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                                         SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah resorts still want skiers and snowboarders to come enjoy their groomed slopes and high-speed lifts this season, but theyre also offering expanded options for people who want to get a taste of the backcountry without the risk of going alone. C. J. Beathard Super Bowl Jersey .New opportunities include a pair of new lifts at Powder Mountain Resort that open 5,000 acres of powder skiing through trees, and a new luxury cat-skiing operation at Whisper Ridge in northern Utah on 60,000 acres. Ski Utah is also widening its marketing of a long-running guided tour that takes in the back country near six resorts in one day.The appetite for exploring beyond the boundaries of resorts has been growing in recent years. An estimated 5.7 million skiers and snowboarders ventured into the backcountry in 2015-2016 -- up 34 percent from 2008-2009 ski season, according to research from SnowSports Industries America. A large chunk of those people went into the side country, areas connected to resorts that resemble backcountry.Utah ski resorts are hoping to repeat last years banner season in which they parlayed good early-winter snow and buzz created by Vail Resorts new mega-resort into a 10-year high for visitors. Several of the states 14 ski resorts are hoping to open in November to kick off season, though a lack of early season snow could make that difficult.Heres a look at whats new this year, including several of the new options for backcountry-like experiences.---POWDER MOUNTAIN: NEW LIFTS, NEW TERRAINPowder Mountain Resorts new lifts give skiers and snowboarders access to 10 new groomed runs on about 1,000 new acres. It also allows skiers to explore 600 new acres of rugged terrain in a bowl that before was only accessible by all-day guided snow cat operations. Skiers can get to the runs off the lifts, but must pay an additional $25 (or $20 for season pass-holders) to take a snow cat ride out of the bowl each time they ski down. Regular lift tickets cost $79 for adults.The terrain is ideal for beginner and intermediate skiers who want to practice powder and tree skiing, said J.P. Goulet, Powder Mountain spokesman.The lifts and 6 miles of new roads connect the existing resort to the site where Powder Mountains owners -- a group of young, wealthy entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders and artists who purchased the resort in 2013 -- are planning to build a New Age mountain town. Built around a vehicle-free main street, they tout the community as a rethink of the American mountain town with homes, pop-up stores, micro apartments, farm-to-table restaurants and yoga boot camps. Work has begun, but the project is expected to take several years.Powder Mountain, about 50 miles northeast of Salt Lake City, is also limiting day tickets to 2,000 per day so they can offer skiers and snowboarders uncrowded slopes.Deer Valley is the only other ski resort that has a set limit for daily skiers, though other resorts turn people away when parking lots get full, said Paul Marshall, spokesman for Ski Utah.---LUXURY CAT SKIINGFor skiers with plenty of money who are looking to get totally off the grid, Whisper Ridge Cat Skiing offers 60,000 acres of private terrain to carve through in the day and the option to spend nights at luxury yurts.The operation, located about 85 miles northeast of Salt Lake City, uses modified snow cats to carry skiers up and down the hills.Day rates are $450 per person in the early and late season and $495 during the heart of winter. Yurt lodging rates range from $725-$1,000 a night depending on the type of yurt and dates.It is not the first cat skiing operation in Utah. Park City Powder Cats has been around for years. It offers rates of $549-$569 per day, depending on the dates. Alta, Powder Mountain and Snowbird also are offering cat skiing packages.---ONE DAY, SIX RESORTSSki Utahs long running Interconnect Tour has a developed a loyal group of customers who come back, but officials are hoping to entice skiers who may be among those tempted to ski more in backcountry terrain, Marshall said.The guided tour, which costs $395 per person, takes skiers down backcountry routes near six different Utah resorts, starting at Deer Valley near Park City and finishing at Snowbird in the Little Cottonwood Canyon. The tour usually takes participants about 25 miles and down about 16,000 vertical feet.Guides carry rescue beacons and take other safety measures needed in the backcountry. Skiers must be 16 or older and must be advanced skiers. No snowboarders are allowed.It offers a taste of what the backcountry is about with the assistance of guides who know the terrain and area so well, Marshall said. Its a great way to kind of put your toes in the water.---This story has been corrected to show that the new Powder Mountain lifts open up 600 acres of new rugged terrain, not 5,000. Fred Warner Super Bowl Jersey . McCarthy, a player who played some games in the second tier for Wigan at the start of this season, would go on to shine inside Evertons midfield, outplaying the man he was brought in to replace, on one of the grandest stages in English football. On Saturday, it was fitting that Manchester Uniteds most recent dagger into the chest was delivered by Frenchman Yohan Cabaye, a wonderfully gifted central midfielder who put on an outstanding effort for Newcastle at Old Trafford. Arik Armstead Super Bowl Jersey . 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Here are some things to watch when the Big 12 Conference wraps its regular season in Week 14, when the other Power Five conferences play their championship games:GAME OF THE WEEKNo. 11 Oklahoma State (9-2, 7-1 Big 12, No. 10 CFP) at No. 7 Oklahoma (9-2, 8-0 Big 12, No. 9 CFP). A year before the league reinstates its title game, the Bedlam rivalry serves as a de facto Big 12 championship game for the second year in a row. Neither team has lost since September. The winner will be the Big 12 champion and head to the Sugar Bowl to face an SEC team. The Sooners are going for their 10th Big 12 title while trying to become the first team to go undefeated in league play since going to a round-robin schedule in 2011. Oklahoma has an eight-game winning streak; the Cowboys have won seven in a row.BEST MATCHUPTCU coach and Kansas State alum Gary Patterson vs. the Wildcats. While Patterson sets a TCU record when he coaches his 202nd game, K-State coach Bill Snyder goes for his 201st victory. In Big 12 games this season, Kansas State is averaging 30.6 points a game, and TCU 30.5. On defense, Pattersons squad allows 27.9 points per game, and the Wildcats give up 27.2 a game. TCU (6-5, 4-4 Big 12) got bowl eligible with its win last week over Texas. The Wildcats (7-4, 5-3) will finish no lower than fourth in the Big 12 after being a preseason pick for eighth.INSIDE THE NUMBERSSnyder (200 wins), Oklahomas Bob Stoops (188) and Patterson (149) are 1-2-3 among active FBS coaches for wins at their current schools. Jerick McKinnon Super Bowl Jersey. ... Baylor (6-5, 3-5) got bowl eligible with its 6-0 start, but goes to West Virginia with a five-game losing streak, the Bears longest since dropping nine in a row -- the last eight games of the 2007 season and then the 2008 opener. ... Texas junior running back DOnta Foreman will finish his college career with a school-record 13 consecutive 100-yard games. Foreman said hes skipping his senior season after rushing for 2,028 yards and 15 TDs this year.LONG SHOTThe Big 12 getting into the four-team College Football Playoff since Oklahoma is ninth and Oklahoma State 10th in the latest CFP rankings. Defending national champion Alabama and Ohio State, which won first CFP title two seasons ago, are 1-2 and seem almost certain locks for the field. Also ranked ahead of the Big 12 teams are potential ACC champion Clemson, and the four teams that will play in the Big Ten and Pac-12 championship games.IMPACT PERFORMERMartell Pettaway was going to redshirt at West Virginia (9-2, 6-2) -- until the 11th game this season. With injuries to other running backs, the freshman made his Mountaineers debut with 181 yards on 30 carries last week at Iowa State.---Compiled by AP Sports Writer Stephen Hawkins in Fort Worth, Texas.---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25 ' ' ' 
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