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Proving you don’t have to be edgy to be a Sundance Film, a new slate of kids options will debut this January at the Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Kids program is being launched in conjunction with the Utah Film Center’s Tumbleweeds Film Festival.
“This unique collaboration between the Utah Film Center and Sundance Institute is a great opportunity to elevate the profile of international and independent films for kids,” said UFC’s Patrick Hubley. “We launched our Tumbleweeds programming four years ago with the goal of fostering the next generation of filmmakers and film fans, and we hope this programming will inspire the creativity and imaginations of young film-goers not only in Utah but across the country.” UFC’s Tumbleweeds Film Fest features content for children and teens and is the only one of its kind in the intermountain west.
This January, kids 8 and older will have the chance to see the world premiere of “Ernest & Celestine,” a film about a mouse who forms an unlikely bond with a bear, and the U.S. premiere of “Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang,” a movie about twin brothers who uncover a hidden secret at school.
“The addition of Sundance Kids allows us to engage younger audiences around the power of independent film,” said Trevor Groth, the festival’s director of programming.
The 2014 Sundance festival runs Jan. 16-26 with films, documentaries and shorts in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and at the Sundance Resort. Visit sundance.org/festival for more information about screening dates, times and locations.
They got kind of buried among the hype surrounding the Sundance Film Festival last year so this year Powder Magazine stepped out of the shadows with their own blowout tonight in Salt Lake City.
The 14th Annual Powder Awards at The Depot downtown celebrated the best in cinematography, photography, and athletic achievement in ski films at The Depot downtown.
Congrats to Sweetgrass Productions’ Valhalla for Movie of the Year. Tim Durtschi won Best Male Performance in TGR’s Way of Life, and Elyse Saugstad took Best Female for her work in TGR’s Co-Lab. Sherpa Cinema’s Into The Mind won for best cinematography and McConkey was named Best Documentary.
“This was one of the most challenging years to be a judge of the Powder Awards,” says POWDER Editor John Stifter. “Between Best Jib and Best Line alone, we had more deliberation with the panel than ever. It really speaks to the high level of skiing and cinematography in our sport.”
In addition to recognizing ski porn and pro athletes, the Powder Awards also showcased readers’ favorite skiers with the annual Powder Poll. Seth Morrison and Ingrid Backstrom rose above the rest. Click here for all of the results.
It makes sense to hold the event in Utah where the best of the best not only patron but park it. The Powder Awards attract a who’s who of the industry, including professional skiers, ski legends, ski film production crews, industry brands, media, and celebrities and they’ll be at Snowbird tomorrow for the Morning After sesh.
The day appropriately begins at the crack of noon Saturday, December 7, where you can rub elbows with your favorite athletes and filmmakers on the Tram Plaza or even stalk them on the hill. There’s a BBQ and DJ music planned until 2:30 and “the largest athlete signing in the world” at 3 p.m. Dress warmly. The forecast calls for a high of 10 degrees in Little Cottonwood Canyon.
I wore my Athleta tights, Kuhl dress and ‘broken-foot ‘ for the occasion. There’s just something fancy and girly about the Fairmont Hotels but with this particular outfit I was both girly and mountainy- even with the boot. The boot was to get me through the long-ass walk from Delta’s check-in to the international B Gates. I’m walking (and skiing) but the foot still throbs and slows me down when I’m walking on it for too long. It also doesn’t hurt getting pushed through security in a wheelchair and being first on the plane.
The dress didn’t clash with the boot, btw. I was on my way to the Banff Springs Hotel tucked up in the Canadian Rockies and I wanted to dress for the occasion. After all, I was staying in a castle. Plus, the flight was a surprisingly short 2.5 hours from Salt Lake City to Calgary. I wouldn’t need sweats to be comfortable.
Delta’s direct on a Skywest Canadian Air Jet was nothing like my trip to San Diego last week. First, I arrived two hours before takeoff as per the international directions (actually it said three hours but come on, no one needs three hours on a Thursday?) rather than the 10 minutes to door close on the SD flight. My heart didn’t stop pounding for that trip till we landed. Second, the amazingly nice gate agent upgraded me to an economy comfort seat today meaning that my knees wouldn’t have to be glued to my chest. Only one hour more and I could have been skiing in Canada rather than eating Turkey with Mom and Dad, I considered.
Of course, my bag barely made it on- 49 pounds. The weather forecast in Banff is no warmer than in Utah. Minus 6 as a high! I packed for layers upon layers. Without a man’s “fur” or a thick ring of winter fat, I am woefully unprepared for this cold. In went the climate-control Helly Hansen outfit, the wool Krimson Klover tights, the mile-high stack of hand warmers, Kamik boots that I pretty much wear only to snowmobile, thick neck gaiters, etc. I still won’t be warm enough. You would think that I would leave the frigid temps of Park City, Utah, for a warm, sunny plot of sand somewhere. But it’s finally ski season. The waves can wait.
I called the rental shop in Lake Louise last night. They’re not letting their high performance demos out until they get more snow. That’s not a good sign. I had heard they were getting more snow than us? Maybe that’s B.C. (British Columbia) and not this region. Calgary is more middle-west Canada. B.C. is the west coast where the snow can turn to rain and slush in an instant; where the mountains are rockier and the temps are warmer.
But I was able to talk them out of a pair of Salomon Q105s. Looking forward to testing those. I told them I was a ski instructor on a media fam and I would not thrash them. I’d rather not haul around my gear (other than boots) even though Delta allows a ski bag and boot bag to count as your one checked bag. The problem with depending on a ski rental shop in another resort to provide you comparable gear is depending on them to provide you with comparable gear. I’m 5’6″ but ski above an intermediate. Rarely does a shop have a beefy ski in my size (170-175) or- if they do- they have one pair that’s already been rented. Since I’m the first to take these skis out this season, I was in luck. The Dynastar’s stay home in my garage.
We leave a plate of cookies out for Santa. We wrap gifts for a newborn. Why not put some things under the tree for your best friends? Cats and dogs may not know what Christmas is but they know a new toy or treat when they see it. Get them super excited with these cool items this holiday season.
A romp in the mountains could send a chill through their bones if they’re not a fluffy St. Bernard. The softshell Cloudchaser hugs your pooch all the way around his body and insulates him from cold, wet, inclement weather. The waterproof, windproof, breathable three-layer soft-shell upper fabric has four-way stretch and a zippered closure for a snug fit and easy on/off. The belly panel is coated to repel water, snow and dirt. It also has reflective piping for afterwork strolls. $79.95, www.ruffwear.com.
Orvis Toy Box
In a nutshell, this piece of reclaimed wood is gorgeous. The medium-sized box should fit into anyone’s home décor and despite its compact size will handle every toy in the house. Now you don’t have to hide that unsightly pile of squeakers and tugs. The antique mountain look will be a conversation starter. Add a personalized name plate and your dog just may clean up his own toys. $129-149. http://www.orvis.com/store/product.aspx?pf_id=8R93
Petprojekt Squeaky Snowman
It’s easy for Fido to celebrate the holidays when he’s trotting around with a Snowman in his mouth. The squeaky toy is made from 100 percent non-toxic, durable materials and should last you well past New Year’s. Get the Reindeer and Santa Claws Cat designs for extra stocking stuffers. $8-12, www.petprojekt.com
When you’re gone all day skiing, let the SnugglePuppie take your place. This soft, cuddly pup makes a best friend unlike other toys that beg to be tossed, chewed and dragged around. A removable plastic heart beats in the middle and the pocket for handwarmers provides the comfort a mother’s body might. But your pet doesn’t have to be a newborn to discover the warmth of a best friend. Children, seniors and adult dogs too will cuddle with this slipper-sized softie. Heartbeat comes with batteries, it’s machine washable, and because there’s nothing small to chew off it’s safe for all. $39, http://www.snugglepetproducts.com/snuggle-pets/snuggle-puppies
OK, a collar is more for you than her but you’ll both feel motivated to take those winter’s night strolls with a Dog-e-Glow. The light-up collar and matching leash come in all sorts of cute designs and stand out even in the dead of night. Whether it’s the bones, plaids or a Cougars or Utes style you’ll love how the little LED bulbs shine along the entire length and can be seen up to 1000 feet away. The weather-resistant collars and leashes can be set to flash, steady and off mode so the replaceable lithium coin cell batteries last up to 150 hours. $9, www.petsmart.com.
Bravo Cat treats
Cats too deserve healthy snacks and with those carnivorous attitudes, Bravo! will surely please the king and queen of the house. The Feline Healthy Medley treats of 100 percent pure muscle meat are freeze-dried to lock in flavor. They’re grain-free and created specifically to nurture the nutritional needs of cats by providing ingredients filled with easily absorbable vitamins and minerals. Use them to train your cat to come indoors, get off the counters and maybe even take that cupcake out of your hand. $8, www.BravoRawDiet.com
Power Paws Socks
Therapy animal owners can tell you dogs’ paws can pick up all sorts of nasties from the floor. So a pair of Power Paws is not just about protecting pads from cold days and slippery floors. The “Advanced” style is a non-slip, reinforced-toe canine sock for indoor/outdoor wear to prevent frostbite, improve traction, keep snow from clumping between toes without sacrificing dexterity and avoid germs at your next trip to the vet. When you don’t need the beefiness of a dog booty try the Power Paws. $24.99; http://woodrowwear.com/.
If you’ve ever witnessed the mess your dog makes shredding the insides of a stuffed toy you’ll appreciate the Floppie. This 2 in 1 rodent is filling free, and has two squeakers and a braided cotton rope hidden inside for all sorts of all-day fun. $8, http://aussienaturals.us.
Dreamables Bone bowl
Serve up his 2014 meals in this stylish, fun, playful food and water feeder. Two generous removable stainless bowls sit snuggly inside the brightly colored plastic ‘bone’ for easy washing and filling. Non-slip rubber feet keep the whole thing from sliding around at dinner time. Pick the color that matches your room or opt for black which goes with everything. The bowl comes in two sizes so cats and small dogs can have a taste of personality as well. $25-35, www.bedbath http://www.prestigepet.com.
It won’t be long before the resorts are in full swing so it’s always sweet to bust out for a few early season runs whenever a resort first opens. The pressure to rip is tempered with caution until there’s more coverage so Alta’s opening day was the ideal chance to test out the newly healed foot.
As of this weekend, Park City Mountain Resort, Brighton, Solitude, Snowbird and Alta are servicing anxious riders. Canyons Resort opens this Friday (Nov. 29). It’s supposed to be dry through thanksgiving with only a slight chance of snow next weekend so take advantage of the restricted terrain to get your ski legs back. Rein in your enthusiasm, however. Nothing worse than wrecking before the season even gets going.
Folks lined up for first chair of PCMR’s 50th Anniversary this morning.
Here’s a taste of opening day at Alta. It sure was fun. The groomers on the Collins side were firm and fast (Sugarloaf side was a bit better) while the open spots of off-piste were surprisingly soft and safe. We didn’t hit a single rock – after navigating the traverses of course.
I requested a jack. I was sure roadside assistance would laugh if I told them I needed help putting chains on my tires so I figured “fixing a flat” was close enough. I hate feeling like a total chick but there were six inches of snow on my driveway, I hadn’t mounted my Blizzak snow tires yet and I needed to get Sage to school.
It wasn’t supposed to snow this much in one day- the first week of November. I was excited. Not about the new snow (ok, kinda that too) but about finally getting to test my Thule K-Summit XL chains. They’ve been in my garage jonesing for just this occasion but I’m usually ahead of the game with the snow tires so I don’t need chains.
You use snow tires or studded tires from November to April around Park City. You use chains if you live in a valley or basin like Salt Lake City or Los Angeles. Rarely do the twain meet unless you experience an in-between moment like this one. I’m spoiled by my Blizzaks. I swear by them. You can do 70 mph on snowy highways with confidence and you can get up my ridiculously steep driveway even if it’s covered with snow. And now I’m spoiled by these ridiculously expensive Thule chains. I have to admit, however, that I was intimidated by its visage that was like something out of Transformers. How the hell did these things actually work? I only needed to watch the mechanic install one side to get it.
The first thing the ‘rescue’ mechanic said? “These are slick. I’ve never seen anything like them before.” No more laying under your car on your back and sliming up your clothes. No more backing over the chains hoping you’ve lined them up correctly. No more last minute surprises where you realize you need a few extra links to make them fit. No more tinkering for so long you can’t feel your fingers. No more wrapping them around your axle by accident. Simply slide the two brackets on the K-Summit over the outside of the tire, crank the center ratchet, roll forward, place the last two brackets on, crank some more and voile.
Repeat on the other tire. The chain will automatically self-adjust and tighten as you drive away. The geometric design keeps the chain from slipping off the tire while at the same time avoids touching (and scratching) your alloy wheels or ABS brakes. To remove, you loosen the ratchet, wiggle the plates and the chain practically falls off by itself. It all folds up neatly into a carry bag.
So let’s talk about the price. Are you sitting down? The K-Summit runs around $600. Yes, for chains. But remember: you spend way more than that on a pair of skis you might use for 25 days. These chains should last a lifetime (they come with a five-year manufacturer’s warranty) so long as you drive cars with approximately the same tire size and keep your speed under 30 mph. Plus, if you’re at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon, with the sheriff moving chainless, non-4wd cars to the side of the road, you’re not going to want to waste time tinkering as all those ‘equipped’ vehicles get to the hill before you and chew up the powder.
Like any tire chain, the K-Summit is meant only to get you from Point A to Point B on snow-covered streets. You’re not going to leave them on for weeks unless you plan to drive slowly every day during the winter and never on clear freeways. In Park City that’s not practical. But I sure wish I had them in high school for those weekend roadtrips to Mammoth. And I was damn glad I had them today.
Unwilling to concede an inch, literally, Brighton Resort, is opening TODAY- For Free. Anyone desperate to make a few resort turns before tomorrow’s official opening can ride Brighton from 2-4 p.m. on the Majestic Lift’s Shoulder Run. “We went through the effort of making all this snow so we figured we might as well go for it,” said Brighton Spokesman Jared Winkler.
On trail there’s about 15-20 inches of manmade. “Off the groomed is about five inches of dust,” added Winkler. In other words STAY ON THE GROOMED. It’s not worth wrecking yourself this early in the season. Tomorrow, expect the Explorer lift to open adding two more trails to Brighton’s skiing. Lift tickets are $37.
Solitude Resort also moved up their originally scheduled Nov. 14 opening day. Get your tickets to ski tomorrow for $39. Three lifts and four groomed runs will be accessed from the Moonbeam base area. “We started testing our snowmaking system to see if it was working during the last cold spell and it just kept staying cold enough to get four good nights,” said Henry Hornberger, vice president of mountain operations at Solitude Mountain Resort, in the Salt Lake Tribune. “This latest storm cycle has allowed us to run snowmaking around the clock for the last few days.”
Another factor in the early openings could be the 60-degree temps Salt Lake City will see starting tomorrow and running into next week. The resorts made a bunch of snow and I’m sure they would hate to see it all go to waste. Regardless of the reasons, an early opening always gets the conversation going. So head up Big Cottonwood Canyons and start talking skiing.
The rest of the gang is still waiting for bigger snows and bigger snow depths. Here’s what we have so far and all that can change the moment a whopping storm hits us:
The news is on fire over hundreds of dogs dying from jerky treats made in China. Cats are also affected. The illness doesn’t discriminate among size, breed or age so toss the junk if you have it. More than 600 dogs have died and over 3,500 so far are sick. Supposedly, jerky treats from chicken, duck and sweet potato are doing the evil but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can’t pinpoint a specific brand or the causative agent.
Signs your pet has been infected may include vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, lethargy, or weakness. About 30 percent show signs of kidney failure or urinary problems.
This is just a reminder for you to check the list frequently. You can also sign up here for email alerts of recalls.
Check Your Cupboards!
As soon as I heard about this recall I grabbed the bag of Zuke’s Mini Naturals I use to train Takoda. First, a big seal in the upper right corner says “Made in the USA”. Good. But because the FDA doesn’t require a company to list where each ingredient comes from I looked further down:
Chicken was the number one ingredient!
I consulted the Zuke’s website and found under the FAQ section:
All of our products are guaranteed made in the USA and all of the meat, fruit, and veggies are sourced from the USA as well (with the exception of the Rabbit and the Venison, which come from New Zealand).
My dog has learned tricks form basic obedience to ‘cover your eyes’ with the Mini Naturals. They have less than 4 calories per piece with wholefood antioxidants like cherries, rosemary and tumeric in them. Plus, Zuke’s donates a portion of every sale to the Dog and Cancer Fund. $2.99 on Amazon right now!
Another brand I use to treat my dog is Spring Naturals. He loves the Grain Free Treats made with turkey, salmon, chickpeas, spinach, blueberries, cranberries, flaxseed, apricots, dandelion greens, apples and molasses. “Every recipe is made with only select, market-quality ingredients from sources in the United States. So with the help of some very smart animal nutritionists who shared our passion for pets, Spring Naturals was born. Welcome to a fresh new era in pet nutrition.”
Halfway through the first part of Warren Miller’s new ski flick, Ticket to Ride, my seven year-old daughter Sage leaned over and whispered, “Momma, will you let me miss a couple of days of school this winter so I can ski with you?” I smiled proudly, my heart tickled. I said, “Of course I will.”
Warren Miller comes through again. I didn’t really expect it from Sage…yet. In fact, just before we went into the screening at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah, she asked if she could play around in the lobby if she was bored.
Bringing on the stoke of the season, Warren Miller traditionally inspires people of all ages to dream of those epic days where they come down with the powder flu to miss work and school; where they buy that ticket to ride.
But was it Sage’s age that made the difference or did the vibe of this new installment change from past years? Sage has been to a WM screening ever season since she was born. And she has fidgeted, whined, complained, and slept through each film until now. I gotta say, Ticket to Ride reminded me more of that light-hearted, playful epitome of skiing that WM used to be before his son took over the biz. There was well-placed humor (thank God they dropped that stupid Yeti idea from last season) and even added a sequence that was a throwback to the old Miller flicks with classic crash footages and old Warren narrating. Sage was laughing with glee. She loved the ninjas and the soothsayer on the mountain too. These were a bit out there for me but when ski porn runs two hours (inc. intermission) you need silly stuff for the kiddos. You also need more scenes with kids in them, WM. Just saying.
Anyway, back to the movie itself. It was more fun than it has been since Jonny Mosely first came on board to narrate (2008). He’s still narrating but the writing and the delivery are better.
We got to see the athletes as people and characters while they visited places like the Alaskan Tordrillos, Switzerland’s Jungfrau, Iceland’s Troll Peninsula, Kazakhstan, Norway, and Montana. Intense segments like Chris Davenport skiing the West face of the Eiger and JT Holmes speed flying off massive cliffs drew you out of that “ho-hum it’s another jibfest” mentality.
There were no scenes from Utah’s backcountry and the stuff from Aspen and Mammoth went by as a rapid afterthought. The only true lower 48 showing came from Montana. My biggest criticism of these 21st-century WM films is the failure to label athletes and places. I get that this type of filmmaking is pay-to-play and if the payment comes from the state rather than the resort they won’t call out any particular areas but that does the audience a disservice. I want to know WHERE those skiers are- even if it’s the backside of Big Sky, out of bounds. I also want to know who is who. The athletes are always introduced in some random clip before they start skiing and once the skiing starts they all look alike. I waste the entire segment trying to figure out if that’s Sierra Quitiquit or Julia Mancuso by the clothes they’re wearing.
If you don’t really care, then you’re in luck. There’s an adequate mix of big mountain skiing, park and rail riding, humor and tree shots in Ticket to Ride to get the heart engaged and psyched for missing a day or two of school this winter.
Growing up, Warren Miller stole the show as the harbinger of the ski season. Today, take a number. Have Go Pro and buds, and make a ski movie. More than 30 ski films will debut this winter. Here’s a look at just a handful of them.
Premiering this week in Salt Lake City, with appropriate sponsor fanfare, comes the 64th installment from Warren Miller Productions. Ticket to Ridetakes athletes like Tyler Ceccanti, Keely Kelleher, Elyse Saugstad, Kaylin Richardson, Sierra Quitiquit, Jess McMillan, Andy Mahre, Pep Fujas, Tommy Moe and Rob Kingwill to the far reaches of snow at Big Sky, Mont., Greenland, Kazakhstan, Iceland and the Eiger.
Sorry, Utahns, there won’t be any epic pow sections sponsored by Ski Utah or Visit Salt Lake this year. Nor will there be those awesome free lift tickets to Canyons Resort Utahns have become accustomed to. Seems like the association with Vail Resorts has far-reaching effects. The good news is that Snowbird continues to sponsor the eight-night engagement with 2-for-1 lift tickets for all attendees and REI members get a free vintage Warren Miller download. The tour begins with an athlete press conference this Friday Oct. 11 and pre-film circus of vendor booths like Chaos Headwear tossing out and selling WME custom hats and poster signings outside of Salt Lake’s Abravanel Hall beginning at 6 p.m. An official after party at The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, follows the premiere.
Get your Ticket to Ride World Premiere tickets at REIs in Utah, ArtTix and Abravanel Hall box office. The movie replays on Saturday then moves to Orem and Ogden Oct. 15-17, and Park City Oct. 18-19.
Matchstick Productions took a severe detour from the usual faceshot frames to craft a ski documentary worthy of the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC. McConkey premiered October 5 in Shane McConkey’s home town of Squaw Valley, Calif., the ride continues in theaters nationwide through November and will be available for download on iTunes and Google Play starting October 8. “This story of an extreme BASE skier named Shane McConkey is serious, eye-opening stuff, the kind that allows you to forgive the Red Bull-commercial overtones. Those watching this movie have come away simply being moved by the guts and the athleticism, not to mention McConkey’s wrenching personal story,” wrote Los Angeles Times critic Steven Zeitchik.
MSP will be back with the usual jibber dude antics next year with Days of My Youth.
Teton Gravity Research claims their latest- Way Of Life- is not only about the search for snow but how their athletes view the world. Do we really care? Ultimately, it’s about watching Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Sammy Carlson, Dash Longe, Todd Ligare, Angel Collison, Ian McIntosh, Dylan Hood, John Spriggs and others dart around Jackson Hole, Alaska, Austria, British Columbia and Mammoth Mountain, Calif.
Into the Mind hails from the filmmaker of the multi-award winning, All.I.Can. Canadian Dave Mossop is one of the few who’s both passionate about skiing and education. The film school graduate (University of Victoria) gets creative with an “Inception“-like exploration of dreams and death. It may sound over-the-head for most ski film addicts but don’t sell yourself short. There’s always room for thought amid the scenes of the sport athletes live and die by. “You can have the greatest single moment you can ever possibly have on Earth, or you could die. The film is really a meditation on the moment of choice you have before you potentially kill yourself in the mountains,” says Mossop.
Shades of Winter
Girl power is alive and well with the all-women ski flick Shades of Winter. Austrian skier Sandra Lahnsteiner’s third film follow freeriders like Rachael Burks, Caja Schoepf, Matilda Rapaport, Lorraine Huber, Keri Herman and Grete Eliassen as they throw down from Japan to Haines, Alaska.
Utah’s homegrown ski moviemakers unveil their ninth backcountry opus with Elevation. Proving there’s skiing beyond the Wasatch, Andrew McClean, the Provo brothers, brothers Andy and Jason Dorais et al head for the Tordrillo Mountains, Alaska, the Cascades, and the Tetons. The flick is full of earn-your-turns propaganda but there’s no denying the energy and joy in their journey.
By 14, CR Johnson was winning local ski competitions in Tahoe and quickly making a name for himself. He entered the freeskiing world, friending the likes of Tanner Hall and other skiing icons. But in 2007, his career came to a screeching halt when, during a film shoot at Brighton Resort, he fell and was struck in the head by Kye Peterson. They were filming a sequence in which skiers rapid-fired off a jump. CR was wearing a helmet but was still knocked unconscious. He recovered and found the support of 4FRNT on his struggle back to the slopes. In honor of the final production year of the CRJ Signature Series skis comes CRJ: The Chronicle Of A Freeskiing Icon.
“CR Johnson was an inspiration to anyone who ever stepped into a pair of skis,” said 4FRNT film manager Austin Ramaley.
Poor Boyz founder Johnny Decesare, along with Joe Schuster, Julien Regnier, Karl Fostvedt, and Sean Pettit go Tracing Skylines from the Alps’ Haute Route to Detroit. It’s really all about jibbing anywhere you can find it but there’s a whole generation of teenagers that will cheer for this sort of thing.
Fall is here and, oh, how cool is it to spot wildlife alongside the road near your favorite mountain playground? Moose, deer, fox, even bears. You pull over to shoot a shot with your iPhone. But what if you don’t see Bambi before he jumps in front of your car to commit deer suicide?
According to stats from the Insurance Information Institute, there are 750,000 deer/car dances annually that result in at least 120 deaths a year (not sure if that’s human or four-footed). Even if your body gets out unscathed, the average cost to repair the fender bender is $2800.
Don’t get caught off guard. Here are some important tips to help you save a life.
Don’t ignore those deer crossing signs. They’re there for good reason. Deer return to those spots year after year. These are usually places with woodlands, streams and golf courses.
Be alert at dawn and dusk. Vision is already impaired. Don’t mess it up even more by eating, dialing or doing your makeup. More than 60 percent of all deer collisions happen between 6 a.m.-9 a.m. and 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
High beams on. You’re more likely to spot animals in your periphery.
Regularly eye the road from one side to the other.
Slow down on rural roads. More animal-car collisions statistically occur on two-lane highways.
There’s usually more than one. The Animal Protection Institute reported that 70 percent of accidents happen with the second animal.
Honk your horn. Slamming the brakes may spook a deer right into the path of another car. When you honk it’s like telling them to get out of the road.
Don’t brake if a hit is inevitable. There’s a better chance of you driving over the deer than if you slam on your brakes, the front end dives and the animal goes crashing into your windshield. Even better, brake then let your foot off right before impact. That way the nose of your car will actually lift up even more before impact.
Try not to swerve. You see it in the movies all the time. The deer is left standing and you’re in ditch, wrapped around a tree. Better him than you.
Be extra careful from October to December. Not only are more deer moving about but breeding season is Oct.-Jan. Males are oblivious to anything but mating. Also, hunters can scare them out of the woods and into traffic.
Don’t rely on deer whistles and reflectors. There’s no statistical proof they work. That said, I had a set of Bell Deer Warning whistles on the front of my Hyundai Santa Fe and never hit a deer. For $7, they couldn’t hurt.
Lake effect snow in September?! After a seriously rainy month, the temps have dropped and that rain turned to snow EVERYWHERE in the west this week. The reports started rolling in yesterday from Colorado to California and it was only a matter of hours before the bullwheel started turning here in Utah.
2013 was Utah’s hottest summer on record and now predictions for winter point to – dare we say it?- above-normal snow and cold. Thursday’s swift storm blew in when a stream of moisture west of Hawaii met a low pressure over Alaska. The mountains could see more than 10 inches by Friday so if you didn’t get your predictions in for all of those “guess the first snowfall” contests you better do it now.
PCMR plans to open November 23 but if this weather keeps up you might want to bust out the costumes and ski for Halloween at Brighton or Solitude.
Ready or not; here comes winter.
Here are some things that go through my head when the first frost hits:
NO! I need to buy wheels for my snow tires.
Should I still get that bikini wax?
Damn, I wasn’t going to start my pre-season conditioning until October.
Did I get my Alta pass?
Where are my ski socks?
I guess we should put away the window AC.
And finally…Hasta la vista, Tank tops! Hola, Life is Good PJs! The super soft, long-sleeve, cotton Snowman T and flannel bottoms are my perfect inspiration for dreams of snowflakes and faceshots. Yup. Life is good.
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