From Oregon to Utah

Being that I relocated seven years ago from Portland, OR to Salt Lake City, UT to turn in the rain for the seasons and the snow, I obviously look forward to the time of year when fall turns to winter. Lots and lots of people are constantly asking me ‘why the hell I live in Utah?’ If just brush it off and innocently shrug, ‘I don’t know, I really should have moved to Denver, huh?’

It is funny how people think that Denver is the mecca of the ski and snowboard world. I guess when you look at how many people travel there for the sport and how many locals are also powder enthusiasts, in actuality it really is. Which is exactly why I moved to Utah seven years ago. Six ski resorts within 30 minutes of my home (and ten within an hour)? A local community that really does not ski or snowboard (do you know how many kids families have here?). It really seems like the only people who are avid skiers and snowboarders are the Utah transplants, like myself. Oh and the few tourists that know what Utah is all about and know how effing awesome Snowbird is (steep and deep anyone?).

So if I am so gun-hoe about Utah, why is it on my list to take a couple of ski trips each year? A few reasons. This year it is Telluride and Sun Valley (thank you Mountain Collective Pass), last year it was Jackson Hole and Heavenly. You see, growing up in Portland makes Mt. Hood my home mountain (I have equal love for both Mt. Hood Meadows and Timberline, but that conversation is for another day). This is where I learned to ski and snowboard. Mt. Hood is absolutely my happy place and always will be. However, if you know anything about the cement ‘snow’ that falls from the sky in the Northwest, you will understand why ever since I was 14 an annual ski trip to find some ‘great snow’ and ‘bigger resorts’ was always a priority. From Bachelor, to Whistler-Blackcomb, to Jackson Hole, to Vail and back to Whistler (again and again and again, c’mon we could drive there and the drinking age was loosely enforced and was 19)…we were always looking forward to our annual ski trip. So this ski trip tradition prevails even when I live in a place where many vacation to experience the ‘greatest snow on earth.’

My Old School Mt. Hood Photos:

Pics from last years ski trip (Jackson, then Heavenly):

What ski trips do you have planned for this year and who out there has been to Sun Valley and Telluride? Let me know where the snow is taking you and if you have and insider information on Sun Valley and/or Telluride. #WinterIsComing

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