In the search to find the Ultimate Powderhound, Ski Utah discovered that numerous powderhounds abound. After much deliberation by the judges, the Ski Utah Yeti and loud public outcry on his Facebook fan page, it has been decided that both Matthew Baydala and Catherine Killfoil will join the Ski Utah blogging team as the Ultimate Powderhounds. "This was an incredibly fierce competition", said Ski Utah Communications Director Jessica Kunzer. "Resort personnel, Ski Utah and the public put a lot of careful thought and energy into selecting the Ultimate Powderhounds. We are thrilled to have Matt and Catherine join the team".
Baydala, originally from Rockville Centre, New York, sniffed his way to Park City, Utah in 2006. Since then, he has built a career as a Park City restaurant manager to accommodate his skiing lifestyle. His passion and appreciation for the diversity of Utah’s wintersports product make him the perfect Powderhound. "For me skiing The Greatest Snow on Earth is not just a hobby, it’s an obsession", exclaimed Baydala. "Now I have the opportunity to share this awesome life we live out here with the entire skiing community".
Killfoil’s parody of the Old Spice man commercial quickly generated a positive reaction from Facebook fans. Killfoil was born in Connecticut but has lived in many western states including Texas, Washington and California. Killfoil currently resides in Park City, Utah.
The Ultimate Powderhound winners will join Thomas Cooke, Jodi Saeland and the Ski Utah Yeti on the blogging team. The Ski Utah Blog will kick off its editorial season October 15, 2010 providing fresh and poignant content to readers across the Web.
As new members of the blogging team, The Ultimate Powderhounds will be awarded a Ski Utah Silver Pass which enables them to ski 30 days at all 13 Utah ski resorts, a $2,400 value!.
The western edge of the Rocky Mountains, the Wasatch Range towers over Utah's Great Salt Lake and the vast desert basin beyond, create an ultimate playground for powder addicts. Utah's self-proclaimed "Greatest Snow on Earth" is not only a slogan. The claim is back up with an average of 500 inches (12,7 metres) of the planet's lightest and driest powder annually. Home to 13 world-class alpine ski resorts, Utah can't be beat for its terrain and consistency of the lightest, deepest powder around. From the rugged powder choked steeps of Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon, home to Alta, Brighton, Snowbird, and Solitude, to the immaculately manicured slopes of Park City, where you can find Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, and The Canyons, Utah has it all.