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From hiking the famous Narrows to skiing some of the fluffiest powder on the planet, Shane Fitzsimons is blown away by Utah

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Hiking the Narrows in Zion

Hiking the Narrows in Zion

The Hoodoos of Bryce Canyon

The Hoodoos of Bryce Canyon

The Ice Castles in Midway

The Ice Castles in Midway

In the Narrows

In the Narrows

Fondues are on the menu along with local venison, trout, schnitzel - and an elk tenderloin

Fondues are on the menu along with local venison, trout, schnitzel - and an elk tenderloin

Utah Ice Castles

Utah Ice Castles

Deer Valley Ski Resort

Deer Valley Ski Resort

Drew Petersen skiing down a groomed slope on a blue bird spring day with snow covered mountain peaks standing tall in the distance at Park City Mountain Resort in Park City, Utah. Picture: Scott Markewitz Photography

Drew Petersen skiing down a groomed slope on a blue bird spring day with snow covered mountain peaks standing tall in the distance at Park City Mountain Resort in Park City, Utah. Picture: Scott Markewitz Photography

Scott Markewitz

Historic Main Street in Park City, Utah. Picture: Douglas Pulsipher

Historic Main Street in Park City, Utah. Picture: Douglas Pulsipher

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Hiking the Narrows in Zion

The Flying J service station at Eagles Landing has got to be my favourite petrol station in the entire state of Utah.

They sell almond and maple syrup Snickers; they've got the cleanest restroom south of Salt Lake City... and in a red aluminium stand beside the Mexican lunch counter, they've got complimentary copies of Truck Paper - the "go-to guide if you're in the market for a truck".

I'm not currently in that market. But if I was, and I was after a 15-ton Mack Granite standard cab, with 200,000 miles on the clock (one careful lady owner/full service history/ a bargain at $35,000), this would be the magazine for me. I don't even own a CB radio, so I don't know why I'm leafing through Truck Paper, other than luxuriating in the sheer Americana of it all.