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Aug 1
Motley Crue

Motley Crue will bring their Final Tour with special guest Alice Cooper to USANA Amphitheatre on Friday, August 1st. Don't miss your chance to see them rock out live!

Tickets on sale Friday, January 31 at 10:00 a.m.

Tickets available at all Smith's Tix locations, charge by phone 801-467-TIXX or toll free at 1-800-888-TIXX, and online at http://smithstix.com/events/item/root/usana-amphitheatre

Tickets are also available at the USANA Amphitheatre box office day-of-shows starting at 12PM

Lawn tickets are available at the Depot box office on Friday's between 2PM-6PM (excluding holidays) and day of Depot shows starting at 5PM (excluding club nights & private events)

For VIP information please call 801-355-5522 or E-mail jhathorne@uconcerts.com

USANA Amphitheatre | 5200 South 6200 West | www.usana-amp.com | All Ages

(while supplies last - subject to change - plus applicable fees where applied - 8 ticket limit)

Jul 28 - Aug 2
Wasatch County Fair

Great food, terrific events of all types (from livestock shows to lip-sinc contests), music, carnival games and more - this is the Wasatch County Fair.

Two big events in this big event are the rodeo and the demolition derby. These are dynamic, loud, exciting events that are never quite the same twice.


More events include:

Battle of the Bands: Bands from all over Utah are invited to come perform two songs to compete for $350 cash and a recording session at Lee Music. Hosted by the hilarious Seth Qualey. Thursday August 1, 7pm. Registration form available on the County Fair website.

Fair Days Carnival and Country Market: Open Wednesday July 31-Saturday Aug 3, great merchandise, delicious food and lots of fun rides for all ages! Discount carnival wristbands available at The Wasatch Recreation Center July 8-29.

Fair Days BBQ: Join us for a great BBQ dinner and a hilarious hypnotist show on Wednesday, July 31 starting at 5:30pm. Dinner is $5 per person, and the show is free!

Aug 4
Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga brings her Artpop Ball to EnergySolutions Arena on August 4!
Tickets are on sale now!
V.I.P. packages are available.
Tickets & Venue Information:
Tickets available at all Smith's Tix locations, charge by phone 801-467-TIXX or toll free at 1-800-888-TIXX, and online at smithstix.com
Tickets are also available at the EnergySolutions Arena box office.
(while supplies last - subject to change - plus applicable fees where applied - 8 ticket limit)
Interested in being a part of the street team? Inquire at http://bit.ly/ucstreetteam
 

Aug 5
Red Butte Outdoor Concert Series: Chris Isaak

After more than 25 years, and 13 albums into his career, Chris Isaak has finally created the album he’s always wanted to make. Beyond the Sun, Isaak’s first Vanguard Records release is truly a labor of love. As a child spinning his parents’ 45s in their Stockton, CA home, Isaak became and has since been obsessed with the glory days of Memphis’ Sun Studio and the visionary artists who got their starts there, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Having presented his own distinctive style in music over several decades, he carries it forward still by revisiting his inspirations..

Aug 6
Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby is one of the most influential stars in America Today. His ability to touch people's lives without resorting to gimmickry or lowbrow humor makes this a memorable evening for the entire family!

Aug 6 - Aug 8
Psicobloc Master Series

Some of the top professional climbers in the world will converge on Park City, Utah for the 2nd Annual Psicobloc Masters Series Competition presented by Clif Bar.

This year’s competition will feature a men’s and women’s division and will be in the style of a “duel” – competitors race head-to-head on identical routes, with the highest or first to the top advancing to the next round. The competition wall, designed by Walltopia, reaches over 50 feet above the pool and overhangs roughly 25 feet. The climbers use no ropes or harnesses, creating a thrilling plunge into the water below if they fall.

 

Aug 8
OK Go

Of all the superlatives ever thrown at OK Go, "world's most creative band" might fit best. Theirs is a project of the modern age, defined by vision as opposed to boundaries. It starts with a growing canon of infectious songs (the band's fourth album is forthcoming), and explodes out from there into a million creative endeavors: their videos are art projects that the whole world sees; their live shows are immersive and surprising; their free time is invested in apps and op-eds and a host of other experiments that all fall under fun, ambitious, or just really cool to try.

Aug 8 - Aug 9
6th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival

Craft Lake City, a 501(c3) charitable organization, announced today that Harmons Neighborhood Grocer will be one of this year’s Presenting Sponsor for the 6th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival.

As a longtime customer, I am personally thrilled to have Harmons as a major partner for our sixth year of festivities,” says Craft Lake City’s Executive Director, Angela H. Brown. “Harmons connects customers with quality products from regional food purveyors. This valuable service supports Utah’s craft food creators and shares our organization’s goal of elevating the creative culture in our community.

The outdoor alternative arts festival will include over 200 vendors specializing in handmade goods such as: silk screened posters, progressive crafts, DIY designs, reconstructed clothing, knitted items, jewelry, letter-pressed books and more, along with local musicians and performers, craft food vendors, and a Science & Technology building to showcase the work and ideas of DIY Engineers.

Aug 4 - Aug 10
Tour of Utah

Showcasing some of the world’s most prestigious teams and cyclists for seven days in August, this event now attracts worldwide attention as the top international cycling event that follows the Tour de France. Nearly a decade since its opening circuit, the Tour of Utah today stands as one of the greatest cycling challenges the world has to offer.

Stages of the 2014 Tour are as follows:


Cedar City to Cedar City
Monday 8/4

Panguitch to Torrey
Tue 8/5

Lehi to MMP
Wed 8/6

Ogden to Powder Mountain
Thu 8/7

Evanston to Kamas
Fri 8/8

SLC To Snowbird
Sat 8/9

Park City to Park City 
Sun 8/10
 

Aug 12
Jenny Lewis

See one of the most celebrated indie musicians live when Jenny Lewis takes the stage at The Depot.

Aug 13
Bluegrass & BBQ Night

 

 Enjoy the incredible view of the Salt Lake Valley while you sit back and relax with some delicious NHMU Cafe BBQ and take in the tunes of local bluegrass band, Greenbrier Connection!

We welcome you to enjoy the music in the Canyon on the 2nd floor and the Cafe can accept cash and cards for their delectable cuisine.


Don't forget to visit The Horse!

A special exhibition includes cultural objects from around the world, a hand-painted diorama depicting the evolution of the horse, and interactives that invite you to test your strength in horsepower, identify different breeds, and peek inside a life-size, moving horse.

Aug 14
Twilight Concert Series: Beck

The 2014 Twilight Concert Series presents Beck live at Pioneer Park with special guest Future Islands. Don't miss this chance to experience this legendary musician performing live as he tours in support of his newly released album Morning Phase. 

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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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