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Ravell Call, Deseret News
Avery Dick, 8, and Aidan Dick, 11, of Arlington, Va., ride small snowmobiles at Daniels Summit, Utah, March 17, 2008.


BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON — The Brighton Ski Resort will open today at 9 a.m., with the Majestic and Snake Creek Express chair lifts running over packed powder slopes.

And since it's Veterans Day, the resort is offering free skiing to military veterans and active military personnel. All they need to do is present their veteran or active military card at any ticket window to get a free lift ticket.

Discount coupon books are still available, offering skiing or lift rides from $42/day. The coupon books are fully transferrable and may be shared with family and friends. They may be purchased online at www.brightonresort.com.


SALT LAKE CITY — Non-resident off-highway vehicle permits are now available online at stateparks.utah.gov/ohv.

Owners of off-highway vehicles (OHVs), ATVs, off-highway motorcycles and snowmobiles who are not Utah residents may need to purchase a non-resident permit before riding their machines in Utah.

Some states offer reciprocity, which is a mutual agreement between states not to charge non-resident fees. To determine the status of your state, visit stateparks.utah.gov/ohv/reciprocity.

The 12-month permit is $30. Upon purchase, owners must provide a valid driver's license and vehicle information, including a VIN number. Non-resident permits are also sold at authorized vendor locations throughout Utah and at several locations in surrounding states.

Revenues generated from OHV user fees are dedicated to construction, improvement, operation and maintenance of OHV trails throughout Utah.

For more information, visit stateparks.utah.gov or call 800-OHV-RIDE.


SALT LAKE CITY — With snowmobile season just around the corner, the Utah State Parks and Recreation Department reminds young riders and their parents that state-required youth snowmobile education courses are available online at stateparks.utah.gov.

Utah law requires youth ages 8 to 16 to complete the Utah State Parks Know Before You Go! OHV Education Course before operating a machine on public lands or trails. It is illegal for any child under age 8 to operate an OHV on public land. Those over 16 without a valid driver's license must also complete the course to operate OHVs on public land.

Course fees are $30 and, upon successful completion of coursework, students print temporary certificates and later receive permanent certificates by mail. Students are cautioned to study all materials thoroughly prior to testing. If they do not pass the test, they must pay a second registration fee to retake it.

"Safety is our number one concern. We want to reduce accidents by educating youth to operate snowmobiles safely, wear safety equipment, and follow laws and rules," said Off-Highway Vehicle Education Coordinator Ann Evans.

For more information, visit stateparks.utah.gov, or call 800-OHV-RIDE.


PLAIN CITY — A popular upland game hunting area in northern Utah will be closed to most hunters this Saturday so a special youth pheasant hunt can be held.

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So if you were planning to hunt on the Willard Bay Upland Game Area on Saturday, you'll need to make other plans. Only those participating in a special youth pheasant hunt can hunt on the Willard Bay UGA, which is just south of Willard Bay Reservoir.

The youth hunt was originally scheduled for the Douglas/Sorensen Walk-In Access Area. But the area's operators didn't re-enroll the property in the Walk-In Access program this fall, so the youth hunt had to be moved to a different spot.

For more information, call the Division of Wildlife Resources' Northern Region office at 801-476-2740.