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Ski with a Dixie National Forest Ranger at Brian Head Ski Resort

Yes, there is snow! You can check current conditions on the Brian Head Resort website. We just received this press release from the Dixie National Forest: “Cedar City, UT – Join Forest Service Snow Rangers as they guide tours on the ski slopes of Brian Head Resort. On Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 11:00 am and 2:00pm meet with Forest Service rangers to learn about some of the natural history, cultural history, and geology of the area, and to learn about the public/private partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and Brian Head Resort in providing public recreation opportunities on National Forest System lands. If you would like to participate in the event, skiers or snowboarders must have a valid day pass or season pass to ride the lift, and have at least an intermediate skiing or snowboarding ability.  Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and have intermediate skiing or snowboarding ability. Meet at Brian Head Resort, Giant Steps Chairlift #2.   Please gather at the bottom of the chairlift #2, beginning at 10:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m., respectively.  After a brief orientation at the bottom of the Giant Steps Lift, the group will ride the chairlift … Continue reading

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Zion Park Winter Updates

For many people, the winter months are their favorite time to visit Zion National Park. Moderate temperatures, mostly sunny days and no crowds create the perfect conditions for awesome hiking and sightseeing. For some great recommendations on how to make the most of your winter visit, read Sarah’s article on making the most of Zion’s winter months. Here is the latest 2011/12 winter update from the Park: “December signals the beginning of a quieter time in the park with fewer visitors and increased opportunities for solitude. Due to decreased visitation, some services will be reduced or ended for the winter season, announced Superintendent Jock Whitworth. The voluntary shuttle service that provides transportation to the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive on weekends in November has ended operations for the season. The Zion Canyon Shuttle and the Springdale Shuttle will resume regular service on April 1, 2012. For visitors interested in spending the night in the park this winter, the Watchman Campground and Zion Lodge are open year-round. During a trip, the public is encouraged to visit the Zion Canyon Visitor Center for information on park activities and trail conditions. This facility is staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. The Kolob … Continue reading

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Radical Reels Adventure Films In Springdale Monday!

Banff Mountain Film Festival’s “Radical Reels” Adventure Film Tour 8 PM, Monday, October 3rd Tanner Amphitheater, 36 Lion Blvd. Springdale, Utah  For the SECOND year in a row, Zion Adventure Company hosts the Radical Reels adventure film tour, a two-hour collection of the very best short adventure films from 2010. Radical Reels is an outreach of the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, the preeminent film festival for adventure-goers and outdoor-lovers, held annually in Banff, British Columbia. Just think about how expensive it would be to go to Banff… and then think about how easy and inexpensive it is to come to Springdale. The choice is obvious! Because we are tiny little Springdale, we don’t get a prime-time weekend position for the festival… but that doesn’t mean Zion isn’t the BEST place to kick back and enjoy first-class, adrenaline pumping, incredibly inspiring films. Join us this Monday evening (October 3rd) at 8 PM for two hours of biking, riding, skiing, climbing, skateboarding, and paddling with some of the most aggressive and creative minds in the outdoor world. Curious about the specific films that we’ll be seeing? Look here! Bring a sleeping bag! Bring a friend! Bring an enemy! I’m not sure if … Continue reading

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Radical Reels Film Fest Coming to Springdale In Two Weeks!

Banff Mountain Film Festival’s “Radical Reels” Tour 8 PM, Monday, October 3rd Tanner Amphitheater, Springdale, Utah  In just two weeks, Zion Adventure Company hosts the Banff Mountain Film Festival’s “Radical Reels” program here in Springdale. Radical Reels is the compact version of the larger BMFF World Tour, the outdoor documentary film series which has garnered wide acclaim around the world. Here’s how the Banff Centre describes this awesome, action-packed film series: The Radical Reels program is made up of short, action-packed climbing, paddling, mountain biking, BASE jumping, skiing, snowboarding, and other adrenaline sport films. We always keep an eye out for films that feature a fresh approach, a new sport, and a radically independent spirit.  This year’s films include paddling, skateboarding, skiing, climbing, and snowboarding – downhill AND cross-country! For a more specific idea of the fantastic adventure films on this year’s program, check out the film schedule on the Radical Reels website. Radical Reels admission is $5, in advance or at the door. Advance ticket purchasers get 20% off dinner at Whiptail Grill OR The Flying Monkey before the show, so make sure to arrive in Springdale early to take advantage of a great night out. If you’ve never been to … Continue reading

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15th Anniversary Video Contest Winners Announced

We had five fun and creative video entries for the “Let Nature Be Your Guide” Photo & Video Contest. Thanks to everyone who viewed and voted on the videos and congratulations to our winners. You can view the videos below, or on our YouTube channel. Our Grand Prize goes to Jeff Guest, who shows us how nature is his guide in this fast-paced montage of canyon adventures. First prize goes to Casey Neiderhauser for his video on ice climbing. Casey describes ice climbing in Southern Utah as a “temperamental affair” because, “You never know where you are going to find climbable ice. One day a rock slab is dripping wet, the next day it is covered in thick wonderful ice, and the next day it could be collapsed in a heap at the bottom of the cliff.” Second prize goes to Shane Burrows for his wonderful video capturing the beauty of “sauntering” through a Kanarra Creek slot canyon. Third prize goes to Po Kai for a new swing dancing twist on the classic Angels Landing assent. Fourth prize goes to Mary Wang for her video of “the wildlife, rock formations, scenic views, and hiking and canyoneering activities in and around … Continue reading

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15th Anniversary Photo Contest Winners Announced

The public votes are in and our judges have reviewed the photographs and selected our Grand Prize Winner for the “Let Nature Be Your Guide” Photo Contest. Congratulations to all of our winners and a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated. If you haven’t had a chance to review all of the photographs that were submitted, check them out on our Facebook page. These fantastic photos capture the spirit of adventure and fun to be had in Southern Utah. And now for our winners! Our Grand Prize goes to Jason Butler for his photograph, “Night Watchman”, taken in Zion National Park, Utah. First Prize goes to Monica Mattimore in NY for this photograph she describes as, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Negotiating a deep stream in a southern Utah state park.” Second Prize goes to Melissa Fuhrman in MN for this photograph of, “Joan conquering the Narrows at 10 years old!” Third Prize goes to Tim Hanko for his photograph of Kolob Terrace from the West Rim Trail. Fourth Prize goes to Brianne Moreau in TX. She describes this photograph with a Shakespeare quote, “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” Fifth Prize goes to … Continue reading

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St. George Airport, Close and Convenient

This James Bond-esque video to promote the new airport in St. George is dramatically hilarious and visually stunning. SkyWest has daily flights to and from Los Angeles (LAX) to St. George (SGU). At only 110 minutes, this is a fast and easy way to get to Zion National Park and Southern Utah for an adventure weekend. Flying to and from Salt Lake is even shorter (59 minutes) and is available 6 – 7 times a day.

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ZAC Memories from Client Paulette Pan

This note came in recently from Paulette Pan, an early ZAC client. Thanks for reconnecting with us, Paulette! We have been receiving a bunch of stories and letters from our clients, in celebration of our 15th Anniversary this year; if you have a story to tell, we’d love to hear from you. Wow 15 years! Congrats!  I think we were among the customers in the Early Years then. 1999. I still remember everything: me being obnoxious in the store, bumping into you at dinner/drinks at our b&b, watching the shooting stars in the back of your pickup truck and talking til dawn about life, chasing your dreams, etc. Not to mention the hike/wade/swim in the canyon the next day with my friends Amy & Anita and Amy’s dad. I was grateful for your recommendations to use the poles! I went back in fall 2001 as part of a solo tour through national parks between Vegas and Moab, though it somehow didn’t feel the same. I guess it never does. I should go back again someday and do a southern loop through Lake Powell. But I left San Fran for Germany in 2006 (to chase my dreams of moving back to … Continue reading

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Winter Updates from Sunny Springdale

The snow of Thanksgiving weekend has melted away and we’re enjoying cloudless blue skies and sunshine in Zion Canyon. Perfect weather for adventuring. Come join us! On the agenda: Bike rides, canyoneering, climbing and hiking the narrows. Stop by the shop between 9 am – noon or 4 – 7 pm to pick up gear and get information on trail conditions. When you get hungry, here are the latest winter hours for Springdale restaurants: Arkansas Al’s Pub & Eatery – (M-F) Noon to 8pm, (Sat/Sun) 8am to 8pm Blondie’s Diner – 11 am to 8 pm Bit ‘n’ Spur (Fri-Mon) 5pm to close Cafe Soleil – 7 am to 6 pm Casas de Amigos Fresh Mex – 11am to 9pm Jack’s Sports Grill – Noon to close Mean Bean Coffee House – 7am to 1pm Oscar’s Cafe – 8am to 8pm Parrallel Eighty Eight – 5pm to 8:30pm Park House Cafe (Tue-Sun) – 8am to 2pm Pioneer Restaurant – 8am to 9pm Sol Foods Market – 9am to 6pm Thai Sapa – 11 am to 9 pm The Flying Monkey – 11am to 8pm Wildcat Willies – 8am to 8pm Zion Park Gift & Deli – (Mon-Sat) 9am to 5pm … Continue reading

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