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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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.
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.
Jan 6 2022
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.
Dec 17 2021
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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