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Aug 28
Twilight Concert Series: The Head and The Heart

Twilight Concert Series presents the indie folk rock band, The Head and The Heart, for the concluding concert of the summer long series at Pioneer Park.

Aug 28
Reverend Horton Heat

Be at The Depot for a night of psychobilly fun with the Reverend Horton Heat and guests Pinata Protest.

Aug 28
Utah Hogle Zoo presents Animal Superpowers

 Utah Hogle Zoo presents Animal Superpowers.

Aug 29
Red Butte Outdoor Concert Series: Earth, Wind and Fire

During the 1970’s, a new brand of pop music was born, one that was steeped in African and African-American styles but appealed to a broader audience. Maurice White, founder and leader of Earth, Wind and Fire, embraced and helped bring about this evolution of pop, “Although we were basically jazz musicians, we played soul, funk, gospel, blues, jazz, rock and dance music… which somehow ended up becoming pop.”

Aug 29
Frozen: Movie Under the Stars

 The Capitol Preservation Board is pleased to host the Sixth Annual Movie Under the Stars. Each year, we team up with the Utah Film Commission to screen free movies on the southwest Capitol lawn. Thousands of people of all ages gather with blankets and picnic dinners to enjoy the evening air, beautiful views, and great movies!

FREE Admission!

Mark your calendar with the following dates:
Friday, July 18 – The Lone Ranger (filmed in Utah!)
Friday, Aug. 1 – The Lego Movie
Friday, Aug. 15 – Despicable Me 2
Friday, Aug. 29 – Frozen

Local bands kick off each evening at 7:30p.m. and movies begin at sundown. Opening bands will be announced in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

For more information and updates, follow our Facebook page and our Twitter account. Use our hashtag, #UtahMUTS.

Questions: Please contact Visitor Services at 801-538-1800

Aug 29
Frozen: Movie Under the Stars

 The Capitol Preservation Board is pleased to host the Sixth Annual Movie Under the Stars. Each year, we team up with the Utah Film Commission to screen free movies on the southwest Capitol lawn. Thousands of people of all ages gather with blankets and picnic dinners to enjoy the evening air, beautiful views, and great movies!

FREE Admission!

Mark your calendar with the following dates:
Friday, July 18 – The Lone Ranger (filmed in Utah!)
Friday, Aug. 1 – The Lego Movie
Friday, Aug. 15 – Despicable Me 2
Friday, Aug. 29 – Frozen

Local bands kick off each evening at 7:30p.m. and movies begin at sundown. Opening bands will be announced in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

For more information and updates, follow our Facebook page and our Twitter account. Use our hashtag, #UtahMUTS.

Questions: Please contact Visitor Services at 801-538-1800

Aug 29
Lynyrd Skynyrd

Lynyrd Skynyrd and Tesla rock KBER 101's Rock Fest on August 29th!

Tickets go on sale May 16th at 10:00 a.m.

With a catalog of over 60 albums, sales beyond 30 million worldwide and their beloved classic American rock anthem “Sweet Home Alabama” having sold over two million ringtones, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a cultural icon that appeals to multiple generations.

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 USANA Amphitheatre box office day-of-shows starting at 12PM

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

VIP & Private Event Information:
For VIP information please call 801-355-5522 or email Jhathorne@uconcerts.com

Aug 30
Keith Urban

Doors open: 5:30PM, Showtime: 7:00PM

Keith Urban brings his "Raise 'Em Up" tour to USANA Amphitheatre on Saturday, August 30th with special guests Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge!

Tickets are on sale now!

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 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)

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

VIP & Private Event Information:
For VIP information please call 801-355-5522 or email jhathorne@uoncerts.com

Aug 28
Twilight Concert Series: The Head and The Heart

Twilight Concert Series presents the indie folk rock band, The Head and The Heart, for the concluding concert of the summer long series at Pioneer Park.

Aug 28
Twilight Concert Series: The Head and The Heart

Twilight Concert Series presents the indie folk rock band, The Head and The Heart, for the concluding concert of the summer long series at Pioneer Park.

Aug 28
Twilight Concert Series: The Head and The Heart

Twilight Concert Series presents the indie folk rock band, The Head and The Heart, for the concluding concert of the summer long series at Pioneer Park.

Aug 28
Twilight Concert Series: The Head and The Heart

Twilight Concert Series presents the indie folk rock band, The Head and The Heart, for the concluding concert of the summer long series at Pioneer Park.

Aug 28
Twilight Concert Series: The Head and The Heart

Twilight Concert Series presents the indie folk rock band, The Head and The Heart, for the concluding concert of the summer long series at Pioneer Park.

Aug 28
Twilight Concert Series: The Head and The Heart

Twilight Concert Series presents the indie folk rock band, The Head and The Heart, for the concluding concert of the summer long series at Pioneer Park.

Aug 28
Twilight Concert Series: The Head and The Heart

Twilight Concert Series presents the indie folk rock band, The Head and The Heart, for the concluding concert of the summer long series at Pioneer Park.

Aug 28
Twilight Concert Series: The Head and The Heart

Twilight Concert Series presents the indie folk rock band, The Head and The Heart, for the concluding concert of the summer long series at Pioneer Park.

Aug 28
Twilight Concert Series: The Head and The Heart

Twilight Concert Series presents the indie folk rock band, The Head and The Heart, for the concluding concert of the summer long series at Pioneer Park.

Aug 28
Twilight Concert Series: The Head and The Heart

Twilight Concert Series presents the indie folk rock band, The Head and The Heart, for the concluding concert of the summer long series at Pioneer Park.

Aug 28
Twilight Concert Series: The Head and The Heart

Twilight Concert Series presents the indie folk rock band, The Head and The Heart, for the concluding concert of the summer long series at Pioneer Park.

Aug 28
Twilight Concert Series: The Head and The Heart

Twilight Concert Series presents the indie folk rock band, The Head and The Heart, for the concluding concert of the summer long series at Pioneer Park.

Aug 28
Twilight Concert Series: The Head and The Heart

Twilight Concert Series presents the indie folk rock band, The Head and The Heart, for the concluding concert of the summer long series at Pioneer Park.

Aug 28
Twilight Concert Series: The Head and The Heart

Twilight Concert Series presents the indie folk rock band, The Head and The Heart, for the concluding concert of the summer long series at Pioneer Park.

Aug 28
Twilight Concert Series: The Head and The Heart

Twilight Concert Series presents the indie folk rock band, The Head and The Heart, for the concluding concert of the summer long series at Pioneer Park.

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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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