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Island retreat: Untouched beauty found on Antelope Island

<div class="publish-meta clearfix"><div class="date left">With a seven-mile stretch of road ahead of me and my downtown student life behind me, I was already beginning to feel liberated and re-engaged into life again.</div><div class="date ...

Rock Cliff Nature Center is a hub for things to do

<div class="publish-meta clearfix"> <div class="date left">There’s more to Jordanelle State Park than a picturesque reservoir dotted with sailboats and waterskiers.</div> <div class="date left"> </div> <div ...

Sweet visit to Big Rock Candy Mountain

"In the big Rock Candy Mountains,There's a land that's fair and bright, . . .Where the sun shines ev-ry day, . . .And the lemonade spring,Where the blue bird sings,In the big Rock Candy Mountains."Made famous by in 1950s by Burl Ives, the lyrics of the late Utah resident Haywire Mack describe ...

Anyone can have fun skiing at Deer Valley

When I was young, I visited Deer Valley with my parents and siblings. We only went once, but I still remember specific things about the Park City area resort.We woke up early enough to have breakfast at one of the resort's many fine dining establishments and I apparently had the best French ...

Popular Y trail leads to iconic symbol of the valley

It's impossible to live in Utah Valley, or even to drive through, without noticing the "Y" on the mountain high above Provo. Hiking up the well-groomed trail to stand on that iconic symbol is a thrilling and unique experience. The trail is popular with college students wanting a cheap and fun ...

Parabolic hyperbole on the ski slopes

Sometimes, to fully express something as magnificent and graceful as a Wasatch Winter -- with its endless elegant curves -- it's not enough to exaggerate, you must over-exaggerate.I love snow! I love the pine trees' blue shadows falling across it. I love how the new-fallen snow can make a ...

A climb for all seasons

In this valley, the mere mention of the words "Squaw Peak" elicits raised eyebrows and sassy grins. It's too bad that this fantastic peak has a bad rap. It is often confused with the Squaw Peak Overlook, a parking area 2 miles north of the true summit off of the Squaw Peak Road out of Provo ...

A Brighton Joystorm

The Brighton slopes are as blank as a shaken Etch-a-Sketch, except for clustered groups of ski tracks that depart from the tops of the chairlifts and trail away downhill like tentacles hanging from a jellyfish. Snowflakes the size of a number 18 dry fly float through the frosty Brighton air as ...

Gone … to Brighton

In which, the author, a 43-year-old native Utahn, decides he's going to teach himself how to ski. I know it sounds crazy to start skiing that late in life, but maybe it would be crazier not to.This is my second day teaching myself to ski. I think I'll start with a pre-emptive Advil.Because ...

A good place to grow

Every time I ski Canyons Resort, I feel as though I've barely scratched the surface on riding the slopes throughout the 4,000-acre funland.Once again that was the case when hitting the slopes earlier this week.After my ski buddy and I grabbed our passes recently, we headed up to the resort via ...