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 http://TheActiveExplorer.com

Summer Events At Your Favorite Ski Destinations

After slipping into a mild, post-ski-season depression, I finally embraced Summer and pulled myself out of my funk. Ripping down my favorite ski runs on a mountain bike, sipping out of a jumbo mug filled with local brews at Oktoberfest,… Read More →

6 Tips For Planning Your Next Adventure Trip

Cold, wet, hungry, and in the middle of nowhere… I was happy for a plan. We’d just climbed out of a slot canyon in the Kingdom of Jordan. Luckily, beds and hot meals were waiting for us at Rummana Camp…. Read More →

5 Purpose-Built Mountain Bike Trails That Deliver Stoke & Sustainability

Editor’s Note: This summer, lift-served mountain bike lift tickets and packages from resorts across North America will be available on Liftopia.com for the first time. Check out our FAQs to learn more about lift-served mountain biking, how it works and… Read More →

Five Salt Lake City Hikes with Killer Views

That persistent burn in the gluteus maximus paired with thin-air may not be comfortable, but keep hiking. There’s a prize, and you’ll have to earn it. A summit view is like no other. It spans 360° and almost never looks… Read More →

Alta Ski Area Resort Guide

With more than 116 runs and a whopping 560” of snow per year on average, Alta Ski Area is a solid bet for skiers seeking variety, including challenging terrain. The vibe is relaxed and friendly, but don’t pack your snowboard…. Read More →

Embrace the Chilled Vibe of Utah’s Spring Skiing Season

The intense adrenaline-packed days of winter give way to carefree bluebird skies in the Spring. Sunglasses replace goggles and bulky layers are swapped out for light shells and t-shirts. It’s spring ski season, a time most Utah locals cherish. Learn… Read More →

Brian Head Resort Photo Credit Mike Saemisch

Night Skiing in Utah: Eight Hills That Deliver Turns After Dark

Looking for more time to ski? Let the sun set and shred into the night.  These eight Utah ski resorts turn the lights on for skiers and riders, allowing more time to play, often with fewer crowds and lower rates…. Read More →

Outdoor Retailer Winter Market: A Gear Nerd’s Top 10 Picks

The Outdoor Retailer Winter Market bested me again. I’d hoped to explore it using planning and strategy to unearth the best winter gear with surgical precision. Alas, my usual distracted tendencies prevailed. Soon I found myself wandering aimlessly toward every… Read More →

Utah Ski Schools: How to Pick the Best One & Learn in the Greatest Snow on Earth

Booking destination ski lessons can be intimidating.  I did it from Florida and had no idea what to expect or even what to wear.  However, after writing about my experience, I was determined to prove that it was possible to learn… Read More →

The Gad at Snowbird

Better Than Ever: Additions and Improvements to Utah Ski Resorts

Stoke is high in Utah. Snow is on the mountains and locals are already skiing and riding preseason powder. We are ready to get the official season underway. If you’ve visited Utah ski resorts before, this season is even more… Read More →