Life Lessons on the Slopes

Riding the Little Cat Express

Muhammad Ali said,

“Friendship is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.”

Friendship. That one great connection we seek as individuals.

It is easy, as an adventure family, to forget that my kids are made in the same mold I am. Sure I want to hit the slopes, taste the powder, and breath the bluebird skies. But what I treasure most are the laughs between chair tower 9 and 10. In short, the camaraderie of adventuring with friends.

As our kids have grown, we’ve worked tirelessly to keep the bar high on our “adventure quota” as a family. But I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t often think of bringing my kid’s friends along. Sometimes I am barely managing those who dwell within the walls of my own home!

But kids are motivated in the same ways we are. If you are looking to motivate a reluctant skier, bring their friends, and their heart will come along with them.

Bring a friend on ski days

This last weekend, we brought a friend (and his mom) and introduced them to Snowbasin for the first time. After all it is “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.” So why not spread the love? My son and his friend enjoyed a morning ski lesson with the Grizzly Cub Kids and then skied together the rest of the afternoon.

And while it was just another sunny ski day for me, it was probably the highlight of the season for my kids. It was their turn to whoop as they aired off the rollers under the Little Cat Express. To giggle themselves into snowbanks and laugh between chair tower 9 and 10. It was crazy and chaotic and fun.

It is priceless to watch them grow in their friendships… and to realize I have a few things to learn about friendship myself. Like the fact that even though I have a “friendship” with my kids, I will always be their mom. They are motivated from their friends in a way they aren’t from me. That is OK. It will be those friends that dig them out of a tree well or shadow them down a chute when I am far too old to keep up anymore.

So ski with your kids and invite a friend! Give them an mountain experience. Give them the gift of friendship on the slopes.  Give them something they can only learn in the school of the mountains.

Kids skiing together, friendship





Intro to Avalanches with the UAC

Snowbasin Resort is teaming up with Amer Sports and Utah Avalanche Center to offer a Intro to Avalanches Class.

What: Learn how to safely travel outside the resort boundaries. This workshop begins with a three hour evening class followed by an on-the-snow field day. Taught by Craig Gordon and several others from the Utah Avalanche Center and members of Snowbasin Ski Patrol. Plan to learn the following:

·       Understanding types of avalanches and how they happen

·       How weather affects avalanche risk

·       How to identify and avoid avalanche terrain

·       Using the local avalanche forecast to understand current conditions

·       Identifying dangerous avalanche conditions in the field

·       Safe travel protocol

·       Understanding how we make decisions in the backcountry

·       Companion rescue techniques

Where – Thursday 6-9 pm at Amer, Saturday 8:30 to 4:00 at Snowbasin Resort

When- Thur February 6th  (indoors)  and Saturday February 8th  (on the snow)

Cost- $50 (does not include lift ticket). Registration is limited to 25 people.

For more information or to sign up click the following link: Intro to Avalanches

5 Tips for Battling Cold Weather [Family Edition]

Powder and storms on Middle Bowl

There have been times in recent years that we were a “fair weather” ski family. We’ve all heard of “snow snobs”… those skiers that only come out for powder days (not that I blame them.) And we were “sun snobs”, only taking our family out on sunny days… warmer weather meant more skiing and less tears.

But this season we’ve been wrestling a busy schedule and picking only sunny days means we aren’t skiing much at all. So I’ve embraced the idea that,

“There isn’t bad weather. Only bad clothing.”

In fact, many of our favorite ski days have looked like this:

Snowy Day at Needles Lodge

Snowy Day at Needles Lodge

Last Friday when the wind gusted at 40 mph, we still made it up to Snowbasin and had a fantastic day skiing. Here are my tips for keeping your kids (and yourself) warm and happy.

1. Get a balaclava. A.K.A a ninja hood. Our bodies loose heat most rapidly from the head, the groin, and the armpits. SO…keeping the head and neck covered helps keep the whole body warm. Even a lightweight balaclava will keep your head, neck, and face significantly warmer and protect you from the wind. In my experience, a “ninja hood” style balaclava works better than a Buff or gaiter.

2. Keep those ski socks dry. As a mom, the thing I dread most about skiing is getting all the kid’s gear on. I would like to save time by putting socks and boots on before we leave the house. But on cold days that is a bad idea. It is hard to keep sweaty feet warm. Better to let the kids ride up in socks only and put the boots on right before getting out of the car.

3. Get a helmet, even for the really little ones. I’ve often thought, “why does my toddler need a helmet? She barely moves and I hold her up most the time.” Until someone ran into my husband and her. So, sure, we all know helmets are a safety thing. But they are also very warm and many brands have vents for warm days.

Powder Day off Needles Express

4. Invest in good layers. A few basic rules I live by when it comes to layers: First, layer a high-wicking fabric close to the skin, like Patagonia Capilene or REI midweight long underwear.  For exceptionally cold days I add a fleece layer. Fleece bottoms or ¼ zip tops. Finally, down jackets are warmer than synthetic. Down Jackets are also compressible, meaning they pack easily, are less bulky, and can be used year-round for camping, hiking, and backpacking. Here are my favorite kid jackets.

5. Not all chemicals are bad. Don’t be afraid of the chemical hand warmers. They are great for keeping kid’s hands warm! Just exercise caution when using with a young infant or toddler who cannot communicate if they become too hot.

In the end, embracing the weather is part of embracing the adventure. Howl into the wind and trek off into the white… dressed to conquer. 

Ogden Valley Ski Team (OVST) Hosts South Series G.S. races at Snowbasin

Snowbasin, UT, January 11, 2014:  OVST athlete Bridger Harrison       enjoyed victories on both Saturday and Sunday on a weekend that included many great performances by local Ogden area skiers at Snowbasin Resort.

Harrison claimed first overall in the United States Ski and Snowboard Association –Intermountain division South Series Giant Slalom races with combined times ( 2 runs) of 1:17:02 and 1:12:78.  Competitors from the Park City Ski Team, Snowbird Ski Team, Brighton, Rowmark Ski Academy, Summit Ski Teams and others competed along with host club the Ogden Valley Ski Team.

OVST enjoyed other top performances from local skiers Luke Kaschmitter with a 1st place Sunday and 2nd place Saturday in the U12 division. Eden’s Isabella Foo’s claimed two 4th place finishes in the U12 class. Also in the U14 class, Ogden’s Tommy Walsh had 5th and 7th place finishes while Christian Belmont had 2 top ten performances with a 6th and 10th.   Mikayla Guimond was 7th in Saturday’s race. In the U16 class OVST’s Chris Kubick finished 2nd and 1st. Other local skiers had solid performances and gained valuable experience including; U10 Girls-  Reagan Harrison the youngest competitor in the field who was just 0.4 seconds out of a medal. Jayden Quinn  U12 Girls – Pearl Marden (2 top 20 finishes), Mackenzie Kubick, U14 Girls, Savanna Larsen ( 2 top 20), Natalie Quinn ( 1 top 20)  U12 Boys Jimmy Walsh ( 2 Top 20 ) Andres Torres ( top 20) , Maddox Lister, Mason Phillips and Luke Philips.  U14 Boys Ogden’s Hunter Young, Levi Olsen, twins Finley and Andy Pinkas and Noah Poisson.

About Ogden Valley Winter Sports Foundation

The Ogden Valley Ski Team, sponsored by the Foundation, provides a fun and challenging way for young men and women to improve their skiing, and to develop the skills and discipline that will provide lifelong enjoyment of an active outdoor lifestyle. For more information or to join one of our many programs or participate in our Ogden Valley Ski League races please visit

For a full list of results click HERE


Après Entertainment with Jeanne Jolly

Join the fun in the Cinnabar Friday afternoon with award winning singer Jeanne Jolly playing Folk & Country.  The musicians play from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. For more information about Jeanne Jolly check out the following link:


St. Patty’s Day Celebration March 17th, 2014!

Celebrate St Patty’s Day the Snowbasin Resort way!  New this year, we will be putting out THREE POTS of GOLD on the mountain or in the lodges or both.  In these POTS OF GOLD there will be three different prizes with one prize being a 2014/2015 Adult Premier Pass.  The other prizes are yet TBD.  The search for these great prizes and Pots O’s Gold will begin at 9 am and last until 4 pm.  If by noon that day none of the Pots O’ Gold are found, then you will have to tune into Facebook and Twitter that day for hints that will be released every half hour.

Food specials all day at all the Lodges this year will include the traditional corned beef and cabbage, Shepard’s Pie, and Guinness Beef Stew.  Bag Pipers will also be in Earl’s Lodge during the afternoon spreading the St’ Patrick’s Day Cheer for all.

Then at 3:30 pm in Earl’s Lodge, the party begins through the entire lodge.  Specials will be provided by Bushmills and ‘This Must Be the Band’ will take the stage for a FREE live music show.  This Must Be the Band is the premier ‘Talking Heads’ tribute band in the country and they only play Talking Heads tunes for 3 or more hours if possible. This is a show not to miss.

This Must Be the Band” is Chicago’s only and therefore best Talking Heads Tribute Band; only performing Talking Heads music, and, if possible, 3 to 4 hours at a time.




Time:  All Day.  Show at 3:30 pm in Earl’s Lodge


More information:  801-620-1000

Apres Slide-TMBTB

Snowbasin Resort Blood Drive March 6th

Snowbasin Resort will be hosting a blood drive on Thursday March 6th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Huntington Room of Earl’s Lodge. To make an appointment, please contact Steward Marsh at 801.710.6797.  Contributors need the following to participate: Photo ID, minimum of 110 pounds, 18 years old or older,  remember to eat well and drink extra fluids before.

Your blood donation will benefit patients being treated at:

- Primary Children’s Medical Center

-Hunstman Cancer Hospital

-Shriners Hospital for Children

-University of Utah Hospital

-South Jordan Health Center

Cinnabar Superbowl Party Feb 2nd!

The Cinnabar is hosting one of the best Superbowl parties in all of Utah.  High Definition Big Screens, enough prizes for everyone (and we mean everyone), and incredible food – and best of all it is all-you-can-eat.  Two rooms with enough HD TV’s that everyone gets a great view – there is not a bad seat in this house.  Delectable food on the buffets from wings, wraps, to soft pretzels, and a full complement of desserts.  Full bar service available and trivia prizes!

4:00 pm-8:00 pm

All ages welcome.  Must be 21 to consume alcohol.

$26 per person for the buffet (Must have food to consume alcoholic beverage)

Food Begins at 4:00 pm

Full Menu Click Here

First come first serve – no reservations

Opening day on Strawberry

Opening Day on Strawberry at Snowbasin is one of the favorite milestones of the season . When Stawberry opens it means things are just starting to get into full swing on the mountain, it means that everyone gets to spread their wings a bit more and best of all it means that a whole slew of new lines and powder shots are ready to be reunited with on the mountain.

Strawberry is a special place for me. I’ll never forget my first visit there. It was a solo sunny Sunday about 10 years ago. I had never been to Snowbasin before and when I arrived in the middle of the Strawberry bowl I stopped for a moment to catch my breath and appreciate the grand surroundings of the Sister Ridge to my right, Demoisy Peak to my left and a beautiful view across the Morgan Valley to the East. I sat there totally alone in the vast emtyness of a deserted World Class Ski resort wondering where had all the people gone. I had to pinch myself to check if this was real. Ten years have passed since that moment and more than any other that was the driving force behind a decision to trade in the surfboard for a snowboard, to start a new chapter of life living in the mountains and playing in the snow at Snowbasin.Brent Blakley near Coyote Bowl

Ten years later and Strawberry is still a favorite destination on the mountain. On any given day our band of powderhounds waits for the Strawberry signs to drop, letting us know that Ski Patrol has done their job and now the bounty is ours. It’s a race to the Strawberry gondola base and the first tracks down are the best. Even though the saying is “no friends on a poweder day” we like to keep the group together as we take the Strawberry Traverse over to the other side, blasting powder turns and hero jumps toward the last pitch of Elk Ridge. A glance above reveals a string of empty gondola cars, our chariouts waiting to carry us upward then we dive down the steep and wide face of Carnahan’ to be one of the first to get to the top.

Once you’ve made it to the gondola and begin you’re accent to the top you get the satisfaction of knowing that you will be one of the first on that day, with your powder friends, to sample a big bite out of the best Strawberry you ever tasted. Arrival at the top of Strawberry is usually rewarded with a breathtaking vista west across the Great Salt Lake,. Take a picture if you dare sacrifice a precious moment, or if you’re like us you’ll maintain a steely focus while you crank down the bindings, and check your zippers before you taste one of the best powder runs of your life, on Strawberry at Snoowbasin.


Shred for SMED

This Saturday, January 4th, the SMED Foundation will be joining us to kick off National Safety Month. This first weekend the focus will be avalanche awareness and the SMED Foundation will be supplying fresh batteries for guests who bring up their beacon to the beacon park. The Beacon Park will be located to the east of Needles Gondola line in the base area.  Snowbasin Ski patrol will be doing demonstrations in the Beacon Park from 9 AM – 2 PM and at 3 PM in the Huntington Room they will be going over Avalanche Awareness.

The SMED Foundation will be having a contest for all those who enter the beacon park or come to the Avalanche Awareness class. You could win an Avalung pack, 100.00 gift certificate to Gear 30, Ifly, and much more! Winners will be announced after the Avalanche Awareness class.

About SMED’s Foundation:

SMED’S Foundation believes that the natural beauty of God’s earth is not only to be viewed but rather explored, especially the beautiful white powder.  In memory of Ryan Smedley, who was not able to escape the ferociousness of the cascading avalanche on March 11, 2006, we commit to further the education, bring awareness and protection against avalanches in the backcountry for skiers and snow boarders. Smed’s motto stands for: Stay Mindful Educate Daily Safety. Don’t just see it, live it.

For more information about SMED’s Foundation contact Allison Beeson at (801) 458-1285.