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February 18, 2009

Brian Head Weekend

I think I have officially run the course at Brian Head. I hate to say it, but we spent three days this weekend and I only skied one, despite pretty good snow. Problem is severalfold:

  • Wind
  • Lack of diverse terrain
  • Lack of advanced terrain
  • Lack of trees leading to all of the above
  • Slow lifts
  • Four years of skiing the same stuff just doesn't get it anymore

I am always waiting for the perfect powder day and thus far this season, we have not gotten it. It is either so windblown that the snow is in Colorado by the time we can ski, it is so windy they close the lifts, or the storm that was supposed to be coming never materializes. I hate to complain, but I think it is time to sell the condo (though with the market the way it is, I might have to short sell it) and move on to whiter pastures on the other side of the fence.

The skiing was great if you are not a spoiled semi-local homeowner. =) We skied Devo's Pitch for the first real time since it is either closed or hard to get to most of the time and it was awesome. If there were more areas like that and they were longer and larger, I might never get bored. Of course we skied some Pow on Dunes and did a run down Roulette and a one down Engens.

Actually, we didn't even clean the place and didn't do any real work. We just sat and chilled and enjoyed the place and the long weekend. It was surprisingly slow for a holiday weekend, but that may be because the the renters were a church group and not a bunch of drunken punks.

Oh, and we got the new puppy neutered while we were gone. I will post pics of the dog when I get some new ones. Little Weimer pup that is high strung and head strong.

Posted by Justin at 03:19 PM | Comments (5)

February 15, 2009

Review - Swany Gloves

I have been wearing a new pair of Swany X-Change Gloves for the first half of the season. In the past I have tried the local El-Cheapo gloves off of clearance racks, and several different gloves by Burton, etc. I am loving the Swany Gloves.

You cannot add too many new features that someone else doesn't have already, but the Swany has all the major ones. Glove Warmer pockets are of course included. Quick draw release strings to get them on and off. Glove holders.

What you can add is quality. Normally, I wear a pair of gloves out per year and these do not show any signs of wear at all. They are reinforced at all the key places and well stitched. And they are crazy warm. No more frozen finger tips. I have worn them in 0 degree temps and they have still been warm, even warmer with a glove warmer in the pocket.

All in all, the best gloves I have ever used. They are a tad more expensive than you can pay for el-cheapo or even some of the low end gloves by Burton, etc., but well worth the extra $$$.

Posted by Justin at 01:18 PM | Comments (2)

February 07, 2009

Ski Utah Deals (h/t First Tracks Online)

From First Tracks Online:


Kids ages 18 and under stay free April 12-19, 2009 at the Alta Lodge. With a reservation for a minimum of four nights, two kids stay in their parents' room at no additional charge. Full breakfast and four-course dinner are also included daily at no charge. With two kids, this is a savings of over $200 per night. In addition to this value for families, Alta Lodge offers a free supervised Kids' Program with activities after skiing, a special kids' dinner, after dinner activities and shuttle service to and from the Alta Ski Area Children's Ski School, which also has a full-time day care service for non-skiing children. For more information, visit, or call (800) 707-2582 for reservations.


Brighton has a new deal with Maverik convenience stores. Pick up a Maverik Adventure Card, bring it to the Brighton ticket window any Thursday and receive a half price Twilight ticket (12:30 p.m.-9 p.m.). That's eight hours of skiing for just $29. Limit one Maverik card per ticket. Valid for Twilight tickets only. Brighton is open for night skiing mid December through the end of March. Call (801) 532-4731 for details.


Join The Canyons for a week of events, concerts, and contests. Spring Grüv kicks-off March 28 with the entertaining Pond Skimming event. Contestants in elaborate costumes attempt to ski or snowboard across a 100-foot pond much to the enjoyment of spectators.

In addition, The Canyons will host the Canis Lupus Challenge a 1/2 mile-long gulley that serves up banked walls and whoop-de-doos which often throw racers out of the track. Contestants tackle the difficult course for the best time in their division.

On April Fool's Day visitors are invited to don their best '80s apparel and enjoy a host of free outdoor concerts. Spring Grüv will run from March 27 to April 5, 2009. Check out for more details.


Stay two nights (or more) at the Goldener Hirsch Inn and receive two single day lift passes to Deer Valley Resort per person. Daily European breakfast buffet included. Valid March 29 to April 12, 2009. Two person minimum charge per room required. Prices range from $209 per person for a Lobby Bedroom to $363 per person for a Grand Suite. For more information visit

Stay three nights at the Stein Eriksen Lodge and enjoy the fourth night free. The special offer is valid when you stay at Stein's beginning February 22, 2009 and check-out by Friday, March 6, 2009. Rate includes full buffet breakfast and a coupon for 20 percent off any treatment at The Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge. A limited number of rooms are available on this special promotion, especially over weekends. Prices do not include taxes or service charges. May not be combined with any other offer or applied to existing reservations. Not offered to groups of 10 or more rooms. Other restrictions may apply.

Or cut through freshly fallen powder or bask in the warm spring sun while enjoying significant savings with Stein Eriksen's Bronze Ski Package that includes deluxe room accommodations, daily buffet breakfast, taxes and one adult lift ticket per person to Deer Valley Resort. Additional nights may be purchased and a two-night minimum stay is required. The package is valid from March 29 through April 11, 2009 for $276 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. A two-night minimum stay is required and lift tickets are non-refundable. This package is subject to availability and prices are per person, per night, based on double occupancy, and include all applicable taxes.

To book reservations online visit or call (800) 453-1302.


For a limited time, selected lodging properties can be booked with a free night. "Third night free" is applicable through Feb. 28 and Mar. 22 - April 12, 2009. Fourth night free is applicable Mar. 1-21, 2009. Discounted lift tickets, ski rentals, airport transportation and even airfare available. Call (800) 331-3178 for more information.


Ski Free at Snowbird this spring from $135 per day, based on double occupancy. This includes two free lift tickets with lodging purchase. In addition to fabulous spring conditions, Snowbird will also host a series of entertaining events including the U.S. Freeskiing Nationals (big mountain skiing competition), March 11-14, and the North American Gelande Championships, April 17-19. For more information visit


Book three nights in a Solitude condo and get the fourth night free. The deal gets even sweeter with 15 percent off of a massage treatment at the Spa at Solitude and 20 percent off adult lift passes. Available March 1- April 12. All promotions subject to availability, some restrictions may apply. This promotion is only valid on new bookings.

With the Spring Skiing Bed & Breakfast Special, enjoy three nights at the Inn at Solitude and two days on the mountain, plus a hearty breakfast at St. Bernard's before heading out on the hill. The Inn offers ski-in/ski-out convenience, plus all the amenities of the Solitude Village, starting at $287 per night double occupancy, with a three night minimum stay. Valid April 1-12, 2009. Based on availability and double occupancy. Some restrictions may apply. This price is for a Village View Room, and upgrades are available. For more information visit


Purchase any Utah Olympic Park Winter Activity Package, Xtreme zipline ride or Olympic Tour, and receive a $50 discount off a same day Comet Bobsled ride where you'll race at speeds up to 80 miles per hour on the Comet Winter Bobsled. Passengers will experience five G's of force and the equivalent of a 40-story drop in just under a minute in a real bobsled. Experienced pilots take three passengers on a thrilling ride down the entire length of the 2002 Olympic bobsled track. Ages 16 and older, no exceptions. All riders should be in good health to ride. Advance reservations for the Comet are required. Visit or call (435) 658-4200 for more information.

Posted by Justin at 03:14 PM | Comments (3)