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Friday, November 05, 2010

Ski School, Ski Deals, Ski Passport, Ski Gear

Salt Lake City's daily newspapers are offering a wealth of information about Utah skiing, including info on deals at local resorts. Below are some story headlines and lead paragraphs.

Time to hit slopes for Deseret News/KSL News Radio Ski and Snowboard School
It may not seem the right time, with barely a trace of snow on the ground, but it won't be too long before the slopes are white and ski lifts will be running daily.

Which means, of course, registration has begun for the 63rd session for skiers and the 12th session for snowboarders in the Deseret News/KSL News Radio Ski and Snowboard School.

As in the past, there will be three classes. The first will be Nov. 20, followed by a break for Thanksgiving, and the final two classes will be Dec. 4 and 11.

Ski resorts storm the slopes with new apps
This season, there's more to technology on the ski slopes than the new shapes in skis.

As skiers and snowboarders head online to book vacations and then brag about it, Colorado resorts are amping up their social media and smart phone applications to reach them, offering everything from geotagging to automatic Twitter updates.

Ski resorts offer great deals this season
If the concrete jungle is getting you down, there is a cure.

Getting away from it all doesn't mean skiers, snowshoers or hikers have to leave the state. Some of the country's best resorts are right here in Utah.

Here's some information on how to find awesome deals and interesting ideas...

Ski Season: Best deals on gear to be had at swaps
Preseason ski swaps are a great place to pick up gently used and cheap gear. While the popular Rowmark and Black Diamond ski swaps wrapped up last week, three more swaps remain this fall for people looking to acquire new or used equipment at reduced prices.

Best Utah skiing could come early this year
Winter could come quickly to Utah, with skiers enjoying the best skiing early in the season.

At least that’s the long-term forecast from the Salt Lake City National Weather Service office. But making such forecasts can be difficult during a La Niña winter pattern, which is expected to affect the 2010-11 winter weather.

Ski Season: Passport program gets youth on the mountain
Getting kids hooked on skiing and boarding is at the heart of Ski Utah’s Fifth- and Sixth-Grade Passport program, which has attracted 8,000 participants annually since it began.

Fifth-grade students who acquire the passport for a $25 processing fee get three free days of skiing or boarding at each of Utah’s 14 resorts. Sixth-graders are eligible for one day at each resort. Downloadable application forms and additional information are available at www.skiutah.com. Questions will be answered at SkiInfo@SkiUtah.com and 801-534-1779.

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