Mt. Ogden Midweek Race Series

Mt. Ogden Race Series

www.mtogdenraceseries.com

Wednesday night mountain bike races

Registration starts at 5:30 pm   race at 6:30 pm

2014 MTB Racing Guide

$10 per race and $5 race plate (one time purchase to keep throughout the season. If lost replacements are $5)

$5 per race and free race plate for high school riders

Categories for both Men and Women:

A – 6:30 pm (Expert/Pro)

B – 6:31 pm (Sport)

C – 6:32 pm (Beginner)

*Kids race – 6:45 pm

Entry fee will be $5 per racer.

*check schedule for kids race dates.

Course map: http://www.mtogdenraceseries.com/course/

Prizes at 8:00 pm

Registration:

From 5:30 pm till 6:20 pm.

Categories:

All Racers must fill out a release form for each race. Minors must have a parent or legal guardian sign the release form. Helmets must be worn any time racers are on their bikes.

Points/Prizes:

Each race will have a prizes for 1st, 2nd 3rd in each flight, male and female. Points are awarded to racers based on finish placements and are cumulative throughout the season. Points are awarded to all racers based on the amount of entrants with the top eight race results counted towards the overall point series. Series winners will be recognized at the last race of the season.

For questions email: teamexcelerator@gmail.com

Rave Hike – A high alpine, flowering beauty for the whole family

Needle's Cirque, Hiking Snowbasin Resort

As a family we have a list of rules to live by. For example:

Rule 1: Never put off an adventure for tomorrow, when you can do it today.

Rule 2: If you wait for everything to be perfect… You’ll never go.

As the summer heats up, I find myself yearning for the crisp alpine air come Friday. All the local trails are now too hot on most days, and so we headed up to Snowbasin last weekend to escape. And as you’ll see, this particular day became a rule 3 day.

Rule 3: Why not?

Snowbasin has a plethora of hiking trails perfect for the whole family. Whether it is the family loop near the base, Maples Trail from the lower parking lot or an epic all day hike on the Needles Trail from the base, you will be rewarded with lush greenery and sparkling peaks.

Over the holiday weekend we took the family up with a modest hiking goal: Take the Needles Gondola up and hike up the cirque to overlook Ogden and the Great Salt Lake. Then head back for lunch at the lodge.

After riding up the gondola, we started up the Cirque Practice Loop trail. There was still some snow for the kids and the pups to frolic in. A well defined trail branches off from the Cirque Loop and heads up some steeper switchbacks to the ridge. Indian Paint Brush and Bluebells nodded their blooms to the beat of the wind. The view was glorious.

Hiking into the cirque

It was so perfect in fact, no one was ready to be done once we accomplished our original goal. Why not follow the single track trail north and summit a few of the minor peaks? So we did, following cairns and then heading straight up the ridge to the top.

But of course the day was going so well, the kids were hiking strong and Mount Ogden was just over from us, its rocky summit beaconing. We had plenty of water, plenty of snacks, and everyone felt strong. So… why not?

We scrambled down to the “road” that comes up from the Porcupine Trail. The road and trail to the summit of Mount Ogden is not for the faint of heart. I’d suggest hikers are comfortable with loose rock, a steep incline, and  scrambling hands-and-feet to the towers at the top. Everyone in the group did fantastic, kids included. Though I will admit I was a bit nervous with the kids at the summit. It is not a place to let them run free and explore as there are cliffs on the north side.

Peering over the ridge at the top of the cirque

Peering over the ridge at the top of the cirque.

We headed back the way we came, dodging the previous summits and sticking to the trail all the way back to the Needles Lodge.

We missed lunch that day, our hike exceeded our original intentions. But as we descended on the gondola, we looked back up at Mount Ogden’s impressive summit. We could now say we’d been there. And while our stomachs protested our missing of lunch at the lodge, everyone was both refreshed and exhausted from a good day’s adventure.

Not one bit of the hike along the ridge-line was wasted energy. The flowers and views are truly glorious. And I left truly impressed with what my kids could accomplish.

This hike is fantastic for families and visitors, showcasing the best parts of the Wasatch Range and offering birds-eye views of the valleys on either sides. You can turn and head back at any point. But at-least set your goal on the ridge above the cirque. You will not regret it.

Stats:

  • Mileage to top of Cirque: .7 miles
  • Total RT Mileage: 4.6 miles
  • Total Moving Time: 2h 20 minutes

map hiking Mt Ogden from Needles Lodge

Wildflower Trailfest July 31st, 2014

The Wildflower Trailfest  is a fun event for girls and women who love ridin’ dirt.  It is the only mountain bike event in Utah of its kind and includes a clinic and race option.  If you are new to the sport or would like to gain some more confidence on the trails register for the clinic.   The race category includes both an individual or relay option in beginner, sport, and expert divisions. Cash prizes will be given to the top racers in each age group along with a custom Scott James Jewelry Silver Chain and unique charm.  We will all enjoy a summer treat after as we celebrate together. For more information call 801-644-9940 or email wildflowerpedalfest@gmail.com.

 

NOTICE: Construction Impacting Trails

Due to construction for improved wireless service, Becker and Elk Ridge trails and the upper section of Green Pond Loop will be impacted for the next 3 weeks, starting June 26th. Trails will remain open, but please be aware of construction activity. Some sections of trail may require stopping for construction equipment or a short walk.

We will update the status of the construction impact on trails regularly. Thank you!

Summer Group Sales

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Did you know that Snowbasin Resort offers group rates for family functions, social and community events, corporate outings and team building events during the summer time?

We here in the Snowbasin Resort Sales office would like to personally invite you and your group or organization to experience all that Snowbasin Resort has to offer in the summer time! We are proud to offer you great group discounts on foot passenger lift tickets, mountain bike tickets, special events and all of the great activities that make Snowbasin Resort so special in the summer time. From a causal group gathering to high end private banquets, our professional sales staff is dedicated to helping you plan and organize a memorable experience for you and your group here in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains in Northern Utah, making the process as easy and streamlined for you as possible to help create the best day ever.

For more information regarding summer groups and activities, please contact:

Steve Andrus – Sales Manager

801.620.1014

sandrus@snowbasin.com

 

Kimberly Miller – Banquets and Events manager

801.620.1032

kmiller@snowbasin.com

 

Culinary Expedition: Indian Cuisine

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While dining at Needles Lodge with breathtaking views, experience traditional Indian cuisine and exciting live entertainment!

The menu will include Kachumber Salad, Raita, Aviyal, Lamb Vindaloo, Goan Fish Curry, Kashmiri Palav, Butter Chicken, Kheer, Mango Cheesecake and many more delicious traditional Indian dishes. See the full menu here: Culinary Expeditions – Indian

‘Raks Sharki’ dancers will serenade and mystify the audience with enchanting dance and music.  Entertainers will use fire and swords to add an element of danger to the performance while still remaining elegant.  The dancers will perform from 7pm-9pm during the Culinary Expedition.

The Dining Discovery: Indian Culinary Expedition is $70 per person. It will be held on Saturday, August 30th, 2014 at 6:00 pm at Needles Lodge and includes tax, gratuity, a ride up the gondola and live entertainment. To make reservations, please call (801) 620-1021. For more information on Dining Discovery events, click here.

 

Culinary Expedition: Farm-to-Table Dining

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Take a culinary expedition of Northern Utah’s locally sourced food, designed and prepared by the Snowbasin culinary team in four courses. Talk with the purveyors of these delicious local items and discuss why local is better!

The menu will include a local cheese plate from Gold Creek Farms in Kamas, Utah, Smoked Duck Breast Glazed with Slide Ridge Honey and salt harvested from the Great Salt Lake, Mountain Valley Trout from Smithfield, Utah, a Yak, Apple & Gorgonzola Meatloaf with spicy bourbon peach glaze with Yak from Yakety Yak Farm in Huntsville, Utah, and more. All produce will be sourced from local farm stands and Borski Farms in Kaysville, Utah. Purveyors include Borski’s Farm Produce, Morgan Valley Lamb, Fog River Salmon, Beehive Cheese, Gold Creek Cheese, Daily Rise Coffee Co., Lehi Roller Mills, Creminelli Fine Meats, and Cox Honey Farms.

See the full menu here: Culinary Expeditions – Farm to Table

The Dining Discovery: Farm – to – Table Culinary Expedition is $70 per person. It will be held on Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 6:30 pm at Needles Lodge and includes a ride up the gondola, tax, gratuity and live entertainment. To make reservations, please call (801) 620-1021. For more information on Dining Discovery events, click here.

 

Culinary Expedition: Caribbean

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While dining at Needles Lodge with breathtaking views, be whisked away to the Caribbean for delicious cuisine and exciting live entertainment!

The menu will include Herb and Coconut Crusted Mako, Shark Fillets with Sauteed Kale, Mofongo, Pineapple Fried Rice, Jicama Salad, a Caribbean fruit display, Spiced Rum Cake, and a live Jamaican Jerk Goat carving station, as well as many more traditional Caribbean dishes. See the full menu here: Culinary Expeditions – Caribbean

The Dining Discovery: Caribbean Culinary Expedition is $70 per person. It will be held on August 2nd, 2014 at 6:00 pm at Needles Lodge and includes a ride up the gondola, live entertainment, soft drinks, tax, and gratuity. To make reservations, please call (801) 620-1021. For more information on Dining Discovery events, click here.

Live entertainment from The Cabana Band :  https://www.gigsalad.com/the_cabana_band_salt_lake_city

Steel Drum Island Music and  Covers of Jimmy Buffet, UB40, Harry Belafonte, and more.

Culinary Expedition: Wine Maker’s Dinner with Iron Gate Wines

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Part of our Culinary Expedition: Spirit & Food Pairings, the first Wine Maker’s Dinner will feature Iron Gate Wines from Utah. This is a unique opportunity to learn about wine from the person who knows them best, the wine maker.

The meal is perfectly paired with a flight of wine, expertly chosen by the wine maker himself. The meal includes hors d’oeuvres while meeting the wine maker, a presentation of the wine flight by the wine maker, followed by a four course dinner paired with the wine. See the full pairing menu here: Meet The Winemaker Menu

The Wine Maker’s Dinner is $75 per person and includes the suggested paired wines, taxes, and gratuity. Wine from Iron Gate Wines will also be available for sale. The Wine Maker’s Dinner presented with Iron Gate Wines will be Friday, September 5th at 6:00 pm.

For reservations, please call (801) 620-1021.

For more information on Dining Discovery events, click here.

Dining Discovery: Shellfish Cooking Class

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Learn about purchasing, preparing, cooking, and eating wonderful items from the sea such as lobster, clams, mussels, oysters and shrimp!

Learn how to:

  • Properly clean and inspect shellfish
  • Prepare ingredients using multiple techniques such as boiling, broiling, steaming & sauteing
  • Pair shellfish with various herbs, vegetables, and starches
  • Prepare cocktails that compliment these wonderful treats from the sea

A ‘mocktail’ bar will be available for learning how to make and taste cocktails at no cost and the same real cocktails will be available for purchase.

The shellfish cooking class will be just $45 per person and includes all food and ‘mocktails’.

It will be at Earl’s Lodge at 6:30 pm on July 18th, 2014.

Class limit is 50 people – make your reservation today!

For reservations, please call (801) 620-1021.

More information here: Shellfish Cuisine Menu

For more information on Dining Discovery events, click here.