2.29.12 Newswire: Vertical Challenge, Fly Fishing, & Powder’s Really for Sale

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Newswire:

Powder Mountain Really is For Sale

EDEN — A California company is exploring the possible purchase of Powder Mountain Resort, according to a resort official. Patrick Lundin, marketing manager for Powder Mountain, identified the company as Summit Series, based in Malibu. “They are looking at the mountain and doing their due diligence,” Lundin said Tuesday. “There will be an official press release once the deal is done.” More at Standard Examiner

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Bob Aamodt Vertical Challenge Was a Success

As a fundraiser for the Boy Scouts, Bob Aamodt created Bob’s Vertical Challenge. Now in its 5th year, the annual event celebrated it’s best year ever. Bob Aamodt posted on the Ogden Outdoor Adventure Facebook page stating over 150 participants took on this year’s challenge. He also said “Snowbasin was awesome…” Here’s the write up from the Standard Examiner, as well as Pics.

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Fly Fishing Film Tour, March 16th

Enjoy the humor, adventure, and great inspiration of the Fly Fishing Film Tour Friday, March 16, at Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd. The party starts at 6pm; show starts at 7pm with a free raffle for great prizes during intermission. To build awareness and enthusiasm for the restored Ogden River and to encourage fly fishermen to rediscover this easily accessible and tremendous local fishing resource, Ogden City is hosting the Fly Fishing Film Tour… More at Ogden City

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Roller Coaster Approved for Snowbird

Snowbird is poised to get the mountain coaster it wants to bolster summer business. The Little Cottonwood Canyon resort will be able to restart the process of seeking a permit for a coaster — planned now for private land next to the Peruvian Express chairlift rather than the lower face of Mount Superior… More at Salt Lake Tribune

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Feds Stay Out of Enforcing Avalanche Safety

LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON — It’s a dilemma even the feds discuss: what to do about avalanches in popular backcountry locales, especially when people continue to end up injured or dead, buried beneath a rush of snow. Last week, backcountry avalanches left a snowboarder dead in Dutch Canyon near The Canyons Ski Resort… More at Deseret News

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Utah Counties Continue Fight for Federal Land

SALT LAKE CITY — Constitutional concerns failed to derail a bill in the Utah House on Monday that would give counties the power to seize federal lands for development. Many Republican lawmakers instead seemed willing and even excited to challenge federal control of public lands within the state… More at Deseret News

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Snowbasin Spring Celebration

Its that time of year again when the days are a little longer and  the nights a little shorter.  It is also that time again for the “Twilight BBQ and Ski/Snowboard Down” at Snowbasin.  So join us on March 24th at Needles Lodge from 4 pm to 7pm for a great outdoor BBQ and then ride down the mountain in the spring twilight. Click here for full Menu. More at Snowbasin Blog

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Grand Canyon National Park: Death, Water Bottles, & Mining

A 24-year-old Arizona woman died as the result of a roughly 300-foot fall while hiking in Grand Canyon National Park, officials said Monday… More at National Parks Traveler. …each year, Jennifer and John Stambaugh of Illinois toted bottled water as they took in the views recently… a 20-year ban on new hard rock mining claims near the Grand Canyon…

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Utah’s Congressional Delegation Against Federal Funding of Bicycle Related Projects

The folks who represent Utah across the continent in our nation’s capital like to ride bicycles. But the Republican-dominated Utah congressional delegation’s fondness for two-wheeling doesn’t mean it will support guaranteed federal funding for bicycling next year… More at Cycling Utah

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Riding Ski Lifts Shouldn’t be Inherently Risky

Skiing and snowboarding are inherently risky sports – Riding a chairlift to the top of a run shouldn’t be. In that lies the plight of Terri Proctor and her daughter Keely. In 2010, Keely, 8 years old at the time, sustained catastrophic injuries after falling 32 feet from a ski chairlift at Snow Valley, CA… More at Unofficial Networks

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14 Ski-Related Deaths this Year in Colorado

Keystone, CO - A 24-year-old snowboarder from Tampa on Sunday became Colorado’s 14th ski-related fatality this season. Joshua B. Allen was discovered around 11 a.m. on Sunday in the trees alongside Keystone’s Elk Run beneath the Outback Express chairlift… More at First Tracks

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Lindsey Vonn is Good

Bansko, Bulgaria - Vail, Colo.’s Lindsey Vonn made up an astounding .61-second deficit on the bottom half of a bumpy Bansko speed track to notch a historic 18th career super G win on Sunday and pass Austrian Renate Goetschl in the women’s Audi FIS Alpine World Cup tour record books… More at First Tracks

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Snowboard Pro’s Mom Busted for Pot

The mother of an Olympic snowboarder has been accused of being part of a large-scale marijuana operation after being arrested with $77,500 cash that investigators believe she drove across the country to collect, authorities said Monday… More at Standard Examiner

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Piolet d’Or Winner Athol Whimp, Dies

The New Zealand Alpine Club and climbers throughout New Zealand mourn the loss of one of the country’s most celebrated mountaineers in a fall in Fiordland on Thursday… More at Alpinist

 

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Woods and Puccio Finish on Top at ABS Nationals

Daniel Woods and Alex Puccio came out on top of a strong field at this past weekend’s ABS Nationals competition at the Colorado Springs Auditorium in Colorado Springs, Colorado… More at DPM Climbing

 

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Yvon Chouinard Shares Words of Wisdom

Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard, who has and will surely again be featured in TransWorld Business and numerous national publications, was given a recent platform to discuss his thoughts on surfing, the environment, owning a business, and life in general… More at Transworld Business

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Patagonia Launches Award-Winning Fly Fishing Collection

Patagonia Inc., the outdoor apparel company, announces today the global launch of its new, award-winning 2012 fly fishing collection. The collection has already been recognized with six prestigious awards – a nod to its innovation and quality steeped in the company’s fly fishing heritage… More at SNEWS

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Forest Service Dropping Fees

The U.S. Forest Service plans to grant free access to nearly all national forest lands, scaling back unpopular recreation fees that have raised the ire of hikers but also sent millions of dollars to Southern California’s heavily used forests… More at Standard Examiner

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A Near-Total Eclipse to Occur in May

Sunday afternoon May 20, 2012 will offer a Celestial Super Bowl—a near-total solar eclipse—and parks in parts of the western U.S. will offer some prime viewing locations. If you want to make travel plans for special eclipse-related activities or purchase equipment for safe viewing, just don’t wait too long to do so… More at National Parks Traveler

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Super Bambi to the Rescue Saves Woman From Assault

While a man was attacking a woman – choking her with her purse straps and punching her in the forehead – a deer darted in the darkness, startling the attacker and scaring him away, police said Monday.“The deer jumped up and ran…and so did he,” More at Cincinnati.com

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