The Importance of Getting the Right Skis and Boots Fitted

The Importance of Getting the Right Skis and Boots Fitted

There comes a time in every skier’s life when they’re ready to move on from renting gear every time they ski and instead want to purchase their own gear. That’s an exciting transition. While ski rentals are great, there’s something special about owning your own gear,...
Epic, Ikon? What’s with these dueling ski passes?

Epic, Ikon? What’s with these dueling ski passes?

By Eileen Ogintz Sharon Jones couldn’t care less about Epic or Ikon season passes for snow resorts. A Floridian, she, her husband and son were visiting Winter Park, CO in March “to see the snow,” she said, and give her 15-year-old a chance to try skiing. “I really...
Fine cuisine on the slopes and at the Alta Lodge

Fine cuisine on the slopes and at the Alta Lodge

By Eileen Ogintz ALTA, Utah — As soon as 10-year-old James Biajioli learned his family would return to the Alta Lodge for a ski vacation, he had one thing on his mind—and it wasn’t the world-famous slopes. It was chocolate mousse. “All he could talk about was...
Family traditions endure over generations at the Alta Lodge

Family traditions endure over generations at the Alta Lodge

By Eileen Ogintz ALTA, Utah — All it took was one Sports Illustrated cover to start a family tradition that has lasted more than 50 years and spanned three generations. Dave Kubert was 12 in 1965 when Alta Ski Area was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated...
Yin and Yang: Alta and Snowbird ski resorts in Utah

Yin and Yang: Alta and Snowbird ski resorts in Utah

By Eileen Ogintz ALTA, Utah — Yin or Yang. That kind of sums up neighboring Utah Snow resorts Snowbird and Alta. “Totally different personalities,” one local suggested. Alta—the second oldest ski resort in the country—is all about tradition. One...
Alta, Utah: Old-fashioned family ski resort and home of a legend

Alta, Utah: Old-fashioned family ski resort and home of a legend

By Eileen Ogintz ALTA, UTAH — Alf Engen showed them. Six months after he emigrated to the United States in 1929, Engen was invited to a fledgling ski jumping event in Milwaukee, WI. Unbeknownst to the event organizers, Engen was a Norwegian champion jumper. Alf...