Mountain Biking

Smith Forefront Bike Helmet and Arena Sunglasses; a Winning Combo

Some things just go together. Like peanut butter and jelly, bacon and eggs, salt and pepper, and even Batman and Robin. The Smith Optics Forefront bike helmet and Pivlock Arena Max sunglasses are another example of a dynamic duo. On their own each is an important part of your summer bike kit, but when you put the two together you can really see and feel the difference. I recently tested the Forefront helmet with Smith's Arena Max sunglasses while riding one of Salt Lake's legendary mo...

Rock Climbing

Nice Rack (Springtime Climbing in Utah)

It's springtime in Utah. You know what that means. It is time to get in climbing shape. The smart climbers out there have been at The Mine Bouldering Gym or Momentum Climbing Gym all winter staying strong. If you are like me, however, you were too busy to go to the gym because you were slaying the greatest snow on Earth in one of the greatest winters in a decade. I wouldn't trade my 100+ powder days of 2016/17 to climb 5.13, but I AM paying the price for not climbing all winter. There...

Mountain Biking

Mountain Bike Suspension Setup Guide

Park City has a lot of singletrack, over 450 miles that vary from smooth velvet trails to aggressive rocks and roots to 40-foot gaps. There are mean, steep climbs or fun twisty descents alongside mellower trails with scenic vistas. St. George and Moab are a short drive away with desert-style riding, and next door in Colorado are some of the rawest trails we have ever ridden. We use these trails to hone our riding skills and tune our bikes to as near-perfect we can get them. The way a bike...

Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing Spring's Early Hatches in Utah

All it takes in Utah is a week of warmer weather and little sunshine to get people scrambling for their fishing and bike gear. Out come the road and mountain bikes, and rivers that have seen only die hard anglers the last few months are alive with people once more. Winter isn't letting go easily and snow lines move up and down mountainsides daily. The wildlife begins to migrate back to the comfort of the high country and the elk herds again become the ghosts of the pine and oak brush. ...

MTN Active

Save Bonanza Flats

High in the mountains above Park City lies a beautiful and vast aspen grove. Aspens trees seem to stand together as individual trees, but in fact they are an interconnected system sharing a hidden network of roots underground. I have been fascinated by this special place and love to spend my days snowboarding and hiking in its midst.
What appear to be individual trees, are connected by their root system When I found out about professor of ecology, Suzanna Simard's, discovery o...

Cross-Country Skiing

Rossignol XC Skis, Boots, Poles - Classic Discipline | Expert Picks

Cross country skiers are passionate about their sport. Case in point, I've already skied 22 days this season and am hoping to break last year's record of 39 days in a less-than-ideal snow year. And one of the days this season was during a full-on blizzard where I couldn't see the track, let alone my skis. Fanatical? Maybe. Happy? Deliriously so. In the interest of full disclosure, I'm a fanatical skate skier who dabbles in classic skiing when my job requires. Logan Jones, ...

Alpine Skiing

Early January Storm Recap | Park City, UT

Coming up for air after 12 days of powder, I wanted to put the most recent storm cycle in perspective. Or just reminisce for personal enjoyment. Either way. From January 2nd, when the Park City ridgeline started getting pounded with snow, until January 13th, when the sun finally reappeared, it “snowed like it used to.” What does that mean? Take a look at Deer Valley’s snow totals over this 12-day period:
Snow totals displayed in inches. Data courtesy of On Th...

Clothing & Accessories

Nils Ski and Snowboard Apparel for Women 2016/2017

Full Disclosure I've been a Nils' athlete ambassador for several years. This means I have a natural bias toward their clothing, but it also means that I have a lot of first-hand experience with their products. Each season I pick my favorite outfit or two from Nils, and it arrives in time for skiing, like an early Christmas present. I wear the Nils gear, giving it exposure on the mountain and in social media. I provide feedback about the clothing to Nils, and I provide descript...

Alpine Skiing

Life is Better with Integration

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 pul...

Alpine Skiing

How to Ski Deer Valley

Deer Valley opens this weekend – Saturday, December 3, 2016. In honor of the occasion, we wanted to share some thoughts on how to make the most of your time on the hill. With three Deer Valley locations, our staff here at Jans consists of some seasoned and loyal DV skiers. Case in point: Jans Deer Valley at Snow Park Hardgoods Manager, Ramsey Moore. Born and raised in Park City, Ramsey has been skiing Deer Valley regularly for 22 years. That’s a lot of time to learn the nuance...

Alpine Skiing

MIPS Helmet Technology

Raising kids in the mountains means that skiing is part of their life from a young age. My twins started when they were four years old, and I'm not ashamed to admit that I was the mama bear who skied with her poles outstretched to create a human shield around my tiny tots snowplowing in front of me. I was worried that another skier or snowboarder could clobber my kids at any second. And even though they're teenagers now, I still have the innate need to protect them and keep them safe....

Backcountry Skiing

Seasonal Forecasts: Speculation at its Best

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.
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...

Rock Climbing

Teaming Up With The Salt Lake Climbers Alliance

A little over a decade ago, I landed in Park City with my snowboard and my big red suitcase. I was coming straight off the travel bus. Having hiked the Appalachian Trail, traveled through South America and lived in Japan for the previous year, I was planning to stay in Park City just for a winter to be a ski bum and then hit the road again. That's until I wandered into White Pine Touring and saw they had a rock climbing program. I had never climbed before, but thought that guiding rock cl...

Mountain Biking

Park City's Best Post-Work Mountain Bike Rides for Fall

Fall in Park City offers some of the best mountain biking of the season. The temperatures are cool, the dirt is tacky, and the colors are downright psychedelic. It’s riding so good you wish it would never end. But like all things that bring joy to your life, there’s a tradeoff. With the sun setting earlier each day – but your unrelenting soul-crusher of a boss still making you stay until 5:00pm – the window for riding after work is quickly closing. When Mother ...

Mountain Biking

New Mountain Bike Terrain Means New Adventures!

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 advent...

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking At Night - A Different Way To Ride

Starting my ride at twilight, I made my way up to the Corvair trail - 1.4 miles of twisting, flowy singletrack, starting just above 9,000 feet. Corvair is a personal favorite of mine, mostly because when it ends at the Mid Mountain trail, I can access multiple other incredible descents all the way into town. But on this particular ride I wanted a new perspective on a familiar trail. I wanted to ride it at night. Finishing the climb with my light shining brightly and welcoming the darkness, by...

Clothing & Accessories

Club Ride Detour Jersey and Crush Shorts Review

Expert Review When I received my Detour jersey and Crush shorts one month ago, they were the first pieces of Club Ride apparel that I had ever worn. Truthfully, they were the first Club Ride products that I had ever so much as picked up. It’s not that I’m overly selective – I have jerseys and shorts from Fox, Dakine, Giro, Troy Lee Designs, even Sugoi. But Club Ride? It was never on my radar. If you’d asked me to describe Club Ride, I would have told y...

MTN Active

When Iceland Beckons

One of the best parts of being the editor of jans.com is that I get to live vicariously through our Experts who, quite frankly, make my penchant for the written word seem downright boring. With the utmost humility, my fellow team members regale me with tales of their exploits such as shredding our Gold Level trails on their mountain bikes, or hanging by a thread (okay, a rope) off the side of a cliff while rock climbing. Mike Schirf just happens to do both of those things, in addition to ...

Mountain Biking

Getting Into the Group Ride Groove

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.
Cold beers at the ready!
Gourmet...

Road Biking

Road Bike Lessons in Park City

Road biking is one of those deceptively complex skills. At first glance, it just appears to be your standard two-wheeled cruise; albeit with skinnier tires and tighter clothing. But there's far more to the sport than sitting, pedaling, and soaking in the sun. In order to maximize your enjoyment out on the roads while maintaining the necessary level of safety, there are certain skills and techniques you must acquire. That's where Expert instruction comes into play. Sure, you can im...