Erika Wiggins is a Salt Lake City based freelance writer specializing in travel, food and adventure sports. She travels extensively throughout North America and Mexico seeking new experiences. In addition to adventure sports, her passions include fitness, local cuisines, strong coffee and wine. You can follow her on Twitter (@Active_Explorer) , Instagram (@Active_Explorer) and

A Beginner’s Ski Gear Guide

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on March 4, 2015 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness. Before your first day of skiing or snowboarding, you have to get dressed up in something that makes you feel great…. Read More →

9 Amazing Gear Picks From Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2016

I don’t NEED another daypack…but then I spot one sporting features I wished my old one had. “How did they know?” I wonder as I lay down hard cash. “What will they think of next?” Then I walked into the… Read More →

The Do’s and Don’ts of Apres Ski

Like any social situation, there are a few dos and don’ts to the après ski scene. While most skiers and riders seek to enjoy warmth, conversation, and spirits after a day on the mountain, some people unfortunately don’t instinctively know… Read More →

Meet the Four-Legged Heroes of The Slopes

When seconds count, these noses are your best chance for survival…and they are cute as heck! As more people venture into side and backcountry terrain on skis, snowboards and snowmobiles, the chances of encountering an avalanche rise. Additionally, while more… Read More →

6 Fall Color Hikes Worth Getting Out of the Car For

Looking for a scene that stops you in your tracks? Here are six hikes that deliver the goods during the autumn leaf change. Choosing six was tough! There are a lot of hikes that could easily make the list, but… Read More →

6 Reasons Why Your Kids Should Learn To Ski

Google this title and you’ll find there’s a lot of information on how to teach your kids to ski or ride, but little on why it’s a good idea. Getting kids involved in winter sports benefits the whole family in… Read More →

9 Summer Safety Tips For Those Who Love The Outdoors

Summer is in full swing and it has been a hot one here in Salt Lake City! I’ll admit, on some days, I don’t want to face the heat. Yet I always do because I love to play outside. When… Read More →

10 Outdoor Adventures In The East To Add To Your Bucket List

buck·et list noun, informal A number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime. A few weeks ago, we gave you our list of top 10 adrenaline-packed outdoor activities in the west. We, of… Read More →

10 Adrenaline-Pumping Outdoor Activities in the West

buck·et list noun, informal A number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime. The diverse climate and terrain of the Western U.S. make it a popular destination for adventurers and adrenaline junkies…. Read More →

Hiking for Beginners: 10 Essential Tips

Hiking is an excellent low-impact workout. Studies show it offers multiple physical and mental benefits. From reducing anxiety to preventing osteoporosis, hiking is an outdoor activity delivering benefits beyond scenic and fun. Unlike walking on a treadmill or paved path,… Read More →