weather,<br />

safe travel practices and<br />

essential equipment. This talk is<br />

presented by a representative<br />

of the Utah Avalanche Center.<br />

For ages 12 and older.<br />

February 6<br />


➧ 7:00 p.m. SLC. Looking to<br />

get a GoPro, or you have one<br />

and would like some insight<br />

into best practices for capturing<br />

your life’s most exciting<br />

moments? Join our GoPro<br />

experts for this class and Get to<br />

Know Your GoPro. We will focus<br />

on the camera’s user interface,<br />

video capture, image settings,<br />

and accessories.<br />

February 11<br />


➧ 7:00 p.m. SLC. Join our<br />

experienced REI staff for a class<br />

on the basics of snowshoeing.<br />

We will focus on the appropriate<br />

selection of gear as well as the<br />

basics on what you need and<br />

where to go to get started.<br />

February 13<br />




➧ 7:00 p.m. SLC. Join REI and<br />

prAna for an athlete’s approach<br />

to yoga with author, endurance<br />

sports coach, and yogi Sage<br />

Rountree. Come prepared for a<br />

workout while learning some tips<br />

from this stellar trainer. Space is<br />

limited and registration is required.<br />

February 19<br />




CANYON<br />

➧ 7:00 p.m. SLC. Join Beat<br />


March 22, 2014<br />

8:30 a.m.<br />

East High School<br />

Find us on<br />

The race is USATF certified and sanctioned and<br />

is ranked the fastest 5K in the State!<br />

The safe course is designed for speed with a<br />

record time of 13:56 posted for men and 16:34<br />

for women. This is the Perfect Race to achieve a<br />

Personal Record, it’s an all-around PR!<br />

Last year’s race attracted over 800 entrants –<br />

from elite runners, students, families, and the<br />

community. We invite all to participate in this<br />

year’s community event. Register on-line at<br />

www.runningoftheleopards5k.com<br />

Lace up your shoes and come Run with the Leopards!!!<br />

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calendar ➧ running<br />

Von Allmen, acclaimed<br />

specialist in mountain resort<br />

design, and guests for their<br />

presentation on mountain<br />

transit up Little Cottonwood<br />

Canyon. The presentation<br />

will be about the history of<br />

how people traveled up Little<br />

Cottonwood Canyon and<br />

the possibilities for improved<br />

travel in the future. This<br />

presentation is put on by the<br />

Alta Historical Society.<br />

February 25<br />



BASICS<br />

➧ 7:00 p.m. SLC. Thinking<br />

about an exciting adventure<br />

abroad? Curious about what<br />

planning the trip might entail?<br />

Join our International and<br />

Adventure Travel experts<br />

to learn about planning,<br />

preparation, and execution of<br />

an international adventure trip.<br />

February 27<br />



➧ 7:00 p.m. SLC. Join Salt<br />

Lake County Animal Services<br />

and Dr. Jordan Scherk DVM,<br />

DACVECC of Utah Veterinary<br />

Center for an introduction to<br />

first aid for your pets.<br />


February 6–8<br />


➧ 6:00 p.m.–9:00 a.m. St.<br />

George, UT. Envision a<br />

weekend away with your<br />

friends. Sound good? It’s what<br />

every girl wants right!? How<br />

about a party weekend away<br />

where you actually put in a<br />

couple of good runs, a few<br />

extra workouts, and hear from<br />

top speakers, athletes, and<br />

coaches on how to improve<br />

your game? Ooooh tempting!<br />

She Runs Retreat is about<br />

helping empower you to<br />

become better at your favorite<br />

sport while having a little (or<br />

a lot) of fun at the same time!<br />

With tons of giveaways, a<br />

party atmosphere, a beautiful<br />

location, and perfect company,<br />

we promise to give you the<br />

biggest bang for your buck.<br />

Whether you have just started<br />

running, or you have been<br />

running for years, this event<br />

is for ALL skill levels! Choose<br />

between the whole weekend<br />

or just running the race. You’ll<br />

relax a little, rejuvenate to<br />

get ready for your race, and<br />

finally put what you learned to<br />

the test with a race! So relax,<br />

rejuvenate, and RUN HARD!<br />

February 8<br />


WOMEN’S SKI/<br />


➧ Join Roxy pros at Brighton<br />

for a women’s all-mountain<br />

ski or snowboard workshop<br />

that’s catered to your ability<br />

level. Half the day will be<br />

spent on the mountain and<br />

half in the terrain park.<br />

Camp is from 9:00 a.m.-4:00<br />

p.m. and includes lunch.<br />

Giveaways and goodie bags<br />

for participants. $100 to<br />

register. brightonresort.com<br />

February 8<br />


5K AND 1/2 MARATHON<br />

2014<br />

➧ 9:00 a.m. St. George, UT.<br />

All women are invited to<br />

compete in the 5K and 1/2<br />

marathon races! Prove you<br />

Run Like A Girl! Run Hard!<br />

www.sheruns.com<br />

February 15<br />


➧ West Jordan, UT. Celebrate<br />

Valentine’s Day by coupling<br />

up with your sweetie or a<br />

friend for this 5K run at<br />

Gardner Village in West<br />

Jordan on Saturday, February<br />

15. Chase Cupid along the<br />

trails, and win a prize if you’re<br />

stuck with one of his arrows!<br />

Finishers receive a medal, cup<br />

of soup, and hot chocolate<br />

after crossing the finish line.<br />

Costumes encouraged!<br />

www.lonepeakevents.com<br />

February 15<br />

MOAB’S RED HOT 55K &<br />

33K<br />

➧ Moab, UT. Registration opens<br />

August 15, 2013. http://<br />

grassrootsevents.net/home/<br />

moabs-red-hot-55k-33k/<br />

March 1<br />



THON & 5 MILE<br />

➧ 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.<br />

Woodside, CA. The scenic<br />

course may humble you, with<br />

its 1,880 feet of climbing<br />

and descending - but at the<br />

same time, the remarkable<br />

surroundings will energize<br />

you as you navigate the lush<br />

hiking trails of the Santa<br />

Cruz mountains. Along the<br />

course, you’ll be shielded by<br />

redwood and oak forests and<br />

bordered by sprays of vibrant<br />

wildflowers. The climb will<br />

take you just shy of reaching<br />

Skyline Blvd. Who wants<br />

to be reminded of traffic<br />

anyway? At the turn-around<br />

aid station, you’ll be able to<br />

fuel up for your descent back<br />

into Woodside. 5-milers turn<br />

around at an earlier point<br />

along the course.<br />

www.envirosports.com<br />

March 8<br />


➧ St. George, UT. Ditch<br />

sub-zero temperatures and<br />

bad air quality to spend a<br />

winter weekend running<br />

outdoors with five of your<br />

favorite running buddies in<br />

St. George. The one-day,<br />

six-person running relay<br />

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calendar ➧ triathlon & multisport ➧ winter sports<br />

requires each team member do<br />

just two legs with a full course<br />

total of 64 miles. Plus, you’ll get<br />

a sweet medal and bragging<br />

rights when you finish.<br />

www.redrockrelay.com<br />

March 15<br />



➧ Moab, UT. Join us for the<br />

39th annual Canyonlands Half<br />

Marathon and Five-Mile Run!<br />

The scenic USATF sanctioned<br />

and certified course follows<br />

the Colorado River through<br />

a dramatic redrock canyon.<br />

Food, awards, raffle and live<br />

music await you at the finish in<br />

downtown Moab. Registration<br />

opens on November 13, 2013.<br />

www.moabhalfmarathon.com<br />

March 15<br />


➧ Salt Lake City, UT. 10K, 5K,<br />

and 2-mile courses offered.<br />

From State Capitol to Memory<br />

Grove. www.lourdeschool.org<br />

Date TBA<br />



➧ Celebrate St. Patty’s Day<br />

with a half marathon race in<br />

Saratoga Springs on March 16.<br />

This is a great training race for<br />

spring marathons like Ogden<br />

and Utah Valley. Great course<br />

with plenty of up and downhill!<br />

All participants will receive<br />

a technical race shirt and a<br />

finisher’s medal. www.active.com<br />

March 21–22<br />


RUN<br />

➧ Antelope Island, UT. 25K,<br />

50K, 50-mile, 100-mile. Check<br />

website for updates. www.<br />

buffalorun.org<br />

March 22<br />


➧ 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Breast<br />

· CUSTOM & STOCK<br />





cancer awareness race.<br />

Lehi, UT. Our theme is “Pink<br />

Warrior.” All of the proceeds<br />

are donated to the Huntsman<br />

Cancer Foundation. This is not<br />

a timed race; it’s a benefit run.<br />

Every participant will receive a<br />

SWAG bag and a custom pink<br />

finisher’s medal. Strollers, iPods,<br />

and wheelchairs welcome!<br />

thinkpink5k.wordpress.com<br />

March 22<br />



MARATHON & 10K<br />

➧ 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Calistoga,<br />

CA. Babbling streams will be<br />

your soundtrack as you challenge<br />

yourself on the lush singletrack<br />

within Bothe-Napa Valley<br />

State Park. The course is a bit<br />

challenging with the hills, streams<br />

and rocks — which makes it all<br />

the more exciting and rewarding.<br />

The event is limited to 300<br />

participants and sells out every<br />

year so don’t wait too long to<br />

register! www.envirosport.scom<br />

March 22<br />


5K<br />

➧ 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Salt Lake<br />

City, UT. Fastest 5K in Utah! This<br />

is a USTAF certified course and<br />

designed for speed. Begins at<br />

the mouth of Emigration Canyon<br />

in Salt Lake City and ends at<br />

the East High School track.<br />

Transportation from East High to<br />

the start is provided.<br />

www.runningoftheleopards5k.com<br />

March 30<br />




➧ 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Area, CA.<br />

As you reach the summits of<br />

this course, you’ll take in a view<br />

of San Francisco Bay tucked<br />

behind the rolling green hills of<br />

the Marin Headlands to the east<br />

and looking west you will view<br />

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the Pacific Ocean. One thing’s<br />

certain...the views this course<br />

offers are unlike any other.<br />

The event is limited to 400<br />

participants and sells out every<br />

year so don’t wait too long to<br />

register! www.envirosport.scom<br />

April 5<br />


➧ Salt Lake City, UT. How<br />

well do you know Salt Lake<br />

City? Team up with one or<br />

more friends for a thrilling<br />

urban scavenger race around<br />

town where you’ll follow clues<br />

to landmarks and hot spots,<br />

snapping pictures along the way<br />

to record your travels. Plan to<br />

run about a 5K distance around<br />

town while solving riddles and<br />

clues along the way. Cash<br />

prizes for fast finishers and best<br />

costumes. Begins at Legends<br />

Bar and Grill in Salt Lake City.<br />

www.challengenation.com<br />



March 29<br />


➧ Pleasant Grove, UT.<br />

Triathlon with pool swim.<br />


March 26th, 2014 or when<br />

race reaches its 300 capacity<br />

limit. The race sold out last year,<br />

register early to secure your<br />

spot. www.racetri.com<br />

WINTER<br />

SPORTS<br />

February 7-9<br />


➧ Alta, UT. For people like you.<br />

At Ski to Live you’ll: •greatly<br />

enhance all the things you love<br />

about skiing •end bad habits<br />

which have plagued your life<br />

or skiing for far too long •learn<br />

how to take the experience you<br />

have while skiing and make it<br />

part of everyday life •meet a ton<br />

of powerful, intelligent people<br />

with whom you have a lot in<br />

common •become clear, not just<br />

about who you are as a skier,<br />

but who you are as a human<br />

being. 3-day camp, $590. www.<br />

kristenulmer.com<br />

February 15-17<br />


➧ Experience Bryce Canyon<br />

in winter over President’s<br />

Day weekend at this annual<br />

events! There’s something for<br />

everyone from cross-country ski<br />

races, archery clinics, biathlon<br />

competition, free snowshoe<br />

tours, photography clinics, snow<br />

sculptures, kids’ events, and<br />

much more! Call 435-834-<br />

5341 for more information.<br />

www.rubysinn.com<br />

February 22<br />



➧ Park City, UT. Partner up with<br />

a skiing or boarding buddy and<br />

spend Saturday, navigating,<br />

traversing, and skiing your way<br />

through Park City Mountain<br />

Resort in a battle to the finish.<br />

Your path will be tracked with<br />

a Flaik GPS, and you must visit<br />

checkpoints and take specific<br />

runs while skiing around<br />

the mountain. Prizes will be<br />

awarded to top teams, including<br />

$2000 in Helly Hansen gear<br />

for the winners! Intermediate<br />

and advanced courses available.<br />

Registration is $80 per twoperson<br />

team. Discounted lift<br />

tickets available for participants.<br />

www.bigmountainbattle.com<br />

March 7–9<br />



➧ 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Brighton,<br />

UT. Held at Brighton Ski Resort.<br />

The Powder Keg is a test of<br />

speed, strength, and endurance<br />

for any backcountry skier. This<br />

year will once again feature 3<br />

races and racers have the option<br />

of doing any individual race or all<br />

3 races. The Powder Keg is also<br />

hosting the North American Ski<br />

Mountaineering Championships<br />

so each of the 3 races will crown<br />

the North American Champion in<br />

that event Vertfest presented by<br />

<strong>Outdoor</strong> Research is a weekendlong<br />

festival of backcountry and<br />

sidecountry skiing and riding,<br />

combining a ski mountaineering<br />

race, backcountry and sidecountry<br />

skills clinics, gear demos, music,<br />

and celebration of the beyond the<br />

rope-line community.<br />

www.wasatchpowderkeg.com.<br />

March 15<br />



➧ 12:00 p.m. Park City, UT.<br />

This annual event hosted at<br />

Canyons Ski Resort pairs teams<br />

of six racers–one celebrity skier,<br />

a professional skier, and four<br />

amateurs–for a fun downhill<br />

ski race to raise money for the<br />

organizations, which raises<br />

funds to provide free surgical<br />

procedures for children with<br />

facial deformities around the<br />

world. Famous names like acress<br />

Kate Walsh, Access Hollywood's<br />

Billy Bush, and many others will<br />

participate. It's free to the public<br />

to watch. www.thecanyons.com<br />

March 28–30<br />


➧ Alta, UT. For people like you. At<br />

Ski to Live you’ll: •greatly enhance<br />

all the things you love about<br />

skiing •end bad habits which have<br />

plagued your life or skiing for far<br />

too long •learn how to take the<br />

experience you have while skiing<br />

and make it part of everyday life<br />

•meet a ton of powerful, intelligent<br />

people with whom you have a lot<br />

in common •become clear, not just<br />

about who you are as a skier, but<br />

who you are as a human being<br />

Traditional 3-day camp, $590.<br />

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