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Red Card Roberts

"Keep feeling the need for being first. But I want you to be the first in love. I want you to be the first in moral excellence. I want you to be the first in generosity. And I want you to be the first person on the mountain, especially if it’s a powder day."

OK, the Martin Luther King Junior quote didn’t include that last sentence. But if it had, well, you’d be in luck. Because at Canyons Resort, first tracks isn’t just an option. In a few weeks, it’s also a donation.

Throughout the season, the resort’s first-tracks program gives skiers the opportunity to be on the mountain earlier than everyone else. Not only do you have the entire mountain to yourself for a good hour, the program is timed so you watch the sunrise on your first chair. Participants are partnered with some pretty impressive names in the world skiing, including Olympians Kaylin Richardson, Holly Flanders and Erik Schlopy.

"First Tracks is truly one of the hidden gems of skiing or snowboarding at Canyons," says the resort’s spokesperson, Steve Pastorino. "Guests have the mountain to themselves, under the expert guidance of veteran Canyons personnel and several Olympians. Add in a hot breakfast at Red Pine Lodge following, and it’s a great way to wake up at Utah’s largest ski and snowboard resort."

Normally, the first-tracks experience is $79 per person (not including a lift ticket), but on April 1, the resort is hosting "A Fool’s Farewell to Winter" to benefit the Youth Winter Sports Alliance (YWSA). It’s just $20 for the first-tracks program and only $30 for a lift ticket, and all proceeds benefit the YWSA. Tickets can be purchased through the YWSA’s website: .

And if rise and shine to ski isn’t your thing (or you’re a true local and have to be at another resort for Clown Day), well, remember Martin Luther King Junior also said this: "Everyone should purchase VIP passes to pond skimming."

OK, he didn’t say that either. But, again, you’d be in luck if he had. Because this year, Canyons Resort is also partnering with the much-beloved People’s Health Clinic to help it raise money too.

On March 24, the resort is hosting a VIP Spring Gruv day which includes the exclusive Canyons Club experience valet parking, ski valet, private locker, lift ticket and breakfast; followed by VIP viewing of Canyons Pond Skimming, and VIP hospitality suite for the Little Feat concert. And all proceeds benefit the People’s Health Clinic, which provides health care to the uninsured and under insured. For tickets, visit .

Those are two great options for giving back a little, and getting a lot back in return. And like MLK was known for saying, "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."

And yes, he really did say that.

If you have a story idea for Red Card Roberts, please e-mail her at

Amy Roberts is a freelance writer, public-relations guru and globe-trotting thrill seeker. In a former life she worked in TV news, both as a reporter and sports anchor. She has bagged peaks on six continents, kayaked the Zambezi and Nile rivers, swam with great white sharks in South Africa and tracked mountain gorillas in Rwanda. She was once very nearly sold for 2,000 camels while traveling through Morocco.

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