As part of the celebration for the 50th birthday of Alta, "air" will once again be part of the Alta scene.

Back in 1964, Alta started holding the National Gelande Championships on a big bump built years before by miners in search of silver. The event became a high point of the ski season. The last gelende event was held in 1974. That year there were more than 125 competitors in the professional class alone.This year it will be brought back to life April 8-9 on the famed "mine dump" at the Little Cottonwood resort.

Ski master Alf Engen will chair the event.

A gelande is ski jumping only using alpine equipment instead of the nordic jumping ski. Also, jumpers cannot do inverted jumps.

Entry fee is $25 for pro class, $15 for veteran and $10 for amateur. Entry fee does not include lift ticket. Entry forms are available at Alta. Prize money will be paid in the pro and veteran classes - $1,500 for first in the pro class and $500 for first in the veteran class.

Jumping will start around 10 a.m. each day. There will be no charge to spectators.


BASS FISHING SCHOOL - Always wanted to learn the best techniques for catching bass?

Wahweap Lodge and Marina on the southern tip of Lake Powell will be holding its fifth Bass `N Bonanza April 5-9.

Fishermen will meet, talk and fish with some of the biggest names in bass fishing.

Scheduled pros in this year's event will be Utah's Bobby Garland, Rick Clunn, Danny Westfall, Dale Wagy, Gary Yamamoto, Jay Yelas, Bump Elliott and Randy Roundtree.

Those enrolled in the school will go out on houseboats with the fishing pros, then spend three days working the shorelines and bays. The fee is $425 and includes use of houseboats and meals, along with the instruction and seminars. For information and registration call (602) 645-5125.

Some of the best largemouth bass fishing of the year is at Lake Powell in April during the annual spawn.