Posted By: Jess & Brian Maness, May 2, 2016
With the great weather and multiple/consistent powder days, this year's ski season was arguably one of the best winters in recent memory. Even with a lot of personal changes and large upcoming events (new house, wedding planning) we managed to get up to Solitude every weekend, even managing to fit in a few weekday runs as well. But with all the bluebird days and 13" overnight dumps, I think our favorite memory of the season comes down to one day.
Back in December, Brian brought his friend and colleague, Justin Gomes, up to Solitude for his first day of snowboarding. Justin moved to Salt Lake from from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a year ago. Brian spent the majority of the summer convincing Justin that sliding or skiing was the only way to spend winters in Utah.
The final straw was when Brian gave Justin his old competition board stating, "Now you have no excuse."
Posted By: Jess & Brian Maness, February 12, 2016
Valentines day is one of the more polarizing holidays of the year. There are really three main stages of Valentines Day depending on your current relationship status. Stage one: you are single and all of the images of hearts, cupids and overwhelming love only point out your crushing loneliness to an annoying degree. Stage two: during the first 2-3 years of a new relationship. During this "honeymoon" period you exhaust way too much creative energy and funds on making it a day your significant other will always remember. But after you've surprised them with a singing quartets at work or filled their car full of roses you tend to settle into stage three: a nice dinner with the two of you is more than enough.
This year with a recent house purchase both Jess and I were feeling a bit of a financial squeeze. We both agreed that Valentines Day was an unnecessary expense and planned on skipping it altogether. But, unknown to her, I had started saving up some of my per diem money from a couple recent work trips so we would be able to have a nice and well deserved dinner.
Posted By: Jess & Brian Maness, January 19, 2016
You may be the type of person who makes a mental note of how many ski days you’ve logged this year, or an ongoing plan about how you can always squeeze in one more hour of skiing in between work and errands. There are others who find themselves waking up on a Saturday morning, staring out the kitchen window, actively debating whether or not to start putting on their ski gear or crawl back into bed with a cup of coffee and Netflix. Even if you love skiing, the motivation to get headed in the direction of the ski slopes is sometimes the first challenge of the day. As a clinical psychologist, I can tell you that motivation is nothing more than the direction and intensity of your effort (hopefully towards the mountain). What can be helpful in ensuring that you accrue as many ski days as possible this year is understanding what affects motivation when you have already come up with 100 reasons to stay inside.
Posted By: Nick Como, January 6, 2016
My (future) in-laws, Laura’s sister, Melissa, and her husband, Kiley, decided to come down to visit for an impromptu weekend of skiing at Solitude Mountain Resort. Neither of them had been on the slopes in well over fifteen years, and had never progressed beyond the intermediate level.
I assumed they would leave their decade-old gear at home in Idaho and take a lesson their first day at Solitude. A lot of rust can build over the years: literally on gear, but also figuratively on ski form and ability. Not only has gear dramatically improved in fifteen years, but that's a long time to be off of skis. For all intents and purposes, it’s close to having never skied - which seemed obvious to me.
“Nah, we’ll be fine,” was the response I got, “We’ll just wing it.” I’ve seen many ski trips begin and promptly end with this plan. So, I signed them both up for a three-hour private lesson and equipment rentals immediately.
Posted By: Jess & Brian Maness, January 5, 2016
With the inversions, low temps and icy roads, winter in the Wasatch Valley can be a long and dark time of year. The lakes have frozen over, the mountain bike trails are covered in snow and any outdoor festivals have packed up for the year. Cabin fever sets in as you and your loved one cycle through a DVR full of re-runs and brace for that ever increasing heating bill. Luckily, we live 20 minutes door-to-door from some of the best skiing in the world, an opportunity for the two of you to burn off some much needed energy. But, like any couples activity, you need to approach it with some patience, mutual support, and of course, understanding. Bickering and fighting on the chairlift does not look good on anyone, so here are a few tips to avoid an "IKEA" sized fight on the slopes. (Most married couples with get that reference.)
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