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Posts for July, 2014

Summer at Utah's Mountain Resorts

Posted on July 29, 2014 10:06AM by Ray Grass

The question was: What to do when the snow melts and the slopes turn green? It used to be Utah ski resorts closed and waited patiently for snow.

These days people go to a ski resort in the summer to fly, jump, roll, ride, slide and putt, among many other activities on Utah's lofty mountains, where the cooler temperatures are perfect for your summer outdoor adventure.

Author: Ray Grass

For 47 years, Grass was on the staff at the Deseret News, 37 of those years as outdoor editor. Key responsibilities involved writing about all outdoor activities, such as skiing, fishing, camping, wildlife, hiking, rafting, biking and in-state travel stories, which included visiting and writing about all of Utah's outdoor wonders. In 1976 introduced the weekly Deseret News Outdoor Page. In 2005, Outdoor Writers Association of American voted the Deseret News Outdoor Page No. 1 in the country. Grass wrote a number of sports stories, including covering two Olympics and writing along with two co-workers a 2002 Olympic book, but ultimately prefers getting outdoors.

Mr. Grass was a founding officer in the Utah Outdoor Resources Foundation, which raised money for outdoor programs such as bighorn sheep transplant, building a disabled hiking trail at Snowbird and sponsoring a dozen children's fishing program at Fairmont Park, Murray Park and Mark Eaton's Standing Tall fishing program.

Grass retired from Deseret News in 2009 and is currently writing outdoor stories for Deseret News and KSL online.

Bicycle Friendly Utah: These Streets Were Made for Bicycle Riding

Posted on July 10, 2014 11:17AM by Andrew Dash Gillman

When it comes to city riding, Utah has multiple communities and towns that are not only friendly to cyclists, they're certified. More importantly, the vast majority of Utah's population lives within minutes of world-class outdoor recreation opportunities.
Author: Andrew Dash Gillman

Andrew Dash Gillman once had a moustache. He enjoys reading, writing, walking his dog, running, hiking, bicycle-riding, bouldering, camping in Utah, cooking and drinking a good cup of coffee, among other things. Andrew on Google+

Best Rides: 10 Top Roads for Cycling Enthusiasts

Posted on July 10, 2014 11:11AM by Andrew Dash Gillman

Utah has so many incredible stretches of roads for your two wheels, it can be tough to decide where to begin — or where to go next. We reached out to cycling experts, in some cases to people who literally wrote the book, to get a feel for some of Utah's best road cycling routes.
Author: Andrew Dash Gillman

Andrew Dash Gillman once had a moustache. He enjoys reading, writing, walking his dog, running, hiking, bicycle-riding, bouldering, camping in Utah, cooking and drinking a good cup of coffee, among other things. Andrew on Google+

The Road and Scenes of Scenic Byway 12

Posted on July 2, 2014 12:24PM by Andrew Dash Gillman

Scenic Byway 12, Utah's All-American Scenic Highway, is a nationally designated scenic drive for reasons that are abundantly obvious. A road that took more than four decades to complete, Highway 12 respectfully carves its path through some of nature's masterpieces, in turn making a masterpiece out of the road. That's good company.
Author: Andrew Dash Gillman

Andrew Dash Gillman once had a moustache. He enjoys reading, writing, walking his dog, running, hiking, bicycle-riding, bouldering, camping in Utah, cooking and drinking a good cup of coffee, among other things. Andrew on Google+