By The Associated Press - Mon, Jan 28, 2013 12:12 pm
ALPINE, Wyo. — Dog sled racers are in Alpine, Wyo. for the third stage of the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race. The mushers will race about 56 miles before being welcomed to Pinedale for a banquet in the evening. After stages in Jackson and West Yellowstone, Mont., Buddy Streeper of Fort Nelson, British Columbia is in first place with a time of 4 hours, 9 minutes and 20 seconds.... Read more.
By Holly Ramer, The Associated Press - Mon, Jan 28, 2013 12:05 am
JEFFERSON, N.H. — When Gonzo started tripping over his food dish three years ago, no one could explain or stop the Alaskan husky’s quickly advancing blindness. But a veterinarian offered some simple advice: “Run this dog.” Gonzo, one of 120 dogs at Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel, was happy to comply. With help from his brother, Poncho, he soon resumed his place pulling a sled all over New Hampshire’s... Read more.
By Jennifer Oldham, Bloomberg News - Fri, Jan 25, 2013 12:47 am
DENVER — Jagged peaks ringing Colorado’s Copper Mountain turned indigo in the rising sun as Jamie Baker knelt to measure the ski resort’s latest snowfall. The total came to what it’s been too often this season: zero. “This is our basic ruler you used in elementary school,” the ski patrol employee said, poking the wooden stick into the space around a stake used to gauge overnight snow. “It’s... Read more.
By Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle - Thu, Jan 24, 2013 1:31 pm
SAN FRANCISCO — In my first snowboard lesson, I learned what it meant to “take inventory” and to “keep your eye on the prize.” Like many people new to the sport, I tried to float in the air, just like we’ve all seen on TV. But instead of floating, I teetered and body-slammed. Then, while lying there like I was part of a crime scene, I self-checked: Part 1: Can you breathe? Part 2: Are body parts... Read more.
By Brady McCombs, Michelle L. Price, The Associated Press - Wed, Jan 23, 2013 11:02 am
SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert unveiled his long-awaited vision for outdoor recreation in the state Wednesday, calling for the creation of a government office devoted solely to the topic and laying out a broad-stroke plan to preserve Utah's natural jewels and cultivate outdoor recreation as a pillar of its economy. Herbert announced the plan just as one of the world's largest outdoor gear... Read more.
By Michelle L. Price, The Associated Press - Wed, Jan 23, 2013 10:48 am
SALT LAKE CITY — One of the world’s largest outdoor gear trade shows will remain in Salt Lake City through at least 2016. Outdoor Retailer, which kicks off its winter expo today, draws more than 25,000 people to each bi-annual show and pours an estimated $40 million into Utah’s economy every year. Nielsen Expositions, which runs the lucrative shows, announced the decision Tuesday at a ski resort... Read more.
By Jason Dearen, The Associated Press - Mon, Jan 21, 2013 4:30 pm
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — Mother Nature saved the best for last, with some of the largest swells of the day arriving during the final heat of Sunday’s Mavericks Invitational big wave surfing contest as thousands of spectators invaded a quaint coastal town known more for its annual pumpkin festival than for surf. The waves weren’t the largest ever seen at the famed Northern California Mavericks surf... Read more.
By Pat Graham, The Associated Press - Mon, Jan 21, 2013 3:29 pm
The camera zoomed out as snowboarder Kevin Pearce sank deeper into the leather rocking chair, his voice quivering with every word he whispered to his therapist. Just when Pearce thought he was making progress from a traumatic brain injury he suffered during a frightful fall in the halfpipe three years ago, more bad news seemed to follow. On this day, he found out he needed additional eye... Read more.
By Phuong Le, The Associated Press - Wed, Jan 16, 2013 6:59 pm
SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. — Steve Hamill first ventured into the backcountry three years ago, drawn by a desire to be in the woods during the winter. But it was an unnerving encounter with a small avalanche that eventually drove the 52-year-old clinical engineer to a three-day course this month to learn how to survive in avalanche terrain. Hamill is among a growing number of people seeking solitude... Read more.
By Standard-Examiner staff - Wed, Jan 16, 2013 12:18 am
For those who have wanted to try skiing or snowboarding but found the costs prohibitive, now may be the best time of the year to give it a shot. Utah’s 14 resorts are joining 33 other states and more than 300 resorts through the end of January to offer special deals for first-time skiers and snowboarders to promote Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. Utah resorts have set a goal to give 10,000... Read more.