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Mar 29 - Apr 1
Backcountry Skiing and Splitboarding Clinics with Utah

Join guides from Utah Mountain Adventures for a 3-day/4-night Backcountry Clinic Package. Safe travel while skiing and snowboarding in the backcountry is a must and this three-day course teaches skiers and snowboarders the fundamentals during three full days of backcountry skiing and snowboarding. The course teaches avalanche awareness, beacon rescue, safe route selection, efficient uphill travel with climbing skins on skis and split snowboards, and downhill skiing and snowboarding technique, while experiencing legendary Wasatch backcountry touring. Participants will enjoy the warmth, convenience, and fine dining at the Alta Lodge after each day in the backcountry. Must be at least age 14 to participate. Guide to client ratio is 1:3. Equipment is available for rent.* Participants may want to come a day or two early to ski at Alta to acclimate before the three-day clinic begins.

Ability Level

should be able to ski or snowboard on non-groomed snow
should exercise routinely and enjoy hiking.

The package includes:

three days guided backcountry instruction and touring
four nights of lodging with breakfast and dinner daily
three backcountry touring lunches
yoga class (optional)

*Utah Mountain Adventures (UMA) equipment can only be rented to participants who are being guided by UMA guides.

UMA guides can deliver and adjust this gear for participants:

Alpine touring skis, poles and skins:$40 plus tax
Split-snowboard, skins and poles:$50 plus tax
Skins only:$10 plus tax
Snowshoes and poles:$15 plus tax

For questions about the seminar, please contact UMA directly at 801-550-3986 or e-mail uma@utahmountainadventures.com

Arrival: March 29
Departure: April 2
 

Apr 2
The Preatures

The Preatures are a five-piece rock band from Sydney, Australia. Fronted by Isabella 'Izzi' Manfredi on vocals and keys, alongside Gideon Bensen on vocals and guitar, lead guitarist Jack Moffitt, Tom Champion on bass, and Luke Davison on drums.

Apr 4
French Wines and Cheese

Our wine educator is a lover of fine wines and specialty cheeses. She also is a lover of France, so we took all those topics and combines them into this fabulous affair.  Sheral Schowe does not just love French wines she is so passionate about them she is French Wine Scholar certified. She knows every grape, all the processes, and most importantly all the tastes that make these wines so amazing. Join us for a knight full of cheese, wine, and most importantly the knowledge of French wines.

Apr 5
Easter at Brighton
EASTER AT BRIGHTON
Hunt for eggs and enjoy pancakes this Sunday!
 
Head up to Brighton on Easter Morning for some great family fun! An easter egg hunt in and around the Milly Chalet will keep all ages entertained.  Make sure to bring your boots, because you never know where the Easter Bunny hid his eggs!  Grab some pancakes at the Milly Chalet if you aren’t already stuffed from all the candy.  We will also have hard boiled eggs to dye and decorate.
 
DRESS LIKE THE EASTER BUNNY, SKI FOR FREE!
 
9am - EASTER EGG HUNT AT THE MILLY CHALET 

9am - 11am - PANCAKE BREAKFAST AT THE MILLY CHALET

Apr 5
Easter at Snowbird

Easter sunrise service on Hidden Peak. Enjoy a pancake breakfast buffet in the Rendezvous Restaurant with blueberry pancakes, french toast, scrambled eggs, and more. Kids 6 and under are free. There is a free Easter egg hunt at 9am. Bring a basket and let the Easter Bunny help you find his eggs! The three age divisions are: 4 & under, 5-7 and 8-11. Aerie Easter Brunch from 9am-3pm in the Aerie Restaurant with braised lamb, trout amandine, mahi mahi, lobster mac & cheese, smoked salmon, New York strip and much, much more. 

Apr 5
Easter Egg Hunt

Meet the Easter Bunny and find some of his hidden treasures buried in the snow! Eggs go fast so make sure you are there on time.

Apr 6
Punch Brothers

Don't miss the Punch Brothers live at The Depot.

Apr 6
Ratatat

Ratatat (Mike Stroud and Evan Mast) are pleased to announce the release of LP4 through XL Recordings on June 8, 2010. LP4 is the follow up to LP3 which was released to worldwide critical acclaim in July 2008.

The album, their fourth for XL, was conceived following the prolific LP3 recording sessions at Old Soul Studios, in rural upstate New York and much of the album was ultimately was recorded there as well. And while the albums were born in the same studio LP4 is by no means an extension of its predecessor. The band describe LP4 as a 'weirder' listen than LP3, with a much braver approach to the arrangements. Ratatat incorporated even more sounds and instruments into the mix on this album, working for the first time with a full string section, which they recorded at Glassworks Studios in Manhattan.

The album also features a number of spoken word interludes, one taken from Werner Herzog's 1977 film 'Stroszek' in which the lead character Bruno S describes the keyboards he owns. The other samples are all courtesy of Linda Manz, the child actress who achieved cult status on the back of her debut appearance in Terence Mallick’s 1978 classic ‘Days of Heaven’. She went on to star in ‘The Wanderers’ and ‘Out of the Blue’, before disappearing for many years to resurface briefly in Harmony Korine’s ‘Gummo’.

While trying to clear the spoken word sample from ‘Days of Heaven’, Evan unexpectedly ended up on the phone with Linda herself. The call resulted in a trip to Linda's house, where he recorded an interview with her, excerpts from which make up the remaining vocal snippets.

Since the release of LP3 the band has toured relentlessly playing shows as far away as Vietnam, China and Cambodia, and selling out bigger venues than ever before. Ratatat's US touring ended with two sold out nights at New York's Terminal 5, playing to over 6,000 people.

The period in between albums also saw Ratatat’s sideline in hip-hop production develop from a hobby into mainstream commercial success, with two tracks featured on Kid Cudi's debut album. One of these tracks was the single 'Pursuit of Happiness', which the band performed live on Letterman with Cudi in September of 2009.

Apr 9
Beer & Ballet - Spring 2015 Edition

Enjoy craft beer from Epic Brewing Company, light appetizers, and a special sneak preview of a Ballet West performance.

Hurry. Tickets are limited!
$40 advance, $50 at the door

7:00 PM - Food and drinks in the lobby
8:15 PM - Performance
9:00 PM - Drinks continue in the lobby

Price includes drink tickets; Non-alcoholic beverages available
Photo ID required

For tickets call 801.869.6964 or purchase online at balletwest.org/events/beer-ballet-spring-2015

Apr 11
The Used

Rock out with The Used when their tour with guests Every Time I Die, Marmozets and The Eeries hits In The Venue.

Apr 10 - Apr 11
Daphnis and Chloe

Utah Symphony in concert with Utah Symphony Chorus perform Ravel Daphnis et Chloé.  Also on program are Debussy, Prelude to the afternoon of a Faun and Stravinsky, Symphony in Three Movements.  Thierry Fischer, Conducting.

Apr 7 - Apr 12
Once

ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights... but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It's an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us all.

Apr 13
Utah Jazz vs Dallas Mavericks

Come see the Utah Jazz as they take on the Dallas Mavericks.

Apr 18
Salt Lake City Marathon

The Salt Lake City Marathon is set for April 18, 2015 and is the kind of event you need to see to believe. This gorgeous urban race takes you through some of the most iconic parts of downtown Salt Lake and culminates at the finish line between Library and Washington Squares.  There is something for everyone in the family: a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k, Kid's Marathon (1k), Bike Tour and the NEW 10k In-Line Skate.

Beautiful? Yes. Challenging? Absolutely. And being A Beautiful Challenge is what makes the Salt Lake City Marathon a race you need to see—and run—for yourself. Register today by clicking here.

Apr 17 - Apr 20
Salt Lake Bees vs Sacramento River Cats

Catch the Salt Lake Bees in action when they take on the Sacramento River Cats at Spring Mobile Ballpark!

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House speaker backs convention center hotel

Published: 02/06/2014
 

After a bill to fund a convention center hotel in downtown Salt Lake City fell just short of legislative approval last session, House Speaker Becky Lockhart challenged Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams to devise a megahotel plan that helps the whole state, not just the capital city. He apparently has.

Lockhart joined other legislative, business and community leaders Wednesday in endorsing a soon-to-appear bill that will lend state financial aid to the privately led development of a headquarters hotel adjacent to the Salt Palace Convention Center.

"I'm honored to lend my support to this visionary venture," said the Provo Republican in a news conference from the Sky Bridge linking City Creek Center's shops east and west of Main Street.

She voted against the measure last session, when it fell three votes short of passage on the session's final night

What secured Lockhart's backing now is a provision - in a bill that will be introduced later this week - that sets aside funding for promotional materials that can be distributed in advance to people attending conventions in Salt Lake City, encouraging them to lengthen their trips and visit other Utah attractions.

As an example, an "Experience Utah" video produced by the Utah League of Cities & Towns was shown, touting all that the state has to offer.

"This shows the never-ending ways to explore Utah," Lockhart said, calling the tourism-generating connection to convention-center funding "an agenda for action."

Rep. Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, said the bill will be unveiled in the House later this week and that Sen. Stuart Adams, R-Layton, will be its Senate sponsor.

As last year, this new version envisions joint contributions by the state, Salt Lake County and Salt Lake City to the construction of public-meeting facilities within a privately financed hotel of 800 to 1,200 rooms. Its total cost is projected at $335 million.

Wilson said the new bill puts a $75 million cap on the public investment - $25 million by each government - and specifies the hotel itself will be funded privately, with the developer qualifying for tax rebates once the hotel is generating new revenues.

About 5 percent of the revenue that could go toward those rebates will be diverted to the tourism-promotion effort, McAdams added.

That initiative should alleviate the concerns of rural lawmakers, he said, insisting again Wednesday that a megahotel will not hurt existing downtown hotels - as claimed by the Utah Taxpayers Association and Sinclair Oil, owner of the Grand America and Little America hotels.

McAdams contends the headquarters hotel will enable Visit Salt Lake to book more conventions at the Salt Palace, compensating existing hoteliers for business lost in competition to the megahotel.

Jordan Garn, executive director of the Utah Hotel & Lodging Association, said his member hotels - including Sinclair's - don't think that will be the case.

Their impact study (with the taxpayers association) indicates that in the first five years of the megahotel's operation, existing hotels will lose out on $105 million to the owner of the government-subsidized, 1,000-room hotel.

"We are working tirelessly to see how are concerns can be mitigated," Garn said. "We're disappointed the speaker has decided to support the measure without some sort of mitigation element to it that appreciates the positive impact our hotels have had on the community."

But other downtown business interests back the idea.Salt Lake Chamber President Lane Beattie said the funding formula is sound because the incentives offered to attract a hotel builder are similar to what the Governor's Office of Economic Development provides to other businesses courted by the state."The legislation is consistent with strategies supported by our business community," he said.

Linda Wardell, general manager of City Creek Center, said the proposed hotel would benefit her mall and its stores significantly. Studies show, she added, that shopping is the prime leisure activity of conventioneers, who spend four times more than regular shoppers. Each big convention attracts thousands of visitors, Wardell said, people "who will return home as evangelists for City Creek Center and other parts of Utah."

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