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Want great powder? Go to Snowbird

I was very close to getting a season pass at Snowbird Mountain Resort. I had been toying with the idea ever since our Daily Herald photographer, Spenser Heaps, told me the joys of skiing at Snowbird."There's always fresh powder. ... And the resort is open the longest." And he speaks the truth! ...

Midway’s Ice Castle is royally enchanting

One glistening icicle, formed in the first freezing days of December, has grown an entire castle of ice.The Midway Ice Castle, created by resident artist Brent Christensen, has returned to Heber Valley, once again enchanting visitors with its majestic towers, delicate bridges, frozen fountains, ...

The Ski Bum finds piles of powder at Park City Mountain Resort

PCMR is my favorite place to ski for a lot of different reasons. Though I learned to ski at Brian Head (a southern Utah ski resort near Cedar City), Park City was a special treat for my family when we were growing up. I love skiing other resorts, but Park City feels like home for me now.While I ...

Plan your next hike to Cecret Lake

Gasping is a rarity. A true gasp is very hard to come by, very hard to elicit, especially from my generation of know-it-alls. But, I will say, Alta elicited many a gasp from my disbelieving body when I made the journey to Cecret Lake.My recent research of Utah hiking led me to this little hike, ...

San Diego Zoo offers great opportunity for learning and fun

Family vacations are always tricky because you have to please a lot of different personalities at once.  In deciding to visit California for our summer vacation my husband immediately realized this would mean roller coasters and theme parks, potentially his least favorite things. So in an ...

Respite found along the West Rim

As I lay in camp on my sleeping pad, staring up at the vapor trails of passing aircraft between the trees, I reached a level of contentment I hadn't felt in some time. Far from the worries of daily life, I'd managed to escape to Zion National Park for the weekend. And far from the masses of ...

Ideal summertime hike boasts refreshing waterfalls

Short and sweet with a nice reward, Battlecreek Falls is a 1.2-mile hike in Pleasant Grove. After a 10-minute drive from Provo, which involved getting lost multiple times and running over an unknown speed bump much too quickly (in my defense, it was hidden by shade), we made it to the trailhead ...

‘Gorging’ probes art of getting caught between rock, hard place

Find out more about 'Gorging'Utah has a global reputation for its canyon country. Even people who have visited all five of the Beehive State's national parks, however, are likely to only superficially understand the extent of the miles and miles and miles of tight, narrow canyons that twist and ...

Going to Lagoon: Even better without the kids

Growing up in Southern California, there were numerous popular theme parks within the space of a couple hours' drive.Still, some of my favorite theme park memories from that time period revolve around vacation visits with relatives in Utah when we all went to Lagoon.Why?Three words: The Fun ...

See a theme park like a VIP with no waits, hassles

America's biggest theme parks will pack in around 120 million people this year.That's a lot of standing in long lines for roller coasters, juggling show schedules and figuring out when and where to eat. But there's a way to eliminate the stress of making the annual trek to Disney, Universal, ...