Utah ski resorts offering backcountry-type opportunities _ tampa bay times

Utah resorts still want skiers and snowboarders to come enjoy their groomed slopes and high-speed lifts this season, but they’re also offering expanded options for people who want to get a taste of the backcountry without the risk of going alone.

New opportunities include a pair of new lifts at Powder Mountain Resort that open 5,000 acres of powder skiing through trees and a new luxury cat-skiing operation at Whisper Ridge in northern Utah on 60,000 acres. Yoga styles chart Ski Utah is also widening its marketing of a long-running guided tour that takes in the backcountry near six resorts in one day.

The appetite for exploring beyond the boundaries of resorts has been growing in recent years. Yoga free download janelle monae An estimated 5.7 million skiers and snowboarders ventured into the backcountry in 2015-2016 — up 34 percent from the 2008-09 ski season, according to research from SnowSports Industries America. Bikram yoga chicago A large chunk of those people went into the “side country,” areas connected to resorts that resemble backcountry.

Utah’s 14 ski resorts are hoping to repeat last year’s banner season in which they parlayed good early-winter snow and buzz created by Vail Resort’s new megaresort into a 10-year high for visitors.

Thick yoga mat vs thin Here’s a look at what’s new this year, including several of the new options for backcountry-style experiences.

Powder Mountain Resort’s new lifts give skiers and snowboarders access to 10 new groomed runs on about 1,000 new acres. Yoga house kingston ny It also allows skiers to explore 600 new acres of rugged terrain in a bowl that before was only accessible by all-day guided snow cat operations. Sun yoga tampa lutz fl Skiers can get to the runs off the lifts, but must pay an additional $25 (or $20 for season pass-holders) to take a snow cat ride out of the bowl each time they ski down. Yoga for eyes youtube Regular lift tickets cost $79 for adults.

The terrain is ideal for beginner and intermediate skiers who want to practice powder and tree skiing, said J.P. Wild lotus yoga downtown schedule Goulet, Powder Mountain spokesman.

The lifts and 6 miles of new roads connect the existing resort to the site where Powder Mountain’s owners — a group of young, wealthy entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders and artists who purchased the resort in 2013 — are planning to build a New Age mountain town built around a vehicle-free main street. Baptiste yoga They tout the community as a rethink of the American mountain town with homes, popup stores, micro apartments, farm-to-table restaurants and yoga boot camps. Anahata yoga studio Work has begun, but the project is expected to take several years.

Powder Mountain, about 50 miles northeast of Salt Lake City, is also limiting day tickets to 2,000 per day so they can offer skiers and snowboarders uncrowded slopes.

Deer Valley is the only other ski resort that has a set limit for daily skiers, though other resorts turn people away when parking lots get full, said Paul Marshall, spokesman for Ski Utah.

For skiers with plenty of money who are looking to get totally off the grid, Whisper Ridge Cat Skiing offers 60,000 acres of private terrain to carve through in the day and the option to spend nights at luxury yurts.

Day rates are $450 per person in the early and late season and $495 during the heart of winter. Bikram yoga nyc ues Yurt lodging rates range from $725 to $1,000 a night depending on the type of yurt and dates.

It is not the first cat skiing operation in Utah. Ejercicios yoga principiantes Park City Powder Cats has been around for years. Dru yoga reviews It offers rates of $549-$569 per day, depending on the dates. Sun yoga hawaii Alta, Powder Mountain and Snowbird also are offering cat skiing packages.

Ski Utah’s long running Interconnect Tour has developed a loyal group of customers who come back, but officials are hoping to entice skiers who may be among those tempted to ski more in backcountry terrain, Marshall said.

The guided tour, which costs $395 per person, takes skiers down backcountry routes near six different Utah resorts, starting at Deer Valley near Park City and finishing at Snowbird in the Little Cottonwood Canyon. Jivamukti yoga jersey city The tour usually takes participants about 25 miles and down about 16,000 vertical feet.

Guides carry rescue beacons and take other safety measures needed in the backcountry. Free spirit yoga long beach Skiers must be 16 or older and must be advanced skiers. Yoga hawaii No snowboarders are allowed.

“It offers a taste of what the backcountry is about with the assistance of guides who know the terrain and area so well,” Marshall said. Yoga poses for weight loss youtube “It’s a great way to kind of put your toes in the water.”