Team Rider Keith Gabel Nominated to the U.S. Paralympics Snowboard National Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ― The United States Olympic Committee today announced that U.S. Paralympics Snowboard National Champions Evan Strong (Nevada City, Calif.) and Heidi Jo Duce (Ouray, Colo.) and nine other athletes are nominated for the 2013-14 U.S. Paralympics Snowboard National Team, which is the first-ever national team in the sport.

In May 2012, the International Paralympic Committee announced that snowboard cross will be included in the alpine skiing program at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, March 7-16, in Russia. The Paralympic competition is open to men and women with lower limb impairments.

“As we look toward the start of the Paralympic Winter Games in 10 months, the nomination of these athletes to the inaugural U.S. Paralympics Snowboard National Team marks a significant step for the program and the sport,” said Kevin Jardine, USOC high performance director for Paralympic alpine skiing and snowboarding. “A year ago, there was very little opportunity for Paralympic snowboarders, and now there is chance for a Paralympic gold medal. Our national team athletes are among the world’s best and are up to the challenge of medaling in Sochi.”

Joining Strong and Duce are nominees Christina Albert (Denver, Colo.), Tyler Burdick (Salt Lake City, Utah), Keith Gabel (Ogden, Utah), Lucas Grossi (Billings, Mont.), Amy Purdy (Las Vegas, Nev.), Nicole Roundy (Bountiful, Utah) and Mike Shea (Castaic, Calif.), all who have lower limb impairments, and Joseph Chandler (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Marc Dervaes (West Chester, Pa.), who have upper limb impairments.

“There are no words to describe what it feels like to be nominated for the first-ever U.S. Paralympics Snowboard National Team,” said Duce, who won two bronze medals on the 2012-13 International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing Snowboard World Cup circuit before taking the inaugural national crown. “I am stoked to be a part of history with so many great athletes. While we will always be known as trailblazers, I hope that we are remembered not just for being a part of the national team but for inspiring other amputees to get involved in snowboarding.”

2013 XTERRA USA Championships Sept 21st

Endurance athletes from around the world will emerge as winners thanks to the XTERRA USA Championship weekend at Snowbasin Resort this September.

The XTERRA USA Championship off-road triathlon is set for Saturday, September 21, with the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship to follow on Sunday, September 22.


Both events will take place at the picturesque Snowbasin Resort – a world-class ski resort that hosted the downhill and super G races for the 2002 Winter Olympics, and more than 1,500 athletes from across the country and around the world will participate. Professional champions will be crowned, and amateur age-group athletes ranging from 10 to 80 will earn XTERRA National Champion status.


“Nationals” is the culmination of all 150+ XTERRA U.S. off-road triathlon and trail running events held in 2013 and both events will be filmed for nationally syndicated TV programs exposing the beauty of Utah to millions.

“We are thrilled to have the XTERRA USA Championship and the Trail Run Championships back in Utah, and feel these two events are a great fit for Utah,” said Jeff Robbins, president & CEO of the Utah Sports Commission.  “These events showcase the state’s natural beauty and world-class venues and provide significant economic impact and image building to Utah.”


Snowbasin Resort is located just 35 miles north of Salt Lake City and boasts an incredible collection of trails, which are nothing short of spectacular in late September as the fall colors start bursting in an array of red, pink, orange, and yellow.


“September is always a special time of year for us at Snowbasin as we look forward to welcoming an ever-growing international field of participants for a couple of great races that truly showcase the beauty of the resort and our mountain trails,” said Steve Andrus, Snowbasin Resorts sport event operations director.


Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell played a significant role in bringing the XTERRA USA Championship weekend to Utah. He is a past XTERRA competitor, and served as race director for the first XTERRA race in Ogden back in 2004.

In 2009, Odgen and Snowbasin were named hosts for XTERRA’s America Tour triathlon finale – the XTERRA USA Championship – and by 2011 the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship was added, creating the current weekend of events.


The Get Out and Live (GOAL) organization also plays a significant role in the weekend, providing hundreds of volunteers to assist during the events.


“XTERRA is a unique event for our community that has grown and progressed over the past eight years into a world-class event,” Caldwell said. “It is a huge part of our community’s DNA.  These athletes and race organizers have become part of our family providing an opportunity for us to form lasting friendships with people from all over the world. Not only do I enjoy the homecoming feel the event brings, it also has great economic impact for Ogden. Our hotels sell out and our restaurants fill up. XTERRA is proof that what GOAL is doing, works. I love XTERRA. It is the perfect fit for Ogden, and I look forward to this weekend every year knowing this year will be the best yet.”


The home-state Utah people are also invited to participate in the prestigious events, as there are open divisions for amateurs in both the triathlon and trail run.

In addition to the races, XTERRA will host an expo in downtown Ogden with free kids races, vendor booths, a Paul Mitchell hair cut-a-thon for charity, and evening dinner parties. Simultaneously, Ogden hosts its 12th annual Harvest Moon Festival with more than 25 family-friendly activities, including live music, kid’s activities, and downtown criterium races.


“We love bringing our entire XTERRA Tribe together in Utah; the energy level is off the charts,” said Janet Clark, president of XTERRA. “Ogden and Snowbasin are proven winners – between the facilities at Snowbasin, the great restaurants and atmosphere along Historic 25th Street in Ogden, the Harvest Moon Festival, and the unbelievably supportive community – we couldn’t have asked for a better situation.”


For more information and links to registration and live event coverage please visit or call toll-free at 877-XTERRA-1.

2013 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship Sept 22nd

XTERRA Trail Running National Championship Xduro
The XTERRA Trail Run National Championship will return to the beautiful Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah, in 2013. This year’s event is scheduled for September 22, and it will once again attract some of the best trail runners from across the country.

The XTERRA Trail Run Nationals was staged at Snowbasin Resort for the first time in 2011, and it received rave reviews from the runners. Max King of Bend, Oregon, won his fifth consecutive XTERRA Trail Run National title in 2012, and said of the course at Snowbasin Resort: “I love my hometown of Bend, but this was, I gotta say, a great course. It was a lot more climbing than we get in Bend, so this was tough.”

Runners of all ages and skill levels can participate in the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, as there is no qualifying process. Last year, close to 500 trail runners from 30 different states gathered at Snowbasin Resort for the event.

There will be three different courses to accommodate the various levels of runners. A 21-kilometer half-marathon course will serve as the national championship course, but there will also be a 10K and a 5K.

Every age-group winner from the 21K course will be awarded a free entry to race at the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, Hawaii.

The top five overall males and top five overall females from the 21K course will also receive prize money. Medals and other prizes will also be awarded to the top age-group runners from all three courses.

The XTERRA Trail Run Nationals will be held one day after the XTERRA USA Championship off-road triathlon to create the ultimate XTERRA racing weekend. The two events will bring more than 1,000 of the nation’s very best amateur and professional triathletes and trail runners to Northern Utah to battle for the title of XTERRA National Champion.

Registration is now open. For questions or more information, call 877-XTERRA-1.

Note: You must be present to receive your awards at the XTERRA Trail Run Nationals. Awards will not be mailed after the event. Also, as a course rule for safety purposes, headphones are not allowed to be worn by runners.


XTERRA Trail Run National Championship Course Map

Larry H. Miller Tour Of Utah’s Ultimate Challenge Aug 10th

The Tour of Utah is coming to Snowbasin Resort for the first time on Saturday, August 10th.  The Ultimate Challenge Presented by the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah will start at Snowbasin and end at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.  The Ultimate Challenge participants will be able to race the same day and route as the Queen Stage (Stage 5) Tour of Utah competitors, a grueling 112 miles with 12,000+ feet of climbing.  A superb corps of volunteers will assist riders every mile of the way.  And regardless of where you choose to complete your personal Ultimate Challenge ride, you’ll find a good meal, a cool piece of shade, and a change to watch Stage 5 on the Tour of Utah Adobe Tour Tracker on a big screen HDTV waiting for you at the end.

Ultimate Challenge Details:

Start Time: TBD
Three distance options:
Option 1: 52 mi. Nutritional support/hydration stops
Option 2: 82 mi. Nutritional support/hydration stops
Option 3: 112 mi. Nutritional support/hydration stops
NEW! Ultimate Challenge Femme, specifically designed for women!
Two Ultimate Challenge Femme distance options:
Option 1: 30 mi. Dedicated vehicle support
Option 2: 60 mi. Dedicated vehicle support
Note: Women are welcome to ride the entire 112-mile route, if they choose.

For more information on the Queen Stage or The Ultimate Challenge check out the Tour of Utah website by clicking “HERE



Ragnar Trail Relays Aug 16th – 17th

Snowbasin Resort is proud to host the first annual Ragnar Trail Relays on August 16th & 17th.  In this race you will be able to experience all that Snowbasin has to offer with rolling meadows, scenic canyons, and abundant wildlife. Whether you’re admiring the views of Pineview Reservoir , climbing the peaks above Earl’s Lodge or passing through the wildflowers in the sweeping meadow of Porcupine loop, each trail will give you a new and unique perspective of the Wasatch Mountains.

In between runs you will experience Ragnar Village at its finest, complete with a central fire, s’mores, live music, and dining at Earl’s Lodge. Join us for this unforgettable adventure in the peaks of the Wasatch Mountains.

For more information about the Ragnar Trail Relays click “HERE




Ragnar’s Wasatch Back Relay June 20th & 21st

Ragnar’s Wasatch Back Relay will be celebrating its 10th year this summer and Snowbasin Resort is proud to be one of its major exchange points. June 20th and 21st you will be able to cheer your favorite runner, team, or just support the event as a whole as participants come through Snowbasin’s Earl’s Lodge base area. The Wasatch Back Relay is a 198.3-mile race that consists of multiple relay teams of 12 runners. Teams will rock out to live bands, enjoy the wacky participant costumes, and make life-long friends with teammates and competitors. Teams will party along the backside of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains from Logan to Park City, Utah via Snowbasin over this four day race.


Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band with Bullets & Belles

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band comes to Snowbasin Resort to play a FREE outdoor concert on the Patio of Earl’s Lodge as part of our Blues, Brews, & BBQ Sunday Concert Series on September 1st.  This heavy road touring band offers a mix of  Blues and Americana with a touch of hillbilly guaranteeing an amazing stage presence and performance. Opening is Bullets & Belles out of Salt Lake City offering a Neo-Doo-Wop-Folk feel that will leave you wanting more. Bullets & Belles will start at 12:00 pm with the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band stepping on stage at 3:00 pm.

No dogs or outside food on Earl’s Patio please. State law prohibits outside alcohol

Monophonics with The 3-2-1′s

The Monophonics return to Snowbasin Resort to play a FREE outdoor concert on the Patio of Earl’s Lodge as part of our Blues, Brews, & BBQ Sunday Concert Series on August 4th. With their brand of psychedelic soul & funk the Monophonics bring a party atmosphere that will have you wanting  more days after the concert. Local favorites from Salt Lake The 3-2-1′s will be opening with their mixture of rock, soul, and blues with a dance hall  feel. The 3-2-1′s will start at 12:00 pm with the Monophonics getting on stage at 3:00 pm.

No dogs or outside food on Earl’s Patio please. State law prohibits outside alcohol

White Water Ramble featuring Moses Guest

White Water Ramble comes to Snowbasin Resort to play a FREE outdoor concert on the Patio of Earl’s Lodge as part of our Blues, Brews, & BBQ Sunday Concert Series on July 21st. Located in Colorado White Water Ramble  brings an amazing mix with bluegrass instrumentation, adding drums, and finishing with a boundary-less approach to grassing-up everything from disco house grooves to roots to Americana home promising a truly unique concert experience. Closing the day is the Texas-based Moses Guest offering Southern Rock with a touch of Pop, Jazz, Funk, and Country that  appeals to any audience.   White Water Rambler will start at 12:30 pm with Moses Guest at 3:00 pm.

No dogs or outside food on Earl’s Patio please. State law prohibits outside alcohol

Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers featuring the Ugly Valley Boys

Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers come to Snowbasin Resort to play a FREE outdoor concert on the Patio of Earl’s Lodge as part of our Blues, Brews, & BBQ Sunday Concert Series on July 7th. Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers bring home an unique cross of country and rock that have been hailed from viral YouTube fame to sold out concerts they are not to be missed. Opening are the local roots country legends Ugly Valley Boys from Salt Lake City. Ugly Valley Boys will start at 12:00 pm with Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers at 3:30 pm. For more information on both bands see the links below:

The Ugly Valley Boys

No dogs or outside food on Earl’s Patio please. State law prohibits outside alcohol