Tom Kelly

Tom Kelly

Last Chair Podcast

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.

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Jan 4 2023

Drew Hardesty: Conversation in a Snow Pit

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.

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Dec 23 2022

Special Snowfall Edition

Open Snow forecaster Evan Thayer and atmospheric scientist Jim Steenburgh dive into the science behind this seasons continuous powder storms.

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Dec 14 2022

Bill Wyatt: Gateway to Utah - The New SLC

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!

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Dec 1 2022

Tim Hawkes: Saving the Great Salt Lake

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.

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Nov 15 2022

Park City: America’s Ski Town

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.

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Oct 27 2022

Peter Landsman: Our Love of Lifts

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.

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Oct 20 2022

Nick Sargent: Industry Focused on Change

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.

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Oct 12 2022

Snowbird Tram: Taking an Icon into the Future

After 50 years, the old red and blue cabins are being replaced with new floor-to-ceiling windowed cabins.

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Apr 13 2022

Ruby Forsyth: Finding Joy in Skiing

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.

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Apr 4 2022

SOS Outreach: Diversity and Inclusion in Sport

SOS Outreach, a nonprofit serving 15 resort and urban communities nationwide including Utah, is seeking to change that.

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Mar 24 2022

Bill Jensen: New Look at Sundance

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.

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Mar 4 2022

Lexi Dowdall: Utah Snow in Watercolors

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!

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Feb 28 2022

Lee Cohen: Utah's Ski Photographer

For nearly four decades, Lee Cohen has been brining us iconic images of Utah powder.

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Feb 19 2022

Utah's Olympians - Utah Goes to the Olympics

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.

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Feb 8 2022

Fraser Bullock: Utah's Olympic Legacy

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.

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Jan 12 2022

Alf Engen: The Legend of Alta

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.

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Jan 6 2022

Katharina Schmitz: Future of Ski Lifts

What do ski lifts mean to skiers? Ask Doppelmayr USA President Katharina Schmitz and she’ll tell you ‘freedom.’ In this episode, Last Chair host Tom Kelly chats with the leader of Utah-based Doppelmayr USA to explore the evolution of ski lifts and future trends, not only at resorts but as a vital form of mountain and urban transportation.

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Dec 17 2021

Kristen Ulmer: Embracing Fear

As skiers, we all know fear. Utah skier Kristen Ulmer decided to embrace it, leading to a pro career as one of the best big mountain skiers in the world.

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Dec 7 2021

Tony Gill: Joy of the Backcountry

Cruising through knee deep powder in the peace and solitude of the Utah backcountry is pure joy. It’s alluring. It can also be dangerous if you are not well prepared. Journalist Tony Gill grew up skiing on 300-foot ski hills in the midwest. Today, you’ll find him on his telemark skis in the Utah backcountry. He’ll talk us through the joy of having a powder slope to yourself, as well as how to best prepare.

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Nov 29 2021

James Niehues: Man Behind the Maps

James Niehues has spent three decades painting 100s of resorts and making mountains bigger than life on paper. We caught up with him to learn more about his fas

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Nov 5 2021

Zane Holmquist: Active Lifestyle Chef

VP of food and beverage at The Stein Eriksen Lodge, Zane Holmquist, grew up in Utah and enjoys serving guests in his dining room just as much as the mountains.

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