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Get Ready To Rock The Tram At Snowbird

rock the tram

You’ve heard the cliche- it’s like putting the Philharmonic in the bathroom?; well, how about putting the rock band in the Tram? But it ain’t no cliche. That’s exactly what’s happening and you may be invited to the party.

Clif GreenNotes, Snowbird, Protect Our Winters and Rock the Vote have teamed up to rock the Tram and inspire music fans and outdoor enthusiasts to raise their voices on climate change. A new, live music series. Just imagine one of the most intimate concert settings surrounded by awe-inspiring vistas and you’ve got a party in the iconic aerial ski tram at Snowbird Resort outside Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dubbed “Frontside Sessions”, this invite-only event will feature alternative indie rockers like Magic Giant who played on Jan. 31. Up next is indie rocker Ron Pope on Feb. 10. but there will be more throughout the season. Each artist will perform an acoustic mini-concert to an intimate audience of about 80, inside one of Snowbird’s trams.

rock the tram

Why Rock The Tram?

Climate change is real and it’s directly threatening the future of snow sports. This new series seeks to encourage people to vote for leaders who support positive action on climate change. As greenhouse gas emissions rise, winters have become shorter, snowpack is diminishing and more frequent wildfires are threatening ski towns. A recent study found that of 19 past Winter Olympics host cities, half or fewer will have weather conditions by 2050 suitable for hosting again.

Through a synergistic effort of three mutually committed organizations, this party will mobilize the outdoor sports community to help make a change. Clif GreenNotes, a program of Clif Bar & Company, works with artists, fans, festivals and nonprofits to drive social change. Protect Our Winters leads the charge towards positive action on climate change. Rock the Vote is a nonpartisan, nonprofit dedicated to building the political power of young people.

How To Get A Party Pass

To get rocking on the Tram you’ll have to visit and start earning points by:

–        Pledging to vote or signing up for election reminders through Rock the Vote

–        Signing up for the Protect Our Winters newsletter and encouraging others to do so via social media

–        Sharing a special link to with friends via social media

Every action will increase the chance for participants to earn a ticket to one of the live performances. Top point earners nationwide who can’t attend a concert will be eligible to receive special autographed memorabilia from one of the performers. All winners will be notified three days prior to each show.

Soldier Hollow Sheepdog Classic Returns To Midway

sheepdog classic

Wish your dog could do that? If you have canine envy, then by all means, sit out this year’s Soldier Hollow Sheepdog Classic Championships.

But if you want to see all the action of brainiac pooches performing like snake charmers for thousands of appreciative fans then get up to Midway, Utah, this Labor Day Weekend.

The annual Sheepdog Classic, lures dog handlers from Canada to Ireland and throughout the U.S., to the rolling terrain of Utah where they put their herding dogs like Border Collies and Australian Shepherds to the test.

sheepdog classic

photo by Tom Kelly

What The Heck is a Sheepdog



These highly skilled dogs will be working up to 400 yards away from their handlers on the hillsides of the former 2002 Olympic Nordic events venue. Only whistles and hand commands to tell them how to sort wild range Rocky Mountain ewes and bring them down along a preset course and through free-standing gates and into a small pen all in under 13 minutes.

Basically, a handler uses whistles and voice commands to coach his dog up the hill to herd the sheep through a 600-yard course, which includes a series of free-standing gates.

sheepdog classic

photo by Tom Kelly

Each sheep must clear every gate and then the dog separates out a set number of tagged sheep — typically five sheep donning red bandanas — and corral them into the ending pen. No nipping is allowed so no one need worry about animal cruelty unless you consider the peskiness of the wild sheep to give a dog the run around.

The top herding teams win gold, silver or bronze medals.

The Classic is the world’s largest sheepdog event, drawing more than 25,000 attendees including families that come for the food and vendor booths as well.

sheepdog classic

photo by Brett Neilson

There’s More To Do At The

Sheepdog Classic


But it’s not all sitting around. In addition to the spectator event, there’s a festival going on outside the fence. Vita Bone Dog Activities like Camp Chef cooking demos, and wild and exotic animal shows, hula hooping, bean bag toss games, the lost sheep game, face painting, balloon artists, coloring contest (with free ice cream for every entrant) and more will keep little ones entertained too.

The event runs through Monday. See the schedule and details here.




Cotopaxi Questival 2017 Returns To Highlight Utah

Questival 2017

Photos courtesy Cotopaxi- HTTPs://

What began as a one-off for outdoor gear brand Cotopaxi in 2014, the 24-hour adventure scavenger hunt that takes place in over 50 North American locations, circles back to its home state for Questival 2017, and there’s still time to register!

This zany, all-consuming trek gets teams of 2-6 friends to complete some 300+ “challenges” (from doing a yoga pose in the wilderness to give a dollar to a homeless person) while earning points, bonding with teammates and checking off adventures from your bucklist.

The Questival event kicks off with a welcome party Friday July 28, 2017, 6 p.m., with live music and food trucks, where you get your list of challenges, the Cotopaxi swag backpacks and a “totem.”  As you complete a challenge you take a photo with the totem to prove you’ve succeeded and upload it to the free Questival app.  Different challenges are worth a certain number of points.

The categories of Questival 2017 challenges range from adventure and survival to service and social media. You can ride a slide at a public park for two points or drive to a national park for 30 points. You’ll wrack up the most points by completing the outdoor challenges over the urban ones. There is time to get a little sleep as well. You gain additional points by turning off the app from 1 a.m.- 5 a.m.

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The more challenges you complete, the more points you earn. (Here is the list of last year’s challenges). The top ten point-scoring teams will then move onto “peer judging”. All Questival 2017 competitors will swipe left or right on photos and videos submitted by teams. Back in the day, winning teams could get an all-expense paid trip to Machu Picchu. Now they get prize packs with airline vouchers and gear worth approx. $4200 per team.

In the end, you’re competing against thousands of your neighbors in a fun, friendly, albeit frenetic, event so even if you don’t come close to one of those 10 spots you’ll come out a winner, learning more about your city, your friends and your stamina.

Questival 2017


To here learn more about Cotopaxi and Questival 2017.

Hops on the Hill 2017 At Stein Eriksen Lodge

Hops on the Hill 2017

Park City is NOT a staycation. If you live anywhere along the Wasatch Front, stop making excuses to avoid the very short, 20-minute drive. With the cooler, cleaner air and summer vibe, Park City, in addition to the myriad of daytime adventure, is made for date nights. There are free concerts at Deer Valley on Wednesdays, touring bands at Newpark Plaza at Kimball Junction on Thursdays, rocking national acts on Saturday at PCMR/Canyons, local music at sunset outside of Billy Blanco’s on Sundays, 2-for-1 coupons at all of the best restaurants (in the Park Record Newspaper). That leaves Monday, Tuesday and Fridays to be home bodies. Whoops not quite. For a classy affair on the deck at Deer Valley’s Stein Eriksen Lodge you and your other half can toast to a bit of sophistication at Hops on the Hill 2017.

Every Tuesday night this summer Hops on the Hill brings you regional craft beer tastings with specially selected BBQ food pairings starting at 6 p.m., along with a concert. The beer is $20 and the food is $20 but the music is free so feel free to grab a bite beforehand.

Who’s On Tap For Hops On The Hill 2017

Local breweries include Squatters and Park City Brewery, Red Rock Brewing and Epic Brewing Company, Uinta Brewing and Bonneville Brewery, 2 Row Brewing and Bohemian Brewery, Wasatch Brewery and Proper Brewing Company. This summer’s bands feature Mother Lode, Gary Tada, Red Desert Ramblers, Terrence and the Two-Headed Monster and The Lazlos.

Ten percent of the proceeds from food and drink sales go toward the Youth Sports Alliance, an organization dedicated to supporting and enabling youth to participate, learn, compete and excel in sports.

Here’s your 2017 calendar for brews and beats:



Breweries: Squatters & Red Rock

Band: Mother Lode


Breweries: Park City & Epic

Band: Red Desert Ramblers


Breweries: Roha & Bonneville

Band: Gary Tada


Breweries: 2Row & Bohemian

Band: Terrence and the Two Headed Monster


Breweries: Proper & Uinta

Band: The Lazlos


Breweries: Wasatch & Melvin

Band: Utah County Swillers


The Tuesday events costs $40 in advance and $45 at the door and if you want more than “tastes”, the bar is open with $5 beer, $10 wine and $10 liquor. 

Outfound Series in Oregon Finds Its Outdoor Voice

Outfound Festival

There’s a new three-day festival coming to Hood River next week and if you love playing in the outdoors and think you maybe, could, really wanna try making a living doing what you love, you just might want to head to Oregon for the inaugural Outfound Festival, June 9-11.

Event Organizer Antonio Aransaenz did exactly what he’s offering to attendees. The native New Yorker with a background in event planning decided he loved the outdoors so much, why not create a space for like-minded outdoorsy types to meet up, play and engage in their passion.

Aranasaenz likes to say his new baby Outfound is SXSW for the outdoors. Just like in filmmaking and music, “there are so many innovative and passionate people in the outdoor world, and with OUTFOUND we set out to create a festival that brings them all together. That just can’t happen at a traditional trade show or expo event,” said Aransaenz. “There’s a push in the outdoor industry for more authentic experiences and opportunities where people can really connect and hear the stories behind adventures and products.”

The Outfound Festival will encourage that dialogue while also offering a lot of playtime kiteboarding, climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, SUPing, and more. “It’s a hands-on experience where you are in this outdoor venue along the Columbia River Gorge. Brands can meet directly with consumers…network, have a myriad of activities at your fingertips whether it’s networking, outdoors or entertainment focused.”

Outfound Festival

If your idea of roughing it is a three-star hotel, Outfound Festival isn’t for you.

The Outfound Festival is the only event of its kind. From the looks of the schedule, it’s a bit more than a sports fest for athletes. There are games, a speaker series of outdoors professionals, music, movies, workshops like VanLife, Feeding The Hungry Hiker and Yoga and a pitch competition like Shark Tank for outdoor ideas. There will also be an Expo: an adventure sports consumer show where brands showcase and demo their latest products. All of these activities take place on a scenic, 30-acre waterfront playground where most will camp.

“The people who get the most out of [Outfound] will be those inspired to network and leave with new friends and relationships,” said Aranasaenz. “We hope to give you ideas of where to start in the outdoor industry.”

Outfound Festival

But Aranasaenz still wanted to keep the recreational festival experience. “That’s why we kept it open to everyone,” he said. There are already 500 people signed up for the event and the special half-off promotion could double or triple those numbers fast. “We have tons of space. We’d like to see it become a yearly thing for Hood River and possibly roll it out to other places. “It’s really all about the experience and having fun and meeting new people in a fun creative way,”

OUTFOUND Series sports and outdoor innovation festival in Hood River, Oregon, runs from June 9 to 11, 2017. The half-off sale ends Sunday.

Confirmed Speakers:

– Bryan Pape (Founder Miir Water bottles)

– Damien Leroy (Professional Kitesurfer/Waterman)

– Sally Bergesen (Founder of Oiselle)

– Kevin Rutherford (CEO of Nuun) 

– Mark Healey (Big wave surfer and conservationist)

– Stephan Jacob (Co-Founder of Cotopaxi)

– Alison Vercruysse (Founder of 18 Rabbits)

– Bill Worthington (Founder of Olukai)

– Joe Desena (Founder of Spartan Race)

– Rex Burkholder (Scientist and Social Entrepreneur)

– Cedar Wright (professional Nat Geo climber)

– Steve Jones (Founder of Teton Gravity Research)

– Jamie Danek (Founder of Humm Kombucha)

– Rob Little (Founder of Cairn)

– Boone Speed (pro photographer)

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