Life is Better with Integration
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Alpine Skiing

Life is Better with Integration

Scotty House

We've all been there: you're out having a great day on the mountain, riding hard, hiking peaks, and carving pow. Then, you get a little warm and all of the sudden you're in a fog-induced haze that has you stumbling around the mountain like a gorilla in a china shop. If you're like me, you think this is one of the most frustrating spots to find yourself in. You can't wipe the fog out of your lenses for fear of scratching your expensive eyewear, so your only option is to pull them away from your steaming face and hope the problem sorts itself out. It never works, and inevitably, your face freezes while the fog on your lenses turns into a stubborn layer of ice.

Well, times are changing and this doesn't have to be your fate on your next powder day. Smith Optics has been working diligently on helmet and goggle integration and they have given powder fiends like us something to smile about in the last couple of years. Gone (for the most part) are the days of skiing/riding by feel because your goggles are as foggy as the inside of a teenager's windshield at the drive-in theater.

The Goggle

The I/O7 has the 5X anti-fog lens. What does that mean? In layman's terms, it means that your goggles resist fogging better than any other lens on the market. With the new 5X anti-fog lens, you can count on about double-to-triple the time before fogging compared to the next-best comparable lens.

The other factor that effects fogging is fit and air flow. The I/O7 is equipped with a dual-axis outrigger that allows the goggle strap to better integrate with the opening of your helmet without creating pressure points, or gaps between goggle and helmet. This allows your goggle and helmet to act as two parts of a whole - providing more comfort and a streamlined look and fit.

Smith IO/7 goggles
Smith IO/7 goggles

Since the start of last season I have been running the Smith I/O7 goggle, and recently stepped it up with a ChromaPop lens. The I/O7 offers a great fit for medium-to-larger faces, and has the comfort Smith is renowned for with DriWix face foam. All of that is great, but we're here to talk about fogging, integration and how they play together.

The Helmet

The Smith Vantage has been my go-to helmet for a number of years. With the added protection of Koroyd and a great fit, the Vantage continues to be a favorite of mine. It features the same AirEvac technology as the I/O7 goggle we talked about above. Integrated vents, above the goggles in the shell, pull cool air in from the outside and use it to regulate the temperature inside your helmet. This prevents the buildup of moisture that causes fogging. Too cold? No worries. Just adjust the vents to your desired level of air flow.

Smith Vantage Ski Helmet
The Smith Vantage seamlessly integrates with the IO/7 goggles

The Integration

For me, the most important piece of technology to talk about is AirEvac. Sure MIPS, Koroyd, 5X anti-fog and all the other cool stuff Smith brings to the table is awesome, but AirEvac is like the quarterback bringing the rest of the team together. If you look at the vents on the top of the I/O7, and then look at the underside of the front of the Vantage helmet where it sits on your forehead, you'll see a matching set of vents to your goggles.

Smith helmet and goggle integration and ventilation graphic
An excellent graphic of air movement through your Smith goggles and helmet

This is where it starts. As you move down the mountain (or just stand there) the warm air that is between your face and your lenses is pulled out the vents and into your helmet. From there, it is vented out to the environment before it condenses into water droplets inside your goggles. As you start to move, the airflow over the top of the helmet creates a vacuum effect, of sorts. This vacuum pulls cool air in through the bottom of your goggles and your helmet vents, while pushing out warm air through the vents at the top and back of your helmet. By allowing the warm, moisture-laden air to pass freely from goggles, to helmet, and then out, Smith has virtually eliminated fogging. This is even true when hiking with your helmet on and goggles down over your face.

Smith helmets and goggles for skiing
Seamless fit and integration makes for a comfortable ride

Smith helmets and goggles stand out on their own as great products when it comes to performance and style on the mountain. When used together, they create a system for mountain rippers that is unparalleled. No surprise, fit is an important part of this equation. The outer shape of the goggle frame integrates perfectly with the helmet, leaving no room for the very un-cool "Gaper Gap," or the unfortunate space between the top of your goggles and bottom of your helmet. This precise fit helps keep you better protected from the elements and allows the goggle and helmet to function as one system. The dual-axis outriggers on the I/O7 goggle strap allow them to sit in a more natural position when used with the Vantage helmet, so there are no pressure points on your face. All this adds to the contemporary style of the Smith helmet/goggle system so you are looking high and tight when you're out shredding.

Making the Great Days Better

 

What does all this mean? It means you'll see better, stay more comfortable, and spend less time taking your helmet on and off to prolong the losing battle against fogging lenses. Smith has pioneered this technology and continues to develop technologies that refine the integration and comfort of their helmets and goggles. If you are looking to maximize your time on the mountain, consider checking out a Smith helmet/goggle system. It's one of the most impactful and cost-effective investments you can make in your skiing enjoyment.

smith ski goggles and helmets
Make the Great Days Better

Scott House, Communications Director, JANS


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Seasonal Forecasts: Speculation at its Best
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Seasonal Forecasts: Speculation at its Best

Scotty House

Summer is now unofficially and officially over. Labor Day has come and gone, the kids are back in school, and the fall equinox is behind us. We are squarely in fall, and for most of us who enjoy sliding on snow; we're looking to winter with some level of excitement.

October, November, and December 2016 Temperature Graph
Looks like it's going to be warmer than usual in some places, colder than usual in some places, and, wait, average in some places! Amazing!

If you are fortunate enough to live in the western mountains of North America, you have already seen snow start to fly. Some locations have already been able to measure their bounty in feet instead of inches, even though it was short lived. As the colors change, temperatures drop, and the first flakes start to fly, so do the "seasonal" or "long range" forecasts; and with it a flurry, nah a blizzard, of speculation on what winter will bring.

October, November, and December 2016 Precipitation Graph
Oh oh! Look, some places are going to get more precipitation than normal and some are going to get less...

Don't get me wrong, I like to dream about powder days and the Instagram glory that winter will bring. That said, I'm a bit over these long range forecasts and the impacts they have on the powder-hungry brain of many winter sports enthusiasts. Without fail, around this time of year you start seeing the "forecasts"; X region is high and dry, X region is wet and stormy, X region is average; blah, blah, blah.

December, January, and February 2016 Temperature Graph
Wow, this map looks oddly familiar. It seems that some places will be colder, and others warmer than usual.

The problem is not really the forecasts themselves, but the stock that so many of our snow-going companions put in them. One day your buddy is pumped on mountain biking (or "insert your summer sport of choice" here) and the next all they can talk about is the epic winter ahead. Worse yet, if you are truly enjoying the beautiful fall weather and scenery, do you really want to listen to some friend gripe about how this winter is going to be lame because they read some seasonal forecast produced months away from actual winter based on experimental computer models, that are about as accurate as a presidential candidate's speech to campaign donors. No thanks.

December, January, and February 2016 Precipitation Graph
These forecasts are the best! If this map isn't true I fully intend on making my displeasure known to Facebook and the millions that don't care...

Wait, what's that you say, you don't use long-range forecasts, but Mother Nature herself? Awesome, good for you. I am sure the humming birds, bees, leaf color, dirt viscosity, size of melons or cucumbers; or whatever else you are looking at are all surefire signs that we are going to have a great/crap winter. Just like, "you need to wait to swim 30 minutes after eating or you'll get a cramp," has always proven to be true.

February, March, and April 2016 Temperature Graph
"Winter 2017 is going to be so epic, way better than 2016. Just look at this experimental forecast, bro."

Bottom line, for me at least; I don't pay attention to any of this anymore. I do my best to enjoy the season I'm in; to relish the fleeting days of summer or the warm days and cool nights of fall. Winter will come one way or another. It's going to snow, we're going to slide on snow, and it's going to be AWESOME!

Try not to get disappointed if you are in the "high and dry" zone; your winter could still be the deepest and coldest you have ever seen. Conversely, don't get too fired up if you're in the "wet and stormy" zone. The let down when your winter is "just normal" could be catastrophic on your mental health, and your friends will likely stop hanging out with you because they don't want to hear your whining.

So I say instead of speculating and psyching yourself up or out; wax your snow sliding tools of choice, do some exercises to get yourself ready, and enjoy the season you're in. Winter will be here soon enough, and we'll enjoy shredding the local hills and mountains regardless of what any seasonal forecast told us.

February, March, and April 2016 Precipitation Graph
"Totally booking my spring trip based on this, and it's going to be unreal. Nothing that's experimental was ever inaccurate..."

Of course, I'm no expert. And like your neighbor talking about his hummingbirds, I have no qualifications to make my case. But, here is some Beta from an expert who does have the qualifications, Brian McInerney, a hydrologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):

"Two thoughts come to mind with regard to a long-range forecast. If the Equatorial Pacific is either very warm or very cold, we have some indication of what the winter may bring. Very warm ocean waters (El Nino) typically turn the Desert Southwest cooler and wetter and the Pacific Northwest turns warmer and drier.

Cold ocean waters (La Nina) do the opposite. The Desert Southwest turns hotter and drier and the Pacific Northwest cooler and wetter. Notice the Wasatch is in the middle and does not have much skill either way. However, some of our bigger years have occurred in extreme years with either warm or cold sea-surface temperatures. This year we're expecting a weak La Niña, or slightly cooler-than-normal ocean waters. With a slight cooling there isn't much skill either way with the long range forecast. Another thought is that we're entering water year 2017, following five years of below-average snowfall. Weather likes to change after a period of persistence. And while there have been long stretches of below-average snowfall, these periods have lasted around four-to-five years before they change. Hopefully this will be the year the pattern will shift."

All Images Provided Courtesy of NWS/NCEP Climate Predication Center

Scott House, Communications Director, Jans

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New Mountain Bike Terrain Means New Adventures!
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New Mountain Bike Terrain Means New Adventures!

Scotty House

As a mountain biker, and general lover of the outdoors, I always love it when I get to explore new trails or terrain. In all likelihood I'm not the first to be there, and certainly not the last, but that's not the point; it's new to me. I figure out the nuances of the trail, what to watch out for, and find those unique treasures that each trail or new mountain offers. This constant desire for a fresh, new trail we've never ridden is what drives a lot of us who choose to adventure in nature, and it was the driving force behind White Pine Touring expanding the terrain where we guide our mountain bike tours.

Recently we expanded our guiding permits to include the Riverview/Coyote Loop trail system, and the Dutch Hollow trailhead in Wasatch Mountain State Park, as well as the newly completed W.O.W. Trail in Wasatch County. These new offerings will allow White Pine Touring clients, past and future, to explore new trails outside of Park City, and will allow our mountain bike guiding season to begin earlier in the spring and later into the fall before the snow blankets the trails.

Riverview/Coyote Loop

Even though the Riverview/Coyote Loop trail system sits on private land near Heber, White Pine Touring was able to reach an operating agreement with the land owners that allows us to guide on this otherwise private trail system. The riding is fast and flowy, interspersed with some fun, technical rock sections. You are mostly riding past sage brush and scrub oaks with the occasional aspen grove on the Coyote loop. There are roughly 25 miles of trail on this loop; varying from beginner single and doubletrack to advanced singletrack.

The Riverview/Coyote Loop rides best in springtime to early summer, and late summer into fall/early winter. The highlight is the view of Mount Timpanogos and Cascade Peak at the southern end of the Heber Valley. For your first ride I would recommend checking out the Riverview trail; riding the upper and lower Riverview trails as well as Sheep Bones and the Drop Out. Start at the Coyote Gulch trailhead and climb to Upper Riverview to ride a loop in a counter-clockwise direction. For a bigger challenge, ride the full Coyote Loop.

Screen capture of Trailforks.com Map of the Riverview and Coyote Loop Trail System, Wasatch County, UT
There are a lot of great options within the Riverview/Coyote Loop trail system. Take a ride in the fall for some of the best colors and views.
Photo of Sunset over the Heber Valley taken from Coyote Loop/Riverview Trail System, Wasatch County, UT
Beautiful late summer sunset view of the Heber Valley, Mt. Timanogos, Cascade Peak and the Wasatch Back from the southern end of the Riverview trail system.

Wasatch Mountain State Park/Dutch Hollow

Dutch Hollow is a little known gem of a trail system in Wasatch County. With around 15-20 miles of singletrack, these trails ensure there are plenty of options to keep you busy for a good ride. The northeastern portion of Dutch Hollow is comprised of tight and turny, hand-cut singletrack that will challenge the intermediate rider with trails like 1000 Turns and Bone Yard. The Barrel is a not-to-be-missed trail that is ideal for making laps to build your bike handling skills, while the Prospect and Phosphate trails allow you to build larger rides and loops, as well as connecting you into the new W.O.W. Trail.

You'll be riding past scrub oak and sage brush if you're exploring Dutch Hollow and fall is an incredible time to ride these trails with the changing colors and cooler temps. I like starting at the Dutch Hollow trailhead off River Road and putting together a lot of little loops from there, but you really can't go wrong. Eventually Dutch Hollow will be connected to the Riverview trail system, mentioned above, giving mountain bikers the option to connect some large singletrack rides for a full day of adventure.

Screen capture of Trailforks.com Map of the Dutch Hollow Trail System, Wasatch County, UT
The trails of Dutch Hollow are perfect for putting together short loops with lots of options, as well as linking into larger rides and adjacent trail systems.

W.O.W. (Wasatch over Wasatch) Trail

The W.O.W. trail is one of the most recently completed trails in Summit and Wasatch County, and is INCREDIBLE! The W.O.W. lives up to its acronym in every way. The views of the Heber/Midway Valley are unmatched, including Deer Creek reservoir, Mount Timpanogos and Cascade Peak. Starting at the top of the trail, near the Midway reservoir, you roll out on an easy climb through a beautiful aspen grove. After about 600 feet of climbing, the trail starts a 3,500 foot descent into the Heber valley. As the trail descends you'll be blown away not only by the flow, but by how well the W.O.W. was designed and built.

Mountain biker riding the WOW trail with a view in Park City, Utah.
Views for days on the WOW trail in Park City!

Leaving the aspens behind, you pop onto a ridge with sage, juniper and scrub oak before crossing onto the north side of the ridge and entering the loamy pine forest. As you lose elevation, the trail morphs back into the scrub oak and sage topography. From the lower trailhead you can connect into Dutch Hollow and the Phosphate trail. This has quickly become one of my favorite trails/shuttles, and should be on anyone's checklist who is planning to mountain bike in Park City.

Screen capture of Trailforks.com Map of the W.O.W. Trail and Dutch Hollow Trail System, Wasatch County, UT
The W.O.W. trail is destined to become a classic Utah mountain bike ride.. The trail, views and riding are all incredible!

With over 450 miles of mountain bike trails in Park City alone, whether you are a local, returning visitor or first timer, there is always a new adventure waiting for you. Thanks to our expanded mountain bike guide permits, White Pine Touring can help you explore all of the areas mentioned above, or you can grab your bike and explore them on your own. Regardless of the way you decide to ride them, do yourself a favor and check out these trails for yourself. You'll be glad you did!

Scott House, Communications Director

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Getting Into the Group Ride Groove
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Getting Into the Group Ride Groove

Scotty House

I'll be honest, group mountain bike rides are not my thing. Typically I like to ride alone or maybe with one, or two other people. Not that I am antisocial, well maybe a little bit, but mostly because it's always so hard to get everyone together to pull a group ride off. So, when your local shop does all the planning and gathering, you really have no excuse not to attend. Especially when there is free food, beer and ice cream to follow.

white pine touring Thursday night rides
Cold beers at the ready!
red bicycle breadworks pizza
Gourmet pizza by Red Bicycle Breadworks!

White Pine Touring has been organizing shop rides for a number of years, but it wasn't until recently that the party got started. In addition to leading co-ed group mountain bike rides every Thursday night throughout the summer, White Pine also hosts a free barbeque on the last Thursday of the month. This isn't a feeble attempt at a hastily-organized BBQ with a handful of burnt hot dogs and lukewarm sodas. This is the real deal; with food and adult beverages provided by local vendors such as this year's partners Red Bicycle Breadworks, Wasatch Creamery and Moab Brewery.

group mountain bike rides in park city
All the fixings!

If I'm going to go on a group ride, I want to go on a "Group Ride." I want lots of smiles, hooting, hollering, joking, and of course singletrack; lots of singletrack. When I get done I don't want to get in my dinosaur recycler (aka car) and just drive home. I want to share a frosty beverage, maybe some food and bullshit about epic tales of singletrack heroics. This is what I have found the White Pine Thursday Night Ride and BBQ to be all about.

park city mountain biking
Post-ride BBQ and beers!
Wasatch creamery
Ice cream provided by Wasatch Creamery!

For the most part, Strava is turned off and people are just tuned in to having fun with their friends. There is no pomp and show here; just good people, great singletrack, hot food, cold beer and ice cream. This is the group ride I dreamt about as an aspiring mountain biker back in Michigan. This is the group ride I have read about in the pages of Dirt Rag and BIKE Mag. Maybe not this specific ride, but ones like it. Not a venue for people to one-up their fellow two-wheeled brethren, but a ride to build community. A ride to combat all the crap things happening in our world right now with a bit of happiness, freedom and adventure.

WPT group mountain bike rides
Endless pizza by Red Bicycle Breadworks!

Am I a convert to the group ride? Maybe not completely, but I'm certainly enjoying the vibe I get when I attend one of these local events. If you have been questioning whether or not a group ride is for you, give White Pine's Thursday Night Ride and BBQ a try. They host them the last Thursday in June, July and August, and everyone is welcome. Like me, you may be surprised just how much fun it is to share some singletrack, and an evening in the mountains with likeminded people who enjoy, bikes, beer and good times.

Wasatch creamery
Satisfy your sweet tooth!

Scott House, Communications Director, Jans

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How to Stay Warm While Skiing
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How to Stay Warm While Skiing

Scotty House

Skiing or snowboarding can be incredibly fun - as long as you are dressed for success. Cold can kill a winter adventure and turn a great day into a suffer-fest. It's important that you know how to dress properly so you can enjoy your time in the snow, whether you are in the mountains or digging out of your neighborhood. Using a head-to-toe layering system can keep you comfortable throughout a day of activity and gives you the ability to adjust your layers based on your temperature and activity level.

“Ask yourself, do I usually run hot or cold? What type of activity am I looking to get into? Balance your selection and layering system based on your answers to these two questions.”

Your Feet

To keep things simple, start from the ground up. Your feet are your connection to the earth, and your equipment, so if they are cold and uncomfortable you'll be stumbling painfully through the winter landscape like you had one too many whiskey drinks. Here are a few basic tips to keep your feet happy.

Buy yourself some durable wool socks. Cotton socks are no good in the winter months. As soon as cotton gets wet, it is basically like wrapping your foot in icy water. Wool socks do a better job managing moisture, and still provide warmth when wet.

Don't put your socks on until you are ready to ski or snowboard. Have one pair of socks for getting to the trailhead or resort, and another to play in. When you are ready to put your boots on, change into your fresh wool socks. This way you have dry socks in your boots to start with.

Make sure your ski boots fit properly. Improper boot fit is a sure recipe for cold feet and pain. A properly fitted boot should support your foot and lower leg without cutting off circulation. To complete the fit, make sure your long underwear isn't tucked into your boots; extra material can create pressure points and cold spots.

If you run cold, or have problems with your feet, it's worth looking at a pair of heated socks. You want to be careful not to overheat your feet with these, though, as sweaty feet equal cold feet. The Lenz Heat Sock 1.0 is a great choice for heated socks due to its three heat settings.

skier in snow flurries
Layers allow you to be prepared for any weather conditions

Your Legs

A good pair of long underwear goes a long way to keeping you warm on days when the thermometer is in the teens or even single digits. Long underwear, or baselayers, come in a range of different weights, colors, and cuts. What's most important is to choose the cut and weight that is going to work best with your body and activity. For skiing or snowboarding, a capri-style bottom or legging is a nice option so you don't have to worry about it bunching up inside your boots.

The weight of your baselayer will depend on how hot/cold you run and how strenuous the activity will be. For skiing in the resort you may want to wear a heavier weight since you'll be riding the chairlift in between runs, while a lighter weight may be more appropriate for ski touring or cross country skiing.

Your Core

Your core is where your body stores and generates most of its heat, and it's important to keep this part of your body warm and properly insulated. Layering your core is important so you can regulate your temperature by adding or removing layers based on both your activity level and your normal resting body temperature.

For skiing and snowboarding, generally a three- to four-layer system works best. You'll want a fairly thin wool or synthetic (not cotton) baselayer to start with. This layer will be the first layer against your skin and should be formfitting to avoid extra bulk.

Next you'll want to add a midlayer. This layer can be something like a fleece top or wool sweater. Check out a garment like the Patagonia R1 Pullover or the Arcteryx Stryka Hoody.

Depending on how many layers you are rocking, your third layer will either be an outer shell jacket or an additional insulation layer. Ideally this would be a down, Primaloft, Coreloft (or other synthetic) layer. The Arcteryx Atom LT Hoody and the Outdoor Research Acetylene Jacket are both great choices. If you tend to run really cold, then you may want to look at a heated midlayer like the Lenz Heat Vest 1.0.

“Cotton socks are no good in the winter months. As soon as cotton gets wet, it is basically like wrapping your foot in icy water.”

Your Head

You can lose a lot of heat from your head so it's important to keep it covered. For skiing or snowboarding, a helmet is the best and safest option. You can add a Buff or balaclava under a helmet to add extra warmth, and to keep your face covered.

Modern ski helmets have ventilation systems that will allow you to regulate your temperature without taking your lid off. If you are ski touring or hiking, make sure you take your helmet off when you are going uphill so you don't fog up your goggles or get your helmet sweaty. Putting on a sweaty helmet in the cold is like sticking your head in an ice tray.

interior, ski jacket
If you run hot, layer accordingly

Your Fingers

Cold hands can be incredibly painful, and frustrating. There's nothing like trying to get your goggles on or adjusting your boots when you can't feel your fingers. A good pair of gloves is crucial, and money spent on your hands is well worth the cost.

Again, you have choices - gloves or mittens; thin, medium, or heavy insulation. Base your choice on your body temp as well as your chosen activity. For skiing in the resort, a glove or mitten with down or synthetic insulation is going to be best. Heated gloves are a great option for those who suffer from incessantly cold hands.

If you are ski touring or hiking, you'll want a lightweight glove for going up and something with more insulation/protection for your descent.

Although it may seem confusing, it's really pretty simple to stay warm while skiing or snowboarding. Ask yourself, do I usually run hot or cold? What type of activity am I looking to get into? Balance your selection and layering system based on your answers to these two questions.

Run hot and going for a big ski tour? Probably best to look at lighter, thinner layers for the day. Constantly cold and looking to spend some time on the chairlift for some resort laps? Bulk up your layers, maybe go heated, and add some insulation to your core. Either way, layer up accordingly and get out there and have fun!

Scott House, Communications Director


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JANS Summer Events and More
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JANS Summer Events and More

Scotty House

Here at JANS we like to keep ourselves busy outdoors. Whether we are spending time fly fishing on blue ribbon trout streams like the Middle Provo River, mountain biking IMBA Epic trails like the Mid-Mountain trail or hiking and climbing in the Uinta mountains, we always enjoy being outside in the mountains. Park City, UT is no different and the town overflows with a bevy of things to do in the summer. Check out these key events that are worth checking out while you're in Park City this summer and see why people move here for the winters, but stay for the summers.

JANS Wednesday Women's Road Bike Rides

Who

Women of all ages and abilities, who are looking to learn the basics of road biking, want to meet new people or just want to share a ride with friends.

What

A free women's only group ride focused around having fun, and building skills and fitness. These instructional "no drop rides" are led by Jans Bike Expert, Carol Vails, a self-professed bike geek and former racer with Criterium credits to her name.

When

Every Wednesday through September 2014. Rides meet at 5:45pm and promptly depart at 6:00pm.

Where

JANS Park Avenue, 1600 Park Avenue, Park City, UT 84060

How

For more information contact JANS Expert, Carol Vails, at JANS Park Avenue, 435-649-4949. Ask about special bike rental discounts for ride participants.

JANS Fly Fishing Casting Clinics

Who

New anglers and men and women who have never even tried fly fishing can learn or perfect fly casting techniques to improve their success rate on the water.

What

A free fly fishing casting clinic designed for beginner anglers looking to improve their skills and catch more fish. Led by Jans fly fishing experts, including, on occasion, founder Jan Peterson himself.

When

Every Monday, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Clinics start promptly at 5:00pm.

Where

Deer Valley Ponds at Snow Park, Deer Valley Resort.

How

Contact the fishing department at JANS Park Avenue, 435-649-4949 or visit JANS.com for more details. A limited number of fly rods are provided for those who don't have their own.
 

JANS Super Bike Demo at Park City Mountain Resort

Who

Anyone who would like to try one of the many awesome bikes which Jans sells from our partners Trek, Specialized, Santa Cruz, SCOTT and Rocky Mountain.

What

A free bike mountain bike demo for riders of all ages and abilities.  Attendees will be able to test for up to an hour at a time. Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR) will be offering 50% off lift passes for the day, for demo attendees to ride the chairlift up and bike down through singletrack trail.

When

Saturday, June 21st. The demo will start at 9:00am and run until 3:00pm. The lifts will start turning at 10:00am.

Where

Park City Mountain Resort, 1345 Lowell Avenue, Park City, UT 84060. Look for the tents just below the Payday and Crescent Lifts where ski school meets in the winter.

How

Contact the expert staff at JANS Park Avenue, 435-649-4949 or check out this blog post. ID and credit card required to demo bikes.
 

Rocky Mountain Bicycles available at White Pine Touring. Specialized Bikes and accessories available at White Pine Touring. Santa Cruz Bicycles available at Jans Park Avenue.
SCOTT Bicycles available at Jans Park Avenue. Trek Bicycles available at Jans Park Avenue.

JANS Tent Sales

Who

Anyone interested in a great deal on the best gear selection in Park City.

What

Our flagship store, JANS Park Avenue, will host three tent sales for summer 2014. Each tent sale will have incredible deals on some of the best gear you can buy.

JANS 4th of July Tent Sale
JANS Kimball Arts Festival Tent Sale
JANS Labor Day Tent Sale

When

JANS 4th of July Tent Sale

Thursday, July 3rd-Sunday, July 6th, 2014

JANS Kimball Arts Festival Tent Sale
Wednesday, July 30th-Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

JANS Labor Day Tent Sale
Friday, August 29th-Monday, September 1st, 2014

 

All sales run during regular business hours: 8am – 7pm

Where

JANS Park Avenue, 1600 Park Avenue, Park City, UT 84060

How

Contact the experts at JANS Park Avenue for more details, 435-649-4949.

Team Sugar Tuesday Night Mountain Bike Rides

Who

Women of all ages and abilities looking for a fun group of ladies to ride mountain bikes with in Park City, UT.

What

A free women's-only, two hour, group mountain bike ride. The competent and capable women of Team Sugar will show you around the mountain bike trails of Park City, UT; teach you some new skills along the way, help you build your confidence and introduce you to new friends and riding partners. Rides are broken into ability level groups so everyone can ride at their own pace.

When

Every Tuesday through August 26th, 2014. Rides meet at 5:45pm and leave promptly at 6:00pm, returning to the shop at 8:00pm.

Where

White Pine Touring, 1790 Bonanza DR, Park City, UT 84060

How

Call the experts at White Pine Touring for more information, 435-649-8710 or visit JANS.com

White Pine Touring Thursday Night Mountain Bike Rides & Monthly BBQ

Who

Mountain bikers of all ages and abilities looking to share a mountain bike ride with friends and the local community in Park City, UT.

What

A free coed, two hour, group mountain bike ride on the trails of Park City, UT. Members of the White Pine Racing powered by JANS.com mountain bike team and White Pine guides will show you around miles of singletrack, introduce you to new friends and maybe even give you some tips to help your technique. Rides are broken into ability level groups to make sure everyone can ride at their own pace.

On the last Thursday of every month, when riders return, White Pine Touring will serve free cold beverages and free grilled pizza from Red Bicycle Breadworks!

When

Rides occur every Thursday through August 28th, 2014. Rides meet at 5:45pm and leave promptly at 6:00pm, returning to the shop at 8:00pm.

Free BBQ after the ride on the following dates:
Thursday, June 26th, 2014
Thursday, July 24th, 2014
Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Where

White Pine Touring, 1790 Bonanza Dr, Park City, UT

How

Call the experts at White Pine Touring for more information, 435-649-8710 or visit JANS.com 

Moab Brewery Red Bicycle

JANS Monday Night Trail Runs

Who

Seasoned trail runners of all ages and abilities and those who have never tried trail running explore the trails of Park City, UT, on foot, with a fun group of folks looking to get some exercise.

What

A free, coed guided trail run led by White Pine Touring Summer Programs Director and avid trail runner, Patrick Coffey. Runners can expect to get some helpful tips, meet new friends and enjoy an evening on the trail.

When

Every Monday through Labor Day (Monday, September 1st). Runs will meet at 5:45pm and leave promptly at 6:00pm, returning to the shop at 8:00pm.

Where

White Pine Touring, 1790 Bonanza Dr, Park City, UT 84060

How

For more information contact Patrick Coffey at White Pine Touring, 435-649-8710 or check out the event on White Pine Touring's Facebook page.

Come join the experts from JANS and White Pine Touring for some summer fun!

Scott House
Communications, Events and Social Media Director

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JANS Super Bike Demo at Park City Mountain Resort
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JANS Super Bike Demo at Park City Mountain Resort

Scotty House

Who

Join JANS, Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR), Trek Bicycles, Specialized Bicycles, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Rocky Mountain Bicycles and Scott Bicycles for a full day of bike demos on singletrack trail in Park City.

What

The JANS Super Bike Demo gives mountain bikers the opportunity to come try the latest and greatest from our top bike brands. Test bikes like the all new Santa Cruz Carbon Nomad, Scott Genius, Rocky Mountain Altitude, Trek Remedy 27.5 or the Specialized Enduro 29’er on the trails of Park City Mountain Resort. Test any bike you want for free, just leave your credit card and/or ID, sign a waiver and you are on your way! You can test as many bikes as you would like, for up to an hour at a time. Our good friends at PCMR will be providing 50% off lift tickets so you can get the most out of your time on each bike.

Jans Expert, Paul Boyle, is a blur of speed while mountain biking in Park City.

When

The JANS Super Bike Demo will go down on Saturday, June 21st, also known as the Summer Solstice or longest day of the year. Demos will be available from 9:00am-3:00pm, and you can test each bike for up to an hour. Play nice, stick to the rules and have fun.

Where

Park City Mountain Resort will be hosting the JANS Super Bike Demo just below the Payday and Crescent chairlifts where the ski school meets in the winter months. Just cruise up through the PCMR base area towards the lifts and look for flags, trucks and trailers loaded with Trek, Santa Cruz, Specialized, Rocky Mountain and Scott bikes.

How

The JANS Super Bike Demo is a community event and is 100% FREE! Bring your friends and family and enjoy a day on the trails of Park City Mountain Resort on some of the best bikes around.

Scott House , Communications, Events and Social Media Director

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Rocky Mountain Bicycles available at White Pine Touring. Specialized Bikes and accessories available at White Pine Touring. Santa Cruz Bicycles available at Jans Park Avenue.
SCOTT Bicycles available at Jans Park Avenue. Trek Bicycles available at Jans Park Avenue.

Related Links:
Park City Mountain Resort
Santa Cruz Carbon Nomad
Scott Genius
Rocky Mountain Altitude
Trek Remedy
Specialized Enduro 29’er

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IMBA Gold Level Ride Center-Park City
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IMBA Gold Level Ride Center-Park City

Scotty House

IMBA Park City Gold Level Trophy

If you didn’t already know, Park City was named IMBA’s (International Mountain Bike Association) first, and currently only, Gold Level Ride Center in the fall of 2012. Ride Centers are IMBA’s way of recognizing locations with model, large scale, mountain bike facilities. Just like the Olympics, there are three levels; gold, silver and bronze.

Why Park City Was Chosen as a Gold Level Ride Center

Park City was chosen to be the first Gold Level Ride Center for many reasons. IMBA Regional Director, Ryan Schutz noted, “We're awarding our highest designation to this amazing mountain bike destination. No location better exemplifies the Ride Center ideal of offering great options for any level of rider and any style of riding.” But the variety of levels of trails isn’t the only reason Park City received the Gold Level designation. The integration of the trail system also played a significant part. According to Rich Cook, IMBA’s Director of Development, “[It] all stems from a commitment to master planning. The sheer number of miles of trails is fantastic, but what’s really important is that they function as a cohesive network, with signage and trail connections that create an enormously rich mountain bike experience.”

“[Park City functions] as a cohesive network...[creating] an enormously rich mountain bike experience.”

A Mountain Bike Destination

A lot has changed since I first started mountain biking in Park City. Best known for its amazing powder days, Park City turns into a mountain bike town as soon as the snow melts. Locals have always joked, “come for winter, stay for summer.” Park City was on its path to gold long before IMBA introduced the Ride Center designation. Trails have crisscrossed the area since the mining days. The noticeable difference in my time riding here has been the improved connectivity of the trail system. The planning and development in the last 10 years has made so many route options possible it will make your head spin! Standalone zones or riding areas are now linked to other areas and resorts making Park City a virtual web of mountain biking goodness. The best part, although summers are busier than my early days in town, is that there is still plenty of trail for everyone. As more trails get developed riders tend to spread out and explore new areas. So even though Park City is bustling more in the summer, the trails are still low traffic and high fun.

New Mountain Bike Trails in Park City

Getting to the top is the easy part; staying there is the real challenge. Park City has never been a town that rests on its laurels and mountain biking is no exception. Which is why we are continuing to expand this multi-use trail network. The new WOW (Wasatch Over Wasatch) trail will connect the Heber/Midway Valley to Park City via a new, multi-use, single track, 25 mile loop. Deer Valley, Canyons Resort and Park City Mountain Resort all continue to develop their ride offerings each season with all three resorts offering lift-accessed biking. The Snyderville Basin Recreation District is also expanding the Trailside Bike Park to include a new advanced flow trail and all mountain trail for those riders looking to hone their technical skills. In Park City we are continually striving to expand our mountain bike opportunities and we hope this will keep this old silver town, firmly in gold level status.

We all associate gold with being number one and the best, but what does it mean for mountain bikers living and visiting Park City? I’ve asked myself this question a lot, and the answer is always different, it seems. As best as I can tell; it means there will always be a place for all levels and types of mountain bikers in Park City. Whether you have the budget of Donald Trump or are dirtbagging about like me, there is a perfect mountain bike trail for you here. Whether you like 5 star dining or a good cheap burrito and a cold PBR, there is a place for you to hang out after a day of riding. Whether you like steep climbs and flowing single track, dirt jumps, flow trails or rowdy downhill’s, there is a trail for you. And whether you are in your golden years, experiencing a mid-life crisis, just starting out or anywhere in between, there is a place for you here. So, bring your family, friends, teammates, whomever; and come find gold for yourself in Park City!

, Communications, Events and Social Media Director

Related Links of Note:
www.IMBA.com
MountainBikingParkCity.com
MountainTrails.org

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What to Pack in Your Backcountry Pack

Scotty House

Backcountry skiing can be a lot of fun and a great adventure.  Before you head into the great white unknown it’s important to be properly prepared.  Unlike skiing at one of Utah’s many world class resorts; you are completely on your own when you head into the backcountry.  You are responsible for handling any rescue or emergency situation and being prepared is of the utmost importance.  Read on to find out what you absolutely need in your pack for a day of backcountry skiing and some optional items that are smart to bring along.
 
Mandatory Items for your Backcountry Avalanche Pack
 
Backpack:
Before you head out on your first backcountry ski tour you are going to need to have a proper backpack.  A good backcountry avalanche pack should be able to fit all the necessary gear and be comfortable to carry.  Packs like the Black Diamond Covert AvaLung Backpack or the Dakine ABS Signal 25L Backpack add safety features like the AvaLung or Air Bag System and still provide enough space to pack all your gear.  The AvaLung system from Black Diamond works like a snorkel; it allows you to breathe the air readily available in the snowpack while expelling carbon dioxide away from your mouth so you don’t form an ice lens (what causes suffocation).  The ABS or Air Bag System deploys a large, pillow-like airbag from your pack when activated.  This large airbag helps you stay on the snow surface during an avalanche and provides added protection for your head, back and neck. 
 
 
Shovel:
A good shovel is super important since you are going to have to move about 1.5 tons of snow to pull someone out of an avalanche.  A shovel with an extendable shaft, large metal blade, and ergonomic handle is what you are looking for.  Shovels like the Ortovox PRO Alu III or the Black Diamond Transfer 7 shovel are great options and are compact enough to fit in just about any pack.   
 
Probe:
Considering most avalanche victims are buried approximately 6 feet under the snow, you need to locate them after your beacon search.  Select an avalanche probe that is a standalone piece of equipment.  Probes that are part of a pole or contained in a shovel handle are too short and not strong enough for use in actual avalanche debris.  The Ortovox 320 Plus pfa Probe has been a great probe for me as well as the Black Diamond Quickdraw Guide Probe.  Make sure your probe is at least 240cm in length. 
 
Beacon:
YOUR BEACON DOES NOT GO IN YOUR PACK!  It should be worn on your body, underneath your outermost layer according to manufacturer recommendations.  Without a beacon the rest of the equipment mentioned in this blog is useless.  If you are looking for a beacon check out the Pieps DSP Pro Beacon or the Ortovox 3+ Recco Avalanche Transceiver.  I use the Ortovox S1+ Beacon both when ski touring and instructing avalanche courses.  I find the Ortovox S1+ has the best user interface and a very ergonomic harness system. 
 
Extra Layers:
Backcountry skiing is a physical sport; you are going to sweat and then stand in the cold.  Having extra layers is important for not only keeping yourself warm but also when dealing with emergency situations.  A good down jacket that will fit over your outermost layer is important.  Why over you ask?  Because when you stop hiking it’s nice to be able to just grab your puffy and throw it on, then stuff it back in your pack when you get moving again.  Extra gloves are a good idea as well; I like to carry two extra pairs,  just in case.  An extra hat, as well as a buff or neck gator, are also valuable in the case of a rescue situation or if the ones you’re wearing get wet.
 
Repair Kit:
A basic repair kit can save you in the backcountry.  My kit includes Voile Ski Straps, duct tape (on my pole), skin tip loop, wax scraper, extra screws, extra batteries (for your beacon) and a multi tool like a Leatherman.  Know your equipment and pack items that will work with your equipment.  Extra buckles for boots, screws for bindings and pole baskets, will help you out in a pinch.
 
First Aid Kit:
You are responsible for your own rescue in the backcountry.  Search and Rescue could take hours, so you need to be prepared to deal with the worst.  A well-stocked first aid kit is crucial; SAM splint, gauze, 4x4 bandages, ACE bandages, quick clot, blister bandages, Band-Aids and tape should cover most emergencies.  The further you are going, the more you will need.
 
Food/Water:
Backcountry skiing is a lot of work and you will get hungry.  I like to carry a thermos of hot tea; it’s a nice treat when the temps are cold and you are looking to warm up.  Carry food items that you can eat quickly and don’t take a lot of room in your pack.  Nuts, dried fruit and chocolate are always good, along with energy bars and chews. Just be careful they aren’t frozen stiff before you take a bite.  I also recommend that you carry water in a bottle that is kept in your pack.  Most hydration systems just freeze so try to avoid them.   
 
Navigation Tools:
You should always have a compass and/or a GPS unit in your pack.  I carry a Brunton 3DLU compass and a Garmin Edge GPS device.  These tools are not only crucial for keeping you on track and headed in the right direction, but for rescue as well.  Should you have an incident, the best thing you can give a search and rescue team is your GPS coordinates. 
 
Cell Phone:
As cell phone coverage and technology improves this tool is becoming more important.  In the Wasatch we get cell service just about everywhere, so carrying a phone makes sense.  It may be different in your area but it can never hurt to have it with you.  Carry your phone in your pack, turned off and at least 12 inches away from your beacon to avoid any interference with your beacon’s signal. 
 
Goggles/Sunglasses:
We all need eye protection - glasses on the way up, goggles on the way down.  I keep my goggles in a microfiber bag and switch between them and my glasses as needed.
 
Lighter:
You never know when you will need to start a fire, de-ice a binding or piece of equipment and a lighter takes up very little space and weighs close to nothing.
 
Headlamp:
Days are short in the winter months and there is a good chance you will start and/or finish in the dark.  Having a headlamp will be a big help, should you start running behind on your plan or have to execute a rescue with limited daylight.  
 
Non Mandatory Items for your Backcountry Avalanche Pack:
The following items are not mandatory for your backcountry pack, but a good idea if you can fit them in and deal with the added weight.  I like to be prepared for just about every situation when I am in the backcountry.
 
Portable Rescue Sled
Bivy Sack - if you have to spend a night in the backcountry or get an injured partner back to the trailhead.
Reusch Block Cord - for isolating a Reusch Block Test column, cutting a cornice or as an emergency rope/cord.
Parachute Cord (10-20m)
Knife
Personal Locator Beacon - A personal locator such as a SPOT, uses satellite communication to relay your location to friends or search and rescue personnel.  It is NOT a replacement for an avalanche beacon.
Climbing Skins
Snow Saw
Camera
Whiskey;-)
 
If you follow this packing list you should be pretty well prepared.  That said, backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding or snowmobiling is dangerous.  Having the right gear is only one small part of the puzzle.  Before you consider heading out of the resort boundaries you should take a Level 1 avalanche course similar to the White Pine Touring AIARE 1 avalanche course.  After you have taken your course, you need to practice with all your gear and keep practicing for as long as you plan to travel in the backcountry.  Be safe and enjoy the snow and tranquility of backcountry skiing.  

Scott House
JANS Ltd. Communications Director and AIARE Educator 

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2013 Tour of Utah: SCOTT Bikes Preview with JANS
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2013 Tour of Utah: SCOTT Bikes Preview with JANS

Scotty House

The Tour of Utah is this state’s version of the Tour de France. This six stage, six day race covers some of the most iconic terrain in Utah. This year, the Tour of Utah will see two stages in Park City. Stage 5 of the race will pass through Park City on its way to Snowbird Resort while Stage 6 will start and finish on Park City’s historic Main St. SCOTT Bikes and JANS have partnered to help road riders, spectators, and even mountain bikers enjoy stage 6 of the Tour of Utah a bit more.

On Sunday, August 11th, 2013 from 12:00pm-3:30pm SCOTT Bikes will be bringing all new 2014 road and mountain bike products for customers to preview. This will be a great opportunity to check out the all new SCOTT Addict and Solace firsthand and ask questions of the SCOTT experts. Not enough for you? To sweeten the pot for Tour fans and cycling enthusiasts, JANS will be providing a BBQ lunch between the start and finish of stage 6 of the Tour of Utah! This is your chance to check out some sweet bikes, grab a bite and get out of the sun while waiting for the finish of Stage 6 on Main St. If that’s still not enough for you; SCOTT will be doing an opportunity drawing for a couple of helmets and some other items during the party.

So…You can check out the all new SCOTT 2014 bike products before most people will see them, enjoy a FREE lunch, courtesy of JANS and SCOTT Bikes, and have a chance to walk away with some sweet prizes. What else could you possibly want between watching the start and finish of arguably the toughest stage of the toughest stage race in the country? Don’t waste your time sitting around Main St waiting for the finish of Stage 6 of the Tour of Utah. Come join JANS and SCOTT for a great afternoon party and product preview!

What: SCOTT and JANS Tour of Utah Party and Product Preview
When: Sunday, August 11th 2013, 12:00pm-3:30pm
Where: JANS, 1600 Park Ave, Park City, UT 84060
Cost: FREE

Scott House
Communications and Events Director, JANS LTD/JANS.com

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Escape to Park City
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Escape to Park City

Scotty House

Its 7:00am, you are just starting to greet the day. Faint memories of dreams of mountain views, flowing single track and you on your bike swirl around your head. You close your eyes for a couple more minutes hoping to hold onto these precious images. When you awake you walk to the window and come to the realization that it’s not a dream. You’re in Park City, Utah and you are there to ride!

As cyclists we enjoy the journey. For the most part that’s what riding is, a journey. Sometimes there is a destination and sometimes the ride itself is the destination. This taste for the journey is what keeps cyclists seeking new adventures, new trails and new mountains to explore. Some may even call it an escape….

This year cyclists will have the chance to escape to Park City, Utah to make their single track dreams come true. Bicycling Magazine’s “Escape to Park City” will be making memories for a lifetime August 22nd to the 25th. Cyclists will get to explore 400 + miles of single track while enjoying luxury accommodations at Stein Eriksen Lodge and meals in many of the Zagat rated restaurants in Park City.

The Escape will lead riders on a three and a half day journey through the trails of Park City. From flowing trail through sage brush meadows to alpine single track, riders will escape everyday life to experience the joys of riding IMBA’s first and only Gold Level Ride Center. Each ride will be led by the expert guides from White Pine Touring to ensure dreams become realities, not nightmares.

And the best thing about the Escape to Park City is that I get to share my passion and inside knowledge about the trails that I ride daily. I’ve guided in the mountains of Park City for almost a decade, and I still think the riding is better here than anywhere else I have explored, it’s still my first choice of adventure. And, it’s getting better all the time. For this year’s Escape to Park City we’re going to hit some of my favorite rides including the Flying Dog Loop, the Mid-Mountain Trail, Scott’s Bypass and many others.

So, join us. Pack your bags and leave the everyday behind. Escape to Park City and let me guide you along your journey to creatingan adventure you’ll remember for a lifetime. It’s all ready and waiting; 400 + miles of single track, luxury living high in the mountains and incredible meals. The only thing missing is you…

For more details on the Escape to Park City visit www.MountainBikingParkCity.com.

Scott House
JANS Ltd. Communications Director

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July is Trek Month at JANS
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July is Trek Month at JANS

Scotty House

July is Trek Month at JANS
 
July is a beautiful time to be in Park City. Long days, warm temps and epic biking make it a cyclist’s dream. To complement this perfect storm of mountain and road biking conditions, JANS has declared July “Trek Month.”

JANS has been a Trek dealer for over 25 years. We have supported this premiere cycling brand for a quarter century because we believe in their products and cutting edge technologies. Trek has been providing JANS with great bikes and exceptional customer service for all these years. So, July 2013 is officially Trek month at JANS, minus the giant gorilla and marching bands.

To kick off JANS Trek Month we are starting with a Trek Bikes demo on Thursday, July 11th Together with our friends at White Pine Touring, we will offer Trek demo bikes for riders participating in the White Pine Touring Thursday Night Mountain Bike Ride. Erin with the Trek Demo team will be getting folks set up on bikes starting at 5:00pm on July 11th at White Pine Touring located on Bonanza Drive in Park City Riders will be able to selelct a mountain bike of their choice for the two hour, guided, Thursday Night Ride.

If you can’t make it for the Thursday evening demo, or are more interested in demoing a road bike, don’t worry. JANS has you covered with another Trek Bikes Demo on Sunday, July 14th. From 9:00am-3:00pm you’ll be able to take out a Trek demo road bike or mountain bike from our Jans Park Avenue location for an hour to an hour-and-a-half. Maybe you want to check out the new Remedy or Fuel EX 29’r, on Park City’s over 400 miles of mountain bike trails. Perhaps you have been inspired by the Tour de France and a new Madone or Domane is more your pace. Whatever your preference, Trek and JANS will have a bike for you on Sunday the 14th.

For the ladies out there, Trek and JANS are bringing back the Trek Dirt Series the weekend of July 27th and 28th. The Trek Dirt Series has been helping women get into the sport of mountain biking since 2000. The knowledgeable coaches of the Trek Dirt Series will help you learn how to tackle steep climbs and descents, tricky corners and any other element of mountain biking that makes you feel a little intimidated. The Trek Dirt Series is the perfect way to meet new friends to ride with and pick up some new skills. All in a supportive, women’s only environment.

Whether you are looking to try a new Trek, build new skills or meet new friends, Trek month at JANS is a the time to do it all. Come visit the experts at JANS and let us show you the joys of riding a Trek bike!

Scott House
Communications Director

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"The Haps" July 2013

Scotty House

“The Haps”: July 2013

Summer has arrived in the mountains of Park City!  We’ve already had an outstanding June and our July is looking great. With the long days and warm temps it’s the perfect time to host events and that is exactly what the team at Jans is  doing.  Check out our events below for the month of July and make sure to visit the JANS and White Pine Touring Facebook pages for up-to-date event information.

 

JANS 4th of July Tent Sale

JANS is once again hosting its annual 4th of July Tent Sale.  Join us July 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th for some of the best deals you will find on ski, bike, hiking and fishing gear.  Discounts of up to 75% off gear from the brands you’ve come to know and trust. Enjoy the holiday and get outfitted for the seasons to come.

Date: July 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th 2013

Time: 8:00am-7:00pm Daily

Location: JANS, 1600 Park Avenue, Park City, UT 84060

Questions: cs@jans.com or 435-649-4949

 

 

Thursday Night Coed Group Mountain Bike Ride + FREE Trek Bike Demo

JANS, in conjunction with Trek Bikes and White Pine Touring, will be offering Trek demo mountain bikes for the White Pine Touring Thursday Night Ride on July 11th.  You can pick up a demo bike at JANS Park Avenue from 5:00pm until 5:45pm.  The ride will leave from White Pine Touring at 6:00pm and return no later than 8:00pm.  All Trek demo bikes will need to be returned to JANS Park Avenue no later than 8:30pm.  This is your opportunity to test a new Trek mountain bike while enjoying a fun group ride.

Date: Thursday, July 11th 2013

Time: Demo Pick-up(5:00pm-5:45pm), Ride(6:00pm-8:00pm), Demo Drop-off(8:00pm-8:30pm)

Location: Trek Bikes Demo(JANS, 1600 Park Avenue, Park City, UT 84060)  Group Ride- (White Pine Touring, 1790 Bonanza DR, Park City, UT 84060)

Questions: cs@jans.com or 435-649-4949/435-649-8710

 

 

Trek Bikes Demo

Join your friends at JANS and the Trek Demo crew for a FREE Trek Bike Demo!!. Trek Bikes will be on hand with their latest road bikes and mountain bikes for your riding pleasure on Sunday, July 14th. Bring your own bike shoes and pedals and come prepared to ride some of the best bikes in the world Trek is the #1 bike brand for a reason, come and see why.Date: Sunday, July 14th 2013

Time: 9:00am-3:00pm

Location: JANS, 1600 Park Avenue, Park City, UT 84060

Questions: cs@jans.com or 435-649-4949

 

Wednesday Night Trail Runs with JANS

We thought it was time to start including the running community in our weekly activities. With that in mind we have created "Wednesday Night Trail Runs with JANS". These casual group trail runs will show you the trail system in Park City, and some of the great runs available. You'll have the opportunity to meet new running partners and build your skills. Runs will be led by JANS Expert, Patrick Coffey and will leave the designated trailhead at 6:00pm and return at 8:00pm. From 5:30pm-6:00pm Patrick will be available to answer questions and help you prepare for the run.

Below is our tentative schedule which may change based on weather, group size, ability level or interest.

 

July 3- Lost Prospector (Meet at White Pine Touring, 1790 Bonanza DR, Park City, UT 84060)

July 10- Round Valley Trails (Meet at the Quinn’s Junction Trailhead at Round Valley, by the sports fields)

July 17- Mid Mountain into Daily Canyon (Meet at the top of China Bridge Parking Structure, Ride Bus to Silver Lake)

July 24- Holly's, Ambush and Lower Canyons Trails (Meet at the Sundial Parking Lot at Canyons Resort)

July 31- Mellow Pre-Steeplechase run and race discussion (Meet at JANS Park Avenue, 1600 Park Ave, Park City, UT 84060)

Date: Weekly- Wednesday, July 3rd through Wednesday, July 31st 2013

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Location: See Above

Questions: ptrck.coffey@gmail.com or 435-649-4949

 

Team Sugar Tuesday Night Women’s Only Mountain Bike Rides
Join the encouraging and skilled women of Team Sugar for their Tuesday Night Women's only group rides. The ladies of Team Sugar will lead a two hour, female only, guided group mountain bike ride every Tuesday night at 6:00pm.  The weekly rides run Tuesday, June 4th through Tuesday, August 27th. Rides are open to mountain bikers of all abilities, but it is recommended that you have some basic cycling skills. These rides are FREE.  Join Team Sugar and meet some new friends, ride some new trails and create some great memories.

Date: Weekly - Tuesday, June 4th through Tuesday, August 27th 2013

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Location: White Pine Touring, 1790 Bonanza Dr., Park City, UT 84060

Questions: experts@whitepinetouring.com or 435-649-8710

 

Thursday Night Coed Group Mountain Bike Rides
Tis the season to get on your mountain bike.  White Pine Touring is planning another summer of Thursday Night Rides (TNR). Rides will start on Thursday, June 6th and run through Thursday, August 29th. These guided rides are FREE and open to riders of varying ability levels. It is recommended that you have at least ridden a mountain bike prior to joining a ride. We'll have rental bikes available for $15.00 each TNR should you just be visiting or not have your own mountain bike.  Come share the love with fellow cyclists this summer.

Date: Weekly - Thursday, June 6th through Thursday, August 29th 2013

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Location: White Pine Touring, 1790 Bonanza Dr., Park City, UT 84060

Questions: experts@whitepinetouring.com or 435-649-8710

 

July Thursday Night Ride + FREE BBQ
Join White Pine Touring on Thursday, July 25th for their regular TNR (Thursday Night Ride) and enjoy a FREE barbeque after the ride.  White Pine Touring will provide the burgers, hot dogs, snacks, and beverages (from Moab Brewery).  All you have to do is show up, ride and enjoy.  This event is open to everyone who likes to ride mountain bikes and enjoys burgers and beverages with friends afterwards. Heck, you can just come to the BBQ if you like.  Bring friends and family and come party with the Park City mountain bike community.

Date: Thursday, July 25th 2013

Time: 6:00pm-9:30pm

Location: White Pine Touring, 1790 Bonanza Dr., Park City, UT 84060

Questions: experts@whitepinetouring.com or 435-649-8710

 

Scott House
Communications and Events Director 

 

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Why You Should Go On a Group Bike Ride-Jans Has the Answer
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Why You Should Go On a Group Bike Ride-Jans Has the Answer

Scotty House

Today's world is a busy one. Work, school, kids, bills and more, battle for our time on a daily basis. With all of that on your plate, getting out for a bike ride can be a tough task; especially when it's not on your terms. Usually we leave our house with nothing more than the sounds of summer and a breeze to keep us company. Sure, this is fun, but are we missing part of the whole experience? Things like community, camaraderie and friendship.
 
Group rides have been part of the mountain bike and cycling culture for a long time. Friends, acquaintances and complete strangers have been meeting in parking lots and at trail heads to share in the experience that is cycling. They do it week in and week out, year after year, but why?
 
Admittedly, to participate in a group ride you have to fit into somebody else’s schedule. And you may not get to ride exactly where you want. Although these seem like insurmountable obstacles that may negatively affect your ride, they really aren’t. Instead, these are merely small prices to pay for a much richer experience.

Bringing Road Bikers & Mountain Bikers Together
 
Group rides, be it mountain or road biking, serve a higher purpose. They are one of the building blocks to creating a strong cycling community. Not only do group bike rides bring beginners and experts together to share their passion for cycling, but they also connect doctors, lawyers, policy makers, moms, dads and everyone in between. Remember how great it felt the first time you nailed a switchback corner or killed it on a monster climb? Wouldn't it have been awesome to share that joy and excitement with real humans, instead of simply posting it on Facebook?
 
Another benefit is that group bike rides create an informal forum for people to share cycling related ideas and information. Want to know more about the trails and riding in an area? Or lobby to see a change in your trail system? Are you craving more community support for cycling in your town?  Group rides are a great place to start since the people involved really care about cycling. They know the best trails and road rides, and which ones are open or under construction. And since they’re committed to the sport, they'll be the first to want to help make changes and see cycling grow in your community.

Learn New Cycling Skills

Need some helpful advice? Look no further than your local group ride. Nobody wants to see another person suffer or struggle, especially when their ride depends on it. Riding with a group is a great way to build your skills with a mix of people who are below, at and above your ability level. Before long you will notice yourself passing on skills you’ve mastered to someone else in the group. This is free, open source education at its finest. Just ride, watch, listen and take away from it what you want.
 
Looking to meet like-minded individuals to ride or hang out with? You could always hit the bars and roll the dice. Or, you could join a group of folks who participate in a sport that you love. Group rides are a great way to not only meet new cycling partners, but also to make new friends with people who are motivated, fitness conscious and share a common interest.
 
This summer, remember that cycling is about more than just turning pedals and ticking off miles. Make an effort to attend a couple of group rides in your area and help create the future of your cycling community. You never know, you may learn something new or meet some new friends. Worst case scenario, you get to go on a great bike ride and that's better than doing a lot of other things in this world!
 
For more information on Jans weekly group rides check out our FREE Team Sugar Tuesday Night Rides (ladies only) and FREE Thursday Night Group MTB Rides (coed).

Scott House
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"The Haps" June 2013
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"The Haps" June 2013

Scotty House

Summer is fast approaching here in Park City.  With the warm weather and long days, our event calendar is filling up.  Check out the free bike and running events below for the month of June and come join us for some good times.  All of these events are FREE and open to everyone.  Make sure you like JANS and White Pine Touring on Facebook to stay current with any additional upcoming events not listed here.

Santa Cruz Bicycles Demo Day
Join the JANS Experts and the crew from Santa Cruz Bikes for a FREE demo day!  Our good friends from the California coast will be here on Saturday, June 1st to get you stoked about the newest mountain bikes. The Santa Cruz demo truck will be loaded with Tallboys, Tallboy LTs, Blur TRcs, Bronsons and more.  Bring your shoes and pedals, and come see why Santa Cruz Bikes are some of the best for mountain biking.
DATE: Saturday, June 1st 2013
TIME: 9:00am-2:00pm
LOCATION: Jans, Park Avenue, 1600 Park Avenue, Park City, UT 84060
QUESTIONS: cs@Jans.com or 435-649-4949
 
Running Demo Day
Join Salomon, Hoka, 2xU and Cocogo for White Pine Touring’s running demo day. These vendors will be on hand with product for you to test from 10am-2pm on Saturday, June 1st. We'll have guided group runs leaving White Pine Touring at 11:00 am and 1:00pm if you want to join us. This is a great opportunity to test the latest in running shoes and apparel from industry leaders. This event is FREE and open to any and all runners.
DATE: Saturday, June 1st 2013
TIME: 10:00am-2:00pm
LOCATION: White Pine Touring, 1790 Bonanza Dr, Park City, UT 84060
QUESTIONS: experts@whitepinetouring.com or 435-649-8710
 
Team Sugar Tuesday Night Women’s Only Mountain Bike Rides
Join the encouraging and skilled women of Team Sugar for their Tuesday Night Woman's only group rides. The ladies of Team Sugar will lead a two hour, women only, guided group mountain bike ride every Tuesday night at 6:00pm.  The weekly rides run Tuesday, June 4th through Tuesday, August 27th. Rides are open to mountain bikers of all abilities, but it is recommended that you have some basic cycling skills. These rides are FREE.  Join Team Sugar and meet some new friends, ride some new trails and create some great memories.
DATE: Weekly - Tuesday, June 4th through Tuesday, August 27th 2013
TIME: 6:00pm-8:00pm
LOCATION: White Pine Touring, 1790 Bonanza Dr., Park City, UT 84060
QUESTIONS: experts@whitepinetouring.com or 435-649-8710
 
Thursday Night Coed Group Mountain Bike Rides
Tis the season to get on your mountain bike.  White Pine Touring is planning another summer of Thursday Night Rides (TNR). Rides will start on Thursday, June 6th and run through Thursday, August 29th. These guided rides are FREE and open to riders of varying ability levels. It is recommended that you have at least ridden a mountain bike prior to joining a ride. We'll have rental bikes available for $15.00 each TNR should you just be visiting or not have your own bicycle. Come share the love with fellow cyclists this summer.
DATE: Weekly - Thursday, June 6th through Thursday, August 29th 2013
TIME: 6:00pm-8:00pm
LOCATION: White Pine Touring, 1790 Bonanza Dr., Park City, UT 84060
QUESTIONS: experts@whitepinetouring.com or 435-649-8710
 
June Thursday Night Ride + FREE BBQ!!
Join White Pine Touring on Thursday, June 27th for their regular TNR (Thursday Night Ride) and enjoy a FREE barbeque after the ride.  White Pine Touring will provide the burgers, hot dogs, snacks, and beverages (from Moab Brewery).  All you have to do is show up, ride and enjoy.  This event is open to everyone who likes to ride mountain bikes and enjoys burgers and beverages with friends afterwards. Heck, you can just come to the BBQ if you like.  Bring friends and family and come party with the Park City mountain bike community.
DATE: Thursday, June 27th 2013
TIME: 6:00pm-9:30pm
LOCATION: White Pine Touring, 1790 Bonanza Dr., Park City, UT 84060
QUESTIONS: experts@whitepinetouring.com or 435-649-8710
 
Park City Cycling Festival
The Park City Cycling Festival is a three-day event celebrating bicycling: fat tires, skinny tires and training wheels.  This outdoor festival will showcase the trails and terrain of the Park City area and combine the best of road riding, mountain biking and classic cruising.  The Park City Cycling Festival includes live music, an exposition center, clinics, vendors, food & beverages and fun for the whole family. The event is hosted by Park City Mountain Resort and KPCW. All event proceeds benefit KPCW 91.9 / 88.1 FM.
DATE: Friday, June 28th through Sunday, June 30th 2013
LOCATION: Park City Mountain Resort
QUESTIONS: Cindy Kaiser Bywater, (435) 649-9004 ext. 305 or cbywater@kpcw.org or
http://kpcw.org/events/park-city-cycling-festival/

Scott House
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Open Air Living: Norwegian Philosophy Comes to White Pine Touring
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Open Air Living: Norwegian Philosophy Comes to White Pine Touring

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For over 30 years Norway native and Utah transplant Tom Cammermeyer has shared his passion for the natural world with younger generations in the mountains of Utah. Founded in 1980, the Norwegian Outdoor Exploration Center (NOEC) has been a platform for Cammermeyer’s teachings on the Norwegian friluftsliv philosophy of interacting with nature.
 
Though NOEC no longer exists, the Norwegian friluftsliv philosophy lives on through Tom’s commitment to getting into the outdoors. Recently Cammermeyer partnered with White Pine Touring and Jans Mountain Outfitters here in Park City, and will be leading hiking and snowshoeing adventures with the simple goal of strengthening an appreciation of the natural qualities this area has to offer.
 
What is friluftsliv? Not so much a defined lesson plan as a general guideline for respectful involvement with your natural surroundings, friluftsliv (pronounced free-loofts-leave) translates from Norwegian as free-air-life. The interpretation, however, is more aptly understood as open air living. It is, in Cammermeyer’s words, a way of life based on “living the unselfish and simple life in nature.” The friluftsliv philosophy is not about going out, but rather in and into nature. It is about slowing down and getting in tune with the rhythms of the natural world, and by doing so, getting a little more in tune with ourselves.
 
During many years of operations in Utah, NOEC shared the lifestyle of friluftsliv with over 18,000 Summit and Wasatch County youths and University of Utah students. Cammermeyer taught a younger generation in the Wasatch Mountains both an appreciation of the surrounding wilderness, and some very practical lessons on safe and responsible ways to enjoy everything the mountains have to offer. From avalanche awareness, to weather preparedness, to the routes we take into the mountains, the best way to safely recreate in the outdoors is by patiently and respectfully gaining an understanding of the unharnessed power of Mother Nature.
 
More than a lesson for youth, the friluftsliv approach to wilderness recreation is sound philosophy for all of us who live in the mountains. As we enter avalanche season here in Northern Utah, the idea of individual responsibility is of heightened relevance. Respecting the humbling capabilities of the mountains in winter does not entail staying away from the backcountry that we love, but instead takes the form of patience and attentiveness. In true friluftsliv dialogue, Cammermeyer notes that by “being humble in your relationship with the mountains, you will develop a respect for nature, and you will inevitably end up working in better harmony with it. It takes Mother Nature a while to settle after any natural moment. Be patient.”     
 
Even if your involvement with the mountains does not involve potentially life-threatening scenarios or exposure to Mother Nature’s more destructive movements, the friluftsliv philosophy may guide your interactions. The wilderness you choose to enter can take many forms, from the tops of the surrounding mountains, to the peaceful quiet of a wooded trail behind your house. According to Cammermeyer, wherever your adventure takes you, all can “benefit from gaining a respect for the natural world by getting out and experiencing it firsthand.” 
 
In a rare opportunity to experience friluftsliv in action with a man who has dedicated his life to patiently and attentively interacting with nature, join Tom and White Pine Touring for a hike into the mountains, a snow shoe trek, or simply a walk-about in the quiet of the woods. Slow down, simplify, and take the time to be in tune. It is the true form of personal responsibility in the backcountry to get in tune with our surroundings.

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JANS.COM Ski Review- 2013 Fischer Hybrid 8.0

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The JANS.COM team is always hard at work searching for the latest and greatest product to bring to our customers.  We spend countless hours in the dirt, snow and rivers of Utah testing products to ensure that JANS.COM only carries the best.  Its hard work but we enjoy doing it!!  A quick rundown on the 2013 Fischer Hybrid 8.0 from Christian Gennerman; JANS.COM Director of Ecommerce and POWDER Magazine Ski Tester!!  The Fischer Hybrid 8.0 is an ideal ski for the person that wants to explore the entire mountain.  From groomers to steeps to bumps to carving; the Fischer Hybrid 8.0 can handle it all.

Scott House
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JANS.COM Ski Review- 2013 Fischer Hybrid 7.0

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The JANS.COM team is always hard at work searching for the latest and greatest product to bring to our customers.  We spend countless hours in the dirt, snow and rivers of Utah testing products to ensure that JANS.COM only carries the best.  Its hard work but we enjoy doing it!!  Here's a quick rundown on the 2013 Fischer Hybrid 7.0 from Christian Gennerman; JANS.COM Director of Ecommerce and POWDER Magazine Ski Tester.  The Fischer Hybrid 7.0 is an ideal ski for the skier who loves a narrower profile underfoot and ripping the entire mountain.

Scott House
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JANS.COM Ski Review- 2013 Fischer Motive 86

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The JANS.COM team is always hard at work searching for the latest and greatest product to bring to our customers.  We spend countless hours in the dirt, snow and rivers of Utah testing products to ensure that JANS.COM only carries the best.  Its hard work but we enjoy doing it!!  Here's a quick rundown on the 2013 Fischer Motive 86 from Christian Gennerman; JANS.COM Director of ecommerce and POWDER Magazine Ski Tester!!  The Fischer Motive 86 is an ideal ski for the intermediate to advance or expert skier.  It excels on groomers but it's a more than capable ski in the bumps or pow; a true all mountain ski.

Scott House
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JANS.COM Ski Review- 2013 Fischer Koa 84

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The JANS.COM team is always hard at work searching for the latest and greatest product to bring to our customers.  We spend countless hours in the dirt, snow and rivers of Utah testing products to ensure that JANS.COM only carries the best.  Its hard work but we enjoy doing it!!  Here's a quick rundown on the 2013 Fischer Koa 84 from Stephanie Humes; JANS Park City Mountain Resort Store Manager and SKI Magazine Tester!!  The Fischer Koa 84 is ideal for the advanced intermediate and above skier who enjoys the groomers but likes to get into the powder and crud occasionally.

Scott House
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