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Showing posts from January 9, 2011

Ask the Locals Guide: The Sundance Resort and Park City, Utah

The Sundance Film Festival  screens hundreds of films from January 20-30. Local insiders know that during the festival, the slopes are less crowded than usual. While filmgoers crowd the theaters, restaurants and bars, skiers enjoy shorter lift lines and uncrowded runs. I don't ski but I do eat. For those who are going to watch films, here are some suggestions about where to eat.  With heavy snow falling in Atlanta and New York City where it isn't wanted, there's comfort knowing that snow is also accumulating on ski slopes, where it belongs. At the foot of Utah's Wasatch Mountains, dozens of world-class ski resorts are within easy driving distance of Salt Lake International Airport. The mountains make an impression the minute visitors land at Salt Lake International Airport. In summer or winter, the white capped peaks are evidence that this is rocky mountain country or, as the state logo has it, "Life Elevated."  Salt Lake City itself is over 4,000 feet, s

Escape to the Remarkable, Exotic Landscape of Southeastern Utah

In southeastern Utah, four hours drive from Salt Lake City International Airport, visitors can experience a landscape unique in the United States.  The vast, flat expanse of the Colorado Plateau is disrupted by massive rock formations that look like the play toys of a giant's child. The story of that formation is a  magical tale of earth forces in collision with one another. The National Parks and Moab in Southeastern Utah To reach  Arches National Park  and Canyonlands National Park --recently made more famous because the movie 127 Hours detailed the harrowing adventure of Aron Ralston-- drive south on Interstate 15   from Salt Lake City and continue south-east on Highway 6 at Spanish Fork. The highway passes through a flat and seemingly barren landscape, dotted with sagebrush and cheet grass. Nearby, there are plenty of majestic mountains in the area like 10,443 feet tall Monument Peak and its twin Mount Bartles, but they are too far away from the highway t