Editor’s Note, December 2014/January 2015

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(Photo by Conor Barry)

(Photo by Conor Barry)
(Photo by Conor Barry)

 
December just might be the best month of the entire year. Fall Semester comes to an end, all the ski resorts open up, Old Man Winter makes sure it’s pouring snow, and we get to celebrate the holidays in style with ugly sweater parties and awkward family photos. Hopefully, you get the chance to take a break from dodging conversation with your weird relatives, so you can head outside for some quality winter recreation. Science has shown that spending time outdoors in the cold and snow grows hair on your chest. If you’re not into hairy chests, I’m sorry — blame science, not me.
We know that along the Wasatch front, skiing and snowboarding are a pretty big deal. Most Salt Lakers hit the slopes before they can walk. But all you downhill snow enthusiasts can just hold your horses. This issue features winter recreation for the few black sheep of Utah that just never got into that stuff. For the skiers and boarders, that isn’t to say you can’t give one of these activities a whirl when you’re not freezing your buns off on a chairlift. Who knows? Maybe you’ll trade in your sticks for a pair of climbing shoes or an ice ax.