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Utah Man Reaches South Pole on a Bicycle

Dan Burton finished his 700-mile, 50-day bicycle ride to the South Pole today, arriving just a day before the last plane for the season is scheduled to leave Antarctica. “I called home to my wife and lost all control of my emotions. The black dots on the horizon were the most wonderful thing I have ever seen,” Burton wrote in his blog today, referring to the South Pole station. “It was starting to feel like I would never make it.”

Burton started his journey on December 2 at Hercules Inlet, located at the coast of the Earth’s southernmost continent. Since then he climbed more than 9,000 feet, braved minus 40 temperatures, endured whiteouts, fell into crevasses and experienced supply shortages, but was determined to keep going.

The owner of Epic Biking in his home town of Saratoga Springs, Burton is not new to riding in harsh conditions. He has gone on expeditions in cold weather before, but this time he rode alone and undertook a much more difficult type of a journey. He dedicated the expedition to the memory of his mother, who died from high cholesterol a year before he began his trip. Through his ride, he wanted to encourage others to stay active and overcome the “obesity crisis” of a “physically easy life” that many people lead today. In his blog, Burton suggests that the reason many people lose motivation for exercise is because they pick up activities they don’t enjoy in the first place. He encourages creating a culture of activity, where people should seek out things they actually like doing. “For me that is biking,” Burton says.

He pulled a sled behind him to carry part of his food and equipment, and put the rest into special bags on his bike, called panniers. Burton also made three resupply stops, where extra supplies were flown in to predetermined locations, and he would use GPS to navigate to these stations and to avoid crevasses on his way there. He jokingly called the entire process “a big geocaching game.”

Despite all the careful planning that went into the expedition, Burton ran out of supplies shortly before arriving at his destination. He was saved by Hannah McKeand – the record holder for the fastest unsupported solo ski trip to the South Pole – who showed up with the much needed food when his energy was running low. McKeand is part of Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions – the group that served as Burton’s emergency contact and with whom he stayed in constant contact throughout his journey. He used two satellite phones to keep in touch, recharging his batteries with solar energy. He called ALE once every 24 hours to update them on his condition and get help with navigation. If 48 hours went by without his phone call, the group would have started a search and rescue operation, the costs of which would be covered by Burton’s emergency extraction insurance.

Besides promoting healthy lifestyle, the expedition was also meant to encourage people to donate to the American Diabetes Association – the organization Burton has been involved with for several years now, doing their Tour de Cure every year. He updated his blog daily, telling stories of his adventures while trying to navigate the harsh climate with the help of mountains, wind and often misleading tracks of various ski expeditions. He’d finish every day’s post by reminding his readers to go out and stay active.

Burton’s ride to the South Pole coincided in timing with that of Juan Menendez Granado, a Spanish cyclist who arrived at the South Pole on January 18, completing his unassisted and unsupported solo expedition in 46 days, although Granado used skis and bicycle interchangeably, while Burton relied entirely on his bike. Both men were beaten by Maria Leijerstam, a British cyclist who completed her 10-day expedition using a better route than the other two, a tricycle and a truck that carried her supplies part of the way. Considering that Leijerstam was using three wheels and Granado took a multi-sport approach, Burton’s can be considered the first “bicycle expedition” to the Pole, although all three have something to be proud of.

Your Guide to Sundance 2014: What to Do, Where to Party & Where to Find Celebrities

Photo credit: Blue Powder Tours

The Sundance 2014 opening weekend is here and Park City is buzzing with exciting movies, top-notch parties and stars-struck crowds trying to make the most out of the experience. And while you can find all the film info you need at the festival’s website, we at Hey Salt Lake decided to put together a guide of the things you can do in between (or instead of 😉 ) the movies.

Where to Find Celebrities

Chloe Moretz
Chloe Grace Moretz at Sundance 2014, photo by POPSUGAR

If you are planning to do some celebrity watching, try making it to the festival in next next couple of days – the opening weekend is the best time for this.

The Sky Lodge hotel on Main Street is usually one of the festival’s central people-watching spots, with its popular rooftop lounge and Robert Redford’s Zoom restaurant next door. Anne Hathaway is supposed to do some cardio at SoulCycle – the spin class being the newest fitness pop-up at the Sky Lodge this year. Classes are available by reservation and feature the industry’s top instructors and fresh juices during workout breaks.

Eddie Bauer Adventure House is another brand new addition to the festival, running this weekend at Claim Jumper on Main Street. World-class instructors will give rock climbing classes here and popular DJs will spin their beats, so the place is guaranteed to be a social anchor throughout the opening weekend.

The Village at the Lift at the base of Main Street is running its annual TAO nightclub pop-up underground, while Stella Artois lounge at the street level is a great place to see and be seen during the day. Various media outlets like CNN and L.A. Times are setting up headquarters here as well, with the former doing live broadcasts from the complex, so expect a lot of activity here. Besides TAO, other satellite clubs you want to be at on Main are Bootsy Bellows and The Sayers Club.

Hanging out by the Entertainment Weekly headquarters might be a good idea as well – they hold their celebrity photo-shoot sessions and you could spot a familiar face or two here.

Udi’s Gluten Free Table has been a big hit among actors for the last few seasons and is still their to-go place this year.

Social Film Loft on 738 Main St. will be a popular place for cocktails, live music and celebrity DJs.

Rock and Reilly’s is likely to be a Hollywood hangout before and after the concerts at Park City Live next door.

The LG Music Lodge will be holding an anniversary celebration and screening the NFL Super Bowl playoff game on giant screens. Famous guests are expected to attend, including Elijah Wood, Anna Kendrick, Paul Reiser and John C. Reilly, among others.

Dream Downtown from NYC will host an Aprés Ski Fete at The Music Lodge from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, featuring music by DJ Theory.

Oakley Learn to Ride is bringing the world’s top snowboarding pros to Park City once again this year to provide guests with private learning sessions. If you are trying to spot celebrities on the slopes, your chances are probably best at the luxury Deer Valley resort, although Park City and Canyons are likely to get their share of VIP skiers and snowboarders too.

When it comes to gift suites, Kari Feinstein’s Style Lounge, It’s So Miami Lounge, Eco Hideaway and Motorola are all supposed to be hits among the VIPs, featuring a variety of giveaways. The Billboard & Sonos Home Theater Lounge inside Park City Live will host interviews with special guests from 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily during the opening weekend.

If you are wondering what faces you should be trying to spot in the crowd, check out this detailed list of celebrities that are supposed to make their appearance at this year’s festival.

And here’s The List with all the exclusive private parties and the hottest places to be during Sundance 2014. You probably won’t get in unless you are “with the right people,” but at least you’ll know where they are in case you are in a paparazzi mood 😉

What to Do in Park City

VISA U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix

Eagle Superpipe & King’s Crown Terrain Park
Jan 18
FREE

freeskiing

VISA U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix is taking place at Park City this weekend, showcasing some of the world’s best ski athletes followed by the naming of the U.S. Freeskiing Olympic team. Admission is free and even if you don’t make it for the sports event itself, you might want to stop by at the end of it to listen to live performance by O.A.R. The event started Friday and is going on from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. You can find more info here.

Fox School of Wine’s Weekend Wine Series

Silver Baron Lodge, 2900 Deer Valley Drive East
Every Sat through April 05, 6-7 p.m.
$25/person

wine tasting

In this fun and casual wine tasting class you’ll be able try six wines while learning their history and other interesting info. A must for any wine lover.

Shopping

Park City Main Street
Photo credit: Best Private Residence Clubs

Park City is lined up with lots of boutiques, coffee shops, galleries and bookstores – so you might want to spend a couple of hours just strolling along Main Street and supporting the local vendors. For clothing and accessories, check out places like Mary Jane’s, Envy Boutique, Prospect and Park City Jewelers. Stop by Park City Sport or Jake’s Ski Rental to rent all the equipment you’ll need to hit the slopes, or go to JANS Stores to buy your own. You should also check out Dolly’s, an independent local bookstore with a great selection and a charming atmosphere. Those of you film goers with a sweet tooth should include Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory or Java Cow Creamery (or better yet both) into your shopping experience. Atticus Coffee, Books & Teahouse is an amazing place to hide from the cold and read a book, listen to an acoustic guitar player or just grab a cup of joe and restore your strength – you’ll need it for all the partying later!

Giveaways

Not all giveaways during Sundance are reserved for celebrities, and regular movie goers can get free stuff too. Stop by Brandlink Communications at Claim Jumper Friday through Sunday to participate in It’s So Miami lounge’s photo booth contest and win a trip to Miami.

The Festival Co-Op on 608 Main St. will feature promotions by various sponsors and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Lounges

airbnb lounge at sundance
The Sundance House and HP Live Lounge

This lounge at 638 Park Ave. is open to public during and you don’t need accreditation to get in. The Sundance House will let you explore the history and technology of filmmaking through various interactive experiences, as well as use free Wi-Fi, laptops and printers. HP Live Lounge is a heated tent that lets guests take a break from pacing Main Street, relax with a cup of hot cocoa and listen to live music.

Acura Lounge

Acura Lounge on the corner of Main & Heber features presentations on the company’s innovative technologies, gourmet movie snacks and music for the public to enjoy.

Sundance Channel HQ

Channel HQ on 268 Main St. will hold panel discussions by writers, directors and actors from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., although the best times to go are 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Chase Sapphire on Main

Located on 528 Main St., this lounge will give you “A Taste of Park City,” with sample plates from local chefs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

YouTube on Main Street

This lounge is on 596 Main St. and open 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. throughout the festival. It houses production meetings, panels, happy hours and a lot more, targeting the innovators and creatives of Sundance.

Airbnb Haus

Airbnb Haus at 628 Park Ave. promises some “old-fashioned hospitality” from 10 a.m.–6 p.m., including complementary coffee and games by the fireplace, comedy shows, and chats with filmmakers and other industry experts. You can find a detailed scheduled of events at the lounge here.

Brita Keeping you Hydrated

Brita helps festival visitors stay hydrated as they explore Park City by providing them with free reusable bottles that can be refilled at a number of hydration stations around Park City. The company encourages you to refill six to eight times a day, since more hydration is needed at higher altitudes.

The Hub Presented by the Utah Film Commission

Utah Film Commission’s Hub at 751 Main St. offers complementary snacks and drinks from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., along with discussions on local film industry, tourism and business.

The MorningStar Farms® Veggie Burger Bar

You’ll find the Burger Bar right across from the Egyptian Theatre at 317 Main St. from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Their deal is hard to beat – you can get a free vegeterial or vegan hot meal here.

Where to See Live Music Events

Park City Live

427 Main St.

park city live
Next to movies, live music is the second major activity you should try to incorporate into your schedule if you are in town for Sundance. Park City Live (formerly Harry O’s) will host some amazing performances and DJ sets throughout the festival – here’s the list of the upcoming shows.

2Chainz
Jan 18, 8 p.m., $50-$75

Steve Aoki
Jan 19, 8 p.m., $50

Nervo
Jan 20, 8 p.m., $35

Dash Berlin
Jan 20, 8 p.m., $50-100

Ludacris
Jan 25, 8 p.m., $75-$100

ASCAP Music Café

751 Main St.

ASCAP cafe
The events at this venue are open to all festival credential holders, space permitting.

Jan 18
The Falls, 2 p.m.
Savior Adore, 2:40 p.m.
Robert Delong, 3:20 p.m.
Guy Sebastian, 4 p.m.
The Mowgli’, 4:40 p.m.
The Fela! Band – ASCAP Music Cafe, 10:30pm

Jan 19
Savior Adore, 2 p.m.
Moors, 2:20 p.m.
The Mowgli’s, 3:20 p.m.
Carina Round, 4:00 p.m.
The Wind + The Wave, 4:40 p.m.

Jan 20
Venus and the Moon, 2 p.m.
Jeremy Messersmith, 2:40 p.m.
Years & Years, 3:20 p.m.
Kris Gruen, 4 p.m.
The Wind + The Wave, 4:40 p.m.
Belle & Sebastian, 9:30 p.m.

Jan 21
Sondre Lerche, 2 p.m.
Jeremy Messersmith, 2:40 p.m.
The Devil Makes Three, 3:20 p.m.
Matthey Perryman, 4 p.m.
Rae Spoon, 4:40 p.m.

Jan 22
Clara Nova, 2 p.m.
Matthew Perryman Jones, 2:40 p.m.
Escondido, 3:20 p.m.
KT Tunstall, 5:45 p.m.

Jan 23
Cardinal Son, 2 p.m.
Sarah Lee Guthrie, 2:40 p.m.
Escondido, 3:20 p.m.
The Autumn Defense, 5:45 p.m.

Jan 24
Greyson Chance, 2 p.m.
Clara Nova, 2:40 p.m.
Sean Watkins, 3:20 p.m.
The Autumn Defense, 4 p.m.
The Parlotones, 5 p.m.

Sundance House

638 Main St.

Another venue open to credential holders, Sundance House will host The Fela! band at 8 p.m. on January 19.

Downstairs

625 Main St.

downstairs club
Downstairs is this year’s satellite for L.A.’s The Sayer’s Club during the opening weekend, featuring Capital Cities on Saturday night, although a lot more is going on at this basement bar on the corner of Main and Heber throughout the festival.

Jan 19
Red Bull Music Academy presents RL Grime, Salva and Tokimonsta, 9 p.m.
$50

Jan 21
X Presented by Jeremy Fall, music by Chris Kennedy, birthday of Chris Masterson, 8 p.m.
$10 cover, ladies free

Jan 22
Locals’ Appreciation Night w/ Scooter & Lavelle, 8 p.m.
$20

Jan 23
Live Nite Events presents Steve Smooth, opening set by Timone, 8 p.m.
$20

Jan 24
Live performance by Chali 2na of Jurrasic 5, DJ Set by DJ Scooter, 8 p.m.
$25

Jan 25
Sundance Closing Party w/ DJ Mom Jeans, 8 p.m.
$50

Where to Party

Tavern @ Sky Lodge Hotel

201 Herber Ave.
Category: Pub

tavern
Formerly known as Bar Boheme, the Tavern bar in the basement of the luxury Sky Lodge hotel is the place to be during the festival. The cozy artisan bar is tucked away from the sight of the rest of the party strip on Main Street. Its wood floors, stone walls and the roaring fireplace will give you a real feel of the mountain resort while you enjoy your cocktail, wine or one of multiple microbrew selections. The Tavern plays live music on most nights and has a food menu as well, complete with desserts and definitely more “gourmet” than your typical pub food.

Sky Blue Rooftop Lounge @ Sky Lodge Hotel

201 Herber Ave.
Category: Lounge

sky blue
The hotel’s rooftop lounge has couches to relax on indoors, and additional seating on a heated deck overlooking the city. If you are can brave Utah winter in a bikini, you can even sit in the hot tub, also on the deck.

St. Regis Bar

2300 Deer Valley Drive East
Category: Lounge

st regis bar
If you are looking for a somewhat more posh experience (and don’t mind the price), take a glass funicular up to St. Regis Bar. The hotel sits on the mountaintop and provides great views of Deer Valley. The bar has both food and drinks, with its creative cocktails being the patrons’ favorite.

The Star Bar

268 Main St.
Category: Dance Club, Live Music

the star bar
This dance club is a popular spot during Sundance, with live music playing nightly, hookahs and drink specials. The place is pretty spacious, with a good-size dance floor and some seating available as well.

The Spur

350 Main St.
Category: Bar & Grill

the spur
If you like to party cowboy style, The Spur is the place for you. This Western-style bar features live bands, karaoke nights, a dance floor, rustic decor and beer specials.

Where to Park & How to Get Around

All the info you need on parking at Sundance festival, shuttle routes and schedules, even the walking times from one theater to another can be found in this amazingly useful PDF.

Experiencing Sundance in Salt Lake

If you end up spending part of the festival in Salt Lake, don’t despair, there’s stuff happening too. Sicilia Pizza is hosting a range of music events that are free and open to public, but come early as space is limited.

Sicilia Pizza Kitchen

35 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City

Sicilia Pizza
Jan 18
David Williams, 8:30 p.m.

Jan 19
Triggers & Slips, 8:30 p.m.

Jan 20
Devil’s Club, 8:30 p.m.

Jan 21
Ayllupura, 8:30 p.m.

Jan 22
St. Boheme, 8:30 p.m.
Andrew Shaw & Color Animal, 8:30 p.m.

Jan 23
Hot Club of Zion, 6:00 p.m.

Jan 24
Clarksdale Ghosts, 6:00 p.m.
Rotten Musicians, 8:30 p.m.

Jan 25
Juana Ghani, 8:30 p.m.

Your Turn

Hey Salt Lake crew is heading to Sundance this weekend, do you plan on going too? We’d love to hear what movies you saw, which celebrities you spotted, where you partied and what other exciting things you ended up doing while in Park City.  Drop us a note in the comments section!

Plaintiffs Challenge Alta’s Snowboarding Ban as Unconstitutional

January 15, 2014 – Wasatch Equality, a Utah nonprofit, together with four snowboarders have filed a lawsuit against Alta Ski Area and the U.S. Forest Service today, in an attempt to overturn the anti-snowboarder policy and snowboarding ban that are currently enforced by the resort. The plaintiffs claim that the prohibition violates the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit states that Alta treats snowboarders as unequal by not granting them access to the public lands on which the resort operates.

Alta is one of only three remaining U.S. winter resorts that ban snowboarders from their slopes, the other two being Utah’s Deer Valley and Vermont’s Mad River Glen. Unlike the other two, however, Alta runs under a Forest Service Permit, which states that the public lands “shall remain open to the public for all lawful purposes.”

“Discrimination without any rational basis perpetuates inequality by creating, fostering, and encouraging skier-versus-snowboarder attitudes that are hostile and divisive in a world where skiers and snowboarders, as a general matter, share the mountains, including those on all other public land, in harmony and without issue,” states the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court.

You can read the full text of the complaint here.

Federal Government Recognizes More Than 1,300 Same-Sex Marriages in Utah

The U.S. Department of Justice announced in a video today that it will recognize the legal status of the same-sex couples whose marriages were officiated in Utah. “These families should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their status as the litigation unfolds,” Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said. The ruling comes despite the announcement by Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert’s office on Wednesday that the marriages that have already been licensed will not be recognized as lawful while the appeal is in process.

Brief Background

Federal District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled on December 20 that the state’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to a man and a woman was in violation with the federal constitution. As more than 1,300 same-sex couples took advantage of their long-awaited opportunity to tie the knot, Utah government started the appeal process and asked a higher court to put the marriages on hold. A federal appeals court refused to do so in the weeks following the initial ruling, but on January 6 the Supreme Court issued a stay, which officially put same-sex marriages on hold in the state. The couples that already got married remained in a legal limbo, as it wasn’t originally clear whether their unions would be recognized by the law.

State vs. Federal

“I am confirming today that, for purposes of federal law, these marriages will be recognized as lawful and considered eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages,” Holder said in the DOJ video today. In the light of the federal agency’s announcement, Herbert’s office issued a statement on its site saying that Utah agencies will comply with federal law when providing federal services, and will continue to be directed by state laws when providing state services.

8 Alternative Winter Sports to Try in Utah (Other than Skiing & Snowboarding)

Photo credit: Jerome Wilm

Are you feeling adventurous this winter, even if skiing/snowboarding is not your thing? The good news is, Utah has plenty of alternatives to choose from. This article has some ideas for everyone, whether you are a trendsetter, an adrenaline junkie or a laid-back nature lover.

Where: Any Ski/Snowboard Resort
What: Skiboarding

Skiboarding
Photo credit: Revel8

This is a relatively new sport that has been gaining a lot of popularity in the recent years. Skiboarding, also known as skiblading or snowblading, uses skis that are a lot shorter and wider than usual. They are also much easier to maneuver as compared to traditional skis, have a faster learning curve and allow for plenty of tricks if you are brave enough to ace them. It’s a great choice for any thrill seekers who yawn at the very mention of traditional winter sports and are looking for some alternatives to spice things up a bit. When choosing the location for your skiboarding trip, look for resorts with great terrain parks.

Where: Beaver Mountain, Brighton, Eagle Point, Snowbasin, Sundance
What: Skibiking

skibiking
Photo credit: Nick Wigston

Skibiking, also know as snowbiking or skibobbing, is another fun winter activity that will give you a good adrenaline rush, yet is not too risky to try for first-timers. It involves going downhill on a bike with two skis in place of wheels. Traditional skibikes or bobbers will also have two skis for foot support, while the hybrid ones or peggers don’t have these extra skis. Several resorts in Utah (listed above) allow skibikes, but some require a leash, like Brighton and Sundance.

Skibiking enthusiasts say this sport is very easy to learn and you can have a lot of fun with it. It also puts less strain on your body than skiing and snowboarding, which could be a factor if you can’t do any of the latter because of injury, disability, age or just because those traditional sports are too intense for you.

Skibikeve has been around for more than 50 years in Europe, but were only introduced to the U.S. market in the 90s, and are still not mainstream enough for you to be able to easily buy or rent one. If you really want to give this sport a go but have no idea where to start, here’s a good article on places to buy skibikes. You can also try building one on your own, but keep in mind that many resorts won’t accept self-made skibikes. Here’s another great site that provides updates on resorts that allow the sport, any special requirements these locations have and other useful info for skibikers.

Where: Powder Mountain (MAP), Park City, Strawberry Reservoir, Skyland Drive (MAP)
What: Snowkiting

snowkiting
Photo credit: Flysurfer Kiteboarding

Did you ever want to ski or snowboard up the slopes, avoid lift lines and easily learn the aerial tricks that you thought could only be done by the pros? You can do all that and more with snowkiting. It was called winter’s newest extreme sport by the New York Times just a few years ago, but has grown in popularity tremendously since then. Utah is considered the nation’s hot spot for this activity, so if you are into all things extreme, you should definitely check it out. And for those already comfortable with either skiing or snowboarding, snowkiting will only take you a couple of hours to learn.

Many places provide instruction and equipment these days, although all you really need if you already ski or board is a kite, harness and bar. Powder Mountain is a good place to start, offering lessons for different skill levels and group sizes, from $75 per person for a two-hour beginner session. You can find a list of other great snowkiting locations in Utah here.

Where: Soldier Hollow (MAP)
What: Tubing, Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing

snow tubing
Photo credit: Liftopia

Soldier Hollow has several 1,200-foot-long tubing lanes with a lift service to quickly get your lazy self right back up the hill. The resort limits ticket sales to make sure the lanes don’t get overcrowded, so if you are going on a weekend or during a holiday, it’s better to buy tickets in advance. Tubing lanes are open from noon to 8 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and holidays, and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Large stadium lights are on after sunset, which could be even more fun if you want to give it a try, although it can also be the best time to freeze your butt off. The cost is $20 for two hours, including tube rental and lift ride.

cross-country skiing
Photo credit: Free Heel and Wheel

If you find downhill skiing a little too extreme or expensive, you might want to try the cross-country type. Soldier Hollow has this as well, with well-groomed Olympic courses open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. The price is $18 for a full day or $15 after 2 p.m., and different discounted season passes are also available.

snowshoeing
Photo credit: Stephen Matera

If you prefer more slow-paced outdoor activities that will let you enjoy the scenery, take photos, watch the animals and do whatever else it is people do in those situations, Soldier Hollow has snowshoeing opportunities for nature enthusiasts like you. You can get more info on these and other activities the resort offers from its website. You can also find a bunch of other snowshoeing locations on this site.

Where: Gallivan Center (MAP)What: Ice Skating

ice skating
Gallivan Center

While Salt Lake City has plenty of indoor ice rinks open all year round, it’s just that much more fun to skate outdoors in the winter. The rink at the Gallivan Center downtown is a great place to showcase your triple axel skills. The price of admission is $8 and includes skate rental. The rink is open from noon to 9 p.m. Mon-Thu, noon to midnight Fri-Sat, and noon to 7 p.m. Sun.

Where: Snowbasin, Gorgoza Park (MAP)
What: Tubing

snow tubing
Photo credit: Pigeon Forge Chamber of Commerce

If all other winter sports fail you, you have to at least give tubing a try. It’s not that scary, you know. In fact, most tubing hills have dedicated lanes and lifts, so all you have to do is take a smooth ride down the hill, then up… then down again. Enjoy! 😉

Besides Soldier Hollow already mentioned above, Snowbasin is a great place for tubing as well. It charges $5 per ride or $30 for an unlimited daily ticket, and its tubing hill is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat. and Sun.  You should also try Gorgoza Park located near the Jeremy Ranch in Park City. Prices here range from $8 for a single ride to $33 for a four-hour ticket. The park is open from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Mon-Fri, and noon to 8 p.m. Sat-Sun.

Where: Sugarhouse Park (MAP), Mountainview Park (MAP)
What: Sledding

sledding crash
Photo credit: Bryan Kelsen

If you like a little less control and a little more “adventure,” try sledding instead. Sugarhouse Park is a great place to do this thanks to its central location, great scenery and a variety of hill sizes. You can sled or tube here  from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and it’s free, but don’t forget to bring your own “equipment.”

sledding fun
Photo credit: Anne Barkley

If you live in Fort Union, Sandy or elsewhere South of the city, Mountainview Park can be another great spot for sledding. The hill is not extremely steep but is not the boring type either, and there’s plenty of room to go pretty far if you get a good push from a “friend” and if your sled is the right type (it does make a difference, people!).

Your Turn

Did you find this article useful? Are you already into some of these sports? Do you have your favorite spots that are not listed here? We’d love to hear about your experiences!

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Want a little more insight into some of these sports? Here are a couple of videos that should give you a better idea.

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http://www.ksl.com/?sid=28062773
http://www.heraldextra.com/lifestyles/recreation/skiing/winter-sport-alternatives-for-when-you-re-feeling-adventurous/article_7450b4e6-c9c4-5aa3-9afa-f4a60fec9e21.html
http://www.ski-bike.org/ski_areas.html
http://coloradoskibikerskibikingblog.blogspot.com/2012/12/where-to-buy-ski-bike.html
http://www.snowshoeutah.com/Table-of-Contents.html
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What’s Up, Salt Lake!

What’s up everyone,

I hope you are staying warm, punching inversion in the face and making the most out of all the awesome outdoor activities Utah has to offer. Here are a few updates on what we’ve been up to at Hey Salt Lake.

Firstly, we wanted to thank you for all the support – the blog just went live a little over a week ago and it’s been an amazing ride for us so far thanks to your views, likes and follows. We’ll keep posting a lot more stuff on things to do, places to go, ways to save and much more. We are also planning to hold regular giveaways for our readers, so even if you think we suck in every other way, we hope you stick around just for that.

Here are some posts we have planned for you this month:
– A guide to “original” winter activities
– The W is planning to expand on his club scene article & add more places for you to check out on weekends – the man’s like a nightlife guru, he really knows his SCENE & will tell you all about it
– A guide to current local giveaways
– A listing of free museum days in Salt Lake for all of you nerds (say what? I meant classy/intelligent people!) out there
– A couple of restaurant reviews
– A brand new photo gallery
…and more

We absolutely love suggestions (lets just say it how it is – they spare us a lot of research time). So if you have any ideas, drop us a note, don’t be shy!

Among other news, we are really excited to be adding a new contributor in the next few days, so stay tuned. She’ll bring some much-needed sophistication to our blog and give you an in-depth look into Salt Lake’s cultural scene.

If you ever want to submit a story idea, photo, video or an article you want us to publish, hit us up through the contact form and we’ll get back to you asap. We are not currently paying our contributors (are you still there?), but you can include a couple of links in your articles to promote your blog or site. Our plan is to gain a little momentum here and move to a self-hosted platform, so we can add a lot more features for you to enjoy and hopefully be able to pay for stories in the future.

Hey Salt Lake is now on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, so if you like us here (or just want to know about those giveaways), consider following us there too. Also a big shout out to 24 Salt Lake for adding us to their Utah Bloggers Pinterest board.

If you are reading us, don’t be a stranger.  Hey Salt Lake is still super new and could use some friends. Say hi sometime!

Where to Find Cheap Lift Tickets in Utah

Image Credit:  Winter Park Resort, CO

If you enjoy Utah winters for their skiing and snowboarding opportunities, but are trying to keep things under a reasonable budget, here is a list of places offering discounted lift tickets to different resorts. Have fun on the slopes!

Ski ‘N See

Ski N SeeSki ‘N See is a local chain of shops specializing mainly in skiing and snowboarding equipment, but they also offer discounted lift tickets. Here is the list of adult rates for this season. You can buy them in any of the chain’s locations, except for the Park City and Deer Valley stores.

Park City: $84
Canyons: $84
Deer Valley: $96
Deer Valley Jan. Only: $87
Snowbasin: $76
Alta: $74
Snowbird Peak (Weekend/Holiday): $80
Snowbird Off Peak (Mon-Fri): $75
Brighton Day: $64
Brighton Night: $30
Solitude: $70

Other stores offering similar discounts include Canyon Sports, AJ Motion Sports, The Lifthouse, REI (for members only), Wasatch Ski Connection and Salty Peaks, among other stores. They all have deals with the resorts, so you can get these discounted prices throughout the season. You can also check with your local Harmons or Costco.

Liftopia

LiftopiaLiftopia offers great lift ticket deals on certain days of the week. The site has a limited amount of tickets at any given price and you usually have to buy them a few days in advance of your actual skiing/snowboarding date. Here are some of their best offers as of Jan. 4, although you can find more offers on their site. The availability and prices change a lot here, so if you notice something you like, you may want to get it asap.

Park City Jan. 15, 20, 22, 27, 30: $73.50
Alta Jan. 15: $59.99
Alta Jan. 6-9, 13-14, 16: $63.99
Snowbasin Jan. 15, 21-22: $56.99
Snowbasin Jan. 14, 23: $58.99
Snowbasin Jan. 20, 24, 29: $59.99
Snowbird Jan. 13-15: $70.49
Solitude Jan. 8: $59.99
Solitude Jan. 15: $57.99
Solitude Jan. 13-14, 27-29: $58.99
Solitude Jan. 24: $59.99
Sundance Jan. 6, 13, 16-17, 21-27: $30.99
And here are some resorts that sell affordable lift tickets directly through their sites. You might want to give these a try as well.

Sundance

SundanceSundance has a lot of affordable options to choose from, although the rates below are not available on certain days and their holiday pricing differs too. You might want to check their site for more info. It offers fewer trails than other resorts, but has great views and no lines for lifts.

Full Day (9am-4:30pm): $55
Half Day (12:30pm-4:30pm): $45
Super Day (9pm-9pm): $61
Night Full Day (12:30pm-9pm): 55
Twilight (2:30pm-9pm): $39
Afternoon Pass (2:30pm-4:30pm): $26
Night Only (2:30pm-9pm): $31

Powder Mountain

Powder MountainPowder Mountain has a lot of terrain for skiers and snowboarders of every level. Prices are lower here because of it’s somewhat remote location, although it’s still within an hour drive of most places around Salt Lake. Besides regular skiing and snowboarding, the resort has several adventure activities like snowkiting, powder expeditions and cat skiing, and offers great discounts to locals.

Day Pass: $65
Half DayPass AM: $55
Half Day Pass PM/Night: $56
Day/Night Pass: $69
Night Pass: $22
Sundown Only Day: $38
Locals Day (Mon-Thu) with UT ID: $50
Locals Half Day (Mon-Thu) with UT ID: $40

Wolf Mountain

Wolf MountainWhile it’s less popular than Utah’s mainstream resorts, Wolf Mountain still has a lot to offer, especially for beginner skiers or intermediate ones who don’t mind trading a high amount of lifts/trails for a good deal. It’s located at a lower altitude than the other resorts in the area, but Wolf’s prices are pretty hard to beat.

Adult 12-Hr Wolf Pass (9-9): $36
Adult Day Pass (9-4): $32
Adult Morning Pass (9-1): $23
Adult PM Pass (1-9): $29
Adult Night Pass (4-9): $21

Alta

AltaAlta is one of the only two resorts in Utah (the other being Deer Valley), and one of the three in the U.S. that prohibit snowboarding. So you might want to skip this section if you are a boarder, sorry 😦

If you are from out of town, you might not be aware of this deal. Alta offers 1.5 hours of skiing for $10 after 3 p.m. Once you buy your initial card, you can reload it anytime for just $5. And if you have an Alta season discount pass, you can ski for free after 3 p.m. This is good for only three lifts, Sunnyside, Albion and Cecret. The first two close at 4:30 p.m. and Cecret closes at 3:30 p.m., so you only get 1.5 hrs out of the whole deal, but if you are trying to test your new skis (or your new skills 😉 ) and do a couple of quick runs, it might be worth it. You can find more details here.

Your Turn

If you know of any other great deals, please share! Also, if you end up using any of the deals we’ve listed, let us know about your experience.

I wanted to thank The W for helping me do research for this article.

20 Salt Lake City Blogs Worth Checking Out (+1 in Ogden)

As many of you writers know, blogging is not just about sharing whatever it is that you have to say, it also involves being part of a great community. With this post I wanted to do a bit of research into what the local SLC blogging community is all about. If you live in the area, you might already be reading some of these, or you might know about other good blogs that should be included in this article. Please post your suggestions in the comments section and I’ll be happy to add them to the list. Here are just a few I was able to find that seemed like they were active and packed with a lot of useful or fun things.

PERSONAL

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Dooce.com

This is an extremely popular personal blog (and now also a community) ran by Heather B. Armstrong, who writes under her pseudonym, Dooce. Armstrong has been using her blog to chronicle her life since 2001, including being single and married, working for others, being unemployed and working for herself, becoming a parent, going through a postpartum depression and more. Blogging got her fired from her job, but eventually became a job in itself. Since then Armstrong has published several books and won numerous awards. She received a lifetime achievement award from The Weblog Awards (Bloggies) in 2008 and was named one of “The Most Influential Women In Media” in 2009 by Forbes magazine. Her writing is smart, confident and hysterically funny.

Petit Elefant

In her blog, Allison Czarnecki writes about family, travel and style on a budget. The posts cover a variety of topics from beauty tutorials to international travel adventures to home remodeling projects. Czarnecki was featured in multiple local publications, as well as NBC Chicago and the New York Times.

The Saltwater Journal

This is an online journal by Marian, who writes a lot of witty, humorous stories about her personal adventures as a “crazy mid-twenties non-Mormon married party girl.”

Cristy Dorrity

Christy Dorrity is a blogger, champion Irish dancer and author. Her self-titled blog has reviews of her favorite books, articles on writing, and giveaways for readers.

FOOD & DRINK

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Two Peas & Their Pod

This is a blog by Josh and Maria, husband and wife from Salt Lake City who love to cook and share their simple, healthy recipes with others. The blog has great-quality photos that will make you drool, and very clean design that’s easy on the eye. The couple publishes recipes practically every day, so there is always plenty of great dishes to choose from.

Gastronomic Salt Lake City

A blog by a group of food critics, Gastronomic Salt Lake City publishes reviews of restaurants, top-three lists in various dining categories, hot deals and food-related events. The site puts a strong emphasis on everything local, refusing to review any chain businesses. Besides restaurant reviews, it covers such topics as wine, produce, cooking and more.

SLC Food Radar

This blog features reviews of local restaurants by Hyrum Romrell, concentrating on local places and hidden gems. SLC Food Radar is a No. 1 ranked blog on Urbanspoon, the local directory of food blogs. You can find a new review by Romrell about once a week.

Eating Salt Lake City

In his blog, Marco Brown reviews restaurants, coffee shops, bistros and other dining spots in SLC. Besides reviewing them, he also rates the restaurants on a scale of 1 to 10.

Utah Beer

The blog’s author, Mikey, says he started Utah Beer as a way to challenge the perception that “Utah & beer don’t jive.” In his blog, Mikey publishes beer reviews and suggestions, provides info on local breweries and tasting events, and advocates for “some of the most misunderstood beers in the world.”

I’m Topsy Turvy

This is a blog by Ashlee Prisbrey, who posts cake decorating projects, recipes, and ideas for DIY and crafts. You’ll find a lot of baking recipes here, as well as themed party ideas and other creative things.

Gluten Free in SLC

This blog provides reviews of local gluten-free restaurants or places that have gluten-free options on their menus. It also has a good selection of recipes and a directory of gluten-free stores.

NICHE

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Bootz, Inc.

Boots, Inc. is a fashion blog by Beatriz Flores, a fashion student and an aspiring runway stylist coordinator. Florez believes that the only time you should leave your house in sweats is if you are heading to the gym. She created her blog to aspire other women to “make everyday a fashionable day.” Bootz, Inc. features a lot of great style tips, makeup and accessory ideas, celebrity styles, and lots of other useful info for any fashionista.

Salt Lake City Falcons

Based on reader activity, this blog proves that Salt Lake City has a lot of bird lovers. The site chronicles the whereabouts, well-being and adventures of the city’s peregrine falcons, telling stories of their injuries and recoveries, supplemented with images and Web cams. Liz Schubert, a member of the SLC Peregrine Falcon Watchpost Team, writes posts about the birds, mentioning them by nicknames and talking about their relation to each other (i.e. Mom, Dad, Solo, Bob). The posts sometimes read like a complex saga of a bird clan, with lots of dramatic as well as positive moments.

Salt Lake City Style

This blog features fashion, style and decor ideas, as well as party planning tips, insight into local nightlife and food scenes, and a shopping guide.

SLCgreen Blog

Just as its name suggests, the blog provides news and tips on green living in Salt Lake City. You can find recycling ideas here, as well as articles on sustainable foods, water conservation, air quality and more.

NEWS & EVENTS

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City Weekly

This online version of the popular print publication provides info on local news, events, nightclubs, restaurants and more. The site also publishes reviews of recent movies and music, opinion pieces and city guides. It describes its target audience as “young, affluent and highly educated.”

Salt Lake Magazine

Another blog by a local print publication, Salt Lake Magazine features profiles of community leaders, Utah tourism guides and recipes from local chefs. It also has photo and video sections, contests and deals. The publication describes its audience as “sophisticated, educated readers.”

SPORTS

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Ski Utah Blog

Ski Utah’s goal is to promote the skiing and snowboarding industry in the state. The blog features posts about new trail and terrain park openings, ski schools and weather conditions on the slopes, among other topics.

Block U

A blog for Utes fans, Block U features sports news, videos, fanshots and event tickets. Its Fanposts section lets the actual fans do the talking, turning the site into a community as much as a blog.

SLC Dunk

SLC Dunk is a blog for fans and by fans of Utah Jazz, providing the latest news, game previews and recaps, videos and event tickets.

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Indie Ogden Utah

While this is not an SLC blog, I had to add it to the list because it’s nicely designed and constantly updated with lots of fresh info on things to do in Ogden, making it a great resource for those living in the area or visiting. The blog is run by local volunteers and features a calendar of events, as well as sections like Local Music, Reviews and Outdoors.

This list is by no means all-inclusive, and I’d love to expand it in the future. I tried to find as many active blogs as I could, but I’m sure I missed a lot of good ones. Please help me make this article more complete by providing your suggestions in the comments below 🙂

Female Ski Jumpers Will Finally Compete in Winter Olympics

Photo: Jessica Jerome competes in the Olympic trials in Park City Sunday. Credit: Jim Urquhart/AP

Jessica Jerome made history Sunday by becoming the first winner of the U.S. Olympic Trials for the women’s ski jumping team. The event took place at Utah Olympic Park in her home town of Park City, with 5,000 fans lined up at the finish area. Lindsey Van finished second and Alissa Johnson was third. Besides Jerome, three more women will join the U.S. team to compete in the Winter Olympics in Sochi this February.

But Jerome’s two winning jumps are a small victory in the grand scheme of things. They signified the culmination of a much bigger eight-year-long battle for the International Olympic Committee to finally let women compete in ski jumping at the Olympic level. Fighting numerous court battles, the athletes were told over and over again that there weren’t enough high-level women to justify an Olympic-level competition. Even after Van set a world record for both women and men on the 90-meter jump in 2008, she still wasn’t allowed to compete in the Vancouver Olympics two years later.

Ski jumping was the last Olympic door that was closed for women. All other initially exclusively male Olympic sports became open to female athletes over the years, including bobsleigh, wrestling, boxing and luge.