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Steort’s Ridge; Storm Mountain Area, Big Cottonwood Canyon
This route is so amazing that even the experts cruise it occasionally. For the occasional climber, it’s challenging without being spooky. Sharp and positive quartzite holds appear every time you reach, but the route is steep enough to hide them and add excitement. The first pitch makes you force a short overhang. The second is a choice between a fun dihedral or two wonderful absolutely parallel cracks. On the third pitch, you clip a bolt and then climb straight up the outside edge. Just as the acid appears in your mouth well above the bolt, a reassuring jug hold allows you to comfortably seat a cam around the corner. Two more vertical moves, and you’re there. The balcony perch at the top offers one of the best views in the Wasatch. Traverse back to the south where a short rappel takes you down to terra firma. (See Stuart and Bret Ruckman’s Wasatch Climbing.)
A massage therapist with more than six years of practice in Shiatsu, Swedish and hot stone massages, Kyle Snyder is also a Reiki master who teaches classes at his massage therapy and energy-instruction studio he operates with two partners. When he smiles at you, you’ll also note he’s drop-dead gorgeous. Which may help some clients get better a whole lot faster. Call it creative visualization.
Living Serenity, 352 S. Denver St., Suite 202, Salt Lake City, 801-596-2825, LivingSerenity.net
BEST LEG UP ON FITNESS
Canyon Cove Pilates
Ready for a new body? Evelin Rosa may be the one to get you there. Rosa was trained and certified by Romana Kryzanowska who herself was trained and certified by the exercise system’s creater, Joseph Pilates. Rosa’s upscale studio employs spring-resistant equipment to instruct the Pilates method while prompting you to concentrate on your muscles, breath and the quality (not quantity) of your movements—what Pilates called “contrology.” Rosa offers the Pilates’ promise to all aspiring clients: “After 10 sessions, you feel better; after 20, you look better. After 30, you have a new body.”
2258 E. Fort Union Blvd., Cottonwood Heights, 801-301-3138, CanyonCovePilates.net
BEST ATTEMPT AT CULTURE
BEST PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN YOGA
Yoga is all about stress relief being inclusive, and community. But the inflated price of a drop-in class or punch card at many local studios has inhibited the practice of some prospective yogis. Although most studios offer discounts or work-in-exchange-for-yoga programs, the best deal in town is interdisciplinary performing arts center Sugar Space’s pay-what-you-can-afford Saturday class. All levels of experience are welcome, and if 50 cents is what you can afford, 50 cents it what you pay.
616 E. Wilmington Ave., Salt Lake City, 888-300-7898, TheSugarSpace.com
BEST ALTERNA-SKATE EVENT
Bomb the Beehive
While the Salt Lake City media went into a frenzy of covering the Dew Tour when it rolled into town in September, local skateboard enthusiasts were taking the opportunity to put on an old-school “show up and throw down” event. South Jordan’s skate park hosted an informal skate jam and barbecue, and nationally known skaters including Benji Galloway and Chad Fernandez were among those who took the opportunity to take a few runs. Legendary “voice of World Cup Skateboarding” Dave Duncan even called the action.
BEST PLACE TO PUTT AROUND
Whether you’re turning 9 or 29, Dottie’s miniature golf course is a good, wholesome place to celebrate another year of life. Seriously, I think we’ve all had enough Chuck E. Cheese or rounds at the dive bar, eh? Think about it. At Dottie’s (named after original owner Dorothy Lunn) partygoers are greeted by “Ginger, the cat in a coma,” which is exactly what it sounds like. Revelers are then whisked to a quirky, charming course whose design has not changed a lick since opening in the early 1960s. Best of all, this trip through time is open late on weekends. Bring your own Shasta.
1470 E. 3300 South, Salt Lake City, 801-485-3749, OldSoftware.com/dotties.html