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Winter Outdoor Rec 2012-13 

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It's the stuff of legend. Up to 500 inches of

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the dry, light substance known as The Greatest Snow on Earth blanket the resorts along the Wasatch Front each winter. What that means to adventure-seekers is that they don't have to morph into pale flabby fiends who play Xbox all winter.

They can fly, flip and frolic down a mountainside; kick it on a cross-country ski trail; shoot out of a halfpipe; and clamber up the side of a hill, all in a plume of luscious white powder.

For 28 years, City Weekly has prided itself as the final word on Salt Lake City arts and entertainment. But with this inaugural Outdoor Recreation Guide for winter/spring, we're going all adventurous on you. Let's face it: It's hard not be euphoric about winter in a state that hosted the Winter Games. A decade later, we still have the killer Olympic venues that celebrate all things white and frozen.

To help you get your piece of Utah's intrepid frozen pie, we've highlighted "must do" winter and spring activities. For skiers and boarders, check out the runs you must conquer to earn bragging rights. Our 2012-13 resort report lists updates and pass prices. Then, learn how to board the backcountry using a splitboard.

But not everyone cares about sliding down a mountain. Cross-country skiers have their "best trails" checklists, as do snowshoers. Read about local ice fishing as well as spring waterfall hunting. If you're looking for novel ways to max out your credit card, check out a winter gear guide that's sure to make you drool.

And no matter how much you've exerted yourself, the end of every winter's day can be celebrated with a grand meal and a just-right apres-ski beverage. Read our dining and drink recommendations to plot a course to worthy sustenance.

Winter doesn't have to fill you with existential despair. Embrace the pow and let it become your epic best friend.

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