I’m going to upfront about this: I have absolutely no idea what I’m getting into when I fly to Park City on Wednesday morning.
If you follow me on social media, you’ve been seeing a lot of the #omniten hashtag over the last two years – and lately, #omnigames has become a new buzzword too. If you don’t already know, here’s the TL;DR version: I’m part of Columbia Sportswear’s inaugural Omniten ambassador program, and after an amazing trip to Sedona and Havasu Falls last summer, they’re reuniting my crew and the rest of the Omniten seasons for a mysterious trip to Park City this week for an event called “the #omnigames.”
While the details are sparing, we’ve all speculated plenty. Heidi Kumm suggests a little snow kayaking, Rebecca of Calipidder.com is banking on some bear wrestling, Heather from Just A Colorado Gal is scratching her head, and Michelle has promised to make us homemade poutine. Basically, no matter what our itinerary ends up looking like – it’s going to be epic.
For those of you following along at home, here’s what I do know:
- I’ll be flying into Salt Lake City on the morning of January 8th, then being shuttled to Park City where I’ll stay until Saturday morning. While there, we’ll be staying at the beautiful Hyatt Escala Lodge in suites with our respective Omniten crews. We’ve also been told to pack swimsuits for the hot tubs.
- There will be at least one day spent out on the slopes. If you know me, you know that I am neither a skilled skier nor snowboarder, so I reckon there will be plenty of wipe-out photos of me. Columbia is providing all the equipment, so I decided to stick with skiing since I’m sorta-kinda-maybe okay at it.
- On the 8th, Columbia Sportswear is unveiling the USA freestyle ski team uniforms. They haven’t officially linked it to the #omnigames, but we all have a feeling something is going on with that!
- The Columbia team won’t spill all the beans, but “what we can say is that you’ll be eating well, testing gear, getting to know each other, playing in the snow, and…
I’m no winter sports gal, so I’m going to be severely under-packed and underprepared, but judging by the photos the early arrivals have been posting of the gear Columbia Sportswear is hooking us up with, my current lack of snow pants won’t be an issue for much longer. But forget the sweet gear, what I’m looking forward to most is reuniting with my Omniten family, meeting the new folks, and joining the crew for an unforgettable trip playing in the snow of Utah.