On a climate-controlled indoor field, teammates covertly relay their group's signal for a surprise attack to one another. Swiftly, the group emerges from behind inflatable red pillars and obstacles and sprints across the turf floor releasing a barrage of colorful paintballs at the opposing team, who thought they were safe for the moment behind triangular barriers. As the colors fly, the scenes play itself out as it has many times at Paintball Addicts, where players take part in fast-paced battles of strategy, timing, and teamwork. Considering safety the most important factor in keeping things fun, trained referees supervise all matches and brief paintball teams before each match on the facility's safety rules and techniques. The paint-splattered arena also boasts a shop where gamers can pick up all the gear they need, as well as spectator areas where friends and family can take in all the action without being transformed into living pointillist paintings.
At Level Nine Sports' new, eco-friendly, 12,000-square-foot store, knowledgeable staffers outfit snow walkers of all skills with gear by brands such as Atomic, Salomon, and Under Armour. Keep noggins intact while sliding down the slopes or head butting yetis with a black Lucky Bums helmet, or slip on adult wide-framed Scott Strike goggles ($29), which boast chrome amplifier lenses with rose-tinting inside. Renowned Rossignol 2012 S7 twin-tip powder skis ($699) send male and female skiers flying down powdered mountains, carving the snow into ribbons and marriage proposals. Level Nine Sports also assists novice riders in sizing and gear education.
When Louis Manwaring purchased Guthrie Bicycle Co. in 1926, the shop had already been manufacturing cycles for almost four decades. Now, as penny farthings have made way for mountain bikes and cruisers, Guthrie Bicycle continues to stand as one of the oldest bicycle shops in the United States.
Each day at Guthrie Bicycle, Manwaring’s own great-grandson, Richard Goddard, leads the shop crew as they service all brands of bicycles and outfit riders from a stock of thousands of parts, wheels, tires, tubes, and helmets. In addition to complete overhauls and repairs, the team administers bike fittings to determine your ideal riding position.
Though the business still bears his mother's name, today it's Marty's son, Chip, who preaches the good news of outdoor and extreme sports at Marty's Ski and Board Shop. Like every lynx born on the side of a mountain, Chip has a natural love of skiiing and snowboarding, and he pours his three decades of outdoor experience into his work. Under his guidance, the crew at Marty's equips athletes with technology and gear from brands including Arbor, Rossignol, Dynastar, and Armata to blaze frozen trails and otherwise explore the great outdoors. In addition to its slew of retail skis and boards, winter-sports clothing, and biking apparel, the staff sharpens skis and tunes-up bicycles to keep shredders shredding and cyclists from becoming accidental unicyclists.
Get Air's four pit trampolines allow bouncers to jump from competition-grade rectangular trampolines into miniature abysses filled with soft, square blocks of foam. But the expansive indoor facility fosters more activities than just jumping. Angled borders surround a dodge-ball arena made up of four long tumbling tracks, and two Aeroball courts host a combination of volleyball, basketball, and trampolining. AirJam basketball takes place in its own area, while kids shorter than 48 inches can play without fear of falling adults or skies at the Small Air area.
Ben Lomond Golf Course's 18-hole layout challenges golfers to send shots soaring against a dramatic backdrop dominated by Ben Lomond Peak and the Wasatch Mountains. Relatively open fairways invite golfers to unveil towering drives before a gauntlet of obstacles demands deft iron play, delicate putting, and experienced sea legs in order to tame the undulating greens. A water fountain on Hole 6 highlights the front nine as it shoots water high into the air against the peaks in the distance, distracting golfers with a postcard-worthy scene as they cruise around in GPS-equipped carts. On the back nine, the par 3 10th hole intimidates players with the precipice of a 210-yard tee shot alongside Highway 89, where street-legal golf carts and speeding ice-cream trucks can easily break a player's focus.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,176 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 67 from the back tees * Course slope of 112 from the back tees * Three sets of tees