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®.
About The Host: Last Chair host Tom Kelly is a lifelong skier and an iconic storyteller. Always with a camera around his shoulder and a digital recorder in his pocket, Kelly has chronicled stories of Olympic gold medalists to everyday skiers for decades. He’s called Park City home for three decades and his passion is telling the story of what brings skiers and snowboarders to the Utah mountains every winter.
Jan 4 2021
After eight months of COVID restrictions, it’s quite liberating to stand atop a mountain and point your ski tips down into the powder. In this episode of Last Chair, we look at the pioneering innovations Ski Utah resorts have been making to get open, stay open and provide guests with a great and safe experience.
Dec 21 2020
Imagine feeding thousands of skiers at a dozen locations across five mountains every day? That’s the life of Jodie Rogers. An Australian skier who found Utah 25 years ago, Rogers brings a jovial spirit to her role as director of food and beverage for Deer Valley Resort.
Dec 8 2020
Lifelong skier and collegiate racer Chris Waddell was at the peak of his career when a skiing accident took away functionality of the lower half of his body. Just 362 days later, he was back on snow - this time in a monoski.
Nov 27 2020
From Mt. Rainier to Utah’s backcountry, Nikki Champion is the ultimate on-snow adventurer. Trading her Michigan roots for the Wasatch Mountains, Champion helps keep the backcountry safe as a forecaster for the Utah Avalanche Center. In the summertime, you’ll find her guiding on Denali or Mt. Rainier. Nikki shares her favorite lines, a mid-winter dinner plan and a couple of special Utah beers.
Nov 20 2020
Bryn Carey’s family move from Maine to Utah opened new doors for him. Today, his innovative Ski Butlers rental delivery service is revolutionizing ski vacations.
Oct 27 2020
John Cumming’s passion for the outdoors and focus on balance led him to become a successful national resort owner including Snowbird and Woodward Park City.
Listen to all Last Chair Episodes hosted by Tom Kelly