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How to Store Your Ski and Snowboard Gear for Summer Valley temps are soaring, and many lifts are about to cease spinning for the season. It’s time to start prepping your ski and snowboard gear for summer storage. “Summer storage? Are you mad?” you’re probably exclaiming. While some may not be ready to hang up their skis for the season, others are understandably ready for flip-flop season.

Fortunately, you can channel that pent-up skiing and snowboarding energy towards dialing in your gear so that it’s ready to go when the snow starts falling next winter. “Naked bases sitting in a hot garage all summer is a recipe for yucky, white dryness that will make your French fries feel like pizza,” Peter Arlein, wax guru and founder of environmentally-friendly wax company mountainFLOW Eco-Wax, told me. “With just a little effort, you’ll be prepped the moment winter comes back.”

If your gear is totally thrashed, late spring is the perfect time to take them into a shop for a complete tune to have those core shots filled and get a nice stone grind texture in the base so you’re shred-ready in the fall. If your gear is in mostly usable condition, a little work at home is all you’ll need. Here’s how to prepare your gear for summer hibernation.

Step 1: Keep It Clean

All sorts of junk gets in ski and snowboard gear throughout the season, especially if you've been shredding in late spring conditions. Clean it off so it doesn’t sit there continuing to damage your shred sticks all summer. Start by spraying everything down with water and drying it with a clean towel. If there’s a bunch of dirt and grime ground into your bases, consider using a commercial base cleaner or a very mild citrus solvent to get the gunk off. Rinse and let everything thoroughly dry.

Step 2: Edge Check

Tune up those edges. Not only will you thank yourself later for the strong edge bite when shredding early-season, manmade ice, but removing burrs from your edges will keep them from getting rusty. A gummy stone should do the trick of removing nuisance burrs, while a more comprehensive edge tuner will help dial in performance.

Step 3: Wax Time

Time for that sweet, sweet protective wax layer. Any decent hot wax will work, but some recommend softer, warm temperature waxes for better sealing. Put a bunch on there, cover the entire base and the edges—it’ll help prevent rust—but DON’T scrape it off. Not until next winter at least. The wax will keep your bases from drying out with the aforementioned yucky white junk, which some people refer to as oxidation. For the pedantic among us, apparently, oxidation is a misnomer since the ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) that makes up ski and snowboard bases is inert and non-porous, but the white yucky dryness is very real and not good for going fast on snow.

If you want to get serious about it, there are specially formulated base conditioners made specifically for storage and travel that will both seal your bases and pull out junk like dust and pollen when you heat it and scrape it later. However, if you already have some wax and an iron at home, those will do just fine.

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This is only necessary for the meticulous out there, and it’s more for skiers than snowboarders. Relieve the tension on your binding springs so they aren’t compressed all summer. This means backing off your dins off to a low setting, setting your heel levers closed—ski position—and putting your tech binding toes into ski mode with the lever lifted. Just remember to put your dins back to your preferred level in the fall and ensure everything is ready to go.

Step 5: Storage

Don’t waste your work with shoddy storage. A cool, dry place that isn’t in the sun and doesn’t have a bunch of dust and grime is preferable. Garages aren’t ideal, since your vehicles and mountain bikes tend to track a lot of junk inside, but that’s better than leaving them outside under the deck. Underneath your bed is a great spot. Plus, that allows for some pillow talk bonding time between you and your skis or snowboard in the offseason that will pay dividends when winter comes around.

Step 6: Boot Love POW-Transportation

Don’t forget to show some love to your boots. Before storing your boots, take your liners out for at least 24 hours to ensure they’re fully dry prior to packing them in a dark corner to rot all summer. Take out any insoles while doing this to ensure you don’t trap funk between the bottom of the insole and the liner. Once you’ve done that, throw the liners back in and loosely buckle your boots so they don’t splay out and lose their shape.

If you have touring boots or a walk mode, consider using a toothbrush and a mild detergent to clean dirt and grime out of the moving parts. Then, find a dry, mouse-proof place to tuck them in for a summer slumber. Mice will make a home in your boots if you give them the chance. It will be gross and your custom-molded liners will be ruined.

Step 7: Prep, Organize and Pack Your Accessories

Make sure all your other gear is clean, dry and organized so you’re ready to go when that impromptu trip to Chile in August suddenly materializes. Backcountry aficionado? Take the batteries out of your beacon to prevent corrosion, and replace them later before you hit the snow. Make sure your avy gear is clean and dry so it won’t rust and get stuck when you need it. Dry and organize helmet, gloves, goggles and outerwear so it’ll last you for seasons to come.

Step 8: Sit Back and Wait for Snow

Take care of your ski and snowboard gear, and it will take care of you for a long time. In the meantime, watch some old ski movies to build stoke and stave off heat-related despair, and maybe consider doing some crunches and squats so you’re actually in shape when temps drop.

Anything you do we neglected to mention? Let us know below, and we’ll see you when the snow starts flying.

[Author: (Tele Tony)]

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The Different Sides of Snowbasin Snowbasin has been operating since 1939 and received a prime time showcase on the world stage during the 2002 Winter Olympics, but this gem in the Northern Wasatch is still Utah’s best kept secret. It’s a world-class resort with enviable amenities and terrain, but the absence of on-mountain lodging means you won’t find lift lines and tracked-out slopes.

Ask around about and the conversation will invariably touch on the immaculate day lodges and excellent on-mountain dining. The reputation is well deserved, but you don’t have to be Larry Lunchtime to enjoy this resort. Snowbasin is a skiers’ and snowboarders’ mountain, combining finely-crafted corduroy cruisers and hair-raising steeps with an ultra-efficient lift system and a touch of mountain luxury. Drop-in and experience the different sides of Snowbasin.

Olivia Olympics

You still rock that purple 2002 Winter Olympics ski jacket every time you hit the slopes. The only history you care to study is on display at the Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum. Time to tip it and rip it.


Step off the Mt. Allen Tram above No-Name Peak and get ready to give it the beans. You’re in the start gate of the famed Grizzly Downhill course from the ’02 Games. Bring your A-game because with a vertical drop of more than 2,900 feet in under two miles, this run has teeth. Just down the ridge is the beginning of the equally imposing Wildflower Downhill, home to the Women’s Olympic Downhill.

Snowbasin also hosted the super-G and the combined, the latter of which became famous for Bode Miller’s legendary slalom comeback that secured him a silver medal. Everybody knows Bode liked a good time, so you should honor that spirit with a visit to the Shooting Star Saloon in Huntsville for a beer and a famous Star Burger when you’re done shredding.  

Randy Relaxation

You don’t need nausea-inducing g-forces to have a good time, and let’s get serious, corduroy ain’t just for pants. Some leisurely laps, scenic views and perhaps a refreshing cocktail will do just fine, thank you. Skiing and snowboarding are about having fun, not working, and you’re off the clock. 

Climb aboard the Strawberry Gondola for a relaxing 2,500 foot ride to the top of Main Street. Once at the top, take a moment to soak in the panoramic view of surrounding Demoisy and Strawberry Peaks before strapping in for a meandering cruise down Main Street back to the bottom. Take a load off and enjoy another lift to the top before a wide-open, off-trail cruise in the sunny Moonshine Bowl. 


Now that your quads are burning, it’s time to transition to the important part of the day: après. Head to inside the  for a frosty beverage and some tasty small plates while catching some live tunes.

Andre Airtime

The send train left the station this morning, and you’re the conductor. You don’t need wax because you’re floating above the snow more than you’re riding on it. Crank the dins and tighten down those highbacks—you’re about to turn the boost to 11.

Newschool shredders have their pick of three different terrain parks, all with meticulously maintained creative features. Littlecat has the smallest features for those just earning their wings, while you can hit some features in Blue Grouse on the way to boosting some jumps in Orson’s near the bottom of Needles Gondola. More freerider than freestyler? Take the Strawberry Gondola to Lone Tree and pop off a host of natural features sprinkled throughout the Middle Bowl Cirque.

Getting sendy can leave a shredder parched and famished, so head to the Funk N’ Dive Bar in nearby for some refreshment and a burger. The prohibition-era speakeasy on Historic 25th Street is the perfect haunt to wrap up a day of serious boosting.   

Barbara Backcountry

You live for the untracked steep and deep, but aren’t above getting a little mechanized backcountry bump. You’re first out the gate every time because breaking trail and stomping in the bootpack puts you in your happy place. Avalanche transceiver beeping from the car to the bar, you’re always ready.


Snowbasin has convenient access to remarkable backcountry terrain, which is perfect for mining powder days after a storm. As always, terrain outside the resort boundary doesn’t undergo avalanche mitigation, so it’s essential to ensure you’re prepared with the gear and knowledge to safely ski and ride in avalanche terrain. Check the UAC avalanche forecast, and if the conditions are right you can run backcountry hot laps on the ridge below Strawberry peak, or the northeast bowl off No Name Peak. You can string together huge backcountry laps off the back of the resort if you have the terrain knowledge and strong legs to skin back into the resort. There’s big mountain backcountry terrain at your fingertips in all directions. Just remember sidecountry terrain is backcountry terrain, and all backcountry terrain needs to be treated with respect. 

You already worked hard to earn your turns, so there’s no need to go to great lengths for your après. Stop in slopeside at  to choose from an enormous selection of beers that taste mighty delicious after a big day on the skin track. 

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So, You Wanna Be a Backcountry Skier? So, you want to be a backcountry skier or snowboarder? Great choice. No more chairlift rides or moguls for you because there’s a whole world of incredible, untracked mountains out there to explore. But the backcountry isn’t all powder and sunshine. There’s also breakable crust, bushwhacking, and of course, avalanche hazard. Put simply, the backcountry is a wicked learning environment, and it’s not for the unprepared.

This isn’t a checklist for your first tour or a gear guide that will fully equip you for your first day. Yes, those are helpful, but becoming a backcountry aficionado involves more than signing up for a class and obsessing over a pile of ultralightweight gear. It requires gaining relevant experience through a mixture of formal avalanche education, self-taught practice and trial and error, all while honing a relentlessly positive and humble attitude.

This is an outline to help navigate some of the endless questions you’ll face on the journey to backcountry nirvana, like “When do I sign up for which class?” and “how do I find safe areas to gain experience in?” and “Didn’t you say this would be powder? What’s with all the refrozen sastrugi?” Just be patient and enjoy every lovely and excruciating moment along the way. It’s a lesson that’ll come in handy.

Step 1: Learn to Use Your Gear

You know all that essential backcountry gear everyone’s always talking about? It’s no good unless you know how to use it. It’s amazing how much time some people spend researching gear while never practicing with it. I’m not just talking about your rescue gear (beacon, probe, shovel), but also your climbing skins, boots, bindings and poles. Learn how they work in both uphill and downhill mode and how to transition between them.

The best time and place to do this is somewhere low to no consequence where fiddling around with your gear isn’t going to put you at risk or stress you out. Many resorts in Utah have uphill travel policies so you can skin up and ski or snowboard down in groomed, avalanche-controlled terrain.

It’s perfect for figuring out how all those levers, pins and clamps work, while refining your uphill technique and transitions prior to taking an avalanche class or venturing into the backcountry. That way when you actually are in the backcountry or in a class, you can focus on things like learning safe travel habits and making on-the-go observations instead of wondering if you’re supposed to haphazardly slap the sticky sides of your skins together and jam them in your pack—yes—or intricately fold them up like origami using that little mesh piece they came with—no, those things are garbage.

Step 2: Take an Intro Course 

You’ve spent a couple of days figuring out how to get uphill and downhill, and the moving parts on your bindings are no longer befuddling puzzles. It’s a great time to sign up for an introductory backcountry course before taking those first bold steps into the backcountry.

The offers online Know Before You Go and in-person Backcountry 101 classes throughout the season. These aren’t comprehensive avalanche courses, but are instead designed to give students the tools they need to begin traveling in the backcountry by understanding risks and how to mitigate them.

You’ll learn how to read and understand the avalanche forecast by differentiating between avalanche problems and using the danger rating scale. You’ll practice using your rescue gear and work on the basics of identifying, avoiding, traveling in and assessing avalanche terrain. You might even get to ski a little powder along the way.

KBYG and BC101 classes won’t make you an instant expert, but with some online homework and a day in the field, you’ll get a great foundation to start building from as a backcountry skier or snowboarder. 

Step 3: Learn Some Safe Areas and Gain Some Experience 

Time to put that education into practice by getting some experience in the backcountry. Start small in low consequence, simpler terrain. The UAC has some great resources on their website to help you choose safer routes. Start with the green routes. No, you probably aren’t going to tell your grandkids about that one sick line you shredded in USA Bowl after being on a skin track with 58 other people, but it’s a pretty great place to ski or ride some powder while learning about safe backcountry travel.

Once you’ve identified a few safe areas, go touring in them frequently. Go often enough the navigation becomes easy and you start to recognize features. By becoming familiar with an area in different conditions—sunny but crusty, miserably cold but powdery—you’ll begin identifying how the weather affects the snowpack and how things can change both over the course of a day and throughout a season. 

Don’t rush this part. Work your way up slowly, at least over the course of your first season before you start stepping into bigger terrain on your own. Refine your skinning technique to save energy. Learn how to manage your temperature throughout the day, and dial in the gear you carry. Gain confidence making observations that help you make smart choices about where to ski, both for avalanche safety and snow quality.

This is also where you should begin using some mapping tools to help you identify and navigate terrain. The Wasatch Backcountry Skiing Map and accompanying phone app are extremely useful and easy to use. There are about a million named runs you can search for route planning. CalTopo is another amazing, free tool. It has detailed topographic maps of the entire earth with slope angle shading, satellite imagery and more. Look up those safe routes from the UAC website, and use the WB Skiing app and CalTopo to map your route, up and down. The practice you get using mapping tools in simple terrain will pay off when you start traveling in more complex areas.

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Step 4: Become an Awesome Backcountry Partner

Now that you’re getting out there, you’re going to need some trustworthy partners. You’re going to find better partners if you put in the work to become a solid partner yourself. The better partner you are, the more likely you are to find a group of folks willing to go on absurdly long hikes in awful, uncomfortable conditions, and hopefully find an experienced, knowledgeable Mr. Miyagi-type as a backcountry mentor.

It’s time to take another quick class, this one focused on rescue. The UAC offers four-hour partner rescue classes, and other providers in Utah offer full-day eight-hour rescue courses. These courses are solely committed to practicing avalanche rescue. Take one of these courses, practice on your own, and you’ll become confident and proficient in what to do if there’s a burial. This means you’ll be able to dig someone out, which is a prerequisite for being a solid backcountry partner.


This is also where that patient, humble, positive attitude pays off. Along with all that Instagram-ready powder, you’re going to ski and ride some horrible crust, skin through gloppy snow and do some leg-burning bushwhacking. If you can do it with a smile on your face, your backcountry partners are going to be happy to ask you to do it all again.

This is where the true learning happens. The classes just give you a framework to practice and learn on your own. By taking the steps outlined above you’ll have the tools to be an active member of a backcountry touring group as you gain experience. Whether you’re the greenest or most seasoned person in your group, there’s something to learn each tour. Ask questions, participate in decision making and start to recognize the role group dynamics play in the backcountry. Do this all while being open and understanding, and you’re well on your way to becoming a great backcountry partner.

Step 5: Level Up with a Level 1

Maybe it’s late in your first season touring, or maybe you’ve been at it for a few years.  Whatever your personal timetable, you have some backcountry mileage now. It’s a good time for some more education to build on the knowledge you’ve gained through experience. A Recreational Avalanche Level 1 course from a respected source like AIARE or AAI will help you refine your skills and decision-making to become a better backcountry skier or snowboarder.

A Level 1 is a three-day course about avalanche hazard management. This course alone doesn’t make someone an expert, but it provides the tools and decision-making framework to travel in avalanche terrain. Extensive experience isn’t required as a prerequisite, but you’ll get a lot more out of the course if you’ve put in the work and gained some experience in the backcountry beforehand. 

There’s a lot of focus on route planning and safe travel that avoids exposure in avalanche terrain, which is more or less the bedrock of low-risk backcountry skiing and snowboarding. I also recommend taking this course with your regular touring partners as it facilitates better communication in the backcountry.

Step 6: Learn to Lead


Many recreational skiers and snowboarders won’t take any formal education after a Level 1. There’s nothing wrong with that, and plenty of continuing education happens as you gain further experience. In fact, after completing a Level 1, you should go get a ton more experience exploring the mountains and figuring out where you want to take your backcountry skiing and snowboarding.

Learning to lead a trip, especially in unfamiliar terrain, is where things become more difficult. Did you plan a hut trip in Idaho in a mountain range you’ve never been to and people are looking to you to help find safe skiing and riding conditions? That can be tough, especially when an area doesn’t have comprehensive avalanche forecasting and route-planning resources like the Wasatch. This is where taking a Rec Level 2 course can be helpful.

As with Level 1, the more experience you bring to Level 2 the better. You’ll expand your leadership skills and refine your decision-making framework. A Level 2 helps open doors to new experiences in new mountain ranges.

Step 7: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

You’re done! Just kidding. You’re never done. Learning in the backcountry is a lifelong process. Even if you’ve been at it for decades, if you aren’t learning something new every day, you aren’t paying attention. “Mileage is knowledge,” a guy once told me. That guy was kind of crazy, but he’s right. Skiing and riding powder is the best thing on earth, but hazards in the backcountry can catch up to anyone regardless of experience level. That’s why it’s essential to have respect for the backcountry and not rush the process.

Some other guy said, “Education is the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.” That guy was Mark Twain. I don’t think he was a backcountry skier, but the statement certainly applies. With each completed step in our backcountry journey, we’re entering new, dangerous territory. Thankfully, there are tools and people to help us along the way. Have fun, be safe, and enjoy the process. We’ll see you on the skin track.

[Author: (Tele Tony)]

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Good Mountain Manners: Skiing and Snowboarding Tips Excelling at the art of skiing or snowboarding is complicated! Here are some tips for beginners or first-timers on honing mountain manners. Mountain etiquette is not always intuitive and just like outdoor/trail ethics, abiding by a few simple rules will keep everyone happier—and more importantly, safer—while skiing or snowboarding. 


Lift Line Merging

One of the most basic principles of skiing and snowboarding is lift line management. If there is no attendant to sort you out, know that in North America, lift lines are organized so that as two lanes merge into one, groups of riders must alternate. This seems like an obvious thing, but it's always a bit surprising to see the number of guests who appear oblivious to the flow of line logic. Be polite, alternate and everyone will have a great day.



Also, do try to avoid knocking the person’s equipment in front of you. We all pay a lot for our ski and snowboard equipment, there’s no need to jostle the person in front of you. It just takes a little awareness and courtesy to avoid clomping on the person ahead of you in line.


Safety Bar Blues

When boarding the lift with strangers (or even friends and family), you should always allow everyone to collect themselves and ask before deploying the safety bar. Wait until the chair has exited the bottom terminal and let everyone know that you’d like to put the bar down.

Multiple times I’ve had my noggin clonked by an over-eager bar buster. Simply ask so that your fellow riders have a moment to situate their skis, poles, board, knees, children, appendages, etc. to avoid injury, bumps and bruises. This is another great reason to wear a helmet while skiing or riding! Nearly all of my noggin knocks have occurred from chairlift bars or getting clonked by other people’s equipment on the tram.




The mountains here in Utah are BIG! As such, our friendly ski patrols will often set traverses to help guests reach more remote terrain. There are a few things you’ll want to remember when approaching a traverse. This will make the mountain safer and more enjoyable for you and those around you. 

  • Keep moving!
    Don’t stop on a traverse, if you do need to stop, take a few steps uphill off the traverse. Uphill is preferable to downhill as it will be easier for you to get going again. Look for a spot that will allow you to step uphill off the track. Stopping in the middle prevents the people behind you from maintaining their speed. It is considered rude to stop or slow down or obstruct a traverse. This causes extra misfortune for snowboarders who must maintain speed and momentum to navigate a traverse. 
  • If you want to snap a photo or a selfie, find a good spot to exit the traverse. 

  • Pull over!
    If more than 3-4 people are stacked up behind you, it’s time to pull over. It’s just like driving on a 2-lane road in mountainous terrain. It’s not courteous to ignore the folks stacking up behind you who may be more familiar with the area and want to travel at a faster clip. Look for a good spot to step above the traverse and allow the faster skiers or snowboarders to pass you. When merging back onto the traverse, remember that the downhill skier has the right-of-way. Allow them to pass and drop in once the coast is clear to avoid blocking other riders who are traveling with speed.
  • If you come upon a slower rider and it's possible to pass them, give them a verbal cue and let them know on which side you plan to pass.
  • Check out these helpful traversing tips from an Alta Ski Patroller.


Hiking to bigger terrain can be a rewarding experience as the lure for fresh tracks pushes you onward. There are a few things to remember about hiking that mainly relate to safety. 


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  • Obey all posted signs. Even if you don’t understand why, that sign is there for a reason and ignoring it could result in an accident involving you or others. It’s simply not worth it. If a run, chute or area is closed, it is closed for a reason. Ignoring the signs or breaking the rules can result in prosecution or the confiscation of your lift pass. 
  • You should never hike up into a big empty powder bowl above an existing traverse unless it is an established track with an OPEN sign nearby. This is because there is a possibility you could trigger an avalanche above a traverse or cat track upon the people below you. Patrol does not want people cutting random bootpacks because of the hazard this poses to the guests below. You also don't know what terrain hazards may lie buried underneath the snowpack. If patrol hasn't opened the terrain to uphill hiking, there's sound reasoning behind their decision. At times, bootpacks will open in late spring, when conditions may be more stable. A good rule of thumb, if there is no OPEN sign, don't hike up.

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  • Similar to traversing, if you are hiking slowly and people are stacking up behind you, take just a moment to pull over and allow them to pass. Take a moment to catch your breath and enjoy the stunning natural splendor. 

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Marching to the Beat of Your Own Drum

I hate to be a spoilsport here, but blasting music from crappy speakers while waiting in line is indeed considered rude by most folks. Subjecting everyone in line to your taste in music is a pretty selfish way to live your life. Many come to the mountains to enjoy the scenery, escape and recharge. Being forced to listen to someone else’s tunes is not relaxing. If you simply must, then enjoy your music while riding the chairlift, but please do not subject the rest of us to your dreams of DJ greatness while hiking, skiing or waiting in line. 

On an added note, skiing or shredding with headphones is not safe. By doing so, you endanger others and yourself. If you are committed to jamming, consider using just one headphone or keep the volume relatively low.


Know the Code

The golden rules of skiing and snowboarding are simple, straightforward and designed to keep everyone out of the medical clinic!

Know them. 
Use them.
Be the code.
Live the code. 
We are the code. 


Be Aware

Though it is a tenant of The Code above, it’s worth an extra mention that you should always be aware of your surroundings. This is yet another reason to avoid wearing headphones while skiing or shredding. We’re working with a lot here, equipment that slides, gravity, steep hills, blind rollovers and speed. It is critical to remain aware of your surroundings at all times. Much like driving, pilots who employ defensive driving techniques are involved in fewer accidents. Be a defensive shredder or skier. It’ll keep you and others safe! 


Snow Driving

The powder in Utah is world famous. We have excellent snow quality and what sets our state apart from other areas is the sheer quantity of snow we consistently receive. There is a downside to this bountiful harvest and that is the reality that more than likely, you’re going to be driving during a snowstorm. Many of our roadways employ traction laws and navigating during a blizzard can be downright treacherous. Here are a few tips: 



  • If you’re unsure or not confident navigating in the snow, hire a car service, ride the UTA Ski Bus, or book a shuttle. Click Here for our comprehensive guide to hitching a ride on the UTA Ski Bus.
  • If renting a car, avoid the temptation to go cheap and ensure your car is properly equipped to handle snowy weather. Ask questions and discuss options with your rental agent. They will better understand what requirements are necessary to safely navigate our roads and highways during snowy or icy conditions. 
  • Most importantly, your vehicle MUST have appropriate tires and AWD or 4WD if you hope to successfully navigate snowy roads and avoid causing an accident. You can find more winter driving tips and Utah's traction law by Clicking Here.
  • The weather here can change rapidly. A beautiful bluebird morning with sparkling sunshine can fairly quickly deteriorate into a raging tempest with zero visibility by noon. Lulled into a false sense of security, many folks will head to the resort without a proper vehicle. This becomes problematic when it’s time to leave. Don’t be this person! This very scenario can (and often does) result in hours-long traffic jams in our Cottonwood Canyons. For your own safety, please take the bus or hire a driving service. 


Idle Free is the Way to Be


We can all do a bit better to address air quality and pollution issues. One of the simplest solutions is avoiding idling your car. If you’re waiting for the lifts to spin, waiting for your tardy friend in the carpool lot or just mindlessly scrolling through your phone, turn the key! You’re dressed in ski clothes. Leaving the car off for a few minutes is not going to make you cold.



Backcountry Basics

Venturing into uncontrolled avalanche terrain is simply put: it’s a matter of life and death.
You should never venture beyond the boundary of a ski area without proper avalanche equipment, an avalanche education, the knowledge of how to efficiently perform a rescue and a current avalanche forecast. The beautiful, untouched powder beyond the boundary line is deceptive. It LOOKS amazing and resort guests are often lulled into a false sense of security having safely skied in-bounds all day, thanks to the tireless and daily avalanche mitigation techniques utilized by our incredible Ski Patrollers. You'll find a great overview of backcountry awareness and education resources here.

For a healthy dose of how serious avalanche mitigation is and the risks that Ski Patrollers undertake on a daily basis, please refer to our History of Avalanche Mitigation article. Don't believe me? Watch the Utah Department of Transportation shoot down an avalanche above Highway 210 in Little Cottonwood. Avalanches like these are not survivable. If you don't know what you're doing, you don't belong in the backcountry. 



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The terrain beyond rope lines is either NOT controlled for avalanches or it has been purposefully closed by Ski Patrol because avalanche conditions have been deemed unsafe . Additionally, terrain beyond ski area boundaries has not received the same amount of skier compaction as the terrain inside the resort. The weight of skiers and snowboarders repeatedly skiing the same runs within the resort has a tendency to compact the layers of snow, making them safer and less prone to avalanching. The terrain beyond the boundary rope has had neither skier compaction nor regular avalanche mitigation (aka Ski Patrol deploying explosives to trigger and release avalanches on purpose). The weight of a skier alone is enough to trigger an avalanche. If you are without gear and a partner who knows how to perform a rescue, your chances of survival plummet. Read more on ski resort gates and boundary lines here.

If you want to experience the bliss and solitude of backcountry travel consider a guided Interconnect tour with Ski Utah. It’s an amazing and safe way to experience backcountry exploration! also offers backcountry cat skiing and helicopter skiing - info here.



Ducking Ropes

Please refer to above for the reasons as to why ducking ropes in Utah is wholly inappropriate. At many ski areas across the US with less consequential terrain and thinner snowpack, ducking ropes isn’t viewed as a serious offense. Ski Patrol may turn a blind eye as folks duck ropes for some slightly fresher tracks. This is not the case for skiing in Utah. Ducking ropes in Utah is a serious offense that can result in prosecution and loss of pass privileges. We've got an awesome article here that helps break down the different signage you may encounter at Utah resorts.




Causing an avalanche, becoming buried by an avalanche, placing rescue teams in dangerous conditions and injury or death are simply not worth ducking a rope. In Utah, the consequences and realities of venturing beyond the resort boundary are very serious. Don’t be a violator. Follow the rules, and you'll live to ride another day.

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Thank a Patroller

You can't imagine how much a little thank you means to these folks in red who work hard to provide an amazing experience for you! They endure relentless cold, black toenails, howling winds and all manner of discomfort and danger to ensure you have a safe and wonderful day. The same can be said for everyone who works in Mountain Operations. Heck, if you see a liftie, a cat driver, a snowmaker, a snow forecaster, a snow safety officer or a tram driver, show them all a little love and express some gratitude.  




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Wed, 07 Apr 2021 20:23:47 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Utah US Sport Skiing North America Don Utah Department of Transportation Lexi Ski Patrol Avalanche Mitigation Little Cottonwood Avalanches
Freedom on the slopes - skiing for women in Afghanistan Skiing is a beacon of hope for the brave young women who have taken up the sport at Bamyan Ski Club amid political turmoil in the country

It is 6.30am and Nazira Khairzad, 18, and her older sister Nazima, 19, are sat with their family trying to eat the spread of breakfast laid out in front of them, despite their nerves. It is the start of the two-day Afghan Ski Challenge in the central highland province of Bamyan, and the women’s race is kicking off in just a few hours’ time. Not only are the pair the ones to watch but, as soon as they are on the slopes, they are one another’s direct competition.

“I’m nervous but I think I have a good chance of placing first this year,” says Nazira. “That’s what I’m aiming for.”

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Mon, 29 Mar 2021 02:00:03 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Gender Sport Afghanistan Skiing Bamyan Nazira Bamyan Ski Club Nazira Khairzad Nazima
Learning to Ski as a Family words by Melody Forsyth

Let’s be honest. For most people, the sport of skiing is intimidating. I didn’t grow up in Utah. I grew up on the Virginia coast and the only people I knew that could ski were people that had family in Utah and would visit them for Christmas. It wasn’t a sport that “regular” people did. When I thought of skiing, I thought of Olympic skiers that I watched on TV coming down amazing mountains, backcountry skiers skiing off big ridgelines, doing flips and flying in the air and racing competitively. That was my idea of skiing.

When I was in college, I had a boyfriend who grew up in Idaho, next to a ski resort, so of course he could ski. He convinced me that it was super easy to learn to ski and convinced me to give it a try at the nearby resort of Sundance. So I agreed to go, completely unaware of what was in store. He explained some basic principles like the snowplow and the pizza slice and it sounded simple enough. Before I knew it, I was on a ski lift. The view on the lift was amazing. Getting off the lift was something else. But I made it. I was ready to go down a hill. The first two times went ok. My knees were killing me and I probably had the widest pizza slice known to man. The third time I came down, however, my skis got caught on each other and I popped out of one. My boyfriend was yelling at me from below how to get out of the other ski. I had to take my gloves off to be able to release the boot from my ski. As I popped out of the other ski, I lost my balance and slid down the hill about 100 feet. I tried to slow down but couldn’t grip anything and ended up scraping my hands and yelling as I slid. I was done. Skiing wasn’t for me...

Many years later, I married a man from Utah and he loved to snowboard and ski. He would invite me to go with him, and I had absolutely no interest in going with him. Time went on and we had our daughter Ruby, who has Down syndrome. Our lives were changed and we found peace and healing in the outdoors as we got out as a family and learned to try new things and explore. I started hiking with her when she was a baby, and originally I thought that’s all we would do. We loved hiking and loved the feeling we had as a family as we got outdoors together. Then, we learned to snowshoe, play in the water and kayak. Ruby was loving all these new activities. I could see that she was thriving in learning new skills and she was showing us that she wanted to try new things and had little fear doing it. Then, I saw an amazing mom on Instagram on skis and towing her babies behind her and I immediately thought “Ruby would love that.” That meant I needed to learn to ski. I needed to figure out how to make these moments happen. The new thought popped into my head. “What if Ruby learned to ski? What if this was something that she could learn to do herself?”

I learned about Wasatch Adaptive Sports (WAS) located at  and their mission to help people with disabilities to get outdoors and I knew that this was what Ruby needed. I was so excited to have instructors that cared about people with disabilities and had the same passion for getting Ruby on some skis. I scheduled a lesson. When I arrived, I was extremely nervous. I wasn’t nervous about skiing, I was nervous about where to go. I had no idea what I was doing or what the process was when arriving at the ski resort. I was intimidated by all the people that looked like they knew where they were going. They had their equipment and moved around with purpose and direction. I felt very insecure. I met Ruby’s instructors near the WAS office and had immediate relief as they guided me through the process to find properly fitting gear from the Snowbird rental shop. Ruby and I were fitted for skis and boots and were instructed how to put on the gear. I was even more intimidated when we boarded the shuttle. I don’t know where to go when you have no idea how to ski. I don’t know what areas are designed for beginner skiers. Ruby and I followed the instructors up a small hill and found the spot for us to have lessons. The instructors were great. One worked with Ruby and one worked with me. Ruby seemed like a natural. Her balance was incredible and she was happy letting the instructors pull her around on her skis. I told the instructors that although Ruby is nonverbal, she has a lot of understanding with simple commands. The instructors spoke to her like they would with any typical five-year-old. I rejoiced inside to see her respond to their instructions.

As for my lesson, I think I was more focused on watching Ruby! My instructor was also amazing and giving me confidence with every new piece of instruction. She would have me practice a skill, then add to it the next time, and continued to do this until I felt comfortable doing most of the skills by myself, without verbal instruction. I had a blast and learned that I enjoyed what I was learning. I could see myself wanting to do this more and go skiing with my children. I could see that this is an activity that Ruby and I can definitely do together and I can’t wait to learn more and practice more with her and on my own.

If you have never skied or had a bad experience like me when you were younger and want to try again (which I totally recommend!), here are three tips to make it a more enjoyable experience.

It’s ok to ask questions Don’t be embarrassed to ask questions. I asked a million. If you don’t know about the world of skiing, driving up to a resort can be very intimidating. This is actually why I never considered skiing with my kids. I didn’t even know where to go. So this time, I asked questions from the moment I arrived at the resort. I asked about parking. I asked at which building I should begin. I asked about what was required to purchase in order to actually go skiing. I asked where to find equipment and had to make sure I had all the equipment necessary to actually ski. I knew that the only way I was going to be able to do this on my own in the future was to ask questions now. I remember when I was first learning about hiking and I had no idea what a trailhead was or elevation gain or out and back vs. a loop trail. These were things that are obvious to me now, but when I was starting, I had to ask questions and do research so I could learn about hiking. This applies to skiing. Ask all the questions. There are educated and friendly folks at all Utah resorts with the answers to the looming questions you may have.

Take lessons They are totally worth it. Skiing isn’t the kind of sport you can just observe and then know what to do. There are a lot of skills involved. You may need to practice those skills over and over. Lessons will also teach you techniques to make you a safe and proficient skier. I want to do things safely and avoid injuries and lessons are the best way to ensure this. I was very grateful to be able to learn alongside my daughter. Not only was it fun to watch her, but it helped me see what she is capable of doing. I want to make sure that the time we spend skiing is enjoyable and lessons help me feel more comfortable with my own skills and give me confidence.

Have a good attitude! Having a positive mindset and good attitude toward learning something new is the key to being successful. As an adult, I definitely have more fear about a sport like skiing because I understand the risk I am undertaking in learning. Children have much less fear as they go into learning a new sport. I feel that I had a good experience with my first ski lesson because my instructor had a good attitude and was excited to help me learn and I had a good attitude and confidence that I could learn to ski. Ruby and I definitely need more lessons but we are excited for the possibilities that learning to ski will open up for us.

We are so grateful for the amazing instructors at Wasatch Adaptive Sports and for the confidence they have in individuals wanting to learn to ski. We love watching Ruby learn to ski and can’t wait to see you all on the slopes!!

Looking for more advice on learning to ski? Check out the following resources: 
Everything you should know about ski lessons
Dressing for the slopes
The ultimate guide for ski and snowboard rentals
Learning to ski as an adult


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Sun, 28 Mar 2021 09:00:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Utah Virginia Time Sport Idaho Skiing Ruby Wasatch Melody ForsythLet Wasatch Adaptive Sports
Family Winter Activities For Non-Skiers words by Melody Forsyth

We discovered the amazing outdoors one summer several years ago. We hiked, played in the water and visited National Parks. It was a magical summer where we discovered that we love hiking. Then winter rolled around and I thought, “Now what?” What do we do now that it’s cold? I thought that we would have to put our adventures on hold for the season, when I heard that it is possible to hike in the winter!! (Hint…it’s called snowshoeing). I wanted to learn more about this. I didn’t want to lose the momentum we gained during the summer with being active outdoors and was looking for activities that we could do as a family in the snow and in the cold. I thought that skiing was the only option for winter activities and my family did not have those skills (yet!! read more about our first time skiing soon!). Is building snowmen our only option in the snow? It can be a fun activity and we certainly enjoy this, but I was hoping to find activities that would help us continue exploring.

With a little research and a lot of inspiration from pictures on social media, we learned that there are many activities families can do in the cold winter months. They don’t require a lot of skill and are guaranteed to create lasting memories. When doing any winter activities, we have learned that if you add hot cocoa to pretty much anything, you will get some smiles. Here are some of our favorite family-friendly winter outings.

Snowshoeing Snowshoeing is basically hiking in the snow. Many trails that are great for summer hiking are also suitable for snowshoeing*.  Snowshoes are designed to distribute a person’s weight over a larger area so that they don’t completely sink into the snow but actually walk on it. There is no guarantee that you won’t get any snow on your feet, so waterproof boots are still recommended as footwear with the snowshoes. Snowshoes are like hiking shoes in that they all function the same way but have a different design and you may prefer certain features and fit. If you want to start snowshoeing, local outfitters rent them for a day so that you can test them out and see if you enjoy the activity before making an investment. Thrift stores are a great place to find snowshoes, as well. They also make snowshoes for little children (and they are stinking adorable) so even small kids can participate and it’s something different so they are usually excited to try something new. You can snowshoe if you have babies/toddlers in child carriers, just be mindful of the extra weight you will be carrying when choosing a size of snowshoes.

*While many trails you have enjoyed during the summer months can be used for snowshoeing, please note that not all trails are appropriate. Obviously, most that are within bounds of ski resorts are closed to snowshoeing. Please always check with your state’s avalanche center for updates on the trails you are wanting to snowshoe on and be sure that it is safe. Many ski resorts have a Nordic center that has trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing and don’t charge a lot to use these trails for the day. This is a great way to try some trails that are safe and the fee often includes rental gear. Discover some of our favorite snowshoeing trails here.

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Tubing/Sledding Tubing and sledding are probably the most fun winter activities for my children. What’s not to love about zipping down a hill, spinning around and catching a little air? I can honestly admit, that even as an adult, it is a blast. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a sled or tube either. I have even seen some fun inner-tubes in the shapes of swans, dinosaurs and unicorns and this certainly adds an element of fun. Of course, some sleds and tubes can be found at a higher price point with the quality, speed and longevity probably better than cheaper versions. It should not deter you from using what you have and making some amazing memories with your kids. There are places you can purchase tickets to go tubing and they include tube rentals where they do the uphill work for you. There are also many hills in local parks, spots in national forests and public lands that also have hills that are amazing for tubing and sledding and are accessible and available to everyone. We love going to these places. It makes for an amazing day at no cost, once you have the equipment. Don’t forget to wear your pedometer to see how many steps you take for a few hours of tubing. What goes down must come back up and if your kids are like mine, many times you end up pulling them up the hill, so it becomes quite the workout for you. Here's a great resource for tubing and sledding hills in Utah.

Ice Skating You don’t have to be an Olympic figure skater to get on the ice and try ice skating. We tried this for the very first time this winter and had a great time. There are professional size ice rinks that you can visit that include skate rentals. There is a moderate cost for this kind of ice skating rink. We discovered that there are several smaller outdoor rinks that are usually locally owned and much less expensive. Our entire family was able to go ice skating for $28, skate rentals included and was run by the local parks department. I had gone ice skating several times growing up and was worried that I would not remember how, but luckily, it’s much like riding a bike, in that the skill quickly comes back to you. They also had ice walkers that you can rent for an additional cost. These work like regular walkers but glide across the ice to help with balance. They are great for beginners and those who have never used skates before. One of my children started with the walker, but wasn’t using it by the end of the session because he was able to skate on his own. There were a lot of cheers and words of encouragement to everyone in the family when we finished and everyone was proud of their balance and willingness to learn something new.

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Hot Springs If you have the chance to visit a hot spring, you definitely should. It is such a fun experience to hike/snowshoe to some hot springs and have a soak. Even if no hike is required, wearing bathing suits and getting in hot water (always check temperatures before getting in) is a hit with the kids. Be prepared with towels and a change of clothes because you don’t want to hike or drive back in wet and cold clothes. Some hot springs are built up and maintained by private owners, while others are in tucked-away locations, primitive springs and opened to anyone. If you are taking your children, be advised that at some locations, people like to enter the springs without clothes (although many places have rules against this) so you might need to check it out first. No matter where you go, please observe the rules of the springs and be sure to pack out all your belongings and trash.

No matter what you do during the winter, don’t let the cold slow your adventures down. Keep the exploring and memory-making going all year round. And, spoiler alert, our family got out on skis this year! Check out our first time on skis (COMING SOON!). 

Learn more about Melody and her family's outdoor adventures on Instagram @downwithadventure.


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Thu, 25 Mar 2021 09:57:31 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Utah Sport National Parks Skiing Melody Melody ForsythWe
Kym Buttschardt: Ogden’s Ski Town Renaissance A group of skiers sat at the bar in the , exchanging war stories about their big pow day up at . On the brightly colored chalk board were the beers of the day, most brewed up in the huge tanks behind the taproom. It was a boisterous atmosphere with a nice blend of skiers, snowboarders and just plain locals all enjoying the lifestyle of the sport.

A century ago was the crossroads of the west as a vital rail junction. Today, it's revitalized as a ski town with 25th street downtown teeming with restaurants and bars, and the outdoor industry calling Ogden home. At the core of Ogden's energization is Kym Buttschardt of , who lives and breathes her community.

Kym Buttschardt Skiing
Kym Buttschardt stands high atop Snowbasin with Strawberry in the background in a stunning alpine scene.

In the past quarter century, a renaissance has turned into a thriving ski town. Taking full advantage of the 2002 Olympic leadup, two pioneering mayors and business leaders like Buttschardt, rallied the town. New and innovative tourist-oriented businesses opened downtown. And Ogden became a calling card for leading ski and outdoor industry brands who moved their national operations to the outdoor-oriented town.

What was the catalyst for all of this? It's a community that thrives on outdoor recreation, from biking to hiking to kayaking and skiing. From the heart of downtown Ogden, you can drive to , or in about 30-35 minutes. Or, take the bus.

In this week's podcast with Ogden skier, entrepreneur and community leader Kym Buttschardt, you'll learn:

  • How a World Cup parade signaled big changes in Ogden.
  • Why the outdoor industry found such a home in the city.
  • Which of the original  brews is still available but only on draft? (think chocolate)
  • Her favorite ski run? (not for the faint of heart)

What did you find interesting about skiing when you started out as a young girl in Ogden?
Just the freedom of it - the total freedom of it. And just kind of the coolness and I still feel like that as a 50-something year old woman. I just still get such a rush from being outside and breathing the cold air or sitting in the sunshine.

How have you seen downtown Ogden evolve since you opened before the Olympics?
We were young, in our mid-20s. We were kind of one of the ones who planted our flag. And then what's happened on 25th Street since then is just beautiful to my heart. I love walking out, looking up at the mountains, looking at my neighbor restaurants and friends around there. There's something very special about it.

How did the community engineer this renaissance?
It really was a combined recruiting effort. We do a lot with a little up here in Ogden. Mayor Godfrey, at the time, had decided, with the input from residents, that the vision of our town was going to be an outdoor adventure place. The GOAL Foundation was born right after the Olympics, which is a big thing for us up here. It's a volunteer organization that can bring all those wonderful events and support them with volunteers. "We just got together with our friends and said, 'how are we going to make this happen?' And we did it together and keep doing it together today.

Join us for a beer in the ski town of Ogden in this episode of Last Chair: The Ski Utah Podcast presented by on your favorite podcast platform. Subscribe to get first access to every episode.

Brewmaster Steve Kirkland

Rooster's Beer Guide

Brewmaster Steve Kirkland was employee #1 when Rooster's first opened its doors in 1995. The Chicago-area native still wears a Bears mask but has long settled down in Utah, recognized as one of the best brewers in the state. He made a nice selection of six beers for Last Chair.

  • Bee's Knees Honey Wheat: A light-bodied, crisp ale, slightly sweet with a touch of honey flavor. 5% Alcohol by Volume.
  • Rude Ram Red: A bold, malty, ruby red ale with notes of roasted barley and caramel, perfectly balanced with Loral hops. 7% ABV
  • Snowbasin 80th Anniversary Pale Ale: A special edition beer released for Snowbasin, it's an easy-drinking, copper-colored pale ale with a hint of caramel malt and bright, hoppy finish. 5% ABV
  • Ogden Double IPA: A big beer weighing in at 8% ABV, this ale is dominated by hops both bitter and aromatic with finishing notes of pine and tropical fruit.
  • B Street Blackberry Cream Ale: A medium-bodied, 6% beer brewed with blackberry puree added right in the fermenter. This lends a hint of blackberry without overwhelming the palate.
  • Untamed Juicy IPA: A cracker-y malt base is complimented by the citrusy New Zealand Southern Cross hop that is added both in the boil and in the fermenter for an extra punch! 7% ABV.


GOAL Foundation: Get Out and Live
One of the legacies of the 2002 Olympics and Paralympics in Ogden is the GOAL Foundation. It was designed as a catalyst for Ogden's outdoor lifestyle, galvanizing the community and volunteers to support outdoor events. Nearly two decades later, it continues to thrive.

  S2 Ep15 - Kym Buttschardt - Transcript

Tom Kelly: One of the beauties of doing your own podcast is you have the opportunity to pick the programs and we are yet again at another tasting this week. Today, I am in Rooster's B Street Brewery and Taproom here in Ogden, Utah, and I should say this ski town of Ogden, Utah. And with me today is Kym Buttschardt. And Kym, thank you for joining us on Last Chair.

Kym Buttschardt: My pleasure. I'm happy to be here and chat.

Tom Kelly: So we're going to talk a little bit more about beer later. We're going to do a tasting down at the bar. But I have to say my first impression, I've been coming to the 25th Street location of Roosters for many, many years. But this taproom is unique. There's really nothing like it here.

Kym Buttschardt: It's pretty special. And I love that you've been coming to Ogden for a long time. That means you're a hip guy, Tom.

Tom Kelly: Well, I don't know if I'm a hip guy, but we've always enjoyed Ogden. And I moved here in 1988. And Ogden was a town we discovered fairly early on. And it's been fun to come here over the years and it really has grown up as a ski town. We're going to talk more about that in a little bit. But just to give us a little bit of a primer, why don't you kind of run through just a little bit of history on Roosters? I know you started on 25th Street, have a couple of other locations and this being the newest one.

Kym Buttschardt: Yep. We opened our first location on 25th Street in 1995. So we're celebrating 25 years, well actually pandemic 25 years on 25th Street. And we opened our second location in Layton 15 years ago. And then our place out here, Roosters B Street Brewery and Taproom is a totally different concept than what we've done in our other places where much more beer focused. We have a big, you know, we built a big building out here in West Ogden. We have a big production brewery and a super cool taproom with the best of my husband's kind of bar food. So we have delicious food out here, which and we have all crowds, all ages and our beers getting out there. And it's really exciting.

Tom Kelly: I will tell you that I had a little lunch today here, decided I thought I was going light. You warned me, though, in advance. I had the calamari taco and a fish taco. Tell us about that calamari taco.

Kym Buttschardt: The calamari taco is awesome. So it has a little bit of ranch, but it has our buffalo sauce. Pete's kind of known for his really flavorful sauces on all kinds of things. I think you guys had the nachos with all the salsas and that's like crispy calamari and a corn tortilla and it's delicious. And I get it like every time I come out here, which is good that I don't come out here as often because I would eat one every day.

Tom Kelly: You know, I want to get into your background a little bit, but first just connect, if you could, what's the importance of food and beer and drink in the hospitality aspect of the lifestyle of skiing and snowboarding?

Kym Buttschardt: Well, I think that the lifestyle of skiing and snowboarding is a whole ecosystem. From the time that you get up on those fresh tracks or groomers and, you know, you're with all your friends and then you meet up for lunch or you meet for an afternoon beer and hopefully have a Rooster's beer on Snowbasin or Powder Mountain patio. But, and then it's just all about the lifestyle afterward. And we love it. I mean, I love all the, you know, the skiers have found us here at all of our places. And they just want to keep the camaraderie going. And they're hungry. They've expended a bunch of calories. And to be able to come to a place that's warm and welcoming with people who live the lifestyle like our staff and our company does, it's a pretty special tie in all the way around.

Tom Kelly: Kym, you grew up right here in Ogden. Tell us about growing up here. It was a much different town then, but how much did skiing factor into your youth here in Ogden?

Kym Buttschardt: It was so fun to ski when we were young so we would go night skiing all the time at Powder Mountain. And I have fond memories of that. And then we would take the Snowbasin bus up to Snowbasin on Old Snowbasin Road. We would puke. The Standard Examiner ran a bus up there and we would puke on the way up maybe to the bus would break down. We'd have to walk the last mile you know. But you're with all of your friends, both and my parents were pretty. They, they weren't afraid to let us go and do stuff and they were busy, so they just would drop us off or let us go with friends. Same thing. Nordic Valley. I mean, all three of those resorts are super ... Like that's just part of our whole my whole background growing up here.

Tom Kelly: Just to clarify, the road you're referring to is no longer used.

The lifestyle of skiing and snowboarding is a whole ecosystem. From the time that you get up on those fresh tracks, then you meet up for lunch or an afternoon beer and the apres lifestyle afterward. We love it.

Kym Buttschardt: No longer used although it's a very nice bike, you know, road, bike, road to go up or a place to go hike in the winter. But no, that is that is no longer used.

Tom Kelly: One of the beautiful things of having the Olympics and the downhills were right up here at Snowbasin was the construction of a new road into the resort, which dramatically cut down the drive time. Whether you're coming up from Salt Lake City, Park City or even Ogden. And it's a pretty easy shot now.

Kym Buttschardt: It is. And, you know, we and it's definitely on people's radar. People are skiing and others aren't like, oh, you've got to go to Snowbasin. And it's it used to be so far to get up to Snowbasin or Powder Mountain. But with that road It's just not with Trappers Loop Road and then the road on up to Snowbasin.

Tom Kelly: So what did you find interesting about skiing when you started out as a young girl in Ogden?

Kym Buttschardt: Just the freedom of it. Just the total freedom of it. My dad worked at a sports store, so he was way into it. And just kind of that the coolness and just being and I still feel like that as a 50 something-year-old woman, I just still get such a rush from being outside and breathing the cold air or sitting in the sunshine. I prefer a really snowy day, but I don't mind a nice, perfect grammar day like you had it Snowbasin last week either. And I had at Powder Mountain and I mean, I ski, you know, Snowbasin is my home resort. But holy goodness, Powder Mountain is lovely. I had a wonderful day there a couple of weeks ago and it just reminded me how much I love it up there as well.

Tom Kelly: So we're doing this podcast in kind of earlyish to middle of March. How many days do you have in so far this year?

Kym Buttschardt: I think I have 30, but combined, not also based on I mean, I'm a member of Ski Utah, so I take advantage of that. I've been up to Sun Valley and I think I have 30, which for a working mom and business owner is a lot.

Tom Kelly: Let's go back to Roosters and particularly 25th Street over the years and I know the Olympics was a big catalyst for this. Ogden has really evolved. 25th Street right now is one of the most, I would say, famous streets and ski towns across America with the development that's gone on there. You were one of the first in that kind of new wave of lifestyle that was breathed into 25th Street in downtown Ogden.

Kym Buttschardt: We definitely were. And we were young. I mean, we were in our 20s, mid-20s. And know, you and I were talking about this because we are kind of one of the ones who planted our flag. And then what's happened on 25th Street since then is just beautiful to my heart. I really I love, like walking out, looking up at the mountains, looking at my neighbor restaurants and friends around there. And it's just there's something very special about it. But it took a good while. The Olympics were the catalyst, really, but I wanted to share one of my best memories. So in 2001, which I just figured out, I was asking some friends, it was literally twenty years ago, that's when we hosted the World Cup. And I have pictures of my cute son. He's 20 buff guy now, Philip, seven months old in a backpack. We were up there watching Daron Rahlves and Hermann Meyer, but it snowed like twenty seven inches so that, you know, that races had to be delayed. But also because along with World Cups, as you know, in other towns, they have these big celebrations. And that's what you and your gang really wanted to do, is have a big celebration. So they had a big parade downtown. They had Earl Holding up in the top of the Clydesdales, the carriage and all of the skiers. And they had tons of people downtown and fire pits. And I mean, it was really the first and tons of snow. And I had you know, I had two sons at the same time. My best friends had a couple of sons and we had a Huey Lewis and the news concert outdoor on the plaza at Union Station. And that was really when I got a glimpse and my friends up here of what really what our downtown potential was. There still wasn't a lot of businesses up and then but more than there were in 1995. And I just look back and I think that's exactly how it is now. Like it's like this dream come true.

Tom Kelly: It really was. I mean, it was like a template was laid out for you. And then over the succeeding years, more and more businesses filled in on 25th Street

Kym Buttschardt: And more and more authentic businesses like these are owner operator. You know, not most of them all are very, very special neighbor businesses.

Tom Kelly: Yeah, they really are. I talked with Mayor Caldwell,

Kym Buttschardt: My dear friend.

Tom Kelly: Your dear friend, a year ago. And we talked a lot about this revitalization, but a lot of things were going on in Ogden in those years, not just the 25th Street, but also the influx of the equipment industry to the community, the outdoor equipment industry.

Kym Buttschardt: Yes. Salomon, Atomic Suunto eventually. Yeah. And, you know, it really was a combined recruiting effort. We do a lot with a little up here in Ogden, you'll hear me say that. But it's because we we utilize each other's resources. So, you know, Mayor Godfrey at the time had decided that the vision of the with a number of factors, the vision of our town was going with, you know, input from us as residents was going to be an outdoor adventure place and just even the recruiting of the company of those brands. And we all just kind of worked together. I donated my restaurant space. You know, you got friends who hosted people, you know, on the recruiting effort. And the GOAL Foundation was born right after the Olympics, which is a big thing for us up here. It's a volunteer organization that can bring all those wonderful events and support them with volunteers. So there's so many people that we just got together with our friends and said, how are we going to make this happen? And we did it together and keep doing it together at.

Tom Kelly: You know, one of the hallmarks of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City was the legacy that it brought to all of the communities around the world. Absolutely. The GOAL Foundation was one of Ogden's pride and joy projects. Talk to me a little bit more about how that has brought a legacy here to the community in Ogden.

Kym Buttschardt: The GOAL Foundation - get out and live - I'll give you the acronym. Literally has changed the trajectory of this community for the residents, for visitors. It's like we hang our hat on this, get out and live life style. And it's been it's everything that gave us self-esteem. You know, everybody comes to everybody gets self-esteem around working together. And so if you're, you know, cheering someone on after a 26.2 marathon or an extra triathlon, it combined with what the city was doing, what the businesses were doing, us being discovered, it just it gave our town a sense of soul. And then everything else kind of came around and continues to come around. It is still very viable. We have youth programs. We have programs for, you know, people just getting into learning to hike or learning to play baseball or, you know, it's just I get so emotional about it because it's such a special it's such a special legacy in this town. And it was because we all got together right after the 2002 Olympics in July of 2002 and decided, what do we want? What legacy do we want the Olympics to leave in our town of Ogden.

Tom Kelly: Kym relative to skiing and snowboarding, are there more kids getting involved in it now with this program?

Kym Buttschardt: So much more. I mean, and just everything and running in. You know, that's how my kids became runners, basically, and hikers and the do tours. And I just all of these things like, you know, bringing people up to spectate, we call it, you can either volunteer, donate, spectate or participate. And as you know, time in your life, at one time, you might be a spectator. One time you might that might motivate you to be a participant and your knees hurt. And then you're a volunteer. And definitely obviously donating is a big thing up here. We're a generous community. We have a lot of resources, but we are a generous community with our time, treasure and talent.

Tom Kelly: Kym, you yourself have also been very involved, not just with the GOAL Foundation, but with.

Kym Buttschardt: Lots and lots of stuff.

Tom Kelly: We can do a whole podcast on the list of mass Kym's been involved with. But what are the things that you've done within the community, within the county, within Ski, Utah, that have really brought gratification to you and what you've been able to give back to the sport?

Kym Buttschardt: Gosh, I've done a lot of stuff, but I would say really rolling up my sleeves and helping the GOAL Foundation get off the ground. I served on the Utah board for seven or eight years and I went to everything I get. I say yes to something. I show up, you know, and I rarely miss a meeting. And I feel like really understanding, you know, that the ski community, which rolled me into the Utah Office of Tourism Board and which has rolled me into the whole tourism for the state. And those are those are some really I mean, I've been a lot of other things. And one that's really also special to me is serving on the Weber Basin Water Conservancy Board, because that's totally not with this. But obviously, water management, our climate, all of that is very important. And those are probably my biggest and but more than anything else, just because I love people, I love connecting people. And it is an ecosystem within tourism, within the ski and snowboard community. And it's I'm grateful to be a part of all of that.

Tom Kelly: One of the things that I've noticed over the years with folks in Ogden, yourself included, is there's a lot of local pride involved here. This is a unique community and you guys are proud of it and you're proud to be attracting more skiers and snowboarders here.

Kym Buttschardt: What I think is so special about that is because I think that I said that before we had our children and my husband like we're going to make this town a place because we did struggle with an identity when the railroad left. I mean, as a lot of communities do when you're big, your economic center leaves. There was many years and we're just like, hey, we choose Ogden and we're going to plant our flag. And to me, that's I'm so proud that the self-esteem of a community has risen. And it's the younger people, too. To me, it's all about the younger people. I am like when I kind of got on the scene, I thought we were kind of part of it, somewhat dying town. But I'm not in charge anymore. Like there are people that are way smarter, younger, hipper, using all of our skills and resources. And I just have you know, we just happen to have the great gathering spaces for him to get it all done.

Tom Kelly: Well, it's an amazing place where with Kym Buttschardt at Rooster's B Street Brewery in Ogden. And we're going to be right back after this break. And we're going to talk more about Ogden Snow Basin, Powder Mountain, Nordic Valley and the great ski and snowboard opportunities we have just a short distance away. We'll be right back on Last Chair, the Ski Utah podcast.

Tom Kelly: And we're back with Kym Buttschardt here at Rooster's B Street Brewery in Taproom in Ogden, Utah, ski town of Ogden, Utah. Kym, thank you again for joining us. We want to talk now a little bit more about, first of all, the history of Ogden and then get up and talk about the skier's itself. But Ogden really has quite an illustrative history that goes all the way back to the 19th century.

Kym Buttschardt: Yes, it does. We were I mean, the real you know, that where the east meets the west on the railroad and all trains had to come through Ogden, Utah. And that was a big part of our economy. And that's kind of how 25th Street became its heyday in the old days. And there's still a lot of really cool remnants related to that.

Tom Kelly: Now, we don't think about it so much right now, but there's been a number of mini series on television that have kind of documented the building of the railroad to the west. And Ogden was really central. It was a really primary, a primary junction in the West.

Kym Buttschardt: Yeah, it's super cool. We just had the sesquicentennial for the railroad and Union Pacific and and we had a big community celebration. And so we're really, you know, the younger people and people even like me really got a big dose of history and celebration. And, you know, they did the reenacting of the golden spike. And I always say that we're a gritty town and even our brand, we're gritty town, good people, great beer. But when I say gritty town, I mean, we're a hard working town. But because those are our roots, right? Like that being a railroad town, you know, the bordello is on 25th Street, the underground during prohibition. You know, we just have a really colorful, awesome past and it really lives on.

Tom Kelly: It's in a different character, of course. But I think the town really has that vibe of the great history that it has.

Kym Buttschardt: I think so, too. And in the beginning, when we opened Rooster's, because that was the age of like, you know, chains and malls and whatever, you know, but that's communities have gone away from that. They're restoring their downtowns. They're, you know, embracing these old relic buildings. And we luckily we still have those. And they weren't all, you know, raised because that's what makes us special now.

Tom Kelly: We talked a little bit earlier about the connectivity to skiing. Can you relate now, maybe over the last 20, 25, 30 years how Ogden has become a ski town? What are the characteristics that have really lent it to taking on this new persona of a modern ski town?

Kym Buttschardt: Ok, well, I'll start with the last 25 plus years because that's how long we've been operating restaurants down here. And, you know, we are only 25 minutes from Snowbasin, about 35 minutes from Powder Mountain, probably 25 minutes to Nordic Valley. And so in the beginning, it was just people that ski out here, more locals that ski, you know, people. Ski racer, Spence Eccles, he was a ski racer. And then it sort of started to evolve. And I knew and then obviously when the Olympics came before that. So, you know, well before the Olympics, I was realizing that we are a ski town and we didn't have the infrastructure of, you know, much of the nightlife or the restaurants. But all of that just keeps coming and keeps getting better and better. And then also just our affordability. You know, you can stay downtown, kind of have that downtown fun experience, but then or you can stay in Ogden Valley and have a beautiful winter vacation experience. If you want that mountain destination, you can kind of have both, but it's still very affordable.

Tom Kelly: And to these world-class resorts, how is Ogden being marketed right now by Visit Ogden, are you looking to are you getting skiers coming from around the country to make this their destination?

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Kym Buttschardt: Well, I can tell you that our whole winter business model has absolutely changed in the last especially the last 15 years. So, yes, that is definitely one of their pillars. It's not just about selling a convention or, you know, a sports event. It's about the individual traveler come and spend time here because we have this Four Seasons destination. And, yeah, they do a lot digitally. Obviously, there's a lot of park, you know, partnering with Ski Utah, and then a lot of it is just kind of word of mouth. And obviously with the power of social media and review sites and all of that these days, it just does kind of blown up. And I love it. I love seeing looking on 25th Street or out here at Beale Street and seeing a bunch of skis or snowboards on the car. And people are in their beards and hats and drinking a beer. It's it's pretty, you know, eating a really good burger, enjoying themselves. I mean, to me, that's like, OK, we made it, you know, we made it as a ski town.

Tom Kelly: Let's go up to the ski areas now. And you have three uniquely different resorts. Can you tell us a little bit about each one of them?

Kym Buttschardt: Yes, I can. So I'll start with Nordic Valley, which is more of a it's more of the learn to ski hill. It's a little lower elevation, but they also just they have big plans to. Get bigger, and they also just put in this really, you know, high speed, got our high speed four pack that goes high and then Powder Mountain ... I just skied there a couple of weeks ago and like I said earlier, Snowbasin is my home resort. But every time I go there, I'm like, why am I not buying season passes to both? One, because I just don't have much time. But it is it used to be a smaller hill and I have a lot of memories growing up there. But now I mean, there has they have put in beautiful lifts. It is I don't have the acreage and you should fill that in. But there's a lot of a lot of acreage, a lot of unskied and just a beautiful destination. And when people go there and it's different, you know, it doesn't have the lodge vibe like Snowbasin does. So Snowbasin is as we know, we are very grateful to the Holding family for the investment that they made in Snowbasin and around, you know, pre Olympics. You know, we have these we have been so spoiled. Here are these, we have these just world class lodges and the mountain is so beautifully groomed. They have the best team up. It's now based on right now. Davy Ratchford is the general manager and they've had great people over the years, mountain guys, finance guys. But Davy, I call him the Vibe Guy because that they are kind of clicking on all four cylinders and it's just fun to be there. And they have it all. I mean, it's a huge acreage resource as well and just beautiful.

Tom Kelly: Amidst the covid pandemic, they also found a way to manage their 80th anniversary. And I think you've got an example of it right in front of you now.

Kym Buttschardt: Ok, so Tom can see me smiling so big. So I am I what, 30 year pass holder? Our families are all of our boys are we hang all of our ski passes on our Christmas tree from past years. And I'm holding the 80th anniversary Snowbasin Pale Ale established in 1940. And to me, because we all are we are all about partnerships like this one's a big one for me. I mean, I have always claimed Snowbasin and we don't always get claimed by snow on because maybe we weren't cool enough. But now we are. We're totally cool.

Tom Kelly: And you're definitely cool enough now.

Kym Buttschardt: Definitely cool enough. And it's a great beer. It's doing great up at the resort, is doing great in the places where, you know, we can keep it in stock and hopefully we're going to do one with them every year. But it's it's a beautiful can. So hopefully we'll get some image on the what the podcast or how do you do that? You're the blog.

Tom Kelly: We'll have it on the blog for sure. And I think we're going to do a little tasting a few minutes. Yeah. I want to ask you about the graphic on it. I mean, how did you I mean, it's a trail map graphic, but anything innovative in coming up with that idea?

Kym Buttschardt: Yes, it's the Snowbasin trail map. I mean, if you really look closely, you can see all the runs. And obviously, Snowbasin is they consider themselves a Sun Valley resort. So there's the eight and the gorgeous sun, which there's a lot of sun up there and a lot of sun in our town. And I mean, I love that I was up there last weekend and I was talking to the mountain manager and I'm like, is this the best graphic? How can you get a better graphic than the trail map of Snowbasin? Right.

Tom Kelly: So a guy could have this in his pocket on the chairlift and utilize it as a map, right?

Kym Buttschardt: They could. And I, I don't advocate this, but because this is one of the cans that it's wrapped with a sticker like I, I have to admit that I've seen in some of the gondolas that people have taken the sticker off the can and stuck it on the gondola. And I wasn't me, Davy. It wasn't me. I promise.

Tom Kelly: It's it's a badge of honor, though. We're going to be tasting the Snowbasin 80th anniversary pale ale in just a little bit. The it is interesting, as you described, Kym, the character of these resorts is is really so different. I have been up to Powder Mountain. It's been a few years, but.

Kym Buttschardt: It's a very just yeah, there's a very it's a snowboarder vibe. It's a sort of the mountain man vibe you know, those guys those people that don't want a really nice, really nice, although they have great food up there, the coal. But it's been hard for all of them, but they've all adapted and done a wonderful job with it.

Tom Kelly: And there's new ownership up at Powder Mountain over the last some years. Right.

Kym Buttschardt: And they're pretty special. I mean, I can't speak to the details of that, but it's very special what's happening up there. And I'll also give them a major summer shout out. I mean, their general manager, Mark Schroetel, he is just a great guy like Dave, and they are great community partners, you know, for our events, for mountain bike races with the Gold Foundation, we do this. It's called El dose say it's like a 24 hour mountain bike ride that, you know, my boys and they've got some really special things going on up there at Powder Mountain as well. Yeah. If and and Nordic and snow based. And I mean, you know, it's a year-round sport.

Tom Kelly: So one of the things that impressed me, I was overnighting in Ogden a year or so ago, staying at the Hampton Inn right downtown. You can take a bus right from downtown Ogden up to the resorts.

Kym Buttschardt: Yes, there's two different buses that go and they a couple of times a day, they go from the hotels right up to Snowbasin and Powder Mountain. And you can't take there is not bus. Nordic Valley, but how easy is it, throw your skis on. You can go up there if you choose to have a drink after the bus brings you down to your apres or second apres ski. And and then the residents use it to my 16 year old. He is on that bus in the morning and happy to be there.

Tom Kelly: You know, one big element of the Ogden community is the fact that you have a major U.S. Air Force base here with Hill Air Force Base. And I know that there are a lot of skiers and snowboarders out of that group of pilots and other support staff there.

Kym Buttschardt: Yeah. And, you know, I'm we're really tied in with the Air Force. Like when we opened our late in place, we really I got invited to be part of an honorary. I forgot. That's my one other special thing when you asked me what's been special to me. But yes. And a lot of them retire here. I mean, they love skiing and all of the resorts are very military friendly and they get special, you know, special pass pricing and they get their kids up there. And it's a that's why people love to be stationed at Hill for for so many reasons. But then they end up living here, too, which is great, too, because we hate to see them leave, but they retire here.

Tom Kelly: So, Kym, we're going to head down to the bar here in just a minute for a tasting. Can you give me any kind of a preview of what I can expect down there?

Kym Buttschardt: Well, we're going to go down to the taproom. It's just we'll get some photos on there. But it's just like such a fun, colorful place. My brewmaster, Steve Kirkland, he was our original brewer when we opened in 1995. And now he has a whole brew crew. You know, we have a female brewer. We have, you know, brewery out in Layton, and then we have other staff and they really collaborate on what's going on. But Steve is rock solid and you're going to taste, I think, for four or five different beers. I mean, we have more than that, obviously. But I think you're going to ...You want to taste our best seller hands down, it's honey wheat, but I let's ... I'll let Steve tell you about all that.

Tom Kelly: I was just enjoying a couple of weeks ago at home, the blood orange IPA.

Kym Buttschardt: Yep. I don't think you're going to taste that today. That's one honey wheat and blood orange IPA our five percent available in the grocery stores and then we have liquor store beers as well. And of course, you can get anything at Brewsters B Street Brewery and Taproom, seven days a week. We have a beer store there.

Tom Kelly: nd are you also are you brewing at all three locations?

Kym Buttschardt: We brew at all three locations. We used a bottle and we'll do special bottling out there at our Layton location. But we're basically producing at our Ogden location and Layton location for the pubs themselves, although we're doing some seltzers that we're distributing from there. But for the most part, we'll definitely all the canning the production brewery is here.

Tom Kelly: We're going to head down to the taproom right now. Kym Buttschardt, thank you for joining us. We're going to join you down at the bar in the tap room and see what Rooster's has to offer today.

Kym Buttschardt: My pleasure. Thanks, Tom.

Tom Kelly: Well, welcome back, everyone, and this is the most important part of the show here today, because we have now moved downstairs at the end of the taproom here at Rooster's B Street Brewery and Taproom. And with me today is the head brewmaster, Steve Kirkland. And Steve, welcome and thank you for joining us here today on last year.

Steve Kirkland: Thank you for having us. Appreciate it.

Kym Buttschardt: Number one guy.

Tom Kelly: So before we get started on the beers, let's just establish that Steve and I are both from the Midwest, but he's from the Chicago area and I'm from the Wisconsin area. So naturally, he has a Bears mask on today. I don't have my Packers mask on.

Steve Kirkland: Just as well,

Tom Kelly: Just as well. I kind of figured that's what you say.

Kym Buttschardt: I'm a Packer fan to your Packer fan, too. Yeah.

Tom Kelly: OK, excellent.

Kym Buttschardt: Sorry, Steve.

Tom Kelly: So, Steve, why don't you walk us through? We're going to taste we have six beers in front of us right now. I am already starting to think about what some of my favorites probably are going to be. But why don't you get us started? I think we're going to start with the Honey Wheat. Tell us a little bit about it and get us going.

Steve Kirkland: Ok, so, you know, all beers are made from essentially four ingredients water, malted barley, hops and yeast. So you can have dozens and dozens of styles with only those four ingredients. And what makes them unique is how the different malts that you use, the different hops that you use and the different yeast that you use. In our honey wheat, we use very, very light malts and very few hops. So what we're really looking for is the crisp, clean taste and slightly sweet of the honey itself. So we do add honey in this beer that's called an adjunct when you make beer with something other than those four ingredients. And so what we have here, we have our honey wheat and it's very light. It's crisp and you can drink it all day it's very slightly sweet. I wouldn't say, you know, most of that, honey, the sugar in the honey is fermented out, so it doesn't leave a lot of residual sweetness. So but what you're getting is some very subtle malt characters and a little bit of sweetness, but not a lot of hop on this one. Take him. Cheers.

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Kym Buttschardt: Where do you get your honey Steve?

Steve Kirkland: Our honey actually comes from Idaho, so it's not that far away. Up in Blackfoot.

Kym Buttschardt: And this is our one of our it used to be called the Bee's Knees and.

Steve Kirkland: It's still Bee's Knees, absolutely Bee's Knees Honey Wheat. And that is our best selling beer.I sell more of that.

Kym Buttschardt: lifetime still?

Steve Kirkland: Yep.

Tom Kelly: I think that's true with a lot of breweries. I'm a big honey wheat fan. I still though don't understand exactly what part of the process do you inject the honey.

Steve Kirkland: It goes into the ... so after you boil your wort. Right. That's where you have this, this sweet malt solution and you add the hops in there for the bitterness. From there it goes into what's called a whirlpool, which which you spin out some of the precipitates that come through in the boil and we add the honey in that. So right before it gets heated up in the whirlpool, right before it hits into the fermenter.

Tom Kelly: That's really tasty. You know, one of the things maybe you guys have some expertise on this. We're doing a tasting here today. We've got six beers in front of us. We have to be able to walk out of here tonight. So how do you pace yourself?

Steve Kirkland: Oh, well, you sip. You sip, you know.

Kym Buttschardt: Tom, you don't have to drink it all. We have big vats for all that stuff.

Steve Kirkland: Everybody thinks that a brewer is just got the greatest job in the world. They can drink all day. Well just like any other job, you don't really get to drink on the job a whole lot. So we sip, we do taste everything we make. We make sure that it's on spec, but we don't sit down and pounded, you know, by any means.

Tom Kelly: Well, it's it's it's really a good one. So we are with the Rooster's Bee's Knees Honey Wheat to kick things off. And where to from here.

Steve Kirkland: Well, so the other. So if the malting company from where we get our malt, they can manipulate the drying process of the malt, the barley to give it varying colors and flavors. So even though we're still using just those four ingredients are red ale, for example, that I'll pour for you now has a lot of what's called a caramel malt in it. So that gives it something of a a brown or red color and a very slightly sweet caramel like flavor. We do add a fair amount of hops in this one to to give it balance. We don't want it to be all malt or all hops. So this is a very balanced red ale, seven percent alcohol. So it is a little bit higher on the alcohol range. Nice ruby color if you hold it up to the light, so it's it's a pretty beer,

Kym Buttschardt: It's a very pretty beer and can I ad lib here? So this one Tom is called the Rude Ram Red Ale. And the Rude Rams are the first flying fighter squadron for the F-35. I told you earlier.

Tom Kelly: Oh, Yeah.

Kym Buttschardt: So they're very proud of this. And obviously every squadron wants a beer, but we just it just happened. It was a beer that we made for them before and now it's in a can. And so I didn't even know that was going to happen.

Steve Kirkland: Did you go up in one of their planes?

Kym Buttschardt: I haven't been in an F-35, but I've flown in an F-16.

Steve Kirkland: Oh, there you go.

Tom Kelly: I don't think they let anybody out on the F-35.

Kym Buttschardt: The F-35 is a single seater, you know.

Steve Kirkland: Did you pick up the caramel malt in there?

Steve Kirkland: This is mostly what malt does for you, it gives you that roasty quality, the caramel quality and that sort of thing.

Kym Buttschardt: Steve, you're kind of a pro. You're impressing me.

Steve Kirkland: Well.

Tom Kelly: Well, he's the brewmaster.

Kym Buttschardt: I know. I think he's my friend. But I forget this is what he does.

Tom Kelly: Ok, where to next?

Steve Kirkland: Ok, so very, very popular style these days are IPAs. IPA stands for India Pale Ale. It's a variation of the pale ale style. Pale ales tend to be somewhat pale in color. The original pale ales were called as such, even though they were kind of an amber almost just because way back when early beers were more of a brown color. So if it was less than brown, it was considered a pale. So pale ale is not necessarily light in color, but it generally is a kind of gold into an amber. But the trademark, a bit of a pale ale is that it's hoppy. So where the red was mostly focused on malt qualities, pale ales are very hop forward and hops can provide fruity character to beer. It can provide a very floral character. So we have a few of them. Of course, the Snowbasin, I think you probably talked about earlier.

Kym Buttschardt: And he's had that.

Steve Kirkland: OK. So you've had the Snowbasin. I can crack it for you anyway because why not have another one is what I'm saying. So this is a the pale ale that we brewed for Snowbasin's 80th anniversary. It's a nice, you know, light lighter color. It is hopped nicely. And I think it's one of our more balanced pales. OK, so it's not super hot forward it you could still get a good malt quality out of that.

Tom Kelly: That's very nice. Pale ales have become really popular.

Steve Kirkland: Hugely. Yeah. They're all the rage right now.

Tom Kelly: When when you were having the discussions, Kym, with Snowbasin on doing an anniversary beer, did you look at different types of beers you might use or did you just decide, hey, we're going to go with the standard?

Kym Buttschardt: You worked with Snowbasin?

Steve Kirkland: I did, that was something they wanted.

Kym Buttschardt: They wanted. And we all wanted a really what would you call it? Drinkable.

Steve Kirkland: Very drinkable. But, yeah, something that you could do a couple runs. Yeah. Go in the lodge or yeah. Wherever they were having it. Right. Have a beer and then go out and do some more without hurting yourself, you know.

Kym Buttschardt: I tell them that I have found some label cans stuck on gondolas and I told them it was not me, ever, I would never deface Snowbasin property.

Tom Kelly: It's very important though. It's it's what's called branding.

Kym Buttschardt: Branding.

Tom Kelly: Well, that was nice. That was nice. Steve, where to next.

Steve Kirkland: Ok, so another example of the IPA. We have our Untamed Juicy IPA, Juicy. It describes the kind of hop you use. So it's very citrusy again, that we don't actually add fruit to this beer. There's no passion. There is no grapefruit, there's no fruit at all. But there is hops that's tasty, exemplifies a very fruity flavor. And so so they call it juicy, like almost like if you're drinking some kind of a tropical fruit juice.

Tom Kelly: So help me understand this, because I'm a big fan of juicy IPAs, big fan of hazy IPAs. What's the difference?

Steve Kirkland: You know, hazy is a kind of yeast that's used that doesn't settle out. And so the actual product has a little bit of a murk to it. It's not a pristine looking, although none of our beers are exactly you know, it's not like you could read your newspaper through them. We do try to clear them up as much as we can, but a hazy is intentionally a cloudy beer.

Kym Buttschardt: So that you see behind Steve. But we have the Rooster Tail Hazy IPA. We're not going to taste that one. But we could you could buy some and take it home. But it's that is a great beer if you like hazies definitely buy some of that and take it home. And this right here, this untamed so so Ogden's kind of branded around this untamed we're an untamed spirit, notoriously independent, blah, blah, blah. So we kind of did this as an ode to Ogden. And this is two actual skiers. This is Snowbasin here. Actually, a lot of people don't know that this is where Strawberry they're kind of hiking up here, the backside of the Moizy, and then that's the Strawberry Peaks over there. So kind of a fun fact.

Tom Kelly: This is one of the most gorgeous cans.

Kym Buttschardt: Hello. I know, right?

Tom Kelly: Who's the artist on it?

Kym Buttschardt: Who did that? Well, the photo is real.

Steve Kirkland: I don't know.

Kym Buttschardt: We have we have a designer that works with our canvas and he does. And he's awesome.

Steve Kirkland: He's done most of our stuff.

Kym Buttschardt: Do you notice that with the two kegs. We went through a big rebrand, when we opened B Street, and it just I feel like we just nailed it with that with the great beer, gritty town, good people, because that's who we are.

But it's not a pretty can I love that. Can't Untamed Juicy I'm sorry, untamed. Juicy IPA. This is a good one. Yeah. Do you like this one. I love this one. This is right in my wheelhouse. That's been a big favorite. The last podcast I did, it was coming off the line with these other two guys and they got to they're like, oh my goodness, you know, that's definitely an oh my goodness.Yeah.

Tom Kelly: Before we go on to the next.

Steve Kirkland: Yeah

Tom Kelly: You were talking to me about the clarity and what the ABC is just it's the.

Steve Kirkland: The appeal to that one is that it is it is essentially unfiltered. It it's not stripped down at all through any kind of a clarification process. It is a little bit hazy. And that attributes more to the mouth feel, too. It gets a little bit more of a coating on your tongue and your mouth. And that in addition to the a lot of hops as well, to give it that characteristic of a hazy IPA.

Tom Kelly: Steve, let's go back to our mutual childhoods. Back in the midwest, I drank Miller Miller highlight never Miller Lite, but Miller High Life. Right. What was your go to back then?

Steve Kirkland: Well, you know, I wasn't. Well, my first brewery that I ever worked in was Sprecher, I don't know if you've heard of Sprecher, not out of Milwaukee, so we were producing predominantly lagers. Now we're doing mostly ales. We do lagers here to our Niner Bock is a double bock. It's a lager. We do a pilsner. So those are some standard lagers that we have. So I kind of cut my teeth on the lagers. And so those were some of my favorites. I drank the special amber that Sprecher made, they had a terrific schwarzbier that was just wonderful. Deep, dark, dark beer times, but very in style, they called it.

Tom Kelly: Times have changed then. I don't know how you differentiated beers in that age. They just all kind of wear the same to me compared to today.

Steve Kirkland: Oh, well, yeah.

Before the craft it was all one basically what they called an American pilsner, which was a watered down version of the of the European style. So, yeah, that's not all. Most American beers were pretty much the same and still are for the most part. Well, thank goodness the craft brewery revolution came along, you know, so. So we have two more to go. Yeah. OK, so sticking with the IPA, we do have our double IPA again, double IPA. Liquor store beer. Yeah. Liquor store beer. The ABC.Yep. And believe it or not, I was at a taste a beer fest and we were pouring Ogden double IPA for people and one of the partiers at the scene said so we're systemis right and WIPA get three guesses anyway in this city is the Berlin Wall.

Steve Kirkland: Right. Exactly. Who's buried in Grant's tomb. Exactly. So the double IPA is all the way up to eight percent. So a double IPA is exemplified by the alcohol content. Most IPA technically should be, you know, at least five percent or more a double IPA. This is up to eight. And we dry hop this beer, which means that we add additional hops post fermentation to give it an additional citrus quality. We use El Dorado hops in this as well as Idaho seven hops, which give it a not only a tropical flavor, but also kind of a piney flavor, too. So you get some real complex hop character in this one.

Tom Kelly: I have a question on hops. One of my favorite is Mosaic.

Oh yeah. Can you tell me a little bit about that.

Steve Kirkland: Yes.

Tom Kelly: Do you use that in any beers?

Steve Kirkland: Oh, yes, our Blood Orange IPA is largely a mosaic hopped beer.

Tom Kelly: Probably. Why I really enjoyed that one.

Steve Kirkland: Yeah, it's a super, super citrusy, very tropical tasting and super. That's probably our second best seller I think behind the honey wheat is that so? It's also a very, very popular beer.

Tom Kelly: Well, I'm a big IPA fan. The double IPA here is a really good one. It is not too bitter. I mean, there's a lot of hop here, but it's not too bitter

Steve Kirkland: That's correct. You know, personally, I like better. I like a lot of bitter in my in my IPAs, but we were really going for more of the tropical flavor that the notes on, on the nose and not so much the bitter on the tongue on this one. This is a good one.

Tom Kelly: And we're down to the last one.

Steve Kirkland: The last one. I just wanted to give an example of, OK, so again, like the honey wheat, if you go beyond those four ingredients, you can create all kinds of different flavors. So I brought out B-Street Blackberry Cream Ale. So as the name implies, we do use a blackberry puree when we make this beer and that goes again post fermentation, it goes right into our bright tank. So it sits on this and goes right from there into the cans. So it's fresh, fresh blackberry flavor, so. Also proven to be very popular,

Kym Buttschardt: Steve, as you're pouring that, I don't ... These are beers are so good and I don't get that to give you a shout out very often. But to have Steve as a consistent brewer of clean beers like our I seriously. So can I just do that, Tom?

Tom Kelly: I think he just did.

Steve Kirkland: Thank you Kym. I appreciate that.

Tom Kelly: You know, the thing I like, Steve, about you and doing this tasting is, you know exactly how to describe the beers. You continue talking and you let the host simply drink beer. And isn't that what it is about?

Steve Kirkland: That's what a host does, right? We're hosting you today and we want you to have a good time. So drink up.

Tom Kelly: Cheers. Cheers. Cheers. Cheers.

Kym Buttschardt: This one is also a DABC Liquor Store. Beer.

Steve Kirkland: That's right.

Steve Kirkland: Yeah, you don't need to, you know, twist my arm too much, sit around talking about beer. So it's been my pleasure really so far.

Kym Buttschardt: Yah, it's so fun.

Tom Kelly: I am generally a little bit mixed on fruit beers.

Kym Buttschardt: So is Steve.

Steve Kirkland: Yes. This is not my go to. But you know what? What we strive for in a fruit beer,

Kym Buttschardt: Funny You should ask.

Is is is a beer with some fruit in it, not a super fruity tasting. Yes, sir. And that's what I write about this. Yes.

Steve Kirkland: So we're going for you know, in our blood orange is it you can taste the blood orange in it, but it's not beating you over the head. Same with the blackberry. We just want you to have a beer that has a little subtle flavor of blackberry in it. And I think we've achieved that.

Tom Kelly: Well, you've done very well. You know, the other thing you've done as you've livened up cream ale a little bit here with.

Steve Kirkland: Yeah, yeah, exactly. A cream is typically a lighter beer as well. And just a nice, creamy, you know, mouthfeel. But we've kept it up a little bit with the blackberry.

Steve Kirkland: Good. Well, Steve Kirkland, thank you very much for this tour.

Kym Buttschardt: Thank you, Steve. Number One employee and partner.

Tom Kelly: Steve Kirkland, thank you very much for joining us on Last Chair.

Steve Kirkland: You bet.

Tom Kelly: Well, Kym, thank you very much for bringing Steve out of the Brewhouse.

Kym Buttschardt: Yea,

Tom Kelly: to serve us a few beers here today.

Kym Buttschardt: He is way better at that than I am. I have learned more on these things than, you know, I have I have a different job here.

Tom Kelly: Well, we're going to wrap things up here in Last Chair with a fun section that I call fresh tracks. And a few what I used to post. This is really simple questions to my guests. But then they come back and say, oh, man, that's really difficult. But hopefully this won't trick you too much. But just what I hope will be an easy one. Again, to start with your favorite ski run here in the ordinary, when you if you've got one like Great Glory run you want to take, where's it going to be?

Kym Buttschardt: My favorite ski run is Sisters Bowl on a powder day off of Strawberry Gondola at Snowbasin.

Tom Kelly: Nothing like that, huh?

Kym Buttschardt: Right. Nothing like it. Not for everyone. But that's a glory. That's a glory run to me.

Tom Kelly: When you get out and about around the state of Utah, do you have another favorite ski area? You like to go when you decide, hey, we're going to take a little road trip today and go somewhere else?

Kym Buttschardt: Well, I love them all, but I love it down at Brian Head too. I mean, just because you're there, it's kind of like being in an old ski town and you're right on the mountain. And I just have fond memories of my kids as little ski racers and cross, you know, just all of it. So I'd say Brian Head, but I love them. This state is fantastic.

Tom Kelly: Kym, you grew up here in Ogden. I know you left for a few years to pursue a business career, but ultimately found your passion right back where you grew up. As you think back to your time here in Ogden over the years, do you have like a favorite memory that is quintessential Ogden?

Kym Buttschardt: I said it a little bit earlier and it might have been cut, but my favorite, just literally for me still is walking out of Rooster's on 25th Street and looking up at those mountains as the sun sets because the mountains are pink. It's time to drink as they're pink. And I look at my neighbors and my community and I'm just like, we live here. That's my passion phrase: we live here.

Tom Kelly: Ok, now let's get down to the really important lifestyle items. Do you have a favorite High West Whiskey brand.

Kym Buttschardt: Oh, I knew you're going to ask me that. The original Rendezvous Rye. I'm not really much of a whiskey drinker, but I love that one. And then Steve's wife, Julie, her favorite is the American Prairie. So love the love both of those. Steve's wife is a big whiskey drinker.

Tom Kelly: Have you guys done any blends or any barrel age?

Kym Buttschardt: Some. We'd have some bourbon barrel aged things. Yeah, I love those. Yeah. OK, that's good to know. I'll let you know when you do another one.

Tom Kelly: You don't have one right now.

Kym Buttschardt: I don't think so. No. Sure to ask the brew man should have asked him. But Caitlin do we have any barrel bourbon barrel age stuff right now. Yeah we just had some.

Tom Kelly: But word is they're all out of it. OK, this one I ask every one of my guests this question for you. It has special meaning, your favorite Utah craft beer.

Kym Buttschardt: Of course, I have to say one of mine, even though there's amazing bears out there. But Steve's one of Steve's originals was a Junction City Chocolate Stout. It's a dark, rich robust stout, has a little bit of a cult following. And it was one of our originals. We don't, can it? It's only in draft, but it is still just a delicious beer.

Tom Kelly: Last question I ask all of my guests: groomers, moguls, glades or powder.

Kym Buttschardt: Powder

Tom Kelly: Powder. Everybody wants to go there. And what's your favorite run again?

Kym Buttschardt: The Sisters Bowl off Strawberry Gondola at Snowbasin Ski Resort.

Tom Kelly: Kym, thank you so much for hosting last year here today at Rooster's B Street Brewery and Taproom.

Kym Buttschardt: Tom, it was so fun. Thank you so much for knowing Ogden. Cheers.

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10 of the Best Spring Skiing Runs in Utah Trade in that futuristic GORE-TEX® outerwear for a neon windbreaker, some jeans and boot gaiters. Spring skiing is here in Utah. The annual thaw has many tearfully mourning the end of another winter. (View closing dates here.) But dry those eyes because there’s plenty of shredding left to be done, and spring in the Utah mountains holds some of the best skiing and riding of the season! Comfortable temperatures, a deep snowpack, time-honored traditions like clown-day shenanigans on April 1 and legendary shred parties like The Frank at Alta and Spring Gruv at Park City top it all off.   

Cold, dry powder gets all the accolades around here, but let’s not forget about spring snow’s contribution to The Greatest Snow on Earth. Large diurnal temperature swings and warm sun create a perfect riding surface when the bonds between melt-freeze snow grains begin to break down. Then it’s time to harvest some corn, baby! Follow the sun from south and east to west and north aspects for primo skiing and riding as the days get longer. Whether you’re hot-dogging through bumps, ripping groomers or boosting daffys off everything in sight, there’s something for every skier and snowboarder to wring the last bits of radness out of the season. Here are 10 of our favorite spring skiing runs in Utah. 

: Junior’s Powder Paradise 

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What better place to start than in Mineral Basin? The sun-swept bowl on the backside of Snowbird—home to the longest season in Utah—has plenty of enticing options, but Junior’s Powder Paradise is a ripping, steep east-face groomer that softens up early in the day for some high-speed carves. 

: Empire Bowl

Take a ride up Empire Express for a bowl full of Hollywood bumps right under the chairlift. The endless slushy bumps are prefect for zipping a tight line in your best retro garb, while the views of stunning southern Wasatch peaks from the top of the bowl are the cherry on top.

: ARB’s

The sun giveth and the sun taketh away. When the relentless heat serves up mashed potato snow, take a rip down ARB’s for some sheltered, shaded terrain in the trees. Take it all the way down to Giant Steps Lodge for a little après fun in the sun.

: Pick Axe Park

When the snow softens up and the landings get nice and forgiving, it’s time to dust off the freestyle skills for some spring park laps. Pick Axe Park’s medium-sized features are immaculately sculpted for up-and-coming shredders, glory-days throwback seekers and everyone in between. 

: Bishop’s Bowl to Pipeline

Timpanogos sure looks good in the spring. Take a peek at mighty Timp on a bluebird day from the top of Red’s Lift, then drop in for a long, looping cruise down Bishop’s Bowl and Pipeline that covers the entire upper mountain. 

: Alf’s High Rustler AKA High Boy

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Get those practice laps in at the site of the famous High Boy closing day party so you can send it when it counts. Rustler never disappoints, but it’s hard to beat it in the spring when the corn cycle gets in gear each afternoon for you to test your late-season quads with some top-to-bottom burners.

: Woodlawn Honeycomb Canyon

Keep it cool with an uber long, shady cruiser lap down Woodlawn in Honeycomb Canyon. The towering walls above give some respite from the relentless sun when the corn starts to get a bit rotten and slushy. Pop off the groomer at any point along the way for a little taste of springtime gnar.  

: Endless Winter to Great Western

We’re all chasing an endless winter this time of year, so why not head to the run bearing the name? With afternoon sun, Endless Winter’s steep terrain has perfect spring snow. Connect it back to the groomer on Great Western to finish up a full pull of the chair of the same name.

: Main Street Strawberry

It doesn’t get much better than a toasty, long T to B (top to bottom) ripper in the sun in March and April. Main Street tracks the fall line down from Strawberry peak all the way to the back to the bottom of the gondola. The gondi ride gives you a chance to cool off for a minute before doing it all again.

: Lightning Ridge


Keep earning those turns all spring long. The steep runs off the bootpack up Lightning Ridge and PowMow from Waterfall and Hook Chute to Lumber Yard and Hair Raiser hold snow well late into the season so you can keep shredding the steeps until lifts stop spinning.

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A Frigid Tale: The Ski Utah Yeti

He's been with the company since 2007 and nobody would dare question his penchant for powder skiing and snowboarding. His job responsibilities include sharing powder tips, plundering soft stashes of snow and the occasional guest appearance at events around the state. His most important task is alerting the entire Ski Utah staff when any resort in the state receives a powder storm and he never fails in this duty. Learn a bit more about the history of the Ski Utah Yeti, our official International Monster of Mystery


The Ski Utah Yeti is centuries old and though he has been in Utah for nearly two centuries, he originally hails from the Himalaya of Nepal. As a youngster, he longed to see the world, to feel foreign wind in his hair and to taste snow from wide and far. A large portion of the Yeti diet does consist of snow and our Yeti was seeking new flavors from unknown ranges. From the Japanese Alps to the Southern Alps in New Zealand to the actual Alps in Europe, the Yeti wandered. He was seeking 'The Greatest Snow on Earth' and the sight of the next mountain on the horizon had him ranging all across the globe, searching for that perfect consistency and flavor.

The snow in New Zealand had an unexpected glacial twang. Though the portion sizes in Japan were amazing, he didn't care for all the bamboo shoots. Alaskan snow made him nervous as the polar bears are quite territorial and the snow in Wyoming was simply too frigid for his sensitive palate. He spent a few decades devouring snow in the Andes mountains of Chile and Argentina but the savorier flavor down south wasn't exactly what he yearned for.  

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This Yeti of ours has a highly refined sense of taste, more developed than what you'd typically find amongst his kind. It drove him to the ends of the earth—he literally did wander among both poles—in his search for the finest snow to dine upon. After 437 years of searching, he stumped into Utah. In all his days, he had not seen or tasted such glorious snow. It was light. It was tasty. But best of all, it was as dry and effervescent as the finest champagne. He was hooked. The year was 1802 and the Yeti lived quietly in peace for a number of decades, shoveling snow down his gullet and wandering through the many landscapes of what would become Utah. 

In the mid to late 1800s, settlers and pioneers began to arrive in droves. The Yeti, a solitary creature by nature, took to hiding in the darkest corners of caves, abandoned silver mines and the labyrinthine canyons of Southern Utah. Most mistook the Yeti for a fearsome, savage, carnivore. Nothing could be further from the truth, but no human stuck around long enough for the Yeti to explain himself.

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One winter, perhaps in the early 1910s, the Yeti found a pile of wooden skis stacked near a gaping maw in the mountainside. Many miners used primitive wooden skis to traverse across the deep mountain snows, as they had done in Nordic countries for centuries. The Yeti had observed this act while hiding and was curious to give it a try. He quietly stole a pair and began ascending the nearest peak. 
All it took was one fell swoop. The Yeti—a naturally gifted athlete—swooped down the deep, untracked powdered slope as whoops, growls, yells and hoots escaped his long silent lungs. 

For a number of years, the Yeti skied every day in the winter, perfecting his technique, and learning how to perfectly navigate through the snow he loved so dearly. In an unfortunate accident involving a creek, the Yeti eventually broke one of his skis. He had seen Alf Engen, a famous Norwegian skiing champion, and his United States Forest Service rangers skiing around several weeks earlier. What he did not realize was that this crew was surveying areas of Little Cottonwood with plans to establish a ski area. Despondent and desperate for new skis, the Yeti ignored the persecution he had endured and befriended Alf. The two were soon hunting for the perfect Douglas fir to fell and fashion a large pair of skis for the Yeti.

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Because he had been skiing Little Cottonwood for decades, the Yeti offered numerous helpful and insightful suggestions to Alf and he played a vital role in plotting the layout of Alta. The Yeti was delighted to lend his expertise and share skiing with the residents of Utah. The Stewart Family of Timp Haven (the future Sundance) gladly accepted the help of the Yeti in installing their original tow rope in 1944, powered by a Chevrolet truck engine and Yeti sweat. It was a busy year, as he again helped Alf with the layout of the future Snowbasin. In 1945, he assisted Luella and Harry Seeholzer with the relocation of Beaver Mountain. In 1946 came Snow Park Ski Area (now Deer Valley) with ski lifts constructed from timber the Yeti felled himself. 

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Ski areas were rapidly gaining popularity in the 50s and Alf recommended the Yeti to his friend Zane Doyle at Brighton. The two plotted the construction of the first 2-person chairlift in the intermountain West and installed it on Mount Millicent in 1955. Solitude was next and Yeti gladly assisted uranium tycoon Robert Barret with mapping Solitude's ski runs in 1956.
In the early 60s, the Yeti returned to his favorite southern haunts and advised Burt Nichols on the construction of Brian Head. The United Park Mines obtained funding in 1962 from the federal government to build a ski area in the economically depressed area of Park City. The Yeti knew this area so well, thanks to his decades of mine shaft dwelling. In ’68 he plotted the beloved local ski hill of Nordic Valley with local landowner Arthur Christiansen. 

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The 70s kept the Yeti busy with the hugely ambitious opening of Snowbird with Ted Johnson in 1971. The Yeti did assist the Swiss crew with the installation of several of the enormous tram towers. They would not have succeeded without him. Powder Mountain was next in ’72 followed by Mount Holly (today’s Eagle Point) in the same year. 
Exhausted after decades of ceaseless plotting and playing a critical role in jump-starting the ski industry in Utah, the Yeti took a hiatus through the 80s and 90s. He mostly hibernated with occasional periods of activity for his well-developed skiing habit. It wasn’t until 2006 that he joined the Ski Utah crew. Naturally, nobody knew the Utah resorts better than Yeti and he was the only 'person' truly qualified for the job.

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The Yeti is now over six centuries old, a middle-aged specimen by all accounts. His former wanderlust has waned and he is content to spend the rest of his days enjoying Utah’s perfect snow and the fruits of all his Herculean labors. He has kept his skills strong and helped John Chadwick plot out Cherry Peak in 2014. More recently, he assisted Woodward Park City with the layout of their extreme terrain in 2019 and he's even perfected executing a frontside McTwist on his snowboard in the massive halfpipe. 

The Yeti's ultimate motivation continues to be sharing skiing and snowboarding and you may even occasionally spot him at events around the state.  
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  • Many falsely believe that the Yeti has bad breath, but his breath actually smells like pine needles. 
  • The Yeti consumes a mixed diet of snow and vegetation, he's not a carnivore. He uses juniper berries as sprinkles.
  • The Yeti picked up snowboarding in 2002 after watching the superpipe finals at the Olympic Winter Games in Park City. He does have a hard time finding a board wide enough for his enormous feet so he requires a custom-made board.
  • The Yeti trims his toenails on one of the rainbow rails in the terrain park. He only does this once night skiing is done for the evening because grinding his toenails creates sparks and he knows pyrotechnics aren't allowed in the terrain park. 


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Ski Utah Resort Histories | Cherry Peak The History of Cherry Peak Resort

Established: 2015

Claim to Fame:  is Utah’s newest full-service ski area behind Woodward Park City who opened last year. Cherry Peak is a family-owned and operated resort and it opens 100% of its terrain for night skiing and the prices are very affordable for students and families.

Unique Character: Cherry Peak is family owned and operated and you can tell the moment you step foot onto the property. This approachable and family-friendly resort is perfect for escaping the crowds or just getting away from it all. Should you partake in Cherry Peak’s extensive night skiing operation, you'll enjoy a beautiful sunset overlooking Cache Valley. Cherry Peak is a cinch to get to and you don't have to navigate any hairy canyon roads or mountain passes before hitting the slopes.

Terrain Info
Cherry Peak graces the northwestern slopes of the Bear River Range in Northern Utah near Richmond, Utah and the Idaho border. It is located just 30 minutes north of Logan, Utah. Being tucked amid the hills, the resort captures an intimate feel and its slopes welcome local night skiers. The entire mountain is illuminated at night for the enjoyment of skiers, snowboarders and tubers. Cherry Peak has 29 ski runs and a terrain park. There is a tubing center and it's a real treat to try tubing under the stars. Cherry Peak features three triple chairs and a lengthy magic carpet that is perfect for beginners.

What’s in a Name: Cherry Peak
Cherry Peak earned its name from the surrounding terrain in the Bear River Mountains. It is located east of Richmond, Utah in Cherry Canyon and very near Cherry Peak, which tops out at  9,765 feet in elevation. 

Founding: An Olympic Inspiration 
Cherry Peak is one of Utah’s newest resorts (just behind Woodward Park City) and debuted its slopes to skiers and snowboarders in Northern Utah for the 2015-16 season. The resort was founded with the aim of providing residents of nearby Logan, Cache Valley and the students of Utah State University with accessible and affordable skiing. 

Cherry Peak primarily attracts local residents and it's an awesome place to learn the art of skiing or snowboarding, try night skiing or to give snow tubing a try. In 2009, local property owner, John Chadwick, began exploring options and digging into proposals for a new resort. John is a long-time local of the Logan area and has a background in industrial development. He hoped to commemorate the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City with an Olympic-themed ski area. Locals in the area frequently used the property for enjoyment when cross-country skiing or alpine touring. 


Chadwick’s family purchased the property in 1967 and as a child, John had daydreamed about putting up a ski resort. In 2002, Chadwick sold a car to an Olympic Ski Coach from Argentina and the two ended up taking a ski run on his family’s property. The coach confirmed John’s suspicions that the area would make for great skiing and suggested he open a resort. 

It took several years to get all the permitting and permissions in place, but construction on Cherry Peak began in 2013. Chadwick financed the entire resort with private investors instead of obtaining loans. Carrying no debt allows the resort to be flexible regarding their capital investments and avoid troubles that plague other ski areas. Sparse snowfall in the beginning of the 2014 season forced the resort to delay its grand opening until December 21, 2015. 


Cherry Peak initially welcomed skiers and snowboarders with two chairlifts and five runs. The following summer they installed a third chairlift and expanded their grooming to 29 runs. In the summer months, Cherry Peak’s cozy Grand Lodge often hosts weddings and evening concerts can be heard echoing amongst the resort’s beautiful foothills. The very popular summer concert series offers guests a chance to enjoy the sunset while relaxing on the grass, don't miss it! 



  • When first opened, Cherry Peak did not operate on Sundays, which was unusual for a ski area as it is typically one of the busiest days of the week. Cherry Peak began operating on Sundays on February 19, 2017. 

  • All of Cherry Peak’s chairlifts have ties to great ski resorts across North America. All three were purchased from Whistler Blackcomb, Sun Valley and Squaw Valley. The Gateway was Blackcomb’s former Crystal Chair and Cherry Peak’s Vista Chair arrived from Sun Valley. 

  • Prior to Cherry Peak, the only new ski resort in America built from the ground-up was Tamarack Resort in Idaho in 2004. 

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Sandy Melville: Silver to Slopes A century and a half ago, Utah's mountains were the home of boomtowns as silver mining flourished across the Wasatch from Little Cottonwood to Big Cottonwood and over Guardsman Pass to Park City. Today, the same slopes that harbored valuable ore are the home of some of the worlds greatest ski resorts. In this episode of Last Chair, skier and mining historian Sandy Melville takes us on a virtual tour of the amazing mining structures that still exist at .

The Bonanza Express base at Park City Mountain is a vital crossroads at the resort. Skiers glide down from the Payday and Town lifts, anxious to make their way uphill. At the same time, others are carving down from Pioneer and McConkey, all congregating at the high speed six-pack. Over a century ago, the location was a vital part of the local economy as hundreds of miners extracted nearly 500 tons of ore a day during Park City's silver boom.

For the next few hours, we'll ski back in time to the heydays of silver. Across the mountain west, it's not unusual to find old mines on ski mountains. But it's rare to find the 19th century structures so well preserved. Ski Utah's Last Chair podcast will provide you with a self-guided historical tour around the mountain. And watch for the return of the guided Silver to Slopes tour next season.

In this week's podcast with historian and ski guide Sandy Melville, you'll learn:

  • Craziest question from a mountain guest
  • How mining and skiing came together in the '60s
  • Sandy's favorite High West whiskey brand
  • What's the significance of 'apex law'?
  • What role did Dr. Snow play in mining to skiing history?

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Silver to Slopes Virtual Tour
It's easy to learn more about Park City Mountain's historical mining sites. Here's an easy-to-follow tour, with interpretive signs at each stop.

Park City Mining Heritage Map
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Silver King Coalition Mine
Start at the Park City Mountain base on Payday Express, or downtown Park City on the Town Lift. From there, simply ski down to the Bonanza Express and you'll find yourself in the midst of the old Silver King mine, the most viewed mining site on the mountain.

The Silver King was one Park City's 'big three' mines with claims developed in the 1880s and incorporated in 1892. An aerial tramway was added in 1901 to transport ore down to the railroad. The shaft closed in 1953 as metal prices declined. In its day, it was a hugely profitable mine.

The mining history here was well over 100 years. And we're fortunate to have so many mining structures left on the mountain intact.

In the mid-70s the buildings of the Silver King Mine were used for several years as a training center for the U.S. Ski Team. The center didn't work out well, but the team has remained in Park City, where it still makes its home today. In 1987, the huge boarding house was moved 500 vertical feet uphill to its present location as Mid Mountain Lodge just above the Pioneer and McConkey lifts.

California-Comstock Mine
From the Silver King Mine, take the Bonanza Express six-pack up the mountain. Then ski down Homerun to Mid Mountain Meadows, skiing towards the historic Mid Mountain Lodge then hop onto Pioneer. From the top of Pioneer, ski down Keystone. Don't go too fast. About two-thirds of the way down, look down to the rising slope on the other side of Thaynes Canyon to see the California-Comstock Mine.

In the late 1800s, the two neighboring mines tended to have conflict on who owned what once they were underground. The Comstock Mine was incorporated in London in 1882. By 1890 it had a boardinghouse for 50 men on site. The California Mine was incorporated in 1897. By 1905, the two had merged. Unlike the Silver King, the mine location was quite a long ways away from the railroad, with travel on dirt roads. It was acquired by King Con in 1918 and then to Silver King Coalition in 1924.

Today, the remaining structure is one of the most photographed on the mountain. Its aging beams and gorgeous masonry was stabilized in recent years by Friends of Ski Mountain Mining History and Vail Resorts, as well as recovering a huge stone crusher.

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A skier stands by the old California-Comstock mine in 1923. Today, the mine still stands, an impressive structure in Thaynes Canyon at the bottom of the Keystone run and near the base of the Thaynes double chair. (Photos: Park City Museum, Tom Kelly)

Thaynes Shaft
Just a few hundred meters down the canyon is one of the most spectacular sites on the mountain, the Thaynes Shaft. To get up close, you can cut through the woods off Keystone or Thaynes Canyon just after California-Comstock.

The Thaynes complex is one of the newer of the old mines, with the shaft sunk in 1937 by Silver King Coalition to reach the Spiro Tunnel. The work was based on depression-era incentives from President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It was one of many mines in Thaynes Canyon that were productive, but its shaft was closed to mining in 1947.

To exit, just slide over the Thaynes lift or continue on down the canyon to either Motherlode or King Con.

Thaynes Shaft
The Thaynes Shaft was one of many mines in Thaynes Canyon, which connects the Jupiter, Thaynes, Motherlode and King Con lifts.

Skier Subway
One of the fascinating 'modern day' use of the Thaynes Shaft was its role in the famed Skier's Subway operated for four seasons beginning in 1965. Skiers would board mine cars at the Spiro Tunnel (at today's Silver Star base area), riding three miles into the mountain then riding the Thaynes Shaft elevator 1,700 feet up to the base of the Thaynes lift.

An innovative concept from the mining company to get skiers back to the new chairlift, it was fraught with problems and wasn't the most pleasant experience for skiers. Today you can visit the Spiro Tunnel opening at the Silver Star base and see the exit point next to the Thaynes lift.

Preserving Mining History
The preservation of mining history is an important cause in the Park City community. The silver mining heritage is an important piece of the town's history. At the Park City Museum on historic Main Street, you can relive the mining days and even see an actual Skier Subway ore car.

An offshoot of the Park City Museum, the Friends of Mountain Mining History has been a crucial advocate for the preservation of the 20 historic mine structures on Park City's mountain trails. Vail Resorts and Park City Mountain have been valuable partners in the stabilization of the Thaynes conveyor, King Con counterweight, California Comstock mill, and the Jupiter ore bin among other sites.

Friends of Ski Mountain Mining History

Park City Museum

Utah's was the first ski town distillery when David Perkins opened it in 2006 in a series of historic buildings in Park City, right alongside the old Crescent tramway that hauled ore over a century ago. While is now available worldwide, there are a few brands you can only get in Utah. It's well worth a visit to the distillery to sample a little High West Bourye, which we did on Last Chair with beverage director Steve Walton.

Steve Walton High West tasting
High West's beverage director Steve Walton leads a tasting of Bourye, available only in Utah. As a podcast recording session isn't complete without a tasting

S2 Ep14 - Sandy Melville - Transcript

Tom Kelly: Today, the Last Chair podcast from Ski Utah is coming to you live from the High West Distillery in Old Town of Park City. With us today, our guest, Sandy Melville, an expert on the mining history of Park City Mountain and Sandy, welcome to Last Chair. Thanks for joining us.

Sandy Melville: Well, thank you for having me, Tom. It's a pleasure.

Tom Kelly: We had a blast last week. Sandy and I went out and spent the morning skiing at Park City and visiting some of the historical mining structures. And Sandy, it's not unusual for mountains in the West to have a mining history. The one here in Park City, though, is really, really quite rich. And what makes it even better is that so many of the old mining buildings and structures are still there on the mountain.

Sandy Melville: The mining history here was well over 100 years. And there was an incredible amount of development work done. And we're fortunate to have so many mining structures left on the building on the mountain rather intact. Those buildings are standing yet after well over 100 years. And it's something that our guests find quite interesting when they're on the mountain to view.

Tom Kelly: Before we talk a little bit more detail about the mining heritage of the mountain and also the city here down in Old Town, let's just get a little bit of background on you. You've been in Park City now for some years, but just give us a little bit of background on how you made your way here to town.

Sandy Melville: Sure. Not an unusual story, I guess. I grew up in Wisconsin, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, actually, and went to the University of Wisconsin undergraduate degree in physics and mathematics and worked for a few years as an engineer and industry and then went to graduate school at Purdue and got a master's degree in chemical engineering and worked in the actually the oil refining industry for many years, both domestically and internationally. As a young man, when I graduated from college, I could finally afford skiing and I took up skiing, then primarily in the Midwest and originally in some of those big hills, those big hills.

Tom Kelly: And by the way, just a caveat. I also am from Wisconsin. I went to the University of Wisconsin, different pathways completely. And we just happened to meet up here.

Sandy Melville: So, yeah. So after many years of work spending every vacation moment that I could skiing, my wife and I decided to retire to Park City. And we did that in 2008, moved to Park City and actually purchased a an old miner's house and did a restoration on the house in Park City. And that's when I became interested in really Park City history.

Tom Kelly: Yeah, it's an amazing history. And in a little bit, we're going to actually learn a little bit more specifically about high W we're going to do a little tasting coming up in a little while. But just to give us a little introduction to the place that we're at right now, these buildings on Park Avenue, just a block off of Park City's Main Street. Give us a little history of this place here at High West and all of the beautiful old architecture that we see in Old Town.

Sandy Melville: This area, Park and Heber Avenue is really a center of the old town, the old old town mining industry. There was a crescent mine-grade tramway that ran from the mountain five miles down the mountain and entered Park City just a half a block up from where we're sitting right here right now. The buildings that were sitting in one of the buildings, the livery building was actually built in 1984 by Ellsworth J. Beggs. And he was a carpenter, a master carpenter, actually, who came to Park City in the late 80s and built a number of buildings around town. He purchased this property, developed delivery, and you can see the front of the delivery. You can still see the faded paint and the false front of the livery stable in the national garage that was located there. Mr. Beggs also created the building that is the main bar area of High West. That was his home. And it was built to higher standards in 1987. So Mr. Beggs lived here for a number of years. And then further up the street to another house up the street, High West has an event center, the Nelson Cottages. Well, that building was actually an investment property by Leland Nelson in 1925. And Leland Nelson happened to be the daughter of Colonel Nelson, who had the Nelson farm, which is the base of Park City Mountain Resort. So it all comes back together again in this section of town.

Tom Kelly: That's an amazing little history. You know, when I look across to all the buildings, one of the things that I feel so good about is that the community has really paid attention to keeping the standards in the look in the feel of Park City as a silver mining town over a century ago. If you look through Old Town, even the new houses that have been built still maintaining the look and feel and some of the remnants of those old miner's shacks from 100 actually almost 150 years ago.

Sandy Melville: That's that's true. There are some pretty rigid standards in town. We actually maintain historic sites, inventory of old buildings in town. So the city has a record of every building that is on the historic sites inventory and visitors often wander about Main Street and around Old Town and they'll see homes with ribbons on them. Those are historic ribbons that are renewed every year. And the idea of the ribbons is to designate those sites that are historic and they're on the historic sites inventory. In addition to that, on our historic sites inventory, a lot of the mining structures up on the mountain are part of that inventory. And as you see about the mountain, you'll notice ribbons on mining structures. And they are also part of the historic sites, mining inventory. And we want to make sure that we keep track of them.

Tom Kelly: Let's talk broadly about mining here in Park City. When did it begin and when did things really, really start to boom?

View down to Silver King Mine
In a mid-60s view from the original Treasure Mountains gondola, the remnants of the Silver King mine sprawl around the area presently occupied by the Bonanza Express lift.

Sandy Melville: Interesting question, yeah, the beginning was really with Colonel Patrick Conner in 1862, during the Civil War, Salt Lake City was pretty much a crossroads and an important place for communications and travel. And the federal government was concerned about protecting that infrastructure. And they recruited Colonel Connors to come to Utah from California. He had a mining background. He recruited miners from Nevada and California that were part of the gold rush, had a lot of mining experience. So Colonel Connors, when he came to Utah and opened for Douglas, those miners went out prospecting. He became sort of the father of the mining industry in Utah. Those miners went up Little Cottonwood Canyon, Alta ski resort, the Emma mine, Big Cottonwood Canyon, the Brighton ski resort and Cardiff mine. So they explored the area pretty extensively and came up that Big Cottonwood Canyon over what is now Guardsman Pass across Bonanza Flats to what is now called the Flagstaff Mine above Deer Valley. And that was really the first producing mine in the Park City area. That was in 1868. So it was pretty early on. The miners arrived there in the fall of the of the season, found some attractive looking samples, but they needed to get down the mountain because of their concern about weather.

Sandy Melville: So they took those samples down to Salt Lake, had them assayed, and they proved to be very valuable. And so the Flagstaff mine then developed a little slowly at first and then 70s, 80s, things really got rolling in Park City. Eventually, we had hundreds of mine claims over what is now Deer Valley and Park City Mountain. There were over 70 producing mines in the area and ultimately over 100 miles of shafts and tunnels. So this is all hard rock mining, underground, extensive operations. The mining then continued through the 40s and 50s. By the 1950s, Park City was in kind of a decline. The mining industry was not doing so well. And that led to the idea by the mining company of creating a ski resort. And that was Treasure Mountains and opened in 1963. But really, we owe everything, all of our skiing history, all of our skiing experience to the mining history. This was developed as private land and enabled a lot of flexibility in the development of the mountains. And I think that everything on our and our ski experience is due to that mining experience that preceded us by hundred years.

Tom Kelly: It's fun today as you go to the resorts in Utah, not just here at Park City and Deer Valley. But in Little and Big Cottonwood Canyon, so many of the run names are named after old mining claims and leaders in the mining industry from years ago. You mentioned the mine and Big Emma at Snowbird is a great run. And if you've been over to Deer Valley, Flagstaff Mountain is a really integral part of that ski area. I want to do a shout-out for an amazing organization here in the community that's helped to preserve so many of these structures. It would be pretty easy for the resorts to say, let's just get that old pile of wood and metal out of here. But the Friends of Ski Mountain Mining History here in Park City has been instrumental in working together with the resorts like Park City Mountain to keep some of these structures stable and standing.

Sandy Melville: Yeah, the Friends of Ski Mountain Mining History, they're a committee of the Park City Museum, and it's a fantastic organization. The museum itself is a fantastic organization on Main Street. I highly recommend it for visitors who are interested in Park City history. And it's a great place to learn about our history. But the Friends of Ski Mountain Mining History has been working so hard to preserve these structures and keep them from falling down. Vail Resorts has been a great partner with us on the on the preservation efforts at Park City Mountain. We have a lot of structures still standing. It's amazing that they're still standing. The Friends of Ski Mountain Mining History has been working to stabilize those structures and basically keep them from falling down so they can be enjoyed by guests for future generations.

Tom Kelly: Sandy, you serve as a mountain host at Park City Mountain. I know COVID has kind of curtailed this year a number of the different programs, but talk a little bit about your Silver to Slopes tour program. We're going to virtually recreate it here. You can't take it this year with a guide, but hopefully next year you can meet up with Sandy and do that tour. But talk about your role as a mountain host and how you've been able to introduce so many skiers and snowboarders to these wonderful old structures.

Sandy Melville: Yeah, it's been very fun. The resort has a navigational kind of a tour to showcase the mountain and so that they can explore the mountain and learn more about it, especially people who haven't been to the mountain before. Our mountain at Park City has all of these great mining structures that people are really interested in. And the interesting thing is that they're available on mainly intermediate level runs so we can structure our tours to take people around to the mine structures, uh, intermediate level skiers, and they can see the mining structures for what they are. So it's a great experience for our guests. We've been doing the tours for many years now. We do two tours a day, a morning tour and an afternoon tour, usually prior to covid. They've been quite popular. They're complimentary tours. And usually we have kind of oversubscription and we have to limit the numbers because they're so popular. It's a really unique experience in skiing. I can't think of any resort in North America where you can actually ski around to mining structures that date really from the late 80s.

Tom Kelly: It's a really good point because as you go to different ski areas, these structures do exist, are old mines may exist, but at Park City Mountain, there are so many of them and they're in such good condition for sure. A Deer Valley, you're going to run across some and there's some I know right under the ruby lift. That is a really nice attraction. When you're over in the Cottonwood Canyons, you're going to run across some old mine structures. But but here it's really quite well organized.

Yeah, that's that's true. It's interesting. I think that the mining company, when they got into this business here at Park City, they really were thinking, well, we'll get into the ski business to kind of supplement our balance sheet for a while, but we'll eventually come back to mining. So the mine structures were basically they just walked away and left them. Of course, silver mining never came back. And the mine structures are still there as they were walked away from in the 50s. Now, at Deer Valley, there are a couple of nice structures. There's Little Bell on the Bandana ski run. And there's a Daly West head frame that's above the Montage. Those are interesting structures themselves, but we seem to have more of them left on the Park City.

Tom Kelly: Yeah, it's an interesting tour. We're going to have Sandy do a virtual run-through of the tour. And by the way, you can go to and go to the last chair blog page and you can get a little bit more detail on how you could actually spend two or three hours at Park City Mountain and see some of these structures. We're going to take a quick break and we'll be right back with Sandy Melville to talk more of mountain mining history coming to you live today from High West Distillery in Park City, Utah.

Tom Kelly: And we're back now with Sandy Melville, we are talking Silver to Slopes today. Sandy is a mountain host at Park City Mountain and an expert on all of the many historic mining structures on the mountain and Sandy. We had a great little personal tour last week to get an outline of what we would talk about here today. And the first stop that we made was at the base of the Bonanza lift. And this was actually an important one for me because I worked for the U.S. Ski Team for over 30 years and for a couple of years that actually was our base. But let's go back many, many years ago to talk about all of the action that was right there at the base of what is now the Bonanza lift.

Sandy Melville: The Silver King Coalition is like the heart of mining history in the Park City Mountain. It is just an amazing, amazing area. They're located at the base of the Bonanza lift as as you indicated, it consisted in the day of. Well, let me back up just a second. In 1882, the Silver King Coalition Mine was formed. It was a combination of five different mines in the area and it was formed by some investors, David Keith and Thomas Kearns, or the probably the most notable. But they formed the company. It was quite a prosperous mining endeavor moving forward, then into the elite later. 1890s they built then hoisting works, which still exists today. So there's a big hoisting works right at the base of the Bonanza lift, down Woodside Gulch. There's an enormous mill facility that a lot of skiers ski by regularly and don't even notice. It's down the gulch from the base of Bonanza Lift. And then in combination with that, there's an aerial tramway system. So this was state of the art facilities in 1900.

Tom Kelly: When you talk about a hoist facility, the ore was mined deep in the earth and then they would use this to raise it up to the surface.

Sandy Melville: Yeah, that's correct. The hoisting works is still intact there inside that structure. It's an amazing old hoisting works. But the miners would go down in the cage on the hoist so they would descend about 3,500 feet in this case to a working area, and then they would branch out from there into various working areas. From that base. They would blast, they would drill and blast and then muck. We called it muck. After blasting, there'd be a lot of loose material that would be loaded into tramcars and it would be transferred over to the base of that hoist, the same hoist that the miners went down in.

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Silver to Slopes guide Sandy Melville displays two ore samples - one contains silver, one is, well, just a rock.

Sandy Melville: And they used animals, incidentally, to haul those tram cars. So there were animals underground. Working tram cars then were hoisted to the surface. Thirteen hundred feet and they were conveyed then on a covered tramway over to the top of them, the mill facility. Now, that covered tramway has long been removed with the development of the resort. But there are some photos that we use on our tour that show the layout of the property at the time. The tram cars then went to the top of the mill in the name of the game with the mill was to separate the waste rock from the ore concentrates. These the miners were not we're not dumb. They did not want to ship any more material than they needed to. So the concentrates then were produced in the mill and basically, the mill was a series of grinding, crushing jigs and tables and to separate the evaluable or from the waste rock at the bottom of the mill as it proceeded down by gravity. The ore was essentially, you could think of it almost like sand. It was a very fine-grade material. And I should mention at this point that another little secret that I share only with guests is that our miners really never saw silver. We mined a material called galena, which was a lead sulfide.

Sandy Melville: We also mined a zinc sulfate asphalamite, it's called. But they never saw silver. The silver was actually an impurity in the galena that didn't appear until it went through the fine metals section of a smelter. And the smelters were located in Salt Lake. So our miners didn't see silver, but they knew very well what they were looking for. So this fine powder then at the base of the mill went by a conveyer up to a sampler building. Now, this is really an interesting building. It no longer remains, except for a beautiful stone foundation that you can still see on the hillside. The sampler building was about ninety five feet tall. So it was a big building. The ore went through the sampler and it was actually basically assayed. There was always a conflict between the mining company. And the smelting company, in terms of, well, I shipped you all of this quality in the smelting company would say, well, I received more of this quality. So they were able to do an online assay in 1900 that was nearly 100 percent accurate. After it went through that sampling building, the ore then went into the aerial tramway system and via buckets similar to our chairlift technology.

Sandy Melville: Today, I think our chairlift technology borrowed that idea. And the ore buckets then descended a thousand feet down the mountain on the aerial tramway, which was about seven thousand feet long to a voting station, which was right across the street from the High West Distillery here. And it was loaded into our cars and shipped them down to Salt Lake for smelting. So the whole process was amazingly complex, quite interesting and very sophisticated state of the art for the day. And people came from around the country to see how mining was done here in Park City.

Tom Kelly: The listeners, you can't see this, but Sandy has in front of himself right now two rocks. And these two rocks look relatively similar to the naked eye. But as I picked them up, one of them is appreciably heavier. So tell me the difference between the two and is the silver the silver or is really that noticeable in the weight?

Sandy Melville: Well, it's not really the silver ore that's noticeable in the weight. It's the lead. So the galena is the lead sulfide and the other rock is quartzite. And the quartzite is basically the host rock for the galena underground. And so what the miners tried to do then was separate that waste rock from the galena. The galena, when we look at it here, it has some shiny silver, silvery looking surfaces on it. That's really not silver. You can't see the silver in there. That's lead, but it's actually a chunk of lead. And think of the silver in there as being almost an impurity in the molecular structure of the lead sulfide. And that silver then doesn't come out until the fine metal section of the smelters, but a very valuable impurity, very valuable impurity indeed.

Sandy Melville: Well, it's interesting to note that, you know, we call ourselves a silver mine, silver mining camp here. It's because, you know, we mined the lead, the zinc, a little copper, little gold and silver of all those tons of material that was mined. When you assay it out, pay for it. The silver was approximately half of the value. So we mined a lot more lead to a lot more zinc in terms of weight. But the silver had more value. So about half was silver. And so we call ourselves a silver camp, but we could be a lead camp as well. Just not as glamorous.

Tom Kelly: You know, definitely not. Sandy, about how many miners were at its peak, working at Silver King Coalition. How many miners were working there?

Sandy Melville: I'm guessing around three to 400 in various capacities underground in the mill in the well, the aerial tramway actually didn't really require that many people operating. But there were a lot of how you call it back of house people as well, machinists, carpenters, you know, mockers. There were lots of other people working as well. So there was quite a large staff.

Tom Kelly: One last little piece of history, the Mid Mountain Lodge where many skiers and snowboarders have dined on the mountain for many years. It's in a wonderful location up the hill a little bit. But it was actually a part of the Silver King camp essentially many years ago and was moved up the hill.

Sandy Melville: Yeah, that's that's true. The owners of the Silver King wanted to treat their workers well. And it was a great boardinghouse. And that was our what we now call our Mid Mountain Lodge. But it was the boarding house for the miners. It was a cafeteria actually on the lower level. And in mine offices, the upper level of that beautiful old building were sleeping quarters for executives. Frequently they'd be working late in the day. It was very difficult to get down the mountain in those winter months. So they might stay up there overnight. But that beautiful building then served as a cafeteria for the miners in the day, and it's still serving our skiers as a fine eating establishment today.

Tom Kelly: Before we leave the Silver King mine, Sandy, can you give listeners some quick instructions on how you get up there? It's really pretty simple.

Sandy Melville: Yeah, it is very simple from our base area. Just take the payday lift and when you exit the payday left, go to the right on a run called Bonanza Access and it will take you right down to the base of the Bonanza lift and you'll see the. The enormous old hoisting works there, and if you look carefully to your left, you'll see the mill facility and there's also some descriptive plaques located outside of the hoisting works that describe what went on there in lieu of doing our guided tours. The plaques serve our guests well to better understand the mining activities that were done on the mountain and a quick bit of U.S. Ski Team history in about the 1974-75 period.

Tom Kelly: Those buildings actually were the home of the training center for the U.S. Alpine Ski Team, kind of short lived, but it was an interesting little enhancement on the mountain there for a couple of years. So we are now going to head up to the California Comstock mine and first of all, put us on the mountain. How do we get up to that mine site? And let's talk a little bit about that amazing structure that still stands today.

Sandy Melville: There're several ways you can access the California Comstock. My favorite route is to take that Bonanza lift up from the base of the Silver King and at the top of Bonanza, then exit underneath the chair down home run, take the first turn to the right on mid-mountain meadows and you'll ski right by that mid-mountain lodge down to the Pioneer lift. Ride the Pioneer lift up. And then when you exit Pioneer, take the Keystone run down to the California Comstock and the California Comstock is located in Thaynes Canyon, sort of at the bottom of the Keystone run.

Tom Kelly: Just a little recommendation. I've been living here for over 30 years and I don't think I'd skied back in that area for quite a few. But our kids used to go back there all the time. And I think everybody gets infatuated by the high speed six packs around the mountain. But this Pioneer lift takes you to a wonderful place on the mountain and place I hadn't been in quite a few years and nobody really goes there.

Sandy Melville: The runs underneath the Pioneer lift are underutilized because of that. And they're great ski runs. There's some great conditions there.

Tom Kelly: So the mine itself, the California Comstock, actually a combination of different claims. Tell us a little bit about that.

Sandy Melville: In the structures that remain today, the structure that remains there today is actually the mill structure, and it's a beautiful old wooden structure that is probably the most photographed structure on the mountain because it's set in such a great location right in the bottom of the canyon. But it was actually there were two mines there, the California in the Comstock, California, Comstock were close together. And it was an interesting merger. It was a result of something called the law of Apex. The law of Apex in Utah, it was a federal law, I believe. But it resulted in an enormous amount of litigation. It was really the greatest make work project for attorneys in the era. But what it said is if you had a claim and you had or that apex up on your property, simplistically this is you could follow it into your neighbor's claim. And of course, that resulted in endless arguments about who owned what and California. The Comstock then got into quite extensive legal battle over the law of Apex. And they finally just decided, rather than duking it out in court to settle and they merged and formed one company, the California Comstock. And then they built this mill facility, which we see today. The mill was really a smaller mill. It was mainly a crushing operation just to separate, again, the ore from the waste rock. And there are some enormous waste rock piles surrounding the property that are best visible actually in the summertime when you're hiking up there. But you can see the piles covered with snow in the wintertime. The California Comstock then was about 150 ton per day mill. And to give you contrast, the Silver King Coalition mill was about 450 tons per day. So considerably smaller. The Mill was a wooden structure. It's just a beautiful old structure.

Sandy Melville: And it was sadly in need of stabilization. It had been enjoyed on the mountain for many, many years. Snow loads had taken a tremendous toll on the structure. It was in danger of collapse. And the Friends of Ski Mountain Mining History, in collaboration with Vail Resorts, then worked for several years to stabilize this structure and actually rebuilt a portion of the structure.

Sandy Melville: They did a magnificent job. Some of the stonework there is just beautiful. When they were doing the structure, it was interesting to note that there was a pile of debris in the bottom of the old bill and they had a crane out there that lifted out of the bottom of the. And an antique stone crusher that we didn't know existed, and so that's Stone Crusher was pulled out and it's sitting actually behind that mill to this day, not visible in the wintertime, but in the summertime. If you're hiking up there or biking along the power line trail, you can observe the old antique rock crusher.

Tom Kelly: Sandy, can you give us any tips on the prime photo location coming down the run before you see the mine?

Sandy Melville: Yea what I think is the best shot of the of the old structure is as you're coming down the keystone run on skier's left, as you intersect the canyon, stop there because you get this great view of the old structure and it's framed by the mountainside behind it. And in the wintertime with the snow, it is just gorgeous. And that's a great way to photograph the structure. And there is also another one of our plaques in front of the structure. If you need more information when you're skiing out there, you can stop by the plaque and read up about what went on there.

Tom Kelly: That's the California Comstock Mine, a beautiful, beautiful sight to get there, up the pioneer, lift down the Keystone run and have your cameras ready. We'll be back in just a moment. Taking a short break and we'll talk more about the facelift just a little bit further down the canyon. But first, time to take a break for a tasting here at High West. We'll be right back on this episode of Last Chair.

Tom Kelly: And we are back to Last Chair and we still have a little bit of Bourye in the glass. I think I'm going to hold off till we're finished with the podcast. What did you think, Sandy?

Sandy Melville: Oh, the Bourye is great. I really did enjoy it. And I haven't finished mine yet either. I'm going to hold off for a little bit longer.

Tom Kelly: Well, Steve, Steve left a whole bottle. And I'm kind of looking around and I think we could probably put a little bit more. But what a tasty treat here at High W. It was absolutely fantastic. Did you learn something?

Sandy Melville: I learned a whole lot about whiskey, actually. As a chemical engineer, I enjoy distillation, but what I primarily distilled was oil. So I have a new appreciation for distilling alcohol.

Tom Kelly: Well, we had a year ago we had David Perkins, who was the original visionary behind High W on the program, and he, too, is a chemical engineer. And he was just taking a distillery tour one day. And he was looking around and he said, this is exactly what I do. But just with different materials, it's the same principles. I'm looking at the still here thinking I could operate that it's it's much better use of the process, though. So the High West Bouyre was really good. And thank you to Steve Walton for that. Let's get back now to our history. This has been a fascinating tour, Sandy, taking us around the mountain and reliving some of the mining times from 100 to 150 years ago for sure. One of the most impressive structures, though, on the mountain is the old Thaynes lift. And I know a lot of work has gone in very recently to stabilizing and shoring up that structure. Tell us a little bit about where this is and what role it played in Park City's mining history.

Yet the things the Saints shaft is just across the canyon from the California Comstock and it's just below the Keystone run. And there's actually a Keystone mine up there, too. So the main shaft is very visible from the thanes lift. When you're writing up the old Thaynes lift, if you look to your right, you can see the hoisting works for the Thaynes shaft. It has a really interesting story, though. The thin shaft was actually a later development. It was driven in the 1930s by the mining company primarily for access to the tunnel systems underground. And there was no there was really wasn't an expectation of hitting any valuable ore. And then they really didn't. But it did. It was driven in the 1930s. The enormous waste rock pile that you'll see as you go down Thaynes canyon was from driving the shaft primarily in the shaft, served its purpose for many years. It went down about 700 feet. So it's pretty deep shaft. But fast forward to our skiing history.

Sandy Melville: And that's when mining and skiing really became tied together, because in the early days of the resort, the resort, when it opened, the mine company opened the resort with the longest gondola in North America. It was a 22 minute ride from the base of the mountain to the top, and it was quite popular and had some pretty long lift lines. In 1964, the resort opened up the Thaynes lift, which was kind of backcountry in the day. It was way out on the back edge of the resort. They opened up the Thaynes lift, but they were having trouble getting skiers out to the Thaynes lift. And so they were looking for a solution to that and miners being miners. And we were still mining at the time, by the way, um, they had a creative solution. They said, well, should we go in and out of there all the time? We can just retrofit some mine cars and take the skiers out there through what is known as the Spiro Tunnel. The Spiro Tunnel, the portal to the Spiro Tunnel is located over by our Silver Star base area. And it was about a three mile long exploration and drain tunnel driven by the Silver King Consolidated Mining Company. Solen Spiro was the manager. It was driven out under the mountain. It actually goes right underneath the California Comstock mine. So the miners use that tunnel for access to the tunnel systems underground with the skier need. They decided to retrofit some ore cars and just pull skiers from the Silver Star base area in ore cars underground to the base of that Thaynes hoist.

Sandy Melville: They would load them in the cage. The skiers, they'd load in the cage at the base of the Thaynes shaft then and pull them at seventeen hundred feet to the surface where they'd come out of the shaft onto the snow, right to where we enjoyed stopping on our ski tour. Miners described being in open cage as being the feeling like being buried alive now you can imagine it's not very well lit. It's an open cage. There's this damp, earthy smell as you're proceeding along the area up or down the shaft. So it really is a kind of a creepy feeling. And it wasn't the whole thing wasn't that enormously popular with our with our guests. The ride out was rather long and the ride up the hoist was scary. And when they arrived to the surface many times, they were sort of damp and dirty. And of course, when they would hit the slopes and their woolen ski wear of the era would instantly freeze. So it was kind of an uncomfortable experience as well. But they would they did use it and they proceeded then to the thanes lift where they could have access to that great skiing in the Thaynes area. I actually had and my tours every year I will have a guest who has ridden the skiers. We called it the Skier Subway, the Thaynes skier subway. And some people say, well, it wasn't that bad. And other people say, I would only do it once. It scared the daylights out of me. So there was a mixed reaction to it. The resort only operated it for about four years, and then they discontinued it as being probably a risky operation that wasn't serving its purpose as well as it could.

Tom Kelly: It's an amazing piece of history. And I was never in the Skier's Subway. I did go down in the old Ontario mine, which is on the mine road, going up to Silver Lake at Deer Valley that was actually open for tours in the 90s. That was interesting to go down and experience that. But I will, I'm just hearing these stories about the skiers. Subway is quite remarkable. You can go to visit our blog page with photos here. And you can see some of the pictures of skiers going in the Skier's Subway three miles underground and then, what, 7500 feet up to the base of the Thaynes lift. An amazing journey.

Sandy Melville: And I'll add for anyone visiting Park City that is interested in this Skier Subway. If they visit the museum on Main Street in the lower level of the museum, there's an excellent display on the Skier's Subway. And you could actually sit in one of the old mine rail cars and get a feeling for what that must have been like to access the city or subway.

Tom Kelly: Now, that's a really good suggestion. The Park City Museum right on Main Street, an amazing resource to kind of take you back in time. Also head on over to the Silver Star base where you can get an idea of where that tunnel began. And imagine in your mind it going up Thaynes Canyon, the what's the period of operation for that mine over and Thaynes Canyon, when did that begin and when did it finally terminate as a mine?

Sandy Melville: Well, that mine, uh, the shaft was driven in the mid 1930s and it continued to be used well into the into the 50s. So it was an active site for many years.

Tom Kelly: Yeah. There's just so much history. And Sandy, it's been wonderful for you to share this. I hope that next season, if you're making your vacation plans to come to Utah next year, check out to see if Sandy's Silver to Slopes Tour is running. Otherwise, they'll be able to find you up in the mountains somewhere to ask you questions wherever you might be on your day.

Sandy Melville: I'm in a red coat, red pants with a big eye on my back. You can't miss me now.

Tom Kelly: And it is truly a unique experience. Just one closing question before we get into some fun stuff with fresh tracks. You know what is? I'm an historian myself and I know what fuels my passions for it. But what are the things that fuel your passion for mountain mining history?

Sandy Melville: Well, I think that, first of all, as an engineer, I became fascinated with the technical aspects of the mines. To me, it was so amazing that people could accomplish all of this with relatively primitive tools and methods. But they were very, very smart people. I'm continually impressed with how smart the people were, who did it, worked in the mines and the mining development here. So that's one area of interest to me. And the other is that I really think that by understanding that it's sort of a philosophical thing, but understanding that past, you can really understand the present. And I go about the mountain and I see things that raise a question in my mind and I go look at it and research it a little bit, and then I understand how that became what it is. So it's very important to me personally, and I think it's a great amenity on the mountain.

Tom Kelly: History is the roadmap to the future.

Sandy Melville: I agree.

Tom Kelly: OK, Sandy, we're going to go to fresh tracks now, a series of questions that I used to tell my guests. These are really simple questions and then the guests would come back in. Say, that really wasn't so simple, but how about this one to kick it off? Do you have a favorite story from back in the mining era, something maybe we haven't touched on yet today? A favorite mining story.

Sandy Melville: Oh, there are so many so many great mining stories. One that one that might interest the listeners because it's sort of a I think skiers can maybe relate to this story in Italy. It was in 1916 in the Silver King Consolidated mine where the Silver King consolidated mine was located on our claim jumper ski run. It's the only thing that's left there now is a beautiful old ore bin that you can ski. Just keep as you head down Claimjumper. There was a mine, there was in December, miner working underground, got caught in a cave and broke his leg badly, badly. And unfortunately, it was blizzard conditions. There was no way for the doc to get there. But miners being miners figured out a way. They loaded the doc.

Sandy Melville: The doctor's name was Doctor Snow, by the way.

Tom Kelly: Of course.

Sandy Melville: Of course. They loaded Doctor Snow in another bucket and there was an aerial tramway servicing the Silver King Consolidated Mine, the King Con, and they loaded him in or bucket and transported him to the site of the mine. He treated the miners leg and then they loaded the miner at the newspaper at the time, recorded it as they loaded him in another car in a comfortable couch and put him on another car down the mountain. Dr. Snow went in another or a car and they took him down to the miners hospital for further treatment. But as a skier, it was a howling blizzard. You can imagine how modern ski lifts rock in the wind. Can you imagine being strapped in another car with a broken leg in the middle of winter.

Tom Kelly: On a couch?

Sandy Melville: On the couch.

Tom Kelly: Yeah, amazing. Love that story. Yeah. How about this? An unusual the most unusual question that a guest has asked you about mining history.

Sandy Melville: Oh, about as a guest services we get I mean, that's our business getting questions so we get tons of fun questions from guests. And it's that's one of the actually the funnest parts about the job is answering guests' questions. One interesting question that I've had a number of times as well, how does the resort make the moguls? And that's a question that I guess people just don't understand how they get form. But it's a good question, but it's what makes the bubbles.

Tom Kelly: You know, I used to think it was all-natural. And then when I was involved in competitive mogul skiing, I started to understand that you actually can't make them with a Snowcat. But really, we're making those. That's the real answer to that question. That's a good one. And you got that frequently.

Sandy Melville: We get that occasionally. Yeah. The mobile question I did get one interesting question just recently. This winter, I'm standing at the top of the Bonanza lift at the map. There's a large map up there and it's a point of where guests swing by for questions. And it's a really nasty day. The wind is howling, the snow is blowing. I've got maybe twenty guests scattered around asking how to get here, how to get there. And you're rapid fire answering questions in this guest walks up with his skis over his shoulder and says, how do I get to the St. Regis? And it made me stop because I thought, oh, how did this guy get here? But he actually he didn't have any idea really where he was. And he thought that he could ski from Park City Mountain over to Deer Valley to the St. Regis Hotel. So I had to explain to the guy that really you're at the resort and in order to get to the St. Regis, you're going to have to ski down to the base and take a no.

Tom Kelly: I actually had a similar story to that. I was skiing with a friend and we had gotten separated. And I got a hold of her on phone and she was telling me where she was. And we started at Deer Valley. We were looking at Deer Valley. And all of a sudden she's telling me, well, I'm on this lift. It says, let's see. It says McConkey's. And I said, 'Oh, you are not at the right resort any longer.'

Sandy Melville: It happens. It happens, you know.

Tom Kelly: When you take a break from Park City and you go and you ski about somewhere, do you have another favorite Utah ski resort you love to go to?

Sandy Melville: Well, we are blessed with so many fantastic ski resorts in Utah. I really do enjoy them all. But I guess my go to second resort is Deer Valley. It's a neighboring resort. And I do enjoy the runs at Deer Valley immensely.

Tom Kelly: And back at Park City Mountain. Do you have a favorite run?

Sandy Melville: You know, my favorite run at Park City is I would have to say it's probably assessment. Assessment is a lovely intermediate run underneath the Silverlode lift. We groom it up every day and it has a nice pitch, nice terrain. And it's my ski day at Park City really isn't complete unless I take a lap on Assessment.

Tom Kelly: Now, that's a really good call, though. I have to say, when we skied last week, you checked the grooming report to make sure we could ski Silver Queen.

Sandy Melville: I did check that out. And we also checked out Crescent, as you recall.

Tom Kelly: Yes, we did. That was a fun time. How about a favorite High West whiskey?

Sandy Melville: Well, I have always enjoyed the Rendezvous Rye, but this Bourye is really nice.

Tom Kelly: It is. And remember, we have a whole bottle sitting here. And then, last question that I posed to all of my guests, groomers, glades, moguls or powder.

Sandy Melville: Oh, yeah, that's a tough question. We frequently groom some of our black runs at Park City and my favorite is one of those nice long black runs that's been groomed and then has 10 inches of new snow on. It doesn't get any better than that.

Tom Kelly: It sure doesn't. Sandy Melville, thank you so much for joining us. Silver to Snow. If you can't do it with Sandy, do it on your own. Go to the website, SkiUtah Dotcom and the blog article for Last Chair. We'll have detailed instructions to help guide you around the mountain. Thanks for joining us, Sandy, and sharing this history.

Sandy Melville: Well, thank you very much. It's been a pleasure.

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Where To Dine, Shop and Play on Park City's Main Street Originally founded by silver miners, Historic Park City is nestled between Park City Mountain and Deer Valley Resort. Over many decades, the once booming mining town has transformed into a charming ski town. The center of Historic Park City is what's known as Park City Main Street District which is home to  more than 200 businesses, including 100 independent boutiques, 40 restaurants, restorative spas, gorgeous hotels, trailheads and Park City Mountain’s Town Lift chairlift, there’s something for everyone when you’re visiting Park City.

Locals, colloquially referred to as “Parkites,” head to Historic Park City for great food, coffee, beer, mountain bike trails, access to some of the best ski resorts in the country and more. While we can provide dozens of recommendations (check out our 48 Hours in Park City piece!), here a few must-see spots in Historic Park City while you’re here.

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Riverhorse Provisions
Started by Riverhorse on Main, one of the best restaurants in town (more to come on this later!), Riverhorse Provisions is a specialty market, deli and coffee shop at the top of Main Street. Their food is delicious, and their coffee is excellent. Poke into the downstairs first for a Golden Milk Latte before wandering upstairs to purchase a few pieces of meat, cheese and drink ingredients for your après celebration later.

Atticus Coffee, Books & Teahouse
Ski down to Park City Mountain's Town Lift, leave your skis on the racks and walk across the street to Atticus Coffee, Books & Teahouse, an adorable combination of bookstore and coffee shop owned by a couple of local Park City residents. Named after Atticus Finch of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, the shop is set up to feel like a living room, where you can curl up with a book and a steaming cup of coffee or tea. 

Bonus: Atticus donates a percentage of all sales to regional charities and nonprofits. 

Pink Elephant Coffee Roasters
Part coffee shop/part juice bar opened up in a part high-end skate shop/part luxury barbershop, this place defines millennial culture. You really can’t go wrong buying trendy clothing, looking good and getting a few espresso shots while on vacation, right? Pink Elephant roasts all of their own coffee just down the road in Park City and is known for paying an incredible amount of attention to each and every coffee drink and juice they create. Their cortado is the best on Main Street, but give their Ritual Dark Hot Chocolate a try—made with Ritual Chocolate's bean-to-bar chocolate created just down the street, it’s a decadent delight.   

An adorable little breakfast spot right at the bottom of Heber Avenue, Harvest greets visitors with a friendly wave and the scent of fresh coffee. It’s impeccably decorated and while I know I’m writing about coffee in this section of the article (their Flat White is delicious), you have to snag breakfast here too. Their Savory Toast—toasted sourdough topped with herb ricotta, sautéed mushrooms, spinach, fresh avocado and a poached egg—will sustain you all morning long.   

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You’re on a ski vacation, so you definitely need a new ski jacket, right?! Well, you’ve come to the right place. Started in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Stio sees Park City as its sister city in the mountains, and this gear mecca provides it all for mountain dwellers. The store is gorgeous (I’m a little biased, as my husband helped build it out!) and offers everything from casual wear to sport while shopping in town to technical pieces to rock while skiing Deer Valley's famed groomers or Park City Mountain's wide-open runs. Read all about their sustainability movements here, and be sure to try on the Men’s Alpiner Hooded Jacket or Women’s Sweetwater Fleece Coat—which is made of 100% recycled polyester.   

Flight Boutique
Perfectly modern and on-trend, this women’s clothing boutique is designed for the fashion-forward woman. Started by two best friends who left their hometown of Park City to work in fashion, the two came back to stoke the fashion culture of our small town with Flight. Now over 10 years old, the boutique carries mostly high-end brands, but at a great price approachable for everyone in town. I’ve shopped there a number of times and found some amazing gems I’ve worn again and again.

Olive & Tweed
A cute artist-driven shop, Olive & Tweed sells the best clothing, jewelry and gifts made by local artists. Need a gift for that friend who had to stay home this ski trip? This is your one-stop-shop for cute souvenirs and one-of-a-kind items with a story.

We Norwegians
The first We Norwegians flagship store in the U.S. hosts the most amazing high-end sportswear I’ve seen. Made with all biodegradable materials and standing for the Norwegian values of peace, tolerance, equal rights and democracy, you can feel good about yourself when you purchase a few extra base layers and that stunning wool scarf. 



Old Town Cellars
I know ski towns are notorious for cheap beer and shot skis, but give me a second here to tell you about the Park City guys who make their own wine and operate a gorgeous tasting room on Main Street. Wine is an underrated recovery drink for any activity, whether it’s skiing, mountain biking or shopping in town, and this is the place you want to hit. Their Mountain Town White is the perfect accompaniment for a post-ride picnic, or head into the tasting room for a glass of red and meat and cheese plate. Be sure to buy a bottle to take home too. 

This is one of the quintessential spots for your ski town experience. O’Shucks looks like a dive bar and acts like a dive bar because it is, in fact, a dive bar. Be careful to not get peanuts in your boots as you order their finest PBR and play shuffleboard in the back. It’s everything you want after a day of shredding and makes for a perfect late-night hangout for you and your buddies.

Pro tip: On Tuesday night, stop in for $3 burgers and $3 schooners (a giant glass of beer!). 

Ski-in/ski-out whiskey?! We told you Park City was the perfect town. Right at the bottom of the aptly named Quittin’ Time run at , settle in for a glass of their Rendezvous Rye or a cocktail. My personal favorite right now is their Alta Ruby, which combines High West's own double rye, Aperol, strawberry cinnamon, banana liquor, lemon and prosecco, for a boozier take on an Aperol spritz. High West’s Saloon has all of the old west charm you’re looking for in Utah, or sit outside and people watch on Heber Avenue.

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Hidden at the top of Main Street is a music venue-slash-cocktail bar. Walk downstairs into a speakeasy-style lounge to watch nationally touring musical acts paired with handmade cocktails. It’s dark, romantic and a great place to dance the night away, if that's your thing.



Back Door Deli
Ride your bike into town and swing into Back Door Deli, which offers grab-and-go sandwiches and poke bowls, then keep cruising to City Park for a picnic lunch. It’s the ideal spot for a summer day, and fresh fish pairs nicely with summer air and watching beach volleyball players.

Collie’s Sports Bar and Grill
The ideal spot to grab a burger and watch the folks wander by is Collie’s Sports Bar and Grill. It’s a family-owned and operated bar with fresh food and sports on TV. The prices are reasonable, the beers are local and their barbecue is delicious.

Eating Establishment
Opened in 1972, The Eating Establishment has been a much-loved diner in Park City for decades. But it has increased its prominence when purchased by Ty Burrell—better known as the dad on Modern Family—who added a bar and a little love to one of the older spots in town. Now it offers craft cocktails, a great beer list and comfort food—an ideal combination after a long day on the slopes at . Plus, they serve breakfast all day, so you can pair your old fashioned with eggs benedict after skiing.



Sushi in a landlocked state may sound sketchy, but trust me, it’s not. The fish is fresh, the sake is cold and the place is amazing. There are a few sushi options in downtown Park City, but we stand behind this one because the owner is a huge skier (and once wrote for Ski Utah!). Don’t like sushi? Their noodle dishes, grilled plates and tempura are fabulous. which all pair perfectly with the restaurant's elegant interior and vibrant ambiance. Also, Yuki Yama means “snowy mountain” in Japanese, which makes all of us at Ski Utah very happy. 

Fletchers opened a few years ago on Park City’s Main Street and features organic and sustainable ingredients and contemporary American food. Stop by for their Spiced Old Fashioned cocktail in their romantic downstairs library lounge before heading upstairs to the hip restaurant for their grass-fed beef and buffalo with blue cheese fondue or lobster mac and cheese. You deserved it after shredding pow all day.

Riverhorse on Main
One of the most decorated and well-known restaurants in town, this spot deserves all the accolades it has won over the years. It’s one of the absolute best in town, featuring an elegant dining room, cool bar and an open-air deck with views of Park City’s historic old town, and the food and wine is pretty unmatched. You can’t go wrong with anything on their menu, but I highly recommend the Trio of Wild Game, which features local buffalo, venison and elk. 


These recommendations are just the tip of the iceberg on Park City’s Main Street. In walking distance from the amazing hotels, you can find scores of restaurants, bars, boutiques, galleries, spas and more. As Park City likes to say about our old silver mining town, “In today’s Park City, the riches lie above the ground the prospects are looking good.” Enjoy your next trip and let us know your favorites!

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What is a Lake Effect Storm? There are many misconceptions swirling around about the mechanism and role of Utah's lake effect storms in the creation of our legendary powder snow. Keep in mind, many a wayward skier or shredder has returned home from a Utah trip after a particularly deep or memorable lake effect storm only to sell a good number of their worldly possessions, quit their job and move to Utah. In fact, many of my own friends and even my roommate has succumbed to this level of lake effect adoration. It's...kind of a big deal. 

We'll summarize the lake effect phenomenon for you utilizing the expertise of famed University of Utah meteorologist and 'Professor Powder,' Jim Steenburgh. Steenburg is the author of an excellent book titled 'Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth.' It is mandatory reading for anyone remotely interested in Utah's incredible snow and can be found here!

Meteorologists lament the difficulty of accurately predicting lake effect storms and their storm totals. It's a puzzling enterprise, thanks to the unusual qualities of the Great Salt Lake. This saline body of water runs north to south and is the largest body of water in the Western United States. The lake itself is not very deep and because of this, the surface area of the lake fluctuates wildly depending on the water table and storm frequency. For example, at its average size, the average lake depth is only around 16 feet! Steenburgh refers to the lake as more of a 'massive puddle.' 

The Great Salt Lake is, unsurprisingly, one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world with salinity levels fluctuating around the lake between 12% and 27% salinity. If you'll travel in time back to your high school science course, you'll recall that saltwater lowers the freezing point of water. Thanks to the heavy salt load, the majority of the Great Salt Lake never freezes, allowing it to interface directly with the surrounding atmosphere. 

According to Steenburgh, our lake effect storms occur when fairly cold westerly, northwesterly, or northerly storms move across the lake toward the Wasatch Mountains. When the cooler air moves atop the warmer (unfrozen) surface of the lake, heat and moisture saturate the atmosphere. The final ingredient is upstream moisture, meaning the air mass moving in must have a relative humidity content of at least 60%. This produces strong updrafts which results in a more intense lake effect phenomenon. 

The final ingredient is convergence, when air streams collide over the surface of the lake resulting in lift which assists the lake effect mechanism. Around sunset, the air surrounding the lake cools faster than the air above the relatively warm lake water. The difference in temperature triggers a land-breeze convergence which has been known to trigger snowfall rates of nearly three inches per hour! For this reason, lake effect snow tends to occur more frequently at night or in the morning. 

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Thanks to the Great Salt Lake's north to south orientation, the greatest impacts of lake effect storms occur to the south and east of the lake. That puts the Cottonwood Canyon resorts, , , , and in the hot seat. Storms traveling across the Great Basin slam into the Wasatch Mountain range, which abruptly transitions from around 4,300 feet to 11,000-foot peaks. Resorts in the Wasatch Back can also be affected, though the results aren't quite as deep at Park City Mountain and Deer Valley. If the flow of the weather pattern arrives from the west or southwest, Powder Mountain and Snowbasin may see a little lake effect action. 

In an average year, the Great Salt Lake is responsible for 5-10% of the snow that falls in the Cottonwoods—most are surprised to learn this!

As with all good things, timing is everything. Lake effect storms are most common between October and December. After a lull in January and February, lake effect storms often build momentum once again in March and April. Lake effect storms tend to work in a positive feedback cycle. Frequent lake effect events begat more lake effect events. During dryer periods, lake effect storms are less common. 

Much of the hype surrounding lake effect storms includes many misconceptions. One of the largest is that it is not actually moisture from the Great Salt Lake that is increasing the snow totals. The lake itself is a mechanism for enhancing the atmospheric conditions that result in deeper dumps. Despite the romance of imagining saltier snow, the salt from the lake is too heavy to climb into the upper atmosphere and fall back to earth in flake form. Though there have been incidents where salt was detected in the snowpack, these are related to dust storms or wind events.

If you want to learn more, you'll need to check out Jim's book, 'Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth.' It's a delightful read that includes fascinating info, folklore and secrets of the beloved Wasatch Mountains. 


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Arc’teryx Sabre LT Bib Pants Review Every winter in the Pacific Northwest is different. Forecasters in November give us their take on what the snow year will be like, if it will be an El Niño or La Niña year, etc. It was supposed to be a big winter here in the Pacific Northwest, but right now we’re sitting close to average snowpack in the Idaho Panhandle and perhaps a bit above average in the North Cascades. What I’m going for here is this: with PNW winters, you’ve got to be prepared for anything. So we look for versatile gear to use, like the Arc’teryx Sabre LT Bib Pants.

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  • Flapped secured zip pocket on the right thigh
  • One zippered pocket on bib
  • Micro-seam allowance (1.6 mm) reduces bulk and weight
  • Adjustable suspenders
  • Weight: 620g
  • MSRP: $525

A little winter sunlight makes a big difference

Lightweight bibs with full coverage

I always like to start off reviews for high-tech waterproof/breathable garments with a discussion about the base fabric. Arc’teryx chose to use GORE-TEX with GORE C-KNIT backer as the foundation for the Sabre LT bibs. This is an 80D, three-layer waterproof/breathable fabric that’s designed to be a bit more quiet and supple than traditional GORE-TEX fabrics. ’80D’ basically refers to the density of the fabric’s weave, and 80D is really quite a robust fabric. It should resist tears and punctures fairly well, and the only real step up from this is the 100D fabric that’s often seen in gear marketed towards professionals.

At the same time, the C-KNIT backer does help the fabric feel a bit less ‘plastic-y.’ This manifests with a softer overall feel, and it is quieter than other fabrics. You’ll notice a bit less rustling, especially on those long days on the skin track. The fabric also has a small degree of give to it, and while it’s not ‘stretchy’ it’s not as restricting as more traditional waterproof/breathable fabrics.

Handy key pocket at the top of the bib pant

The top of the bib is rounded out with what Arc’teryx has labeled their ‘Wee Burly Double Weave’ soft-shell fabric, which is basically just a soft, stretchy extension of the bib up onto your abdomen. It’s not waterproof (just resistant), which makes it a bit more breathable and comfortable for an area that usually doesn’t get wet. The bottoms feature a very durable instep pad made of Keprotec, which was originally designed as a protective fabric in motorcycle racing. It is crazy strong. Just below that is a 100D Cordura adjustable touring cuff to keep the snow out.

Moving on from the basics, let’s talk about how these perform in the field. Personally, I like the fit but would say they run a touch small. I find them comfortable, but with a product this expensive I recommend trying them on first. I did find them a bit tight around the thighs at points and agreed with a consumer on the Arc’teryx product reviews page that had trouble with them riding up during skinning. I agree, they do tend to ride up, at least on my frame. Personally though, I almost never go uphill with the vents zipped up, and unzipping the ventilation provided all of the give and space that I needed. This is helped somewhat by the fabric’s built-in give, too. For reference I am 5’11”, 200lb, and am wearing a Large.

The bibs are marketed as being a ‘lightweight’ option (thus the LT), and this comes with a few design features that consumers should take note of. The most obvious one is the asymmetrical leg zips, and only the right side has a 3/4-length zip (the left just has a foot-long vent zipper). This means a couple things: 1) you can’t pull these on/off over your boots; 2) you have to get a bit creative when nature calls; 3) you save weight over options with two full-length zipper.

Showing off the 2/3 zip on the right side

Basically, if you have to make a triple-chocolate-fudge-brownie sunday in the snow, you can zip off the right side of the bibs, ditch the suspenders, and squat to do your business. It’s not perfect, but it works. It’s definitely a bit easier with bibs that have true twin zippers to create a peel-away pant seat, but it works. Overall, I would rather take a backcountry poop in a design like the Patagonia Snowdrifter.

I mentioned the customer reviews on the Arc’teryx product page, and I think we need to talk about those. These bibs have an average of just two stars, largely due to negative reviews about the durability of these bibs. I have to say, I am a bit baffled by some of the reviews. One user said that, after just a single resort day, the knee area looked ‘worn down’ and he’d put a hole in the leg from just casual resort skiing. Another use said something similar after two days of use. I am genuinely confused by these reviews. At this point, I have put at least a dozen backcountry days, plus a few resort days, into these bibs – they still look like new. Plus, I know from experience that the fabrics that Arc’teryx uses are as good as any: their 80D and 100D options are as tough as anyone else’s 80D or 100D options. Overall, I can’t help but think that these consumers are mis-using this product. This is meant to be a lightweight, full-protection bib for alpine touring. If you ski with poor technique and slam sharp, resort-tuned edges into this fabric, it will rip. That is not what it is built for, and you should buy a heavier resort option. Rounding out this review, I’ll say that I was satisfied with the other aspects of the design. The pockets are nice and big and the two knee pockets are placed so that your phone doesn’t bounce off your knee all day. There’s a pocket with key strap up high. The bib straps adjust easily and remove quickly for washing the bibs. The snow cuffs did their job and kept snow out when I get out of the ski and flounder around digging a snow pit.

Heading home after a long day

The Good:
  • Excellent fabric, with a good mix of durability and comfort
  • Incredibly burly reinforcement on the instep for protect against ski edges or crampons
  • Thoughtful implementation of pockets, detachable bib straps, etc
  • Overall, these are comfortable for long days of touring

The Bad:

  • The weight-saving single main zipper is not as easy to use when nature calls
  • Tended to ride up while skinning unless I had the vents open (which I always do)
The Bottom Line: Arc’teryx Sabre LT Bib Pants

I think that Arc’teryx’s phenomenal advertising gets the better of them some times. They are such a desirable brand that, at times, customers might not make informed purchasing decisions since they expect Arc’teryx products to be a be-all, end-all solution. That’s probably why these bibs have 2/5 stars on their product page: people need to realize that they’re buying a lightweight bib that’s optimized for alpine touring. Users who want to use these as a daily driver in the resort should buy a heavier, more feature-rich option. I will happily hold up my bibs, which have survived half a season of tough Idaho Panhandle early- and middle-season touring conditions, as proof that these are durable when used properly and with the right expectations.

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Steve Sullivan: Stio - A Brand for the Mountain West The outdoor adventure clothing brand has been showing up more and more at Utah ski resorts. Founder Steve ‘Sulli' Sullivan grew up in neighboring Colorado but spent a lot of time in Utah's red rock desert and snow-covered mountains. Today, he puts his passion for the mountain west into the fast-rising  brand. He spoke to Last Chair about his love for the outdoors and how it's embodied in his brand.

Sullivan was born in the midwest but moved to western Colorado when he was 10. His uncle loved to explore and took him on trips to nearby Moab to explore Canyonlands, getting engaged in hiking and mountain biking - exploring the mountain west landscape. He started hanging around his uncle's girlfriend's outdoor shop, getting a complete immersion in outdoor sport.

Working in ski, bike and outdoor shops growing up, at college in Durango and later in Boulder, helped develop his pathway. He put his own stamp on the business starting Cloudveil, and later .

Today,  has a growing footprint in Utah with a concept store on Park City's historic Main Street, a partnership with Ski Utah and a thriving direct-to-consumer brand that provides him with a flow of customer feedback that fuels product development.

The Stio brand is all about outdoor empowerment. Our tagline is Let The outside In. It's all about giving people a reason to be outdoors.

His interview with Ski Utah's Last Chair podcast provides real insight into the power of the mountain west culture into a brand that is rapidly gaining popularity. Here's just a sample. Listen to Last Chair to learn more.

How did you get into the outdoor clothing business?
One of the reasons I got into the apparel business was just going through my youth, always being cold and wet and wearing some old hand-me-downs. But I really learned a lot about the climate. And I became really fascinated about textiles and what different textiles could do to add to your enjoyment and performance in the outdoors.

How do the desert and mountains in Utah combine to form such a special lifestyle?
The desert is one of the great powers. The mountains, the desert, the oceans - I'm still entranced by it. I've always thought it was a really powerful place and a place of unbelievable changes in climate. I've done a lot of skiing in Moab in the La Sal's. It can be just absolutely superb spring skiing down there. I truly love the desert. I feel like it is one of those powers in the world, like the mountains. One of the coolest things about Utah is you guys have this unbelievable topography - the state is so diverse. It's just amazing. And you have the Wasatch and the unbelievable mountains up near Salt Lake and then, you know, drive a few hours. And the next thing you know, you're in red rock country.


How would you define the mountain west culture?
There's just something different about living out here. There's something different about the people. There's something different about having to deal with the elements and the time spent outside, whether that's skiing or climbing or fly fishing or whatever it might be, kayaking, river running in the mountains. There's just a different culture out here. And it's a culture that is just so ingrained in my life and in our company. It makes a huge difference in the types of people that end up in the mountains are real. You have to deal with a lot of adverse weather and a completely different kind of change in seasons constantly. It's super ingrained in our brand because all of our employees live the outdoor lifestyle. 

There's plenty more in this episode of Last Chair: The Ski Utah Podcast.

  • Sulli's favorite Utah resort.
  • Craziest outdoor activity he's ever undertaken (and there have been many).
  • What he does outside skiing (just about everything)
  • His fave High West brand.

Take a listen today. Tune in to Last Chair: The Ski Utah Podcast presented by on your favorite podcast platform. Subscribe to get first access to every episode.

About Stio's Roots
Stio was founded to inspire connection with the outdoors through beautiful, functional products infused with mountain soul. We draw inspiration from our everyday immersion in life here in Jackson Hole: days on local rivers, trails and Teton summits. Technical performance, quality and versatility are hallmarks you'll find in every piece of apparel we make, be it intended for epic alpine pursuits or the quieter moments of mountain life.

Where to find Stio
Stio is a direct-to-consumer brand, available at

You can also visit Stio's shop on Main Street in downtown Park City, Utah.

S2 Ep12 - Steve Sullivan - Transcript

Tom Kelly: |00:00:00| And coming to us live today from the Stio world headquarters in Jackson, Wyoming, Stephen Sullivan and Sulli, thank you for joining us on Last Chair the Ski Utah podcast.

Steve Sullivan: |00:00:12| Hey, nice to be here. Super excited to chat with you today.

Tom Kelly: |00:00:16| So what have you been getting the same snow we've been getting down here?

Steve Sullivan: |00:00:21| Yeah, we've been getting absolutely pummeled for about the last two weeks. I think today is the first day that there's the sun has been out for, you know, a couple hours this morning, which is really nice to see because it's been super gray and super snowy. But the skiing has been absolutely superb.

Tom Kelly: |00:00:40| Well, I appreciate you joining us because I understand your wife got that magical phone call this morning to go on an adventure for the day and you're sitting here in the office.

Steve Sullivan: |00:00:50| I am. She got the nod from some friends to do a heli-skiing day with High Mountain Heli-Skiing here in Jackson. So I'm sure she's having an awesome day out there.

Tom Kelly: |00:01:01| Well, it really has been great. I mean, here in Utah, we've been just getting hammered the last few weeks. It's funny, you know what? We've been getting these Friday snowfalls. So for all of those weekend warriors, which has made Saturdays, pretty challenging. But we've been getting all of these big Friday and Saturday snow dumps down here and it's just been awesome. Skiing finally after that was a little bit thin there for a while. But, boy, it ain't thin anymore here.

Steve Sullivan: |00:01:26| Yeah, I love skiing down in Utah. I've spent a lot of time in Alta and Snowbird and then also up in Park ski, a lot of backcountry up in Big Cottonwood and ski jump in Park City and Solitude and Brighton and everywhere up there. And boy, when you guys get snow, that lake effect is really something down there.


Tom Kelly: |00:01:46| It really is. We had Jim Steenburgh, who wrote the book on The Greatest Snow on Earth on the last podcast in January, and he talked a lot about that and some of the science behind that lake effect and also the science behind the topography that we have with the various canyons, which was really quite fascinating. We're going to talk about your background. We're going to talk about your brand, Stio, which is an official sponsor of Ski, Utah. I want to before we get started, before I forget, I was on your website yesterday at, that's And I just love that glory shot you've got up there right now of the athlete model skier just totally laid out on edge. It looked like Ted Ligety there for a minute, just stretched out over the snow. And your brand just showed up so well in that shot.

Steve Sullivan: |00:02:39| Yeah, that's that. That is a great shot. I don't know if anybody carves as well as Ted, really happy for him that he retired and he's going to move on with his career. But boy, was he fun to watch for the last 15 or 20 years out there on the World Cup. But, you know, contrary to popular belief, our grooming here at Jackson Hole is actually pretty amazing. And the early morning groomers are great here. I don't think they're quite Deer Valley or Park City level, but they're pretty damn good. And we have a lot of fun getting out there and carving early mornings.

Tom Kelly: |00:03:14| Well, before we talk about the brand Stio, I want to learn a little bit more about you. And when I think about we're fortunate, you and I, to live here in the Mountain West. You grew up in the Mountain West in Colorado. You now make your home up in Jackson. But there are great characteristics of the Mountain West that really form an amazing culture. And on the podcast, we talk a lot about the amazing skiing here in Utah. But the experience when visitors come west is really an amazing thing. It's the mountains. It's the desert, an incredible landscape. You grew up in the midst of this in western Colorado. As a young boy, how did you get engaged with the mountain life?

Steve Sullivan: |00:03:58| Well, I think it all started. I moved to Colorado when I was ten years old. I actually grew up, you know, I guess my early youth was spent in the Midwest and I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. And then when I was 10, my mom was a college professor and she got a job teaching at Colorado Mesa State University in Grand Junction. And we packed up and moved out there. My uncle and a couple of my aunts had already moved out there. And I was really fortunate. I grew up with just my mom and my sister. And my dad is still in the Midwest. But my uncle was a real passionate outdoorsman. So starting at the age of ten, I started going on backpacking trips and I learned to fly fish and I learned to ski. I had been a hockey player in Michigan and when I moved out, there was no hockey. And so I had to find something to fill my time. So I started skiing, but really fortunate because my uncle loved to explore. And we being in Grand Junction, which is so close to Utah, we went, you know, I started going to Moab and Canyonlands in the, you know, early 70s and then exploring and hiking and then eventually mountain biking and doing all the rest. But I really had those formative years, you know, in an area that was really cool because Grand Junction is like kind of a cross between the desert and the mountains.

Steve Sullivan: |00:05:22| And so it got a little bit of both there and very close in proximity to a lot of unbelievable places to recreate outside. And then I also started working. My uncle's girlfriend at the time started one of the first true outdoor stores in the country. It was called Lewis and Clark. And I started working in the shop when I was about 12, mounting cross country skis, and so I got really immersed into the whole outdoor culture at a young age.

Tom Kelly: |00:05:51| You mentioned Moab and the desert. Most skiers think about the mountains. They think about the snow covered Wasatch Range. But when you come out here, what you discover very quickly is this diversity between the mountains and the desert. You discovered that in Moab, in Red Rock country, talk a little bit about the desert and its part in the culture of the Mountain West.

Steve Sullivan: |00:06:14| Well, I think the desert is one of you know, the great powers, you know, there's kind of the mountains and the desert and the oceans and I'm still entranced by it. I still get down and try to do a river trip in the desert every year, although with three kids and a busy work life, that doesn't always happen. But I try to make it down there. But I've always thought it was a really powerful place and a place of unbelievable changes in, you know, in climate. And so it's probably one of the reasons I got into the apparel business was just going through my youth, always being cold and wet and wearing some old hand me downs in my uncles and and and but I really learned a lot about the climate. Like, you know, I've done a lot of skiing in Moab in the La Sal's, and it can be just absolutely superb spring skiing down there. And so I truly love the desert and try to make a trip down there every year because of, you know, I feel like it is one of those powers in the world, like the mountains. And that's, you know, one of the coolest things about Utah is you guys have this unbelievable. You know, the topography of the state is so diverse. It's just amazing. And you have the Wasatch and the unbelievable mountains up near Salt Lake and then, you know, drive a few hours. And the next thing you know, you're in red rock country.

Tom Kelly: |00:07:45| It's always hard to define culture, but what are some of the attributes of culture that you feel when you're out in the desert when you're up in the mountains that really are close to your heart?

Steve Sullivan: |00:07:59| Well, I think the whole growing up in the Mountain West and living in the mountains for so long now, you know, I've been in Jackson for 31 years and I was in Colorado for 14 years before that 15 years. And there's just something different about living out here. There's something different about the people here. There's something different about having to deal with the elements and the time spent outside, whether that's, you know, skiing or climbing or fly fishing or whatever it might be, kayaking, river running in the mountains. There's just a different culture out here. And it's a culture that is just so ingrained in my life and it's so ingrained in our company. And I think it makes a huge difference in the types of people that end up in the mountains are real. You know, quite a hearty lot. I mean, you have to deal with a lot of adverse weather and a completely different kind of change in seasons constantly. And I really feel like it's super ingrained in our brand because all of our employees live the outdoor lifestyle. And so we get a tremendous amount, just direct input from our team here on almost each and everything we make. And each and every person has an opinion and is critical of the product and makes it better. And so that that's a really unique characteristic about living out here is just the diversity in climate and having good apparel, obviously, you know, makes a huge difference in your enjoyment.

Tom Kelly: |00:09:48| Let's go back to that period when you were a 12 year old mounting bindings on cross country skis for your uncle that started you down a long path in the outdoor industry, can you go back to those formative years when you were a teen and just just kind of looking at how you initially mapped out that direction for yourself?

Steve Sullivan: |00:10:09| Yeah, I don't think it was I think it was probably a subconscious thing. It wasn't like I consciously decided to go out cross-country skis. It was where I could make five bucks an hour or whatever I made. But I ended up as I moved through high school, I continued to work in outdoor stores. And then I got really into bike racing as well. So I worked on a lot of bike shops. I always seem to find myself in a product-centric environment, you know, in a retail environment like that. And one of the other places, when I moved down to I went to college down in Durango, Colorado, at Fort Lewis College, and I ended up getting a job in an outdoor store down there just because it was the easy thing for me to do, because I knew how to do it. And I just became more and moreover the years, you know, entranced with the different especially textiles. I became really fascinated about textiles and what different textiles could do to add to your enjoyment and performance in the outdoors. So after college, I moved on and moved to Boulder for a year, and I actually worked for a company called Wave Rave, which was an early snowboard apparel brand. And it got a little taste of the back end of the business and how manufacturing worked there. Then I got a quote unquote, corporate job out in San Francisco. That was a very brief stint of about a year. And my best friend from college called me and said, hey, I've got a job, a ski pass and a place to live in Jackson. What are you doing? I packed up my car two weeks later and moved here and he left about a year later. He's still my best friend, but actually lives in Colorado still. But he left about a year later and I just never did.

Tom Kelly: |00:11:45| I think everybody has to go through that, getting away from it for a little bit to realize just how amazing it is to be in the mountains. That's probably what you went through in San Francisco.

Steve Sullivan: |00:11:55| Yeah, I did. I just love cities and I love to visit them, but they're not for me as far as a place to live, I need a smaller and more tight-knit community. And especially, I know, I miss the mountains like crazy. I mean, there's some great things to do in San Francisco. And there's mountains somewhat close, but they're hours away. And I needed that proximity to be able to literally walk across the street from my house. I live right up against the mountains in Wilson and I can skin up 2000 vert and ski or run in the morning. And I just need that in my life.

Tom Kelly: |00:12:33| You cannot do that in San Francisco.

Steve Sullivan: |00:12:35| No, you cannot do that in San Francisco anyway. And so then as time went on, when I moved to Jackson, I did a plethora of things. You know, I taught skiing, I I worked in restaurants and I was a bartender. But I also kind of settled back in and worked at an outdoor store here called Skinny Skis. And I met a guy and that's when we decided to start my first company, which was called Cloudveil. And we were in the wholesale business. So quite a bit different than steel and in the distribution channel. But I had found this fabric, this softshell fabric from a company called Schoeller in Switzerland. And I really felt like it wasn't being utilized in the outdoor apparel in the market at the time. And so I had some samples made up by a friend that was a seamstress and started testing the stuff. And then I convinced a buddy that we ought to give it a go. And we walked into the outdoor retailer show down in Salt Lake with 12 styles and a homemade trade show booth that we had to move in in the middle of the night so the union labor wouldn't get on us. And that started the ball rolling that that brand took off and did pretty well. And then we went through a lot of transitions with that and were bought and sold a couple of times and kind of went through, like I've always called it, the private equity hamster wheel, although I'm careful about that, because we do have a wonderful private equity partner and CEO that's been with us since the beginning, but went through a lot of transitions. I tried to buy that brand back from the company that owned it and didn't get it. And I had a little paid vacation for a year and a half. So a lot of time to think about how I wanted to do the next one. And when I started, still, the biggest thing I wanted to do was have a much more direct interaction with our customer. And in order to do that, the only way to do it was to be a direct consumer brand because it takes out, you know, the sales organization and then the retailers from the feedback loop. And so you're really just communicating directly with your customer. And I also thought that it was the future, you know, that more and more people were going to be buying through e-commerce. And this was ten years ago. So, you know, e-commerce was already around, obviously. I mean, you know, Amazon was already around and in scaling and other big e-commerce brands. But there I saw an opening because nobody was doing this in the outdoor apparel space. And so we put some financing together, a little bit more money than I started Cloudveil with about. By a factor of about 30 and we hired a nice, solid team to get the brand off the ground, and one of the things I'm almost most pleased about is, you know, our original kind of four key people are still with us and they're still helping to drive the brand. And it's been really fun as we've all kind of matured through it. And we've built a pretty sizable company now. And it continues to scale at really large rates every year. And but we've been the original gut instinct of those people was dead on. And they've all been able to scale with the business. So it's been really fun.

Tom Kelly: |00:15:49| Sulli, let's go back to those first days with Stio, and you're introducing this new direct to consumer model. I think today most of us are pretty accustomed to buying things that have sizes that have a tactile feel to them, we're accustomed to buying that online. But when you started steel, that was really pretty new to all of us as consumers. How did you address that in the early days?

Steve Sullivan: |00:16:14| Well, I think a couple of things. The first thing we did that I think was a little bit different was we launched an e-commerce platform. We put a catalog in the mail and we opened a retail store all literally within the same month. So the launch month, which was September, 10 years ago. And that, I think was different because it immediately, first of all, opening the retail store immediately kind of gave the brand legitimacy that it was a real thing. And hey, come visit our retail store in Jackson. And it was also a place where we get a lot of visitation here, obviously tourist visitation. So it was going to get in front of a lot of eyeballs. And then I think that the catalog was really important and we are a very significant. Now, it's still our largest customer acquisition tool and we now send millions of catalogs a year and having that's a tactile thing as well. You know, they talk a lot about like haptic touch and how important, you know, the way you feel something is and how important that is to your subconscious mind. And when you're making a purchasing decision and the same thing goes for a catalog like getting that physical manifestation of the brand in the mail is really important. And, you know, we're careful and we use, you know, recycled content printing and we're we're thoughtful about it and we don't oversaturate. But it is really important to the customer and in catalogs still really work. The digital experience has gotten better and better. And we're doing more work in digital than we ever have before. And we spend a tremendous amount of money on that customer acquisition channel as well. But we are I think that was that was a big difference, that coming out and saying we are going to get in the catalog business was important and part of this whole analytically driven business. And that's what we are. We're an analytically driven business and that makes outdoor clothes.

Tom Kelly: |00:18:11| You know, I love what you're saying about the catalog. And I have this philosophy and my early days I worked in newspapers and newspapers are really becoming a thing of the past. But what I've seen is that high-quality print journalists, Mountain Gazette that's coming back out, Skiers Journal, your catalog. And folks, if you've not seen the Stio catalog, it is truly amazing. But I think high-quality print, particularly if it's done in a sensitive manner, is really popular and it does give you that kind of tactile feel you might not be able to get if you couldn't go into a shop.

Steve Sullivan: |00:18:46| Yeah, I couldn't agree more, and I think I was one of the first subscribers when the Mountain Gazette came back out and I'm a huge fan of that magazine and was always a huge fan of it. And I think you're right. And we also try to make our catalogs. They're not just products. You know, we tell stories in the books and we try to give a sense of place to the customers so they understand the and use and there's a lot of work that goes into that. We do all of our creative in-house. So we have a complete graphic team in-house. And I think that was also important to be able to control the message more carefully and address our consumer population. So.

Tom Kelly: |00:19:31| We talked a lot about the culture of the Mountain West, when you look at the Stio brand, what are some of the defining elements to you? What are the messages that you tell people about steel and what it represents?


Steve Sullivan: |00:19:46| Well, you know, the brand is all about kind of outdoor empowerment. And to me and, you know, our tagline is let the outside in. And that tagline really sums it up for me. It's all about giving people a reason to be outdoors. And obviously, I mean, you know, nobody could have predicted a pandemic in their business model. But I think one of the great things that's happened with us is that we've seen a groundswell over the last year of people really returning to outdoor activities. And and and so if there's anything good that comes from this pandemic, which there's not a lot of good, there have been a lot of people that have lost their lives and their family members and or been, you know, terribly sick. But for the folks that are still here with us, they've made a migration again to being outside. And I think that is one really cool part of the pandemic, if there is any cool part, is that it's getting people back outdoors and active and participating in the outdoor activities they used to love or they continue to love. So I'm super, super stoked about it.

Tom Kelly: |00:21:37| Sulli, I had a chance the other day to visit your Park City store, which you opened on Main Street just a few years ago, in fact, I think you did a lot of the interior work on it. It's a beautiful small boutique shop on historic Main Street. And when you walk in the door, you are immediately immersed in colors. It was the first time I'd had a really up close personal visit with the brand. But it really struck me coming in the door that this is a vibrant outdoor brand.

Steve Sullivan: |00:22:06| Yeah, we actually spend a tremendous amount of time on color. We have a color consultant that we've worked with for 10 years and we put a lot of focus on really clear, clean, bright, crisp kind of color. And it has become a hallmark of the brand especially. That's really relevant, I think, in our outerwear collections and also, you know, throughout the collections. But it is a real focus for us. And when we decided to open down in Park City, Park City was always on our radar. It's a very you know, I consider it a sister community to Jackson. It's a wonderful community of really talented outdoor athletes and phenomenal skiing, phenomenal, phenomenal mountain biking and trail running there.

Steve Sullivan: |00:22:55| And so to me, it was the most natural next step for Stio. You know, we have a real focus on kind of being in either mountain or gateway communities with our retail. And our next store will be opening in Boulder, Colorado, this spring. And so it's been really fun to get to know that community and be part of that community. And we've had a wonderful reception down there and have really built a nice customer base down there. But the store was really fun to put together, you know, a little 1400's mining cabin, you know, super funky. I don't think there's a square-level thing in the whole building. And so I was down there for the last couple of weeks push to get the store open. We worked with some wonderful local contractors. And but, you know, I was there with the tool belt on, you know, and trying to get after it and help where I could. It was a lot of fun.

Tom Kelly: |00:23:50| You really summed it up. There are no levels anywhere near Main Street and some of those 19th century.

Steve Sullivan: |00:23:56| There are not I mean, you could literally put a golf ball on the floor and it would shoot across the floor. But it's such a cool town. That whole downtown area is just such a cool, historic little section of the mountain world.

Tom Kelly: |00:24:13| Yeah, it really is. I was fortunate to land here back in the late 80s, so I didn't see it in its early, early days, but I saw it in a different phase than it is today. But you've invested in Utah, you've formed a partnership with Ski, Utah to get your brand out there. What was it with Ski Utah, that attracted you to become a partner and to utilize that platform to get the steel message out?

Steve Sullivan: |00:24:38| Obviously, you know, Utah and Colorado are kind of the two kingpins of the ski world. There are more ski areas in Utah at times fifty than there are in Wyoming, for example, obviously. And so it seemed like a really natural partnership with our store down there. We really feel like Utah has adopted the brand really well. And we also feel like, you know, it's just great it's a great place for us to be marketing with so many people visiting Utah to ski and to recreate, you know, whether they're there in the summer to mountain bike and fish. And you guys have superb fishing down there as well. So it's it, it just seemed like a really natural extension. Ski Utah is also a great organization and super well-run. And so it seemed like a very natural partnership.

Tom Kelly: |00:25:28| Can you give us a little bit of a walk through of your brand, the types of clothing pieces that you have right now, and maybe thoughts you have on new additions to the line in the future?

Steve Sullivan: |00:25:39| Yeah, sure. We make a pretty full range of outerwear and lifestyle sportswear. Kind of the genesis of the brand was, you know, I wanted this to encompass the totality of the mountain life. So something that you could wear to work and then something you could wear when you were on the mountain. And that has held true. So we make everything from organic cotton shirting and panning to technical sportswear for, you know, water sports, whether it's river or kayaking or fishing or whatever it might be in the summer hiking. We have a pretty broad range. We have over 250 styles in the line. We have some really, really cool new stuff in the pipeline. I'm probably sworn to a little bit of secrecy, but we will be expanding our collections. One of the big expansions we made this year is. We've got much deeper into our bag program, so we do a really nice collection of lifestyle duffels and totes, and this spring we've introduced a new, very lightweight program that actually stuffs into these little pockets. So it's very transportable when you're traveling. We're hopeful everybody gets back to traveling. And so that's one of the fun new extensions this year. And then we've pretty dramatically expanded our lifestyle sportswear collection for the spring summer months as well. The other big recent news for us is this. Last fall, we introduced GoreTex outerwear. So we spent about four years working on a program with GoreTex to develop a partnership there and a couple of years in development on the apparel. And we're really excited with that new relationship with GoreTex.


Tom Kelly: |00:27:28| I was going to ask about that. And one of the things that struck me is that you have a real diversity of waterproof, breathable fabrics that you're using. Is that a strategic move to have different offerings?

Steve Sullivan: |00:27:41| Yeah, it's a little bit of the good, better, best philosophy. So we make in trying to address different price tiering within the apparel. But we use a lot of different textiles. We use a lot of textiles from Toray, which is probably the largest provider of waterproof, breathable textiles in the world, and a huge company based in Japan that's been providing outdoor apparel, textiles for 40 years. And we use a lot of their fabrics for different things. We have a new stretch fleece program that's made out of their textile that's just beautiful. So that a little bit of it is just the tiering within the collections. And we actually use, you know, for different GoreTex fabrics right now. So some of it goes to the application that you're trying to build the apparel for and some of that goes to the price tag.

Tom Kelly: |00:28:33| You have a great team and you have always had good people alongside of you. What are the things, though, that you really like to get your hands on with the company even today?

Steve Sullivan: |00:28:43| Well, we named our former chief marketing officer, Noah Waterhouse, became our president two years ago. And that, quite frankly, was just a realization that Noah is an absolutely wonderful operator of a business. He's incredibly bright and much more methodical than I am as far as his approach to, you know, structuring goals and objectives. And so it seemed really natural for him to migrate over, to run the day to day operations. And that does free me up a little bit. And I still spend a lot of my time on general operations working with him, obviously, because I'm the CEO. But I spend a ton of time now and have really dive back into product development, which is one of my strengths. And then I also just hired a great new VP of marketing who actually lives in Park City. His name is Evan Torrance, wonderful guy. And he's already off to the races. But I also have a lot of input into the marketing and the campaigns we do. I still review every catalog.

Steve Sullivan: |00:29:48| I still look through a lot of the creative in the business and offer my suggestions, help with photo selection, whatever it might be. So marketing and product are kind of where I have a little more attention when I'm not doing, you know, some of the CEO stuff like corporate governance and some of the other fun, fun things you get to do when you're CEO.

Tom Kelly: |00:30:11| Let's highlight fun there.

Steve Sullivan: |00:30:12| Yeah. Yeah. I hope that was a little tongue in cheek. And then obviously we have an outstanding CFO as well. But I still, you know, review all the budgets annually and dive in with those guys on that stuff.

Tom Kelly: |00:30:26| Sulli, one of the principles behind your direct to consumer approach was being able to get direct feedback from your consumers. How do you process that and how does that feedback eventually make it into new products or product updates?

Steve Sullivan: |00:30:41| Well, it really does make it one of the ways we get a lot of direct feedback. I get plenty of direct feedback myself. You know, people can find you these days on LinkedIn or Facebook or whatever it might be. And so I and I always respond. And I think people are a little shocked that I respond. But I still care about what everybody thinks about the product, you know, whether it's my wife or whether it's somebody I've never met that lives in, you know, Woodstock, Vermont. I did get a comment from a customer from Woodstock this year. And so, I think we process it in a very proactive way. One of the ways we get a lot of feedback is through our returns, you know, when we have stuff returned, whether it's a fit issue for the customer or whether they didn't like the color or whatever it might be, we actually. We have a system that we process all that returns data and we bring it to our product team and so our product team can, you know, and we're a little more nimble than we would be if we were in the wholesale business, because we can course correct a little faster. So if we're seeing a consistent fit issue, for example, in a women's pant, we will immediately address that. It used to be that we didn't get a lot of that information for several months after the season. But now we've got it dialed in quite a bit more through working with a new system on our website. And so we can get more direct and more rapid feedback. And we do a monthly kind of returns analysis. And then we just listen to our customers. Are we use a system for our customer service agents that they can log product information on and product comment on and all that informs all that informs the end result. And then obviously, our three retail stores soon to be for those guys pick up a ton of product information and they also log it. So we use a variety of different ways of inbound communication to inform the future of the product range as we wrap things up.

Tom Kelly: |00:32:54| Sulli, I want to go back to our earlier discussion about the Mountain West. And we've learned your history in the outdoor industry and what you did in building the branded steel. But as you look back and reflect across your life, what is the outdoor business brought to you personally and what life lessons have you learned from that engagement with the outdoors?

Steve Sullivan: |00:33:15| Well, I mean, it's my whole world. I literally wake up almost every morning and knock on wood for how fortunate I've been to be able to have my passion translate into a business, you know, my life passions are asking and climbing and cycling and fly fishing.

Steve Sullivan: |00:33:35| And I love the outdoors. And so being able to wake up every day and be part of the outdoor industry is just such a cool thing. And I think, you know, it's really cool how lessons in the outdoors translate into business. You know, whether that's, you know, you're on a climb and you have to you have to really understand teamwork in stressful environments like that, whether you're backcountry skiing, some steep line that everybody needs to have exit strategies and and watch each other's back and go one by one so that you're you're being careful, you know, especially in the avalanche season we're having this year. You know, those are all lessons we take into business. And the cool thing about being in the outdoor business is all the people that work for me do the same things I do and they're all in the outdoors. And so, you know, being able to kind of apply the lessons we've learned in the outdoors to a business structure is really cool. And I always was a big admirer of Peter Metcalf, who started Black Diamond and who's a good friend now. And although I haven't seen him in a while, but he lives down your way. And, you know, he always was a big believer in those lessons learned in the outdoors and how they applied to business. And I really took that to heart.

Tom Kelly: |00:34:51| Yeah, Peter's been an amazing asset here in Utah. I was with the U.S. Ski Team about the same time and we had just moved to Utah in the late 80s and he was moving his company to Utah. So we talked a little bit back then. And it's been amazing to watch how he grew his company here and what he brought to our landscape here in Utah.

Tom Kelly: |00:35:11| Sulli, it's been great to talk to you. We're going to wrap things up now with a little section that I call fresh tracks. A few relatively simple questions to let us learn a little bit more about you. And I'm going to start out with one that you kind of just answered a little bit. But if you were to pick another outdoor activity that you really love outside of skiing, what would that be?

Steve Sullivan: |00:35:34| I think number two these days would probably be mountain biking and gravel biking. But fly fishing has been a huge part of my life for many years. And so that's probably my number two activity. I'm a skier and a fly fisherman at heart.

Tom Kelly: |00:35:51| Are you doing much snow biking, fat biking?

Steve Sullivan: |00:35:54| I am. I've just recently got into that. I've had a fat bike for quite a while that I, you know, used to ride on the bike path once in a while to work. And now they're grooming mountain bike trails here. And it is an absolute riot. It's so smooth. That's the one thing I really like about it compared to mountain biking, you know, the trails get so smooth in the winter and it has become a really growing new category here in Jackson and around the intermountain west. Super fun.

Tom Kelly: |00:36:23| Yeah, it really is. You see him around here in Utah as well. It's quite an amazing activity. OK, let's take it back to skiing. When you get down here to Utah, which I know is reasonably often, do you have a favorite skier you like to go to?

Steve Sullivan: |00:36:38| Well, I've started skiing at Park City a lot more because it's really close. I can walk down the street from our shopping, go get some laps. But you know what? I think my favorite ski area in Utah is Snowbasin. I just love Snowbasin. My daughter, in fact, I'm going to be down there this weekend for a ski race with my daughter. And I've been looking forward to that for a month because I just think it's a tremendous ski area. It's not very crowded. The terrain is awesome. And, you know, I don't think they, you know, if I had to pick, like, the perfect powder ski area, I would probably say Alta. But I really like the terrain and the diversity at Snowbasin.

Tom Kelly: |00:37:17| Yeah, it's really quite an amazing place. By the way, I did a podcast a few weeks ago with Travis Seeholzer from Beaver Mountain, which actually isn't all that far from you. So you might want to check that out sometime if you haven't already. Yeah, that'd be cool. So we haven't really talked too much about some of the crazy outdoor activities that you do and how you skin up mountains in the morning and so forth. But if you were to cite one really crazy outdoor accomplishment that you have to your credit, what would that be?

Steve Sullivan: |00:37:46| Well, I used to climb a lot. And so, you know, I climbed Denali in 1995. That was a pretty crazy one. I skied the Haute Route a few years ago with all my college buddies, which was great. But one of the craziest things I've done recently is I did a race last year down in Aspen called The Power of Four, which is a ski mountaineering race over all the peaks. And Aspen, a buddy of mine coming into it. And boy, did I have to get some miles in last. Last winter, up snow came to, you know, just to get the legs ready for that, but that was really fun.

Tom Kelly: |00:38:20| Cool, since this is a Ski Utah podcast and we're very proud of our High West whiskey, which is distilled right here in the state of Utah. Might you have a favorite High West whiskey brand?

Steve Sullivan: |00:38:34| I do. I like the American Prairie. I think its the best. I like Campfire as well, but I really like that American Prairie.

Tom Kelly: |00:38:41| Yeah, I'm a big Campfire fan. So last question in one word, Sulli, what does outdoor recreation mean to you?

Steve Sullivan: |00:38:50| In one word?

Tom Kelly: |00:38:52| In one word.

Steve Sullivan: |00:38:53| Well, it is. It's my life, I guess, you know. I don't know if I can sum that up in one word.

Tom Kelly: |00:39:02| Well, let's just say life.

Steve Sullivan: |00:39:04| Life. Yeah, that's that's good enough.

Tom Kelly: |00:39:07| Steve Sullivan, thank you for joining us here on the Last Chair podcast. It's been a pleasure to get to know you a little bit better. And I encourage everybody to pick up a catalog or if you're in Utah, get over to Park City and see the store on Main Street. Sulli, thank you so much.

Steve Sullivan: |00:39:21| Awesome to be with you, Tom.

[Author: (Tom Kelly)]

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Best Cheap Eats in Park City I love going out to eat in Park City. Places like Handle, Firewood and 's have special places in my heart and I will always recommend them to friends, family and Ski Utah readers alike as places to try when visiting our little town. 

But those restaurants can get pricy. And for those of us who live here full time, life gets a little out-of-hand if we’re going out to big dinners every night and eating multi-course lunches every time we ski. So today, I’m spilling a few secret budget eats spots around town that we locals frequent. You may have to get a little off the beaten path, but I promise each place is worth it. 


Local grocery store, The Market, houses an unassuming little grill that looks like a high school cafeteria and has what is possibly the best ham, egg and cheese sandwich in the west. For a cool $2.99, it’ll keep you going until lunch… and may actually be cheaper than making breakfast at home.

Pro tip: The grill also houses a Mexican restaurant that makes delicious (and cheap!) tacos and mulitas at lunchtime.  


Wasatch Bagel sports all the breakfast options, whether you prefer breakfast burritos, bagel sandwiches or pancakes. Snag a bagel with cream cheese for $2.98 on your way to or a breakfast quesadilla for under $10. 

Chop Shop Park City (photo credit: Blake Peterson & Panic Button Media)


Owned and operated by John Courtney, who has worked at some of the most well-known restaurants in the states and competed on the Food Network show Chopped, just opened up this butcher shop in Park City and it’s quickly become my newest favorite spot in town. When I’m heading home from a morning of Deer Valley shredding, I always grab a sandwich—specifically, The Gencarelli, which may be the best sandwich I’ve ever had. It’s in-house roasted pork loin, caper mayonnaise, salsa verde and fresh arugula on a stunner of a sourdough bread loaf, all for only 12 bucks. Also, their Breakfast All-Day—breakfast sausage, wood-fired egg, cheddar on a housemade biscuit (cooked in their brick oven!)—makes for a killer meal, no matter what time it is.



One of the newer kids in town, Nosh supplies decadent Mediterranean food for a not-so-decadent price. Opened by chef Jason Greenberg, who was once on the kitchen team at the , his food is super authentic, fresh and delicious. The falafel pita is unbelievable—with housemade hummus and an Israeli salad—and the roasted veggie bowl—with shawarma spiced cauliflower and sweet potato—will satisfy every hunger pang for less than $15 per person.


Sit-down food in Park City for under $10 a person? That’s unheard of in Park City. But at this little hole-in-the-wall spot, the food is delicious and cheap. I highly recommend their tacos—specifically their carne asada—which roll in under $3 apiece. Plus, you get chips and access to their delicious salsa bar, so with a few tacos and lots of tortilla chips, you’ll get out of here for under $10 per person.

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Hidden inside of a strip mall, this fine-dining restaurant has all of the delicious food and none of the pretension. The food features creative plays on food, fresh local ingredients and tasty cocktails. While  certainly has high-priced items on their menu, there are plenty of sub-$20 options, as well. I love the Shorty Melt, which is an open-faced sandwich on rye bread with braised short rib, gruyere cheese, garlic pickles, 1000 island dressing, apple-bacon sauerkraut and a fried egg. You really can’t go wrong with this after a long day shredding pow. 



Is there ever a bad time for pizza? Maxwells has the best pie in town with thin New York-style crust that pairs perfectly with cheap beer. The TVs are always playing sports, the bartenders are (mostly) friendly and you’ll end up sidled up on the bar next to a local who’ll give you the best tips on where to cross-country ski the next day.

Pro tip: While known for their pizzas, don’t miss their Philly Cheesesteak. I like it with beef, white American cheese and all the veggies. Plus, their fries are good


I’m serious. Park City's Whole Foods hides the Silver Mine Tap Room—a little bar and grill with a massive beer and wine list and some of the best bar bites in town. It’s not unheard of (by my husband) to have someone (me) go to the grocery store and not come home for a couple hours because oysters are $1 on Friday and glasses of rose come in under $10. It’s kid-friendly—their grilled cheese is amazing—and the food is solid across the board. 

Whether you’re cruising into town for a high-end vacation or couch surfing while you chase storms, there’s something inexpensive in Park City for everyone. Let us know what you try! 

[Author: (Courtney)]

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The Different Sides of Snowbird Resort We know what is all about. The steep and deep. The gnarly terrain littered with cliff drops. The three-thousand feet of leg-burning vertical accessed from a single tram ride to Hidden Peak. All those blessed virtues that led one unfortunate chap to post a negative yelp review and spawn an entire advertising campaign.  

But you don’t have to be an aspiring freeride professional with a penchant for big air and an Instagram handle that’s some iteration of @CliffHuckstable to enjoy the 'Bird. Whether you’re looking to get rad or simply searching for some cruiser corduroy turns, some mellow meadows to skip through and somewhere to shred with the kids, the 'Bird is the word.

Leisurely Lapper

Skiing and snowboarding are lifestyles. Après is life. You enjoy arcing some turns as much as the next person, but the scenery, the vibes and the good times are just as important as the serious business of getting after it.


Hop off the Aerial Tram at 11,000 feet atop Hidden Peak where an enormous variety of slopes drop off under your bases. Thankfully, in addition to the imposing steeps of Macaroni Chute, you can access the finest, longest cruiser laps around. Chip’s Run to Who Dunnit is a glorious, unending top-to-bottom ripper of a groomer lap tracing the mountain’s outline all the way back to the tram deck.

When the sun comes out, dip into Mineral Basin for a meandering ride down Lupine Loop to the base of the lift. Take Mineral Basin Express back to the top, and drop in for a marathon lap. Head down the Road to Provo toward the Twin Peaks, pick up speed down Mark Malu Fork toward Goblin Gulley, Bassackwards and Big Emma. Whether high-speed carving or leisurely lapping, the endless cruiser runs at Snowbird are tough to beat.

After some relaxed riding, take your après seriously at . The retro vibe with a full dinner and cocktail menu available starting at 4 p.m. is perfect for sending it with some after-ski refreshment.

Boosty Betty

One must go backwards to push the sport forwards. That’s why you’re always riding on twin tips. What time is it? It’s airtime. And you have a flight to catch.


Some might think the 'Bird is for freeriders, and those freestylers belong over at Brighton or Park City. Not so fast. Snowbird has a well-manicured terrain park with jumps, rails and a halfpipe in Gad Valley you can quickly lap from either Mid-Gad or Gadzoom. It’s terrific fun in the spring and to add a bit of variety to those rare days between storms.

Beyond the boundary of the terrain park, you’ll find natural features all over the mountain ready for your aerial exploits. Head out Road to Provo to find groups of shredders sessioning “The Wave.” Take it any size you like, whether that’s small or to the moon, to a forgiving landing. Or head down Chip’s Run for a jib lap. There’s no jumping allowed in the slow zones, but along the periphery of the runs are myriad jumps and jibs of all shapes and sizes. The only limit to freestyle potential at the 'Bird is the boundary of your creativity.

After taking to the skies all day, take it underground at . Most of the best hits at the 'Bird are unofficially named, poorly kept secrets. The best way to find your way to them is by ingratiating yourself with the locals while sharing a dimly lit cocktail.  

Hiking Harry

Corduroy is for pants. Powder is for the people. You wouldn’t dare be caught inbounds with those tech bindings on your skis or splitboard if you weren’t using the chair bumps to sneak in extra backcountry vert.


Sure, there’s plenty of great hike-to, inbounds terrain at Snowbird, but you’re here to get beyond the ropes. The best way to do that is with . Their guided backcountry ski tours take you up the mountain and into epic terrain beyond the boundaries.

New to the backcountry? Perfect. Snowbird Mountain Guides will help you safely access untouched powder in backcountry terrain, all while educating you about the process and providing the required gear. Already experienced but you want some local beta to help find the goods? Look no further.

Since you clearly don’t mind the extra effort, head up the hill for a bit of après at the once you’re done hunting powder. You’ll find plenty of backcountry aficionados there willing to swap stories of hard-earned pow turns over a pint. Affectionately dubbed "the p-dog" by locals, this bar is open to guests of the hotel only for the 2020-21 season.

Sendy Sam

You’re here because that scene in “Better Off Dead” where John Cusack’s stunt double tomahawks down the K-12 (aka Great Scott at the 'Bird) makes your blood boil. Who’d willfully waste gnarly pow turns just to get the comedic shot? You’re here to send, and you have the stamps to prove it.

No matter what lift you get on at the 'Bird, the gnar is at your fingertips. Hop of Gadzoom Express, traverse through the trees and thread the needle down the rocky steeps of the aptly-named Organ Grinder. Head a bit further down the hill and find plenty of hair-raising terrain in the Get Serious Chutes.

Drop in straight under the Aerial Tram for an array of spicy steeps and bottomless powder along the cirque or head out the Baldy Traverse before doing your best IFSA impersonation through the chutes and cliffs like the ominously-titled Femur Rock. Find some fun in the sun out in Mineral Basin among the steeps of the Bookends. You don’t need to be a 20-year local to seek out thrilling terrain at Snowbird, but even if you are, you’re still likely to uncover hidden gems you won’t even share with your closest friends.

You’ve been impressing people all day with carefully timed feats of glory as the tram passes overhead. Make sure the onlookers continue to notice you during the après hours by tipping back a tall can you picked up from the on the tram deck as they file back to their cars.

Found this interesting? Check out The Different Sides of Deer Valley too. 

[Author: (Tele Tony)]

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Jeremy Jones: Progressing Sport at Woodward Growing up in the Salt Lake Valley in the '80s, Jeremy Jones developed a knack for searching out urban skate and snowboard venues to feed his passion. Today, the sport legend has found it all under one roof as snow manager at .

Founded as a gymnastics camp in the hills of Pennsylvania a half century ago, today the   brand is bringing progression in sport for kids of all ages to snow-covered mountains across America. This episode of Last Chair: The Ski Utah Podcast take you to the brand new   which features a mountain sports park with progressive features and a fun-packed, kid-friendly indoor action sports hub with skate ramps, trampolines and more.

My guide for the day and podcast guest was the legend himself, freestyle skater and snowboarder Jeremy Jones, whose persona and sport background is a magnet for young athletes. A Utah native, Jones grew up skating as a kid but quickly morphed into snowboarding when it got too cold in the winter. He was hooked. Jones can tell you pretty much any urban rail or feature down in the city. But now he oversees snow programs for , creating the same environment he had to search out in the city as a kid - but all self-contained in a fabulous new indoor and outdoor facility right on I-80 between Salt Lake City and Park City.

Jeremy Jones Portrait

Since opening for the 2019–20 season, Woodward has been a hit for locals and Utah visitors alike. It offers a crazy mountain park with a well-conceived progression of features, an indoor action sports hub and a tubing park. You can buy monthly or daily passes, then just reserve a session of your choice.

What really struck me about  was its welcoming atmosphere. If you've never been to a Woodward facility, you'll feel comfortable from the start. A start park will greet you when you walk onto the mountain. And up top, there's a right to left progression across the hill with everything from simple rollers and snow-level rail boxes, to 50-foot jumps and big rails.

It's inspiring to see the kids just want it so much and feel the confidence to give it a try.

The day Jeremy and I rode at Woodward, rising star Brock Crouch was in the house. Olympic champion Red Gerard had been there two days earlier before leaving for a film shoot. "All the pros are hitting me up to ride Park City," said Jones. "And I love it - I'm just 'yes, please come, test it out, tell me what you think, how can we make it better?'"

Jones told the story of a few days earlier when Crouch high-fived a group of campers on the hill. "This one kid was just - he got juiced up and he's like, 'hey, Brock, come watch this.' And he had that moment in front of one of the best professional competitive snowboarders. There's nothing more powerful than that experience. And, you know, that's just Woodward!"

What is Woodward's approach to sport?
When you walk in, you have start parks and progression parks and you can level up before you even get on the chair. You're going over rollers and berms and getting a carpet experience up the mountain. And so you learn gravity without having to get on a chair. And whether you have a lesson or you're just showing up, you can walk in there and start snowboarding in a totally safe environment. Every single hill and pitch in that is low enough grade and mellow enough and feeding you into the hill. There's nowhere for you to go. It's not a catcher's mitt. You're actually working against gravity. And we build it so that that's in your favor.

How have you integrated the stars of the sport at Woodward?
Red Gerard and Danny Davis - they're great snowboarders, the best there is - they're different generations. Danny has Peace Park, which is a really cool product, and he's built that up himself. It was really authentic and he wanted to share that with Woodward. We also piggybacked off Red's Colorado house where he has a little rail park at the back of their family home - Red's BKYD. We brought that in because people want that element of accessible snowboarding, how you can go in the streets, you can go in your backyard, you can set things up and then come to Woodward and experience it at a really refined level.

Jeremy Jones Airing Hip

Your kids are teens now - what do you do together for family fun?
We snowboard together and skateboard together. And play music together, they're just kind of becoming my little friends. My son has challenged me. He's been into things that I was never into - traditional sports like lacrosse, basketball, football. And so I've been so grateful for him because he's taught me to tolerate that more than I ever did. And he's taught me to actually love it because I watched him fall in love and I watched him progress and I became the student and he enjoyed that.

There's plenty more in this episode of Last Chair: The Ski Utah Podcast.

  • Jeremy's sport heroes growing up in Utah.
  • How the sounds of a shopping mall inspired him as a kid.
  • Of the dozens of films in which he's appeared, which is his favorite?
  • Most renegade place he's ever ridden!

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Woodward Park City is one of a network of Woodward sport parks on mountains across America. It offers an innovative approach to sport for a new generation of ski and snowboard enthusiasts - locals and Utah visitors alike. Lessons, rental gear, food - it's all there.

What's Outside?
Beginners can kick off their experience in the magic-carpet-served Start Park. Off the Hot Laps Chairlift, you'll find a right to left progression with multiple terrain parks, box and rail features, Peace Park, Red's BKYD and more. Oh, and don't forget the tubing hill!

What's Inside?
The indoor Action Sports Hub features 66,000 sq. ft. of fun with action sports concrete park, pump track, mini ramps, parkour zone, spring floor, Olympic grade trampolines and foam pits.

How to access Woodward? Visitors and locals can buy a membership or a daily pass, then reserve your session time for any of the facilities.

Where is Woodward?
Woodward Park City is located right on I-80 between Salt Lake City and Park City.

Last Chair S2 Ep12 - Jeremy Jones

Tom Kelly: |00:00:00| Welcome, everyone, to Last Chair, the Ski Utah podcast. Today, we're coming to you live from Woodward Park City. There is a lot of activity here today. It's so much fun to come in this facility and see all the kids. And yesterday, I had a great opportunity to do a mountain tour with our guests today, Jeremy Jones. Jeremy, thanks for joining us on Last Chair.

Jeremy Jones: |00:00:19| Hey, thanks for having me. This is cool. I'm excited.

Tom Kelly: |00:00:22| You know, it really was so much fun. I've been driving by Woodward since it opened about a year and a half ago and finally had a chance to get up on the mountain. And you gave me a great little tour. Man, it was snowing big time yesterday.

Jeremy Jones: |00:00:36| Yeah, we had some coming down. And it's like its own ecosystem here. You know, we'll have sun and race out there to get the good light. And then the next thing you know, it's dumping. And I mean, what was that yesterday we had our first run was kind of sunny and by our third run it must've snowed close to an inch.

Tom Kelly: |00:00:54| We were --- the visibility was really pretty sketchy. And we're standing on top of one of the features and, you know, the features. I don't I'm sitting there. I think I'm really close to the edge, but I can't see.

Jeremy Jones: |00:01:06| Yeah, it can get it's a little nerve-wracking sometimes. So, yeah, knowing the terrain is definitely key on the flat light days up here for sure.

Tom Kelly: |00:01:14| What was the most fun for me though, was seeing the kids. We spent a little time in the center here and lots of little kids out playing in the different recreation areas and, you know, kids up on the skate deck and then going outside and seeing more of the same on snow. That was really fun to see.

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Jeremy Jones: |00:01:30| Yeah, it's really cool. It's a lot of action up here. And, you know, it's inspiring. It's inspiring to see the kids just want it so much and feel the confidence, you know, to give it a try. They feel like the environment is providing that. I mean, you can just see it even without hearing it from people. I mean, I've watched snowboarding, I've watched skateboarding and BMX, skiing, you know, for thirty-five years. And so and I pay attention to the athlete like the body in the way that it moves. And kids just learn at a different pace now. And, you know, you see it, you can tell that they're seeing something that we didn't see when I learned they come out of the gate swinging at a different pace, you know, and we just need to provide a little safer environment for that because of how hard they come out.

Jeremy Jones: |00:02:22| You know, like day one of a kid on a snowboard is just so much different than day one twenty years ago. And, you know, it's important to give them the environment that they can learn safely and actually get somewhere with it before they get to hurt and camp.

Tom Kelly: |00:02:38| It was interesting to see even on the mountain, you have a progression direction. And we're going to talk more about progression a little bit later and about Woodward Park City. But I want to talk first about your background. I know you grew up here in the Salt Lake Valley, became a legend, but answer this for me right out of the chute. There are two Jeremy Joneses out there. Which one of you dudes is the real one?

Jeremy Jones: |00:03:02| I'm the real one. No, just kidding. I actually had in 2003, I had a Trans World Magazine...TransWorld Snowboarding mag interview, and they titled it The Real Jeremy Jones. And so they gave me that name and it sort of stuck.

Jeremy Jones: |00:03:20| And so I was kind of jokingly the real Jeremy Jones for some time but not self. I didn't claim it myself. It was just sort of put on me. But I think we're both the real Jeremy Jones.

Tom Kelly: |00:03:34| And, you know, to be totally clear, it is pretty interesting because you both come from a little bit different sector of the snowboard culture. And, you know, I've learned a lot more about you and planning to come up here and chat about Woodward Park City. So you grew up in Farmington, which is just a little bit north of Salt Lake City. How did you ultimately get into skate and snowboard?

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Jeremy Jones: |00:03:56| Well, skateboarding just came up going to school ... Shopping for back to school clothes with my mother. We went to Fashion Place Mall in Sandy and we drove up from Farmington. So that's a big trip. And it was a rainy day. And we were walking in and there was a pavilion and it was dry. And, you know, in your walk in those pavilions with roofs, with a building gets real echoey. You know, the sound can be echoey. And I'm walking in and we're about to walk in the doors. And I look over and I call him the long hairs - there are these two long hairs and 80s style shaped skateboards, you know, pointy noses, really short nose from the wheels, bigger tail, and one of them all lead, which is a crack of the tail. And the board lifts up when you jump simultaneously with it. And he must've got off the ground two feet. And the crack of that sound of his ... of that plywood hitting the concrete under that pavilion in that moment of rain and seeing these kids just like find a zone that they could do this, it just hit me, just struck. And all I could think about from that day on was. How do I do that, how do I hear that sound, how do I feel what I think that guy felt like and I just started chasing it. I mean, I chased it from that moment, you know, from looking for school clothes. It was like, OK, what does the skateboarder wear? Because at night it was imprinted. They had on, like, hobey shorts. And that I was like, where do I find those shorts? Where do I find those bright colored shorts that that dude had on? Because that's me now.

Jeremy Jones: |00:05:41| And I it just that was it. It was as simple as that. And then my brother got ... my younger brother got a skateboard that Christmas and I pretty much stole it and that. And then I just I've never stopped since. And then that ultimately led me into snowboarding because I loved skateboarding so much. The winters were so cold, you'd slap your hands on the concrete and it just stung and it was so painful. And how do I do this? How do I do this in the winter? And, you know, wasn't really indoor skate parks and things like that that we have now. And I was like, well, I can't remember how I saw snowboarding, but something tipped me to it. So I took my skateboard, took the trucks and the wheels off, and then I spun it so that the tail was the nose and I screwed in two inner tubes from a bike tire and had two little stirrup straps. And then I was bombin' this goalie for a full season and my buddy's back yard in Farmington. So that next year I bought essentially a Kmart snowboard that had metal edges because I learned that you had to have that to get up at Brighton and they allowed that even then they were really progressive in in allowing, you know, more than skis on it on a mountain. And so that's where I ended up. I just sort of, you know, we'd go to Nordic Valley and Powder Mountain and they were kind of on that, too. And it was much cheaper up there. And we were a little closer than in Farmington. And so I was the first few years just kind of figuring it out.

Tom Kelly: |00:07:17| Jeremy, how old were you when you and your mom, when school clothes shopping down in Fashion Place Mall?

Jeremy Jones: |00:07:24| That was going into seventh grade, into junior high, so out of sixth grade. Yeah. So what year is that? It was 1987. Yeah. So it was just, it was just coming on. Yeah.

Tom Kelly: |00:07:40| You know we're going to talk a little bit more about this later, but I really love something. You said that, you know, it was the sound that triggered it. And then pretty soon it was what is the dude wearing and how can I be like that? Sport really is about all those things. It's not just what you do. It's how you look. It's the lifestyle and the culture it represents, isn't it?

Jeremy Jones: |00:07:59| Absolutely. I mean, it was for me, you know, it was the whole package and that ultimately was the hook. And it is the sounds and snowboarding's the same way. There's so that's why I like street snowboarding so much, because the sounds of my board on the steel and the sounds of my board clacking off concrete and. Man, I just it just hooks me in I don't I, I don't know what it is. I can feel it like my bones seeing to it almost in a sense. And, you know, powder's great. I love powder. There's not a feeling like that to ride powder on a snowboard. I've never experienced that. I've skied powder. I've served without bindings. I've snow skated. You know, I've still strapped my skate deck but it's just a traditional snowboard ripping through the powder floating man. It's like. I mean, I guess it's what flying would feel like, I imagine, or the closest thing to that.

Tom Kelly: |00:09:01| Have you been hang gliding?

Jeremy Jones: |00:09:03| I haven't. No.

Tom Kelly: |00:09:04| It's still on my checklist. I've got it. Maybe he's even listening, but I've got somebody who does hang gliding down in Salt Lake down at Point of the Mountain, and he keeps bugging me all the time. When are we going out and know how to do that?

Jeremy Jones: |00:09:19| I know I debated. I'm a little nervous of it. I used to want to, you know, skydive and hang, glide a little bit and then. I think it might have passed me by.

Tom Kelly: |00:09:29| Yeah, yeah, yeah, I did learn to fly, so I've got that part down. That was a while and that's behind me now.

Jeremy Jones: |00:09:34| Congratulations.

Tom Kelly: |00:09:35| Well, thank you. Thank you. It was a real task. I just ... my wife gave me lessons for Father's Day. I think this is back in the early 90s. And I just hammered at it and I knocked it all off down at Salt Lake and in about six months. And I flew for quite a few years. But, you know, there's just if you don't do it that often is just too many things that can go wrong.

Jeremy Jones: |00:09:54| You've got to be tuned in to it.

Tom Kelly: |00:09:56| Totally do. So you eventually took this from a passion that you learned in seventh grade and you parlayed it into quite a pro career as a freestyle rider.

Jeremy Jones: |00:10:08| Yeah. I mean, I, you know, had. I don't know, a lucky path, I guess, but it wasn't without its efforts and it's hard work and navigating a lot of. You know, negative energy from people because it was a path unknown, it was a. It was something people hadn't really done, you know, there were people before me for sure, but. You know, it just wasn't a career option, it wasn't a way to. It was just another way to be a ski bum, essentially, you know, and that's the way it was viewed, no one took it seriously. And so but I did like I mean, it was the most serious thing I, I knew still kind of is, you know, and. So, yeah, it was just how am I doing this, how am I doing this forever? And that's that's it. That's the drive. That's, you know, actually, Tanner Hall said it best in the podcast I was listening to this morning. And he just said, I mean, he hit it on the head. He just said that everything he says, he gets that question a lot. What's the drive? Why do you keep doing it? Why do you keep coming back? And he's just like, so that I can ski so that I can feel it. That's what that's the drive. And, you know, you want it to be your character. You want it to be who you are. And you're just going to go hard at everything. But the truth is, like, I just want to feel the snow under my feet on a snowboard hitting rails and making patterns like that's it.

Tom Kelly: |00:11:47| By the way, listeners, if you want to get the three-hour and 20 minute version of Jeremy Jones, go check out the bomb hall podcast that he did just a few months ago. It's really a fascinating listen. We're going to be a little bit less than that. We're going to talk about Woodward as well. So you have landed a great role here at Woodward Park City. And we're going to talk about Woodward and the facilities it has nationwide. But give us a little bit of a four one one on what your role is here at Woodward Park City.

Jeremy Jones: |00:12:16| Well, I'm a sports manager. I'm actually employed by POWDR, the parent company of Woodward and sport manager for snow. So I just keep essentially an eye on the mountain product, heavy involvement with the team riders that come and visit us skiers, snowboarders that come through here. You know, we just work film shoots, make sure the parks around and good and try to have progressive designs in the park. And so I just helped facilitate that and manage that.

Tom Kelly: |00:12:48| And are you able to get out on the hill every day?

Jeremy Jones: |00:12:51| In my job description, I think that's kind of the deal. In reality. Not quite. Work tends to take over. But I mean, I'm, you know, back to the driven thing, I need snowboarding. And so if I don't get up on the hill here, on my way home, I'm going to stop and hit a rail somewhere, if there's snow in the street. Like last night, after we rode, I went home and had my first street session and called a filmer and was out until 11:00 at night filming a street spot. I hadn't done it in four years. I got hurt four years ago. And so it's my first time filming back in the street. And it was just a great feeling. And then woke up an hour early this morning before coming in to work so I could stop the rail gardens and hit some rails there because there's snow in the city and it's feast or famine. When there's snow down there, you have to get it because it goes quick.

Tom Kelly: |00:13:46| So anybody else there today?

Jeremy Jones: |00:13:47| No solo.

Tom Kelly: |00:13:48| Yeah. If there were, would they know who you were?

Jeremy Jones: |00:13:52| The snowboarders probably would. Yeah, yeah. I mean, some, you know, I'm getting older faster and the kids are getting younger. And so, you know, the amount of those young ones that know me is, is definitely starting to fade. But I think I'm still kind of a household name, especially around here and at the rail gardens particularly. That's a very local zone. And one I'm known to be a, you know, heavy hand in.

Tom Kelly: |00:14:19| Woodward has really helped to revolutionize what you did as a kid who you didn't have Woodward when you were a kid. Now, how has the company, not just here in Park City, but at its locations around the country, played a role in really revolutionizing what kids can do today? Things that you had to go and kind of go renegade and search out when you were a kid?

Jeremy Jones: |00:14:42| Yeah, I mean, it's just providing a facility that is managed well. You know, sport leadership is something that we're really chasing in innovative environments that are progressive and progressive in design and also progressive in safety. Like how can we keep people safer? You know, you're always going to get hurt. You're always going to pay the price for a big trick eventually, you know, if you keep pushing it. It's going to end up taking you at some point. And so how can we just get people there safe or how can we get, you know, their body awareness to be more programmable so that when they need it, take it to the street or to a real jump up there on the hill from the phone put inside? You know, they've had those repetitions and they've done it over and over and over. And so when they come off of the lip on the snow. They know that they can just close their eyes and be in the foam pit. They're coming around to their feet and they'll put it down. And so, you know, it becomes just that mental switch at some point because you can program the body so well and so safe. And that's what we provide, truly.

Tom Kelly: |00:15:57| Are you able to draw on the experiences from the other Woodward facilities? I know that this actually is a pretty progressive new facility for the organization. But you have resources, Copper, Eldora, the original facility in Pennsylvania, Killington and others. Do you guys work together and share ideas?

Jeremy Jones: |00:16:18| Absolutely. You know, there's an integration element from, you know, powder and then the Woodwards as a whole, all of their locations. You know, everyone every location should absolutely have all the freedom to build their best environment. And that's different in Killington to Park City or Park City to Bachelor. You know, we have different terrain. And so it's about coming up with, OK, let's theme things. Let's come up with a level of excellence that everything has to meet. And then you have all the freedom in the world to design locally and build the best environment wherever it's at. So some things, you know, Park City. Woodward Park City is. Sort of a testing hub, you know, we can apply things on the mountain here, and then if it works, we can suggest other locations apply similar stuff and similar tweaks. And that's that's a really cool thing and unique. No one. No one's had that. And no one's doing that in a space, especially a covid space, where so many companies and resorts are pulling back on this park, you know, and putting the labor into the park, the cat time into the park, the design. And that's where they're pulling money from to put back. And you survive really. And Woodward is just feeding it. Like, let's let's put the foot on the gas, let's keep our parks insane and let's provide the best space, especially in a space where everyone's pulling back. And so we're just doing that. We're going so hard and just trying to be the best at that. And because we feel like we are we feel like we can offer we at least have the network and the resources to provide the best. It's just a matter of lining it up and building it.

Tom Kelly: |00:18:27| Talk to me about the progression that you have on the mountain, and that was one of the things that really stood out for me yesterday where you have very well-organized structure on the mountain right to left, actually really easy to really allow people to move up, skiers, snowboarders to progress right on the mountain in a really easy, safe way.

Jeremy Jones: |00:18:48| Sure. And that's you know, that's a huge part. There's a few layers to that. But if you just go straight to the heart of it, it's John Cumming. And he truly just wants to integrate the best facilities. How can we raise athletes safely? How can we give them the best stuff to ride? And then that's where my boss comes in. Chris Gunnarsson and I worked with him in snowboarding on and off on different projects over the last 20 years. He ran a snow part built company, Snow Park Technologies, and he built the X Games courses since 91 in Crested Butte, you know, day one pretty much. And then he's now this is his vision, his vision of what we experienced on the Hill yesterday. And he built the team. I'm part of that inside that. It's you know, John, John Cumming is saying, I want this. And this is a guy I think can do it. And we're just trying to make it happen. And that's what it is. It's a safe progression. And you saw it right to left. So it's very thought out. We have what we call a playbook, Woodward Mountain Park Playbook. It's essentially our Bible. We constructed that first and we always said it. And in the last 18 months, as we were, you know, we were building the plane as we were flying it. So we were a little I always felt a little bit behind. We knew our vision and what it was, but we were like, we are acting in real-time and applying things in real-time. So it was pretty chaotic and then COVID shut us down. And so this year is really where we needed to come through. And our product is great out there right now. I'm really happy with it and our products. The other Woodward locations are just unbelievable. I mean, the part crews are putting in such amazing work from the cats, from the design and then the handwork that the part kids are doing, you know, it's phenomenal. They've just leveled up and they've risen to the challenge. And sometimes the challenge is felt kind of impossible because I know what the vision is and it's grand and we're barely even touching it, you know, and it's still pretty impactful from what I'm seeing so far.

Tom Kelly: |00:21:06| I know that a hallmark of the company has been build quality and really, you know, fine-tuning things. You've talked about it a little bit. Give people a sense, though, of some of the details that that gets into. I mean, it's really, really precise to have that high level build quality, both from a performance standpoint and also for safety.

Tom Kelly: |00:21:25| Yeah, it is. I mean, there's so many things that go into it. And, you know, I don't have a ton of that experience on snow where I'm in a cat. I don't know what that feels like. And but, you know, you get the right people. They have to pull jumps and transitions. You know, correctly. You can have kinks. Everything has to be running smooth. Snow quality weighs into that. You can have pits, you can have soft spots that will be hidden by a clean room. But you come down and, you know, there's so many things rales can be off pitch tipping set wrong jumps can be too low to close. There are so many little things. And then branding too. And visibility. You know, we experienced that yesterday. How can we animate a mountain with features everywhere? That is, you know, and claim a safer environment, but we need a market, we need to brand it, we need it. Show people how to get down without just flying off something, you know, when they can't see. And so that's where the right to left concept is very it's supportive of that, because if you have that, if you understand that system, you know how to get down. You know, you can go to the right you know, you have a green trail that's going to take you to the bottom with nothing in your path. And if you can't see, that's your escape route, so to speak, you know, and yeah, I just think the philosophy is great and people seem to understand it. I mean, you caught on to it quick. You followed me. You know, we went to progression three, which is three levels up from where you should start, probably. But you trusted me and you followed me over the rollers and you felt it. You saw you saw the vision, you know, with my brief description and then and then trusting that you could take my speed and follow over me, that you weren't going to go over anything that was going to surprise you and, you know, send you off some drop or some big step down jump.

Tom Kelly: |00:23:33| You totally explained exactly what was in my mind. It's that trust. You know, I trusted you. But it was fun because I would never hit that on my own. I mean, we weren't doing anything big, but I would have never gone over a roller like that.

Jeremy Jones: |00:23:47| Right.

Tom Kelly: |00:23:48| But I just said, OK, Jeremy's going over it. I'm following him. He's not going to drop me off the lip. I know that. And it was really, really fun.

Jeremy Jones: |00:23:57| And it was so cool that was rewarding for me because, you know, just seeing you follow through and then you said to me when we stopped, you're like, I get it, that I understand what you're talking about. And, you know, that gave me a bit of the chills. And it is kind of now because that's what we've spent so much time on. We just that's what we want. We want that response where, you know, you've driven by it. You've seen it, you know, on 80 and. It's never felt like a place that's pulled at you that you wanted to go ski because there's big jumps, you see, you know, it looks like you have to be at a level to be here from the street. And then when you walk in, you have star parks and progression parks and you can level up before you even get on the chair. You're going over rollers and berms and getting a carpet experience up the mountain. And so you learn gravity without having to get on a chair that's whipping around a body, which is extremely terrifying for a lot of people just getting on a chair.

Jeremy Jones: |00:24:58| And so how can another element to this is, you know, the first thing you see when you walk across the bridge here at Woodward Park City is the start park. And whether you have a lesson or you're just showing up, you can walk in there and start snowboarding in a totally safe environment. Every single hill and pitch in that is low enough grade and mellow enough and feeding you into the hill. There's nowhere for you to go. It's not a catcher's mitt. You're actually working against gravity. And we build it so that that's in your favor. And then you level up, you move over to the carpet and then you're into some berms and you learn to use your edges and rollers. And then new experienced P3, that's your first lift experience. And we start to introduce jibs, little rails and boxes that are in the ground. Ride on, you don't have to jump up to them. And then you just go from there and, you know, it's. It's beautiful, it's so cool.

Tom Kelly: |00:25:59| When you took the job here, what was it that motivated you to join the Woodward team?

Jeremy Jones: |00:26:06| Well, I mean, I was like you following me on those jumps. I trusted Gunny, you know, Gunny - Chris Gunnarsson - he gave me the, you know, I'm like, really? You want me to come in on this? I mean, OK. And he's like, you should do it. This is good. Here's my vision. And here's ... I have the green light to move on this stuff. And I just trusted him. I was like, all right, I'm going to hop on this train and hope that you don't take me over a cliff because I see your vision and I'm back in it, you know, and that's ultimately what pulled me in. And then I just got to see the environments more. And I've been a part of Woodwards on some camps and as a pro guest, pro visiting. And so I experienced it to some level. But, you know, the last two years, they've all just leveled up so much in build quality, sport, leadership and just the innovative environment that we're pushing across all of that, you know, and that's just what we can do? That's just not the same thing this year. Slopestyle run down the hill straight down, you know, which has tons of value. There's no reason that has to go away. But how can we add to it so that families can ride together so that kids can be safe, so that adults can learn tricks and not just be, you know what? I'm old. This is where I'm at. Like, doesn't have to be that way. You can learn no matter how old you are, you just have to find what that flow is. I mean, you can get into a foam pit and try a front somersault off of the corner just standing there on your feet at 70 years old, if you would like, you may not ever transfer it to the snow. But you might have never done a flip. And now you can, you know, even if it's just standing there diving in a foam pit, it's just you just need to find what your paces and find where you're willing to learn. And, you know, a lot of my friends come and they say, man, can you imagine if we had this when we were kids? And I'm like, my response every time is you have it now. You're younger than me. I'm 45. I know you're 40. What are you complaining about you know, I learned to back flip out there at 45 on my BMX bike. I don't even ride BMX. And I was able to put down a backflip just because I was curious and I wanted to figure it out. And I safely worked my way into that. And then did it like, why what? There's no just find the pace, find where you're at and then see where you can push it. We have the environment for it.

Tom Kelly: |00:28:55| When you look at sport and it can be any sport, really, what are the value points that kids take away from sport other than the athletic aspects or maybe the tricks that they do, but what are some of those kind of life long character traits that they take away from being involved in sport?

Jeremy Jones: |00:29:17| Again, something that evolves, and I think that package of what you take away just gets better and better as time goes on, you know, for me it was independence. It was the confidence to drive my own path and do what I wanted to do, even though it was seemingly against the grain at the time. And then to see it get accepted, to see my participation in it be accepted. I think there's there's huge lesson in that. I mean, that's given me the tools that I need to move into this position, you know, from snowboarding. I've been a pro athlete for 25 years. You know, that's my background. And what did I learn in that 25 years? And how can I now transfer that? Without, you know, this without this pedigree of school, essentially, how can I show people my value? And, you know, there was a time I I was just confident, like, I, I I'll do this, this and this and I'll do it better than anyone else. And I know that I can. And even if I don't know it, I'll learn it. I have that confidence. And that's because of snowboarding. It's because of skateboarding. And it's because of that. For me, it was the resistance that was placed on me that built that thick skin and just made it on. You couldn't penetrate it. You can penetrate me in any other direction, you know, and now it's tuned up. Kids learn the same thing that you learn community. They learn how to interact with people. They meet friends and they are driven by their friends. They meet really cool coaches up here that support them. They see pros, visiting pros. You know, campers yesterday learned how to hit the big or not the bigger, but the last big jump in main line, which is our biggest jump next to the single big air. He hit it for his first time, a camper, you know, because Brock Crouch was here just ripping and the kid was all fired up. And Brock stopped by the campers and high fived them. And the kid was just ... he got juiced. And he's like, well, you can come watch this. And the kid did it, stomped it, you know, and he progressed to that so that he could. But he had that moment in front of, like one of the best professional snow competitive snowboarders that exists right now. And that's you know, that's Woodward. I just. That's an experience and you can't I mean, I don't know that nothing is more powerful than an experience.

Tom Kelly: |00:31:59| You have really integrated some of the top riders into what you do here at Woodward, we saw Brock writing yesterday, but you've also integrated Red Gerard and Danny Davis and others talk a little bit about the importance of having their expertise up on the Hill and what they've helped to develop and just having them essentially as role models for campers and and and skiers and snowboarders who are here at Woodward.

Jeremy Jones: |00:32:25| Yeah, I mean, that's exactly it. Red, Red Gerard, and Danny Davis, they're, you know, great snowboarders, they're the best there is and there are different generations, you know, the best there is for different reasons. Danny has Peace Park, which is a really cool product, and he's built that up himself. It was really authentic. And he wanted to share that with Woodward. And so we partnered up with him and started building Peace Parks across all five locations now. And, you know, the Peace Parks there, it's just so everyone can ride. Danny wanted people to shred. He wanted everyone to shred together so that not be terrified of a 30, 40, 50 foot jump. How can everyone shred and have a good time? Snake runs little hips and you can go small and it's safe or you can go big if you want and find the gap rather than be forced to the gap, you know? And that's a great concept and it fit perfectly into what we were doing. And so that relationship is just wonderful. Danny's great good branding behind it and Red Gerard, same thing. We piggybacked off of his Colorado house. He has a little rail park at the back of their family home that they run, Red's Backyard. And we just, brought that in because people love that we want that element of accessible snowboarding, how can you can go in the streets, you can go in your backyard, you can set things up and then come to Woodward and experience it, you know, at a really refined level, like will pimp out the lips, will pimp out the rails, will make sure everything's sliding and get we're going to brand it Red's and Red might be popping in here and then and, you know, it's just a cool experience. And aligning with those athletes and is is our authenticity. I mean, that's how we need to do it. We can't claim something if it's not tested. I don't think. And these riders are here. You saw it yesterday. Brock Crouch, Red was here two days ago. He took off for a film mission, but he was here riding you know, all the pros coming through town now are hitting me up. Can we go to Park City? I want to ride the jumps. They want a tune up. You know, they want to tune their skills and. Man, it's just so cool, it's so cool to see and it's caught on, you know, the calls you line one person up and then the calls are just like boom, boom, boom. And I love it. I think I'm just like, yes, please come test it out, write it. Tell me what you think. How can we make it better? Because to me, to me, it's feedback. To me it's getting them here is awesome. Them enjoying it is even more awesome. But getting feedback from them, that's the best. Because then I can go take it to the crew and we tweak and we make it better and just and all those small things we referenced back, you know, how is the lip? If it is shifted like we need to be on two knees multiple times a day, like let's level up our whole process, let's be the best.

Tom Kelly: |00:35:33| So how do we participate in this? So if I'm in the Salt Lake Valley or if I'm a tourist visiting Utah for a snowboard trip, how do we get engaged here at Woodward Park City?

Woodward Foam Pit and Trampolines

Jeremy Jones: |00:35:48| It's just come up. Come up, and there are people here to help you - walk you through the whole thing. You can get a tour, you can be the novice of the novice. I mean, you can almost show up. I mean, show up in your clothes, please, show up in your winter clothes. We don't rent that. But for the most part, you can just roll up and experience skateboarding, BMX, roller boards into the foam pit when it opens back up, if it does soon, and or the resi, where it's a soft landing or the mini ramps or the trampolines, you know, you can rent snowboards, you can rent skis, you can we can provide the experience. Just show up. It's inexpensive compared to everything around here. You can book intercessions. It's on a membership kind of system so you can buy a membership. You're paying very little for an all access, which is indoor and outdoor. And you can buy outdoor only, which is, you know, you can buy a month outdoor only and it's cheaper than most day tickets around here.

Tom Kelly: |00:37:01| So just to give people a concept, particularly those who are coming to Park City, haven't been here for a few years or really anywhere you're going in the Salt Lake area, it's pretty accessible, right, I-80. So you can bring the kids up here. They can spend a couple hours up on the snow and then they can go spend a couple of hours inside. Is that right?

Jeremy Jones: |00:37:22| 100 percent. Three hour blocks on snow you can buy. So your commitment isn't ... You know, you can commit to the whole day if you want, but you can buy a three hour pass ten to one. You can go ride the lifts and then. You know, maybe you want to take a break, but at two o'clock, indoor trampoline session or skate session, eat some lunch at the Hive upstairs, you know, grab yourself a burger, take a little break, and then you're on the tramps for an hour and a half session and go home, you know, or just do a three hour session inside or a tubing session. You know, it's I mean, the tubing is so fun.

Tom Kelly: |00:38:04| I love tubing!

Jeremy Jones: |00:38:06| It just goes so fast. And your first time you won't you won't believe it. And it's an experience. And so, yeah, you just you just need to show up, you know, like they say, just show up. That's it, it's it's here and it's for everyone truly, you know, it really is pretty simple.

Tom Kelly: |00:38:26| It was fun for me to be up in the mountain. There's a lot of history, actually, just to diverge a little bit. But they've been skiing up on this hill since, I think, going back into the 1920s and 30s. So there's a long history of skiing here. And to be up there, you get just a whole different perspective. It looks from the highway, it looks kind of like a little hill, but you get up there and there's a lot of terrain. You get some really nice viewpoints. And it's just magical being up there.

Jeremy Jones: |00:38:51| That was great hearing that for you. It was you know, I hadn't heard that. I hadn't heard someone say this is more terrain than I expected. And, you know, I get a little numb to it. I walk these grounds all the time, summer and winter. I'm very familiar and I feel like I can cover the ground pretty quick. So it does feel sometimes small to me. And so to hear that was cool because that means we're using good space, good use of our space that we have and cramming things in, but also giving enough space so that you can breathe on the way down and get down safe.

Tom Kelly: |00:39:25| I was here for the proverbial groundbreaking a few years ago and the plan was just coming to fruition. A lot of us were really excited to see this because we knew we knew what Woodward would bring to our community as it has to others. So it's been a great asset. One more serious question and that we're going to move into some fun stuff, Jeremy. But as you look at you've been here now for a little bit of time and you know what Woodward represents. But when you look at this organization that Woodward has put together, the heritage that has been developed over the last few decades, what is it at its core that really means something to you and to the kids who come here and participate?

Jeremy Jones: |00:40:06| Good question. There's a bit of fluidity, I think, in that. But to pull it all together as one little kind of nucleus, I'd just say it's it's the community. And it's that ... It's knowing that someone has my back, you know, like and I say my back and in reference to all of snowsports currently, you know, I felt like I didn't have that. I felt like I didn't have anyone really having my back when I introduced this to my world, you know? And I just think Woodward provides that. They have your back. The coaches have you back. John Cumming has your back. Chris Gunnarsson has your back, you know. All the locations have your back, they want you to come back, they want you to ride, have a good experience and come home safe so that you'll go back and experience it again, you know, and again. And again and. I think it's just that community, it's that support, and that's ultimately what Woodward is to me. They just offer it and they offer it in a progressive way, like we'll not only get your back, but we'll show you how to level up. And I mean, that's so special to me.

Tom Kelly: |00:41:37| Well, it's an amazing place And so I have this wristband now so I can come back and I can go back up there and I can progress a little bit.

Jeremy Jones: |00:41:45| Absolutely. We'll send you off the lips next time in progression three now.

Tom Kelly: |00:41:51| We'll stay away from the big one. Jeremy Jones, thank you so much. We're gonna move into some hopefully fun stuff for you, what I call Fresh Tracks, a few. I always say they're simple questions and you're good friends. I know, with Chris McCandless, who is on the podcast talking about the gondola project in our last episode, and he's saying, 'jeez, these are not easy questions,' but we'll start it out with did you have a sport hero when you were growing up in Utah?

Jeremy Jones: |00:42:17| Yeah, I know, I hooked into snowboarding and skateboarding, so Bones Brigade was an early skateboard hero(s) ... it was more of a team, but, you know, that's Lance Mountain, Tommy Guerrero. Really. I like style. I was really driven by style. And that's what attracted me. Snowboarding was the street kids from Wisconsin and a couple of guys from Tahoe. Noah Salasnek was, man, the best style. And so he would have been my snowboard, OG snowboard idol and then the Wisconsin kids, Russell Winfield, Nate Cole, Dale Rehberg, those guys in the street and riding rails just made it look so skate and their style was on and that was it. Those were, you know, I don't know about heroes, but definitely people that I looked to, to pull from. And that was my influence. Absolutely.

Tom Kelly: |00:43:16| It's all a part of the culture.

Jeremy Jones: |00:43:17| The culture.

Tom Kelly: |00:43:18| Really is a favorite place you've ridden. That could be a resort street, whatever your favorite place.

Jeremy Jones: |00:43:27| Brighton. Brighton, Utah. That's. I mean, no matter how it's that's where I grew up, it's what I know the best. We have the greatest snow on earth, as you know. So there's that short pitches, dope, little drops everywhere and little jibs everywhere. I love that place.

Tom Kelly: |00:43:47| Most renegade urban venue you've ever skated or snowboarded. Renegade urban venue, I could be any place, any place did not have to have a lift ticket.

Jeremy Jones: |00:44:06| Oooh, so many. Definitely on the snowboard side, we've gotten to some pretty misty zones. Probably going to have to go up to Montreal and we found this castle on the top of a hill. And you had to hike into it and we found this cat driver that we paid 100 bucks to tow us up there. So about half a mile tow yet it was actually a loader that he used and he was like scooping his own trail to get us up there. So we ended up getting up there and we spent two or three days up there. We filmed the night we moved snow inside. It was just all abandoned, graffitied everywhere. We were jumping out of the windows from three stories into landings. We were riding the sides of the walls. It was probably one of the most renegades or we got the most out of it. And visually, it was just. The visuals in the footage was phenomenal, fog, dark, just moody, and it was so we had a great time there.

Tom Kelly: |00:45:12| Love that! You have been in dozens of films. Do you have a favorite?

Jeremy Jones: |00:45:18| I think so. I'm going to have to go with Shakedown by Mack Dawg Productions. That was 2003 and I had switched from Forum to Burton the previous year. And so that was big for me. A lot of people a lot went into that one. I rode my best. I had a great year. I got the last part in the movie, which was huge. It was my first last part. And I was on a new board company and again defied the, you know, the mumblings of my career being over and then ran another 15 years off of that. And so, you know, that was another just big pivot. So it was a good one.

Tom Kelly: |00:46:09| So, Jeremy, what are some fun things you like to do with your kids? And by the way, you've got what I'll call mid teens.

Jeremy Jones: |00:46:16| Yeah,

Tom Kelly: |00:46:16| That's when things are changing, like every day.

Jeremy Jones: |00:46:18| Yeah. Yeah, 16, 14. They're all over the place, but stable to some extent.

Tom Kelly: |00:46:26| What do you like to do for fun with them?

Jeremy Jones: |00:46:28| We snowboard together and skateboard together. And play music together, they're just kind of becoming my little friends, you know, they do do their own thing. My sons challenged me. He's been into things that I was never into, traditional sports, lacrosse, basketball, football. And so I've been so grateful for him because he's taught me to tolerate that more than I ever did. And he's taught me to actually love it because I watched him fall in love and I watched him progress and I became the student and he enjoyed that. It was a good, good experience for me and him, you know, to say, teach me how to throw this football so that you can get better, teach me how to, you know, play lacrosse so that you can get better. I can help you level up. And it was really cool. It was humbling for me and I think inspiring for him to be like, yeah, my dad's got my back, he's down.

Tom Kelly: |00:47:31| Cool. And we're getting down to the end here. Now, I ask all of my guests this, and if you've listened to a few podcasts, you probably know this, but groomers, moguls, glades or powder.

Jeremy Jones: |00:47:46| Powder.

Tom Kelly: |00:47:47| Got to go with it.

Jeremy Jones: |00:47:48| Yeah, I mean, yeah, for sure, this yeah. Powder, yeah. Steel in there. I should have done then I think still then I would go steal. Steel and powder.

Tom Kelly: |00:48:02| So here's your challenge sometime this year. You've got to get me to ride a rail.

Jeremy Jones: |00:48:07| All right, progression three, that's your zone. Actually, we're going to bring it down to progression two for you and it'll even be lighter. So we're going to ... we'll do it. You'll be skiing around Jeremy.

Tom Kelly: |00:48:19| Last one. In one word, what does sport mean to you? What has it meant to your life?

Jeremy Jones: |00:48:30| Passion.

Tom Kelly: |00:48:32| It's about passion, isn't it? You have a lot of it, and I tell you, it is on display here at Woodward. So gratifying to walk in here. And I remember vividly this little girl bouncing on the trampoline when I came in yesterday. And I can see that same sparkle in your eyes when you're up on the mountain. So, Jeremy Jones, thank you for joining us on The Last Chair.

Jeremy Jones: |00:48:53| Hey, thanks, Tom. I appreciate it. This has been great.

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Best At Home Equipment to Invest In In today's circumstances, home gyms are hot commodities! They have allowed people to continue fitness routines and programs despite gym closures or limited capacity. While equipment can be hard to come by these days, here is a list of some “must-haves” and a “wish list.” Keep in mind, you don’t need much to get fit! There is lots of opportunity with the right program, regardless of budget and the amount of equipment you can acquire. 

Must Haves:


Anyone can get outside with a pair of running shoes and get in a jog, hill sprints or long run. If we want to maintain or gain strength, we need to have some form of weight. Assuming you are going to invest in a minimal amount of gear, you may be limited to one, maybe two sets of dumbbells.

If you are only getting one pair, don’t be fooled into getting the heavy ones. Set the ego aside, but don’t sandbag it either. A good goal would be to find a set of dumbbells with a weight that allows you to do the following work:

-15-20 reps of a deadlift with BOTH dumbbells 

-12-15 reps of a squat with BOTH dumbbells on your shoulders

-8-12 reps of a push press with BOTH dumbbells on your shoulders

These sets should not be to failure, but a bit unpleasant by the end of the suggested rep ranges. This loading should allow you to do a variety of workouts with varying rep schemes and movements. Some of you may be wondering about kettlebells. These are also a great option but they often take more skill to learn how to use and nearly anything we do with them can be accomplished with dumbbells. Dumbbells provide a lower barrier to entry in regards to technique and skill. 


Rings Pull OR Up Bar:

The beauty of the rings is that they can hang from a variety of places as long as you have something secure to mount them to either inside or outside. Plus, you can easily adjust the height to make movements easier or harder. You can do upper body, lower body and midline work with minimal space and a little education on the rings. Pull-up bars are great for exactly that, pull-ups. There are a variety of options out there but I would suggest only getting one if you have a secure place to mount it. The studs in your garage wall or a basement ceiling tend to be good options. 


Believe it or not, plyo boxes can get pretty spendy. If you’re looking for an easy workaround you can get handy and build one on your own. A quick google search can show you a variety of ways to build one of your choice. If you’re not a fan of getting out the tools a simple and effective option is a sprinkler box or that Yeti cooler you have sitting in the corner. As long as these are on a secure surface where they won’t slide around or have risk of tipping over you should be good to go. The sprinkler boxes come in a variety of sizes as well but they are tough to find in anything higher than about 15”. 20” is usually a good starting point for most people and allows for a variety of movements. 

You can do box step-ups, box jumps, lateral hops, etc. These can be unloaded or loaded and a simple addition like this will open up a host of exercises. 

Jump Rope:

These are, for the most part, incredibly inexpensive, you can take them wherever you go, and they are a great tool for some cardio work. They require motor control, balance and with different jump rope variations, it may be more entertaining than you think. You don’t simply have to skip rope. You can alternate feet like you are running in place, move in and out like a jumping jack, forward and back, practice crossovers or double unders. Get creative! 

Wish List:

Barbell and Plates: 

Now we are getting into a more serious home gym setup. This would be for those of you looking to get into more traditional lifts like power and Olympic lifting movements that require a barbell. Before you grab any old barbell, there are things to consider. Think of barbells like a set of skis or ski boots. You can buy low end, or high end. At the end of the day, anything will work but you pay for what you get and if you invest in a reasonable barbell, it will last you a lifetime. For frame of reference, you can get a great, all-around barbell for roughly $250-300. I would suggest checking out Rogue Fitness and taking a look at their Ohio Barbell or the Rogue 2.0 bar.

Depending on what kind of lifting you plan on doing, it may be a good idea to invest in some bumper plates as well. These allow you to drop the barbell and won’t do any damage to concrete. I still suggest something to drop the weights on like some ¾” stall mats, but with or without the mat, you would be unable to drop a bar with metal plates on it and not have some pretty poor consequences to follow. The Rogue HG bumper plates are a great investment and you have a few different choices when it comes to how much weight you would like to have for your workouts. 



If you’re going to have a barbell and plates, you will want a rack. I would suggest either a power rack that you can mount to the ground or one of the folding options that Rogue offers. You will need some space for these but in the grand scheme of things, they take up a very small footprint. The other bonus is that they will have a pull-up bar at the top of them! 


There are some stand-alone options that provide you the opportunity to squat or bench press but you are more limited on what you can do with them. The positive side with either option is you can often set them up to have some form of plate storage on the side of the rack to help keep things organized. 

Rower or Bike:

For those of us that are less inclined to get outside for our runs in the winter, a rower or bike is a great investment. Some of you may already have a trainer for your mountain or road bike which would be a great tool to use as well. If not, consider a rower. These are incredibly simple to maintain, are easy to get parts for if needed, last a lifetime and are easy to store when you prop them up. Concept 2 makes a few different models. I would suggest model D with a PM5 monitor. If you have used an erg before, you know how far in the pain cave you can go, if you really want to!



Having some kind of flooring is a definite bonus. Once you acquire even a small amount of gear, I would suggest looking into ¾” stall mats. You can find these at your local tractor supply (although they have been a hot commodity recently and are difficult to come by), or even a local feed supply shop. It’s basically a horse stall mat that is solid rubber but it gives you both a firm surface to lift on, and if you accidentally drop something, you will have a better chance of saving the surface you are standing on. 

Another option if you’re looking for something that has some more “give” is a Dollamur Mat. These are easy to roll up and store off to the side when not in use. They can be great for lunges to save your knees or anything that has you laying on the floor from sit-ups, planks or even yoga. 

Don’t feel like you need to acquire all the equipment at once, especially in a time like this when fitness equipment is priced at a premium. Piece together your home gym one thing at a time, if needed. Check out KSL, your local Craigslist or keep an eye out for gyms that may be selling off some of their old equipment. Some of the new equipment these days may be a better investment, depending on what you are purchasing. I’m a huge fan of Rogue Fitness due to their customer service, high-quality equipment and warranties. Also, everything is made in the U.S.A. 

Ultimately, start with what you can afford and space you have for it. The top four picks of dumbbells, rings, box and a jump rope can get you a long way. Now you have no excuse not to get in your workout with your new home set up! 

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National Ability Center: Making The Greatest Snow on Earth Accessible to Everyone The joy of experiencing The Greatest Snow on Earth should be felt by everyone, and the outdoors don’t discriminate. But in the growing conversation about diversifying the outdoors, people with disabilities who face barriers to entry keeping them from being able to get outside and recreate have been historically overlooked. (NAC) in Park City works to change that by serving as a doorway to Utah’s outdoors with adaptive programs for an enormous range of people with different abilities.

Though adaptive sports programs are available in select locations throughout the country, what separates the NAC is the breadth of winter programming they offer from a single incredible location in the Wasatch Back. From skiing and snowboarding to fat biking to backcountry camping at a yurt in the Uinta Mountains, the NAC is prepared to facilitate outdoor adventure at whatever level participants are seeking.  

With a fully accessible onsite lodge just 10 minutes from the NAC Mountain Center at and an expansive trail network right out the back door, the NAC is uniquely suited for a winter trip. Each season between 40-60% of participants in NAC outdoor adaptive programs come from out of state. Add in a robust scholarship program and strategic partnerships to help shoulder costs, and the NAC ensures it never has to say no because of financial burden. Just make it out to Utah and the NAC will facilitate the rest.

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NAC instructors are trained in a huge variety of adaptive techniques to help riders of every ability experience the thrill of skiing and snowboarding in Utah’s beautiful mountains and ultimately ski and ride independently with friends and family. With mono-skis, bi-skis, 3-tracks, 4-tracks, ski bikes and snowboards, the NAC’s inventory of adaptive equipment fits any participant. Ski and snowboard programs are available from the NAC’s Mountain Center at Park City Mountain, or at , and .  

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It’s always more rewarding when you work for it, and Nordic skiing is an incredible way to explore the outdoors in winter. The NAC has sit and stand equipment, ensuring participants of every adaptive need can get a cardio workout while adventuring in the Utah mountains. The Round Valley trail system, adjacent to the NAC’s facility, has tons of area to explore, or participants can venture to offsite locations in the Wasatch and Uintas to experience the Beehive State beyond Park City. 

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Snowshoes are a wonderful tool for exploration whether it’s to visit local highlights in Park City like Daly Canyon or to explore a backcountry yurt in the Uinta Mountains all while improving spatial awareness and balance.

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Explore Park City’s famous mountain bike trails in winter with the NAC’s fleet of fat bikes. With upright bikes, recumbent fat bikes and fat tire handcycles, every ability of cyclist can rip through Round Valley’s fast and flowy terrain, even when it's covered in snow. Cyclists can work on their skills year-round and bring honed technique to dry trails in the warmer months. 

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The NAC’s private yurt in the Uinta Mountains is a unique backcountry getaway accessible to adaptive adventurers. Snowshoeing and Nordic skiing overnight trips are all possible with NAC guides supporting the adventure. Backcountry yurt camping trips are temporarily unavailable due to COVID-19.

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It’s a bit chilly to be on outdoor rock during winter, but the NAC’s climbing facility at The Hub in Park City makes it possible to climb all year. NAC guides are trained in adaptive techniques and equipment to help participants of every ability refine their technique and push boundaries to reach the top whether bouldering or climbing with a rope.  

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NAC equestrian programs run year-round with adaptive horseback riding, equine-assisted learning (EAL) and hippotherapy available throughout the winter. No matter the goals and abilities of the rider, NAC instructors pair participants with horses to facilitate incredible experiences from mounted adaptive riding skills lessons and occupational therapy to unmounted EAL programs focused on honing interpersonal skills.

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Sled hockey is every bit the fast-paced sport “stand-up” hockey is, just with some different equipment. The NAC partners with the Park City Ice Arena to offer both group events as well as weekly drop-in games open to people of every ability. Toss some sauce and rip some clappers with your friends. Wheel, snipe, celly! Sled hockey programs are temporarily postponed due to COVID-19.

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The NAC is proud to work with active-duty members of the Armed Forces and Veterans from every era in all their programs. Through both group and individual programs, service members are provided access to all NAC programs at no cost, with scholarships available by request for accompanying family members.

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The NAC is home to a variety of competitive teams for all types of riders from Paralympic hopefuls training for the 2022 Games to recreationalists looking to have fun pushing their limits. Alpine skiing and snowboarding, racers and freestyle flyers...whatever discipline and ability, the NAC facilitates and supports competition for every rider of every ability.  

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Spring Family Skiing - From Late Season Powder to Kid-Friendly Dining No, the fun hasn’t melted, in fact, Utah’s ski resorts blossom with the arrival of spring, emerging from beneath months of crowds and storms, to bask skiers and boarders in the glow of longer days and warmer weather. It’s the perfect time of year to load up the family, cash in spring discounts, lather on the sunscreen and loosen up those layers.

And if late-season powder and ice-less groomers are giving you and the kiddos some serious FOMO, we have a few tips to keep everyone moving well past leap year (we know, not until 2024), St. Patrick’s Day and April Fool’s Day.

Snow + Weather

January and February are known to be the snowiest months in Utah, but a few well-informed searches will have you and your fearless brood laying first tracks in March and April. Our best advice? Hit higher elevation resorts like , , and , all of which are known to average 50”+ of spring snow thanks to their preponderance for North-facing terrain.

And while the storms may keep rolling in, so does the sunshine, giving you that elusive combo of fresh powder and bluebird days. Bring your dark lenses, suncreen and enjoy a little free vitamin D with every turn.

Family-Friendly Dining

What do we love about spring skiing with the whole family? One word – patios. As the sun warms, so does our affinity for soaking it in. Try a few of our favorite on-mountain eateries, complete with views and fresh air.


Located just off the Bonanza chairlift, this refurbished restaurant boasts food for all tastebuds, from poke bowls to French fries.

If the stunning peaks of Little Cottonwood Canyon don’t have you drooling, Alf’s just may. From local brews to grilled cheese sandwiches, we love this location and menu for the whole family.

– Food Truck

Sundance is known for its food and views. As Mt. Timpanogos presides in the background, treat your family to a few authentic tacos while you rest your tired feet on the edge of a fire pit watching skiers load the chairlift.

– The Summit

If you like ambiance with a side of Mediterranean Focaccia then may we suggest The Summit, Snowbird’s restaurant at 11,000’. Choose from two levels on which to dine, and a menu that’s about as diverse as the terrain.

Dress & Protect

Spring skiing only has one rule – don’t overdress. Sunny and 40 degrees is a lot different than snowy and 25. Keep it light and lose the heavy insulation. This means for those of you with little ones who in January and February needed an extra hour to wrap them in down before even touching your poles, hitting the mountain in warmer weather should buy you some time, and sanity.

But before you hop out of the car in shorts and a tank top, don’t forget your sunscreen. Between the higher elevations, increased sun exposure and the reflection off the snow, you don’t want to get caught driving home with a raccoon on your face. 

For more spring tips on mountain safety, we recommend checking out our guide to Spring Break & Beyond.


Spring Discounts & Activities

Resorts know the value of spring skiing – easier parking, soaring through lift lines and general enthusiasm for changing seasons. But they don’t rely on opportunity alone, which is why many offer competitive pricing as temps warm.

  • Spring Camps for ages 7-17. Choose from 3-day camp ($399)  or a 5-day camp ($599). Camp includes indoor and outdoor instruction, daily activities, visiting pros and more! You can find more info on Woodward Camps at their website.
  • Nightly ticket specials
  • Military Appreciation Days on March 26 and April 2 include a free day ticket for Active Duty Military and Veterans with ID. Spouses, immediate family and civilians with base ID will receive 50% off day tickets. 
  • Last-minute Utah Locals Deals can be found during slower weeks. Follow the Powder Mountain social feeds for more up-to-date info.
  • Early- and Late-Season Value Package for lodging beginning Friday, March 26.
  • April 4, 2021 – Ride with the Easter Bunny + Egg Hunt. Ready to hit the bunny hill? Hippety-hop up to Solitude for some spring ski runs with the Easter Bunny. On-mountain egg hunt starts at the Solitude Ski & Ride School. Ages 2-10 are welcome.
  • Stay and Ski Free through spring. Get two free lift tickets for each night of lodging booked at Sundance.
  • will continue to offer their Kids Stay Free program through spring. Book a 4-night minimum stay in a standard room or better, and children ages 12 and under stay in your room at no additional charge. View available dates and learn more on their website here.  
  • Spring Season rates go into effect starting Sunday, April 4 through the end of the season.

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