Snowbird Stoke

When I first heard that Snowbird was talking about adding a coaster, I thought it was an April Fools joke, in January. I’m sure PCMR would tell me that they roll in dough with people who don’t ski lining up to take a ride or throw their kids on the thing, so that’s nice and all.

I took some of my visiting family once and felt like a fool, like a caught-up-in-a-gimmick silly. That’s not what the mountain is there for. I want you to make money in the summer. On renting downhill mountain bikes and hiking gear and GOOD FOOD.  Just my opinion. Not to mention it was a short ride. And an expensive one.

So then Snowbird wants one.

To me Snowbird is Utah’s most challenging “in your face get down this hill I dare you” resort.

So maybe, if I was the marketing genius that worked there, I say “let’s get people all worked up about a coaster we don’t even WANT”. Because it’s silly.

THEN I come up with this:

http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/wireStory?id=13361113

Heck yes. Make the resort bigger. Get some new lifts. Change the resort, keep up with the ever-changing and competitive ski market of other states. Of other resorts like the Canyons. Right?

My fingers are beyond crossed that this works out.

Go Utah, go Snowbird! Even if they still want the coaster.

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Updated to add a link to the Mountain Enthusiast view.

And some forums debating the issue:

A rather heated discussion over at TGR.

Epic Ski community thread.

 

 

Finally Hitting The Yoga Challenge!

Skiing has kinda killed me. I’m happy about it, but I’ve skied more this winter than the last two winters put together. I’ve skied harder, faster, and better. I’ve also totally repeatedly taxed my body to the point of exhaustion. I’m still wondering if what I have is a set of hairline fractured ankles.

The ‘break’ of SXSW provided not much of a break, the walking and standing didn’t give my feet, ankles, and knees the time to rest and repair I’d hoped for. Then I came home to a ton of new snow!

I’ve been trying to get back to the gym or back to yoga every day, but was just too beat. I finally started today in the basement, and thankfully there and not the gym! I had to take two ‘time outs’ on an hour long yoga workout. Sad.

If you remember me mentioning this Yoga 21 Day Challenge at the beginning of the year, I am so fortunate that all the videos are still available. You should check it out! I didn’t get to it then, but started it today.

I made it about two full months of not eating any crap. Unfortunately that kind of hurt me in the long run, eating crap in Austin made me super sick one whole night…but oh well. I’m upping the ante to no fast food and no restaurants, which will again have to wait until we get back from my Momm’s birthday vacation, although I’m going to try to force myself to either salads or small portions, haven’t quite figured that out. And again, if you ban it, then when you’re stuck with it, it hurts. Kinda curious about the appropriate balance. Thoughts?

And I have a question. I’m back to getting in shape, building flexibility, and cultivating this healthy body to ski and live with.

Do you use any supplements or swear by any product to help?

I’ve been drinking this daily and really like it, even though it’s one of those “not validated by the FDA” herbal kind of things. Any of you have something like this that you use/take/drink?

http://www.yogiproducts.com/products/details/detox/

RELATED: Read this right after posting this blog, what do you think?

http://blogs.yogajournal.com/topfive/archives/2011/03/5-reasons-i-will-not-be-cleansing-this-year.htmlb

Celebrating Bad Timing

These national events, when they happen, can have crazy impact. Remembering every 9/11 as your wedding anniversary can’t be easy.

Much less significantly (as in I’m not so dumb I’d liken one to the other), I feel guilty celebrating today while people are talking about the far reaching reprecussions of the earthquake in Japan.

But I’m going to have to keep living life, and isn’t that a good message?

So, today we drove all the way out to Beaver Mountain, completing my mission to ski all 14 Utah resorts. Maybe I’ll tell everyone else tomorrow. Or next week. Or when Japan is better. So I don’t feel like such a brat.

Rough Stuff

Spring skiing is always a little treacherous for me, slushy snow makes me squirrly. But the views are worth it on warm bluebird days. I skied Jupiter Bowl @PCMR for the first time yesterday  – still a lot to check off my “to do” list in the last real month of ski season – WOW it’s flying by.

Check out just how miserable it was yesterday:

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President’s Day

We never ski President’s Day. It’s always a mess. East Coasters on Mid-winter’s break pack our state and ski like crazy!

But there was snow, so we woke up slowly and decided to drive out to Brighton, my go-to resort the day after the big storm, where there’s always leftover fresh lines to find.

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=14463482

 

http://www.fox13now.com/news/local/kstu-avalanche-danger-high-n-utah,0,5873370.story

Watch the videos for a glimpse of what some people had to deal with here.

I’m fairly sure with our late start (shame on us) we were the very last car that squeezed in the parking lot, and were able to have a lovely day.

I do feel bad for tourists that came and had to wait – but that’s why you get up early!

Utah Musts

Living here goes by fast. I promised Ski Utah I’d try things other than skiing – so far I’ve gotten up one hill with snow shoes on. Barely counts! Every morning I wake up and I’m pulled to another mountain, another challenge on my skis. Then you blink and the winter is over.

I was over here http://www.ginabegin.com/

and then found this:

http://mountainenthusiast.com/2011/02/17/top-10-best-things-to-do-and-see-in-utah/

A list of things to do. While I’ve tried most of the beers and all of the honorable mentions, I thought it was pretty funny skiing was the only thing I’d done on that list.

MY QUESTION TO YOU:

what is something from your HOME state that is sitting right there waiting for you to do that you haven’t?