Instant Adventures: Salt Lake City, UT

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Blast down the Olympic track in a four-man bobsled (driven by an experienced racer) at Park City’s Utah Olympic Park. You’ll withstand four G’s of force and carom through 15 curves in less than a minute.


Start off with a cup of low-acid Full City Kona coffee from The Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Park City before hopping in the Park City Powder Cats van. They’ll take you to the Uinta Mountains, for up to 10,000 vertical feet of untracked fluff in a permit area that’s bigger than Vail, Aspen, and Killington combined. Back in town, down a pint at O’Shucks-a throw-the-peanut-shells-on-the-floor locals’ haunt-then move upstairs to Harry O’s for sneakers-in-the-drier electronica and the biggest dance floor in the state. To get some sleep, try the gemütlichkeit (German for “so chill”) Chateau Après Lodge.


Savor a full stack of sourdough pancakes at the Silver Fork Lodge before connecting with the veteran ski patrollers who lead Solitude’s Back Tracks Guided Backcountry Tours. Groups of up to 10 drop into the Wolverine Cirque for a few thousand feet of the north-facing high-‘n’-dry in the morning, then yo-yo back into the resort for lunch. Just don’t chow down too much; you’ve still got runs in the afternoon. Collapse slopeside at the Alta Lodge.


Drive to Snowbird early and climb aboard a Wasatch Powderbird Guides chopper for a sunrise drop-off. Spend the day working your way down the 2,000-foot pristine bowls and 35-degree backcountry powder fields above Little Cottonwood Canyon as you journey back to civilization with two guides and seven other guests.

Sick day

Get Snowbird all to yourself-well, the first runs down the screamers Regulator Johnson and Chips, at least-by boarding the 8 a.m. tram with First Tracks ski patrollers and various hangers-on.

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