There's something unique and personal about the culture of skiing in Utah. It's embodied in the stories of the people who bring you these amazing mountain destinations and the lifestyle that pervades them, from peak to peak and village to city. Last Chair: The Ski Utah Podcast brings those personalities to life in a series of insightful storytelling sessions with athletes, resort leaders and cultural icons as Last Chair host Tom Kelly weaves a fascinating storyline that brings you even closer to The Greatest Snow on Earth.
May 3 2023
So, just how big was the snowfall? And what’s the science behind it all?
Apr 20 2023
Born in the Mountain West, the company has become known for its extensive colors and a serious focus on technical materials that are sustainable.
Mar 27 2023
Last Chair took a ride with the Utah Department of Transportation Cottonwoods plow team!
Mar 8 2023
Last Chair ventured up Little Cottonwood Canyon to join Dr. McKenzie Skiles in a three-meter deep snow pit to talk about snow melt and what we can learn.
Feb 17 2023
Henri Rivers' mission is to make a difference in helping the ski industry better understand what it takes to embrace diversity among skiers and riders.
Jan 4 2023
On this episode, Last Chair went into the Utah backcountry with Utah Avalance Center pro Drew Hadesty to talk about what our snow pack is looking like.
Dec 23 2022
Open Snow forecaster Evan Thayer and atmospheric scientist Jim Steenburgh dive into the science behind this seasons continuous powder storms.
Dec 14 2022
Debuting in September of 2020, the new Salt Lake City International Airport is bigger, more eco-friendly and has a lot of other great new features!
Dec 1 2022
The problem with the Great Salt Lake is real. What used to be a roadway surrounded by water, now has only a few small pools. Birds that used to flock along the highway are now relegated to small patches of water. Utah state representative Tim Hawkes, a passionate advocate, on the very realistic steps the state is already taking to save the Great Salt Lake.
Nov 15 2022
Two world class resorts, 10,000 lift-served skiable acres, all nestled around a historic old mining town, Utah’s ski town of Park City truly an amazing place.
Oct 27 2022
What would you think about visiting every single ski lift in America? 2,381 of them! Well, that has been the life of Peter Landsman, a lift supervisor and founder of liftblog, a popular website and network of social channels.
Oct 20 2022
Nick Sargent, a former ski racer, World Cup ski tuner and marketing chief for Burton, is a leader in marketing and sustainability across the ski industry.
Oct 12 2022
After 50 years, the old red and blue cabins are being replaced with new floor-to-ceiling windowed cabins.
Apr 13 2022
When Utah nurse Melody Forsyth learned her baby-to-be had Down syndrome, she and her family thought it would change their lives. And it did - for the better. Ruby, now six, has led the Forsyth family into a world of outdoor recreation, including skiing. Watching Ruby ride the Chickadee lift at Snowbird and ski down with her Wasatch Adaptive Sports guide is a life-changing experience seeing the joy that skiing brings to this young girl and her family.
Apr 4 2022
SOS Outreach, a nonprofit serving 15 resort and urban communities nationwide including Utah, is seeking to change that.
Mar 24 2022
Visitors to Sundance Mountain Resort this winter have found a wonderful new experience at one of Utah’s great hidden gems. Working with the experienced Sundance team, legendary ski industry leader Bill Jensen has helped them transform the resort with new lifts, terrain, snowmaking and much more. Jensen, a longtime visionary who has led some of North America’s most notable resorts, talked to Ski Utah’s Last Chair about his storied career and the fun he’s having coaching the team at Sundance.
Mar 4 2022
Utah’s 15 resorts paint a majestic portrait amidst the winter landscape. So what if someone painted them all, with watercolors based in snow melt from each resort. That’s what passionate Utah skier Lexi Dowdall has set out to do with her Paint by Powder Project!
Feb 28 2022
For nearly four decades, Lee Cohen has been brining us iconic images of Utah powder.
Feb 19 2022
The legacy of the 2002 Olympics is alive and well, with a full third of Team USA in Beijing living and training in Utah. How did that culture of sport grow over the last 20 years? Last Chair talks with Youth Sports Alliance leader Emily Fisher, along with a half-dozen Utah Olympians competing in Beijing. How did they get into sport? And how has it impacted their lives.
Feb 8 2022
The vibrancy of Utah today and its culture of sport emanates in large part from the legacy of the 2002 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Fraser Bullock was a businessman who was thrust into a leadership role with the 2002 Games. On Last Chair, he takes a look back at the memories of 2002 on its 20th anniversary, and also points to the future with the hope of bringing the Games back to America as early as 2030.
Jan 12 2022
As skiers, we’re drawn to legendary ski runs. Like the imposing rock face of Alf’s High Rustler that stands sentinel over Little Cottonwood Canyon’s Alta Ski Area. A quarter century since his passing, the legend of Alta icon Alf Engen lives on. Last Chair host Tom Kelly explores the life of the Norwegian immigrant who helped plan the original Alta and served as its director of skiing through tales from his son, Alan Engen. It’s a remarkable look into the early days of skiing and how the culture of Alta began.