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Finding the right sunglass or goggle lens can be a challenge. Luckily, the Wood River Valley boasts two of the world’s finest winter sport lens manufacturers, which develop and test their products right here in our backyard. To learn which lens works best when, check out the tips below. -Sara Sheehy

Never use cotton or your fingers to clean your lenses. Touching the inside of the lens will cause it to continue to fog.  


Lens Tips

Choosing the right lens has everything to do with light—specifically the Visible Light Transmittance, or VLT, the amount of light the lens allows to pass through it. Those infamous flat light days are “not a result of a lack of light,” explained Smith Optics’ Greg Randolph. “It is an abundance of blue light to be precise. Blue light overloads your eye making it unable to see any contrast or shadow. Our lenses filter out the blue light to enhance contrast so you can see the surface definition you need.”

UV Rays
Do you only ski on those blue bird days? Look for an amber­–or gold–tinted lens to dampen those bright rays.

No More Fog
Keep a micro-fiber lens wipe handy! If you get snow inside the lens, gently wipe it away with the cloth. Never use cotton or your fingers. Touching the inside of the lens will cause it to continue to fog. If all else fails, head to the lodge to dry them out as soon as possible. Make sure to store your goggles properly between uses, i.e., NOT hanging from the rearview mirror. The sun will quickly break down the foam.




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Jan 6, 2012 07:53 pm
 Posted by  10

Why isn't the YMCA listed as a gym in the Wood River Valley? The Y is an amazing resource and gift to our community and should receive just as must exposure as the other gyms.

Jan 9, 2012 09:47 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Thanks 10. We agree. The Wood River YMCA is a great gym and terrific asset for the community. We have and will continue to give it positive press.
At the time of this article, however, the Y wasn't offering any ski-related fitness programs, which is the theme of this piece.
But they do offer lots of other fitness classes. Check out here for more info:

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