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Mountain Mama

Jodi Saeland

Jodi Saeland is a part-time KSL Meteorologist and full-time Mom of an eight-year-old daughter and six-year-old son. Follow Jodi as she explores the trials and triumps of skiing with your kids. Gain practical real-world advice on how to pack, dress, communicate and ski with your kids on Utah's famous slopes. How to be a skier while having an avid, excited budding snowboarder! With her experience as a meteorologist, Jodi shares a bit of knowledge about Utah’s weather forecasts and The Greatest Snow on Earth®

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La Niña returns

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After 783" of snow last season, could we possibly top that? Well, the new winter outlook is in and the charts are indicating above average snow AGAIN in Utah!

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Gearing up for skiing by hiking to Catherines Pass

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Everyone comes to Utah to ski in the winter, but the summers and fall are amazing!! Especially late summer when the snow has finally melted and you can get up to the ridgetops and see the wonderful scenery. Catherines Pass lies between Alta and Brighton and I've done it for years. Now, my daughter Emily joins the tradition...her first pass to 10,500'

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Summer at Canyons and Utah resorts!

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OK, this is a ski blog...but I'm going to say I LOVE summer in the Wasatch. The smells, the flowers, the hiking, the moose. Yes, lots of wildlife spotting here. And...the crowds are down. I'm just going to come out and say it...I love hiking and I'm a much better hiker than skier. I take pride in the 4-10 mile hikes I can do and still be standing at the end. With that said...my kids have become (or are forced) to be great hikers as well.

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Alta kids...last ski day takes us to Alta!

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I am an Alta skier. I moved to Utah 14 years ago and fell in love with Alta way back when. The scenery, the ambiance, the skiers mountain. This year we've been to a lot of resorts. Done fabulous lessons from Park City to Brighton. Only one ski day at Alta, so we needed to hustle up for one more day. I wanted to get both kids to mid-mountain for lunch at Alfs and get a few runs in together. It was the first time I had both Emily and Brennan up together for runs at Alta. You see, when I've been doing these runs solo for 14 years, it was pretty special to get the kids up with me. Emily and I had a Mom/Daughter day last year at Alta. This day was Mom/Daughter/Son day. So fun!

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Bren becomes a snowboarder at 4 at Canyons! A special Burton board for the little guys!

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I'm going to be the first to admit; I know nothing about snowboarding. But, I think I'm about to. Bren has asked to so "surfboarding" for awhile. See, for him, it's a surfboard. I'm a skier and I'll be honest, have really no desire to try boarding. I can barely navigate straight down the hill on my skis, how would I do it falling on my rear and sliding sideways? I'll leave it to my little guy.
So, when a few months ago I found out about The Burton Riglet Tour at the Canyons, I had to check it out. It was a mini snowboard park set up for kids as young as 3 to try boarding. Keep in mind, that also means there needs to be a tiny board for them. Burton has introduced an 80 cm board for the little guys.

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