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Monday, February 28, 2005

Spring hiking and fishing

I hiked in Arches National Park over the weekend. The weather was partly cloudy and mild - ideal for hiking. I was playing tour guide for a group from Bolivia. They weren’t in shape for serious hiking and so we just did some of the easy classics – short hikes to Delicate Arch and Landscape Arch. They loved the red rock and interesting formations. Now's a great time to hike in our National Parks and desert areas.

Fishing conditions are improving daily across the state. Walleye are becoming active in Utah Lake and Willard Bay and will provide great sport fishing action during the next few weeks. Check out our recently updated fishing forecast.

- Dave Webb

Friday, February 25, 2005

Major League Soccer comes to Utah

Salt Lake City has gained a second major league sports franchise, with Real Salt Lake beginning Major League Soccer competition in on April 2.

Schedule and more detail.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Cross country skiing and snowshoeing featured

Cross country skiing conditions continue to be very good at Soldier Hollow’s Olympic Cross Country Center. This article provides a great overview.

Another 3.6 million acres of Utah land would be protected as wilderness under a proposal announced Wednesday. Here are details.

Utah’s Wasatch Mountains offer great opportunity for snowshoeing. This article suggests prime spots.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Utah featured on Italian website

Utah is featured in an article with photo galleries on Virgilio, which we understand to be the most viewed Internet portal in Italy – and one of the most popular in Europe. We can’t understand any of the text but the photos look familiar. Here’s a direct link to the article.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Weird weather continues across Utah

A warm snowstorm hit Utah Monday and Tuesday, dumping more snow on mountains and valleys alike. At this writing Springville City had picked up 8 inches. Brighton Ski Resort had 22 inches of new; Alta received 20.

Record warm low temperatures were recorded in many areas. The overnight low in Provo was a toasty 42 degrees. New records were set from Brian Head on the south to Coalville and Evanston on the north.

Warm, wet weather has prompted concern about flood danger, particularly in the St George area where similar conditions produced severe flooding a few weeks ago. So far, no problems have been reported. Major roads are all open and in good shape. Mountain roads in remote areas may be snowpacked for a few days, until crews have a chance to clear them.

There will be a chance of snow every day this week, so use caution when traveling.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Olympic Park Hosts Luge World Championships

The best luge athletes in the world will compete Feb. 14-20, at the Olympic Park near Park City, in their final competition of the season. Athletes from 25 nations will be challenging for the coveted title of world champion in women's singles, doubles, men's singles and a team competition.

Opening Ceremonies will be held on February 17 at the Canyons Ski Resort. This is a free event and will include live music at 4 pm with the ceremonies beginning at 5 pm.

The park will open on competition days two hours prior to the event. Merchandise and food concessions will be available for purchase during the event. However, no tours will be available on competition days. This is being billed as the biggest event at the Olympic Park since Salt Lake hosted the 2002 Winter Games.

Friday, February 11, 2005

Cures For Spring Fever

Winter still has a firm grip on northern Utah but Spring is starting to stir in our southern deserts. Here’s a newspaper article providing great ideas for curing spring fever.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Record Season For Utah Ski Resorts

Ski conditions have been exceptional at Utah resorts this year and visitor numbers have been good. Industry watchers are already saying this will be another record year. Details.

Another storm is poised to hit Utah this weekend. Meteorologists say it will approach from the south on Friday, bringing rain to Utah valleys and snow to mountain areas.

Also, Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour films will be shown Monday and Tuesday at Utah State University in Logan. Banff is an international competition for films on mountain subjects organized by Mountain Culture at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. The best entries are included in the world tour. Details.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Ski resorts pick up new powder

The largest snowstorm of the season dumped on Utah Feb. 6-7, leaving deep new powder on our mountains. Ski conditions were already good and now they are excellent at most resorts.

Alta and Snowbird ski resorts received about 22 inches of new snow from the storm. Other resorts received slightly less. Communities from Logan to Provo recorded varying amounts, with up to 12 inches on some city sidewalks. Numerous accidents occurred during the storm but roads have now been cleared and are in good shape.

Warmer temperatures are expected for the next several days. Meteorologists are watching another weather disturbance that could hit Utah Thursday and Friday. It looks like it will not be as severe; it could produce rain and/or snow statewide, with southern Utah receiving the most moisture.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Cauldron Lighting Marks Olympic Anniversary

On Friday, February 18, the Olympic Cauldron at the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Cauldron Park will be relit to commemorate the three-year anniversary of Utah’s Olympic Winter Games. The park is adjacent to the Rice-Eccles Stadium, site of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. The Salt Lake 2002 Cauldron is a technological marvel of glass and steel. The Hoberman Arch is also now located at the Olympic Cauldron Park and members of the public can stand in the same spot where athletes received their 2002 Olympic medals. The Cauldron will stay lit in the evenings from Friday, February 18th until Sunday, February 20th in honor of the 2005 Luge World Championships. This year's Luge World Championships will be one of the biggest winter sporting events held in Utah since the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

The best luge athletes in the world will be taking to the ice February 14-20th 2005 in their final competition of the season. Athletes from twenty-five nations will be challenging for the coveted title of world champion in women's singles, doubles, men's singles and a team competition. For more information on the 2005 Luge World Championships please contact the Utah Olympic Park’s host desk at 435.658.4200.

Funds for Tourism
Governor Huntsman spoke recently at an Outdoor Industry Association breakfast meeting in Salt Lake City, saying he backs a state bill earmarking $10 million to put on a "first-rate" name brand marketing campaign for Utah. Details.
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