27. January 2018 · Comments Off on RIP Warren Miller! The guy who changed everything. · Categories: Blatant Utah tourism propaganda

You wake up and hear Warren Miller, with 750 movies in the can, has traversed into the great beyond. To many this guy just made ski movies but to us “Pre Internet” skiers, these movies provided a window into what appeared to be and what is another world. (BTW; I can’t take credit for “Pre Internet Skiers”. Like most knowledge on this site-that term comes from King Weenie and his obit to WM which can be found here)
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With the rise of Youtube and triple X outdoor vids of all shapes and sizes, Warren Miller films had lost their Top Dog Spot but the overall impact of Warren Miller on outdoor/mountain culture cannot be understated in ALL of the lifestyle sports. This is the guy who publicized, legitimized, and monetized the “Dirt Bag” lifestyle. He created the social media “influencer” decades before the internet was anymore than a twinkle in Al Gore’s eye.

Prior to mainstream distribution of Miller films, the only way to get free skis, outerwear, or paid was to be a very successful ski racer; Downhill, Slalom, GS, or Super G gods only need apply. Racing was considered the only legitimate form of skiing and this is where all RD and money flowed to and from in the industry. Enter the Warren Miller film and it’s portrayal of raw, off the corporate America grid, mountain outlaws just getting up in the morning and skiing. It took a while but the ski bum went legit and became Seth Morrison and ski companies realized that maybe they should put some money into making pow skis since they now had a way to promote them with out ski racing.

Any post dirt bag athlete now making a living off their instagram/facebook/youtube accounts owes a massive debt to Warren Miller.

These movies also changed lives.

For a skier like me who grew up in NW Pa and pretty much lived at 350ft vertical Mount Pleasant, the pre season Warren Miller films offered a window into what Skiing could be; a full on lifestyle. There is no way I would have ever found out about Alta, Snowbird(where I spent the entire 90’s), Mammoth Mountain, or the fact that some people didn’t even need lifts to ski! No way I would be living out west since 1990 with out Warren Miller showing that people were already doing it and thriving on ski culture.

Much more than a movie maker, this guy was a cultural force of nature! Warren Miller movies always had the message; GET OUT AND DO IT!

Whether that was getting in some turns at Mt P or moving you entire life first to New England then California, then the Mecca that is Utah!

Thank You Warren Miller for expanding minds and horizons!

The Editor,

PPPC

25. January 2018 · Comments Off on Valhalla! · Categories: Blatant Utah tourism propaganda

When Vikings and Celts die, this is where we go;

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On any sunny, supportable crust day; Is there any doubt you will live forever?

FAUGH A BALLAGH!

The Editor;

PPPC

24. January 2018 · Comments Off on Winter lasted 48 hours in 2018 in the #usedtosnowsatch. · Categories: #usedtosnowsatchmtns, where is the fuck weather?

After a seeming eternity of bikini ski days, it finally snowed here in the #usedtosnowsatchmtns!

But Alas, gentle reader, the storm kind of sucked a big bag of dicks and that is according to an expert not some snowbro; King Weenie says the storm sucked bro

OF course we are extremely jaded here in the #usedtosnowsatchmtns and pretty much anything less than continuous 40 inch plus days at Alta or the Bird with no lift lines is a complete disaster.

So by the standards set by most modern, global warming enhanced, bikini winters, and as the view from the top secret PPPC snow stake shows; this storm was ok.

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Even down in the ditch known as Salt Lake City, winter can produce some amazing scenes;
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Scenes that make even the most trophy of PC trophy wives start asking about how many autographed prints will be available;
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While everyone was pretty stoked to get to actually wear our all mountain beanies, sweet/major label puffy jackets, and moon boots for a day and a half, official spring is just over a month away so any prolonged cold snaps are basically over.

Usually these types of winters are then never-ended by active cold patterns in late April and May that don’t do much more than delay the mountain bike season months after anyone gives a crap about skiing.

And so it goes; keep that bikini line waxed, gentle readers!

The EDITOR,

PPPC

09. January 2018 · Comments Off on Coming Soon; OMB winter 17/18, YOY Rain Day Analysis! · Categories: Blatant Utah tourism propaganda

When the OMB speaks; Take Notes!!

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THE OMB Holding Court on any given day in a sweet Mountain Town not near you

(BTW; If you don’t know who the OMB is, you are probably doomed to a life of being clad in some Wal Mart or Sears off brand puffy and thinking it is ok)

But anyway some big analytic’s are about to drop here at the PPPC as The OMB breaks down the numbers YOY on how many Rain Days we have had so far this season in the Usedtosnowsatch mountains. Yeah, you read that correctly so I recommend keeping this blog open all in a tab day in your browser because when this becomes street knowledge, you will want to be in the know and share that info across all social media platforms simultaneously!

If you get bored waiting click through a damn link and buy something as there is no guarantee as to when this info is going to drop.

The Editor
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PPPC

13. December 2017 · Comments Off on NEW ADDITION TO OMB RAIN CALENDAR! (oh shit OMB is pissed!) · Categories: Blatant Utah tourism propaganda, Park City Tourism, where is the fuck weather?

OH MY WOW! Winter here in the home range has gone from ATROCIOUS to FUCKING ATROCIOUS!

As you are no doubt already aware, The Pedal n Pole kicked off a long awaited new feature this season; Old Man Bentons Wasatch Winter Rain Calendar!!

Don’t even tell me you don’t remember who THE OMB is;
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This fully integrated technological wonder of a calendar allows you, gentle reader, to follow along with Old Man Benton as he tracks all of the days when it rained instead of snowing here at 7,100 ft, base elevation of Pedal n Pole Park City‘s world head quarters located in played out, crowded as shit, Park City, Ut! (We had a small ski contest here a number of years ago when it used to snow called the 2002 Olympics)

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Dammit! Those SkullCandy goons tagged our building again!

So it is with great fanfare that we announce the New Addition to the OMB Wasatch Winter Rain Calendar; SMOKE DAYS!

This is a day where rather than snowing it actually smelled like fire smoke because even though it is winter, California is still buring to the ground and sending it’s smoke our way;index

Here is a NASA diagram of this travesty in action;
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SMOKE DAYS!!! Now appearing on OMB’s Wasatch Winter Rain Calendar! More fun that 40 inches up the LCC!

Of course 40 inches now refers to monthly totals in the LCC as opposed to storm totals but We did have the 90’s didn’t we?

Luckily, Lou The Magician at WPT got the 3k rolled out and groomed despite only 6 inches out of the last(and only) storm.

The Time For Snow God Sacrifices is NOW!!

The Editor,

PPPC

PS. it has been said that clicking thru and actually buying something off an Affiliate link can make it snow so click thru this,and BUY SOMETHING TODAY! It only workls if you buy something so winter is now on you pal….

29. November 2017 · Comments Off on If only it had snowed. · Categories: Blatant Utah tourism propaganda

Morning 11/27 was magic; a storm was coming in and anything could happen as we wait for the endless Wasatch Summer to end.

Pre frontal moisture produces the most amazing colors and usually a shit ton of snow;

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The colors went off but the storm sucked and the endless summer is still firmly in place…….

Snow God Sacrifices might soon be required.

The Editor,

PPPC

22. November 2017 · Comments Off on New for 2017! PPPC Gift Guide!(for you, not them) · Categories: Blatant Utah tourism propaganda

All New for 2017! It’s the Pedal n Pole Gifts for YOU Gift Guide for the core outdoors person! The Editorial Staff was very conscious to put this together in a highly user friendly, clickable format to maximize buying potential by you, gentle reader. (Our Director of Consumer experience has fully signed off on this post, fyi)

Starting off the Holiday Joy;
Nothing says love like a stratospherically priced, way over built, indestructible cooler! So ask for one. Personally we want one of EACH from the Yeti catalog. Nothing says you have made it more in the core outdoors world than pulling a cool one from the iced out confines of your Yeti Cooler while lounging in a reclining camp lounger at the bottom of the Zen trail. Dare to picture it…..


The Best Possible Gift is, of course, CASH!
But how do you just straight up ask for money? In the Form of a REI Gift Card! Then you can buy whatever cool stuff you want and do not have to risk recieving an off brand gift from a loved one who does not understand outdoor brand culture.(I mean, no one wants a Columbia puffy…)


Quality Travel Gear and Camp Chairs are expensive!
So ask for them as gifts! Just send your relatives the link below and be sure to include a detailed list of desired items.

You don’t want socks or a sweater this year; You want a LONG TRAVEL GHOST 29ER! Don’t even take the chance of being given the wrong gift. Just send that link over in a email asap!

Asking for pricey outdoor gear as gifts sure can take the sting out of the pocketbook! Tis the season not to be shy and aim high on the gift prices!!

The Editorial Staff,

PPPC

20. November 2017 · Comments Off on Love them or Hate them……. · Categories: Blatant Utah tourism propaganda

…….They are coming! 2018 is definitely going to be the year of the eBike with sales up 80% yoy in 2017.

These eBikes do not have a throttle and use a pedal assist model.

Raleigh is one of the companies leading they way into this moto/mtn world. Take a look;
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The entire line of Raleigh eBikes can be found by clicking through these banners(and it wouldn’t hurt to actually buy something, gentle/freeloading reader);

Trail and usage management issues are going to be poppin like Jiffy pop in 2018!!

Here in Park City we have an eBike share program that just done blew up over the summer. First of it’s kind nationwide apparently. So many eBikes on the bike paths and all over the town. The average tourist loves these things and especially passing spandex clad local roadies who also use the bike path.

A lot of bell clanging and yelling “Left” going on….

Going to be a interesting next couple years on the dirt!

The Editor,

PPPC

16. November 2017 · Comments Off on Oh Shit, it is happening again…… · Categories: Here comes the fuck weather!, Mountain Bike

Notice to out readers;

THE FUCK WEATHER IS COMING!! THERE WILL BE A PERIOD OF TIME, MAYBE A WEEK OR MAYBE A MONTH, WHERE THE NORDIC CENTER IS NOT YET OPEN AND THE TRAILS ARE FUCKED FOR SKINNY TIRES AND ROAD BIKING KIND OF SUCKS ANYWAY SO GET PREPARED FOR THE FUCKWEATHER AND BUY A FAT BIKE RIGHT NOW!

Our good friends at Diamondback happen to have them all on sale right now so click that link below and get the plastic ready. Maybe there will be Christmas yet here at the PPPC(depending on the generosity of our gentle readers…)

Don’t even get us started about running in the shoulder season!

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Sincerely;

The Editor,

PPPC

15. November 2017 · Comments Off on Prefrontal massiveness. · Categories: Blatant Utah tourism propaganda, Here comes the fuck weather!

Whenever a storm front is bearing down on the Wasatch some pretty insane sunset/sunrises are a daily thing; IMG_0024
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Our friend, the 8k funktop loop, shows the moisture is on the way; http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/goes/west/weus/h5-loop-ft.html

Big question is; Does the Mountain Biking Season end on Thursday; 11/15?

Stay tuned to find out!

PPPC