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Dec 19
So You Think You Can Dance Live

So You Think You Can Dance Live, the 11-time Primetime Emmy Award-winning show that sparked America’s fascination with dance, is set to captivate audiences again – live on tour – with more stops than ever before.

Celebrating its momentous 11th season, So You Think You Can Dance Live’s Top 10 finalists make their way across North America, performing in more than 70 cities

The Season 11 tour lineup includes the following Top 10 finalists: Bridget Whitman, Casey Askew, Emilio Dosal, Jacque LeWarne, Jessica Richens, Ricky Ubeda, Rudy Abreu, Tanisha Belnap, Valerie Rockey and Zack Everhart

Dec 19
21st Annual Winter Solstice Celebration Concert

This is the 21st year of an annual Winter Solstice Celebration Concert held at and sponsored by the Cathedral Church of St. Mark. Special Guest aritst is Peggie Perkins a past Grammy nominated singer from Los Angeles. Other guest performers include Corey Christiansen, Jack Wood, Curtis Woodbury, Larry Jackstien, Jay Lawrence and Lars Yorgason.  

Dec 21
Santa Sunday

First 100 people dressed in a complete Santa Claus suit ski free and access a special Tram at 10:15 a.m.

Register at the Activity Center from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. and meet outside the Activity Center at 10:15 a.m. to be escorted to a special Santa Express Tram.

Full outfits must include a white beard or wig, traditional red jacket with white trim and belt and red pants.
 

Dec 20 - Dec 23
Marry Christmas

This season's Script-In-Hand Series is something special for the holidays: Marry Christmas!  Celebrate the first anniversary of marriage equality with us as we share real-life marriage stories.  All proceeds benefit Restore Our Humanity.  Cast TBA, directed by Jason Bowcutt.

Dec 24
Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks

Join us at dusk on the Plaza Deck for bonfires, the Torchlight Parade, and a great fireworks display. At the end, Santa Claus will rappel out of the Tram to say hello to the kids!

In the Snowbird Center, there will also be a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.

Dec 5 - Dec 27
A Year with Frog and Toad

SLAC believes in the power of the arts to enhance children’s literacy, educational performance and interest in learning. A Year with Frog and Toad will include eight free matinee performances for over 1,400 Title I schoolchildren. As school curriculums continue to narrow at the expense of the arts, SLAC’s free performances provide a live theatrical experience to academically at-risk schoolchildren who often lack access to opportunities as basic as field trips and arts exposure. SLAC will also offer discounted performances for non-Title I schools; literary partnerships with the Salt Lake City Public Library and local bookstores; an online study guide available for schools and students as they prepare for their visits; and collaborations with local organizations and sponsors.

Dec 29 - Dec 31
EVE Winter Fest

Salt Lake City comes to life with EVE Winter Fest, a three-day celebration with concerts, DJs, grown-up drinks and engaging activities for kids and families. Discover everything that downtown has to offer with one all-access pass. With twelve venues and over 100 individual events, Eve Winter Fest is jam packed with fun for everyone. Cheer on the Utah Jazz against the Minnesota Timberwolves, skate under the lights at The Gallivan Center, or learn about the universe at the Clark Planetarium Hansen Dome. Plus, all of your family favorites such as Bounce Town, Ball Room, and HoopDeDoo are back. Ring in the new year with music from Fictionist, a VIP party at UMOCA and the USA's largest disco ball.

Dec 5 - Dec 31
The Nutcracker

The New York Times critic called it “one of the best productions I’ve ever seen.” You’ll call it pure entertainment and a wonderful holiday experience. Join Clara, her magical nutcracker prince and exotic characters from around the world, for the 59th edition of William Christiansen’s The Nutcracker and see why this is the longest-running full production in America.

Dec 31 - Jan 1
EVE Hops and Spirits VIP Experience

New this year as part of the EVE Winter Fest is the VIP Experience at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. This immersive 21-and-older event features locally made Epic Brewery, Jack Rabbit Gin, Vida Tequila, Five Wives Vodka and savory appetizers, all in a setting of spontaneous performances with beats provided by SLC’s finest, DJ Jesse Walker.

Jan 2
Utah Jazz vs Atlanta Hawks

Come see the Utah Jazz as they take on the Atlanta Hawks.

Jan 1 - Jan 3
Holiday Carnival and Expo

Carnival with rides, games, food, laser tag, climbing wall, dunking booth to dunk elves, Santa and others in fake snow, giant "Giving Tree" with donations and proceeds from the event to go to Reach the Children USA; and exhibit booths (home improvement, boutique, health and wellness and others).

Jan 9
Nico and Vinz

See Scandinavian music sensation Nico and Vinz live  at the UCCU Center!

Jan 9
Randy Rogers Band

The State Room presents a night of country with the Randy Rogers Band at The Depot.

Jan 11
Richard Elliott and Tony Arnold

Celebrated soprano Tony Arnold returns to NOVA for Messiaen’s poignant song cycle,Harawi. The first half of this event features the Choristers of the Madeleine Choir School singing Gregorian Chant and Mormon Tabernacle organist Richard Elliot performing Bach’s Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor

Jan 15
Debussy Francaix Poulenc Ibert

The Utah Symphony presents a program comprised of music of Debussy, Francaix, Poulenc and Ibert.

Jan 16
Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Lakers

Come see the Utah Jazz as they take on the Los Angeles Lakers.

Jan 23 - Jan 24
Utah Grizzlies vs Bakersfield Condors

Come see the Utah Grizzlies as they battle the Bakersfield Condors.

Jan 26
Utah Jazz vs Boston Celtics

Come see the Utah Jazz as they take on the Boston Celtics. 

Jan 27
Particle

Particle is a jam band formed in Los Angeles in 2000. The current lineup includes Steve Molitz (keyboard), Eric Gould (bass), Darren Pujalet (drums) and Ben Combe (guitar). The music of Particle can be characterized as a combination of rock and roll, electronica and funk. Particle is currently recording their sophomore studio effort with producer Steve Goldman and engineer Marc Johnson to be released in 2007.

Jan 28
Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Clippers

Come see the Utah Jazz as they take on the Los Angeles Clippers.

Jan 30 - Jan 31
Flabbergast

Re-flabbergastation!

Back by popular demand is the return of Flabbergast, our SHOW FOR ALL AGES. Created by circus director and choreographer Tandy Beal with original music by Jon Scoville, this piece takes a magical and mystery filled tour through time and space and immerses audiences in a journey of wonder. The program will also include the return of fan favorite, You and the Space Between, by Miguel Azcue, a Ririe-Woodbury alum now based in Sweden. This work will challenge your notion of time and space and provide a playful and mesmerizing experience.

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The Top 10 Ski Resorts in the United States for 2013

Published: 12/03/2012

Forbes, by Christopher Steiner

Rankings have become so ubiquitous in our world – top colleges, top cities, top jobs, top sandwiches – that they’ve begun to lose value.  Everybody has a ranking about everything.  Making matters more confusing, most rankings get so granular that nearly every person, place and thing is ranked No. 1 for something.

Wear a helmet: The home to Corbet's Couloir retained it's No. 1 ranking for 2013.

In the ski world, there’s been a bit of this specialization ranking creeping in as well.  To be sure, some of it is fair.  Winter Park, for instance, can’t compare its terrain to that of Snowbird, but the Colorado resort does offer some of the greatest access to disabled and adaptive skiers in the world – and it deserves credit for that.  Other outlets rank snow, grooming, family friendliness, food, lodging, customer service and even the quality of the booze on mountain.

All of those things matter to somebody.  But here we only rank one thing: Awesomeness.  It’s the most important thing we can measure.  If you can know a place’s awesomeness, do you need to know anything else?

Answer: No.

We measure awesomeness with strict adherence to quantitative and scientific methods.  The rankings you see here are the product of the most honed algorithms ever unleashed on the ski world.  Being on this list means something.  It means awesomeness.  We don’t rank 50 resorts, we rank only ten — and we’ve included extended and 100% new material on the top six.

There’s nothing east of the Rockies on the list because no resort east of the Rockies has the snow or terrain to crack our awesomeness rankings–something that matters for both beginners and experts (soft western snow >> eastern ice).  Not that there isn’t fun to be had in the East or even the Midwest.  Ski wherever you can.  We plan to do a separate, eastern list next year.

Again, we rank awesomeness and awesomeness only.  If you want to find out what ski resort has the best hot chocolate and marshmallow bar, you’ll find that list elsewhere.  If you want the hard facts on what ski mountain gives you the best possibility of a soul-moving experience on and off the snow, then you need rankings based on our patented Pure Awesomeness Factor.  In the ski business, this is known as PAF.  It’s not something that resorts make public, but every mountain knows where it stands.  Most big resorts employ at least three data scientists who spend their days looking for methods to raise the resort’s PAF score.  Boost that score, and you get closer to excellence.

Awesomeness is the only proxy for awesomeness.  It’s the critical path to a vacation that becomes legendary.  So for the second time ever, here are the top ten resorts in the United States according to PAF...:

Snowbird: Best snow, epic terrain, epic lift.

2.   Alta and Snowbird, Utah (PAF = 97):

For most people, these two resorts that occupy a splendid apron of Little Cottonwood Canyon just 35 minutes from downtown Salt Lake should be the default ski vacation. Direct flights to Salt Lake can be had from most cities and the trip from the airport to the snow here is a leisurely stroll compared with the white-knuckle pilgrimage between Denver and Colorado’s resorts.

We rank Snowbird and Alta together because they are together.  They share a boundary line and even, for those who choose to purchase it, a joint lift ticket.  If you go to one, you should go to the other.  Unless you’re a snowboarder, in which case Alta won’t allow you to plow through its chutes and trees—and what glorious chutes and trees they are.

The terrain at Alta and Snowbird is the terrain against which all others are measured.  Snowbird’s tram, which, like Jackson’s, also traverses from the base of the resort to the top, is the only lift that compares with the tram at Jackson Hole. The lift line for the Snowbird tram on a prime powder day can get ugly—one of the drawbacks of being on top of a greater metropolitan area of 2 million people.

The good news is that not all of those people ski and, even better, this place has a lot of powder days—it gets 600 inches a year—more than anywhere outside of Alaska.  The snow is dependable and comes in a density that’s user friendly, like a stiff dollop of whipped milk on a cappuccino.  If you’re going on a trip for three days or less, it’s hard to go anywhere but Utah. We can’t stress enough how awesome the skiing is here.  If you haven’t been, just go.

Not to be missed: Snowbird’s Cliff Lodge, a wonderful modern building whose raw, reinforced concrete edifice evokes the work of architect Paul Rudolph, a brilliant shaper of glass and poured stone.

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