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Utah Claims to Have the Greatest Snow on Earth, But How Does Steamboat's 'Champagne Powder' Compare?

February 12, 2014 at 12:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

We told you about the sexy, clothing-optional Strawberry hot springs and showed you photos of a pretty amazing ski day, but now it's time to get a little nerdy. For years, Utah has claimed to have "the greatest snow on earth" with its classic trademark, but Steamboat Springs and its "Champagne Powder" might have something to say about that.

We'll save you the science lesson, but what it all boils down to is the amount of water in the snow. A study conducted by the University of Utah concluded that while other areas may get similar snow fall, it is the low water content of Utah's powder (along with smart marketing) that gives it its worldwide reputation.

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It's Not Sochi, But You Can Bobsled Down the Olympic Track in Park City, Utah

Where: 3419 Olympic Parkway [map], Park City, Utah, United States, 84098
February 6, 2014 at 1:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve all been there – that sometimes egotistical, sometimes genuine conversation amongst travelers about the most unique things they’ve experienced. It’s typically pretty straightforward. There’s always someone who brings up eating something in Asia, someone who name drops a bunch of sexy destinations, and someone who had a good time sleeping on a dirt floor somewhere at some point. You know the types!

Well, since we're speaking of unique experiences as the games in Sochi kick off, we think we've got the trump card: What about bobsledding in Utah at Olympic Park, where the 2002 Winter Games were held in Park City?

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Take a Movie Tour Way Off the Beaten Path in Moab, Utah

January 3, 2014 at 3:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

There are plenty of movie-themed tours in New York, Los Angeles, and London, but if you prefer a little more adventure with your cinematic escapes, head to Moab.

The Greatest Story Ever Told, Thelma & Louise, Con-Air, Austin Powers 3, and 127 Hours are just a few of the famous movies filmed in the Moab area.

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Absolutely Do Not Do This at a National Park

October 18, 2013 at 9:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

Here's a lesson for all of us exploring the world's natural wonders: If you're going to destroy something in a protected park that's millions of years old, don't capture it on film and upload the video to Facebook.

Three Boy Scout leaders could face felony charges after destroying a formation in Utah's Goblin State Park, known for its "rock mushroom" field that dates back about 200 million years to the Jurassic Period.

Now, the men have since claimed to news outlets that the rock "was loose" and in danger of falling on someone, and that they were merely performing an act of vigilance. But when you watch the video, you'll see that they more closely resemble a bunch of overgrown frat boys than Boy Scout leaders protecting the youth. There's laughing, giggling, and a whole lot of sarcasm that they are now trying to play off as genuine.

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There is a Way to Ski at Six Park City Resorts in One Day

October 9, 2013 at 10:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Most people never ski more than one mountain in a day, so imagine the reaction of your friends when you tell them you've skied six without so much as removing a ski!

How is this possible? The Salt Lake City/Park City ski region boasts 11 resorts within an hour drive of the airport, some literally side-by-side and others backing up to each other in connecting canyons. The Interconnect Tour looks to accomplish two things: 1) Show off the close proximity of the resorts, and 2) Provide a safe, guided opportunity for skiers to rip through the backcountry.

And what a journey it was. According to our iPhone app, we skied 15 miles and 11,302 vertical feet over the course of the six and a half hour tour last February, including about 45 minutes of hiking throughout the day to access more advanced terrain (which is dependent upon your group).

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Ten Awesome Uses for a POV Camera While Traveling

March 28, 2013 at 12:46 PM | by | Comments (0)


The Sony Action Cam HDR-AS15 with helmet mount, which we used to film the zip line POV below

There are plenty of Point-Of-View movie cameras on the market to choose from and they're truly the bee’s knees when it comes to taking and sharing action shots.

It wasn't all that long ago that travelers were limited to lugging around a bulky camcorder to capture the action-packed moments of a trip, and always from the sidelines. Thanks to constant advances in technology and the drive to decrease camera size as you increase functions, many action cameras now even have built-in WiFi, so you can gloat within minutes on social media.

Obviously we love the thought of POV time-lapse adventures and the like, but here are ten awesome uses of POV cameras while traveling:

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Video Interlude: A Point-of-View Slide Down a 2,000' Zip Line

March 27, 2013 at 5:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

Costa Rica has done an excellent job at branding themselves as the place to head for zip lining, but there are other destinations that can strip up a steel cable and strap willing adventurers on it for a speedy ride. One such place is Park City, Utah where, instead of sending you flying through tropical tree canopies, you instead soar above snowdrifts and through the peaks of towering pines.

The "Zip Tour Adventure" at Park City's Canyons Resort comes in two flavors: one 800' zip line for shaky-kneed first-timers, and one 2,111' zip line for those who want to go all-out.

We'll let you guess which we opted for, though you can just see for yourself in our video below, shot point-of-view style using a Sony ActionCam with helmet harness.

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How to Go Bobsledding on a Real Olympic Track, with Real Olympic Speeds

March 26, 2013 at 4:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

Two questions for you. 1: Have you ever seen the film Cool Runnings? 2: Have you ever wanted to experience 5 g and 80+ mph? We're going to assume that you've answered yes to both because you're awesome, and that is why you need to add bobsledding to your bucket list.

There aren't many places in the world that offer true bobsledding for the regular public, but one spot is right here in the United States, at Park City's Utah Olympic Park. In addition to their Nordic ski jumps and a speed skating oval, there's an Olympic-length bobsled track kept fully functional year-round; though the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics are long over, the track is still very much used for training of the US Olympic teams...and for giving the adventurous one hell of an adrenaline rush with the "Winter Comet Bobsled Ride."

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Where the Sundance Stars are Refueling This Week in Park City

January 22, 2013 at 3:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of year again, when the small resort town of Park City, UT gets overrun by celebrities, publicists, paparazzi, and other industry types for the Sundance Film Festival. And, after their movies have premiered and their portraits have been taken, those celebs head out for a bite at one of the fest's many hotspots.

Here's a look at 3 of the most popular nosh spots during this year's fest:

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Yes, There Actually Is Booze in Utah...and Here's Where to Find It

January 17, 2013 at 2:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

Because of its large population of Mormons who don’t drink alcohol, Utah gets the reputation for being a dry state. However, we’re happy to report that that’s not the case. There are a couple of spots in the Salt Lake City/Park City area worth their weight in liquid gold.

SQUATTER’S (Salt Lake City)
This homegrown beer brewery and restaurant is a must-visit on your Utah itinerary, and it's adorably close to the huge LDS Temple. Most of the beers are named after places nearby, including Provo Girl, Big Cottonwood, and Utah Crimson. We highly recommend their latest addition, the French Connection, made from a special hybrid kind of hops that you can only get in this very establishment. Good news for people stranded in SLC Airport because of inclement weather: there’s a Squatters there, too, and they have an alcohol license.

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Park City Primer: Off the Slopes, It's Time for Boozing and Bobsledding

December 21, 2012 at 2:18 PM | by | Comments (0)


BOBSLEDS!

You know Kai. Earlier this year he surfed Costa Rice and scuba-ed Bermuda. All this week, he'll be hitting the fresh snow on some Utah slopes and bragging about it, just in time for ski & snowboard season.

Duh, the skiing and snowboarding around the Park City area is absolutely world class. They call it the greatest snow on earth for a reason, and if you're looking for challenging, aggressive terrain, in bounds or in the back country, Utah doesn't disappoint in the least.

Still, you've got to do something other than drink during après-ski times, so here are five of our favorite off-slopes activities around Park City:

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Park City Primer: Going to Extremes with Heli-skiing

December 20, 2012 at 2:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

You know Kai. Earlier this year he surfed Costa Rice and scuba-ed Bermuda. All this week, he'll be hitting the fresh snow on some Utah slopes and bragging about it, just in time for ski & snowboard season.

Sure, regular ski hills are a lot of fun. Sit in a lift, ride down, sit in a lift, ride down. Repeat until beer. Fun, right? But what if you fancy something a little more extreme on your trip to Utah? Don't worry, we've got you covered! Here's a couple of ideas for a true adrenaline rush:

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