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The itinerary: Utah’s ski areas get ready for season

Utah gears up for skiing

It’s November, and that’s a cue for Utah’s many ski areas and resorts, from skis-only Alta Mountain to Robert Redford’s Sundance Resort, to put out the welcome mat. Alta Mountain is scheduled to open Nov. 21; Sundance, which offers skiing, snowboarding, night skiing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, is to open Dec. 6; kid-friendly Brighton Resort, near Salt Lake City, is set to open Nov. 22; and the luxurious Deer Valley Resort opens Dec. 6. For updates and details on all of the state’s many ski areas, go to

— Sandy Guerra-Cline

D.C. hotel readies for anniversary

New portraits of President Abraham Lincoln and his family are being unveiled at the Willard InterContinental hotel in Washington, D.C., ahead of next year’s 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination. One of artist John Gable’s portraits depicts Mary Lincoln and eldest son Robert Lincoln, and the other portrait President Lincoln and sons Willie and Tad. The hotel, Ford’s Theatre and the Newseum are holding a contest to give away a weekend getaway in a room where Lincoln stayed. The Newseum is planning a 2015 exhibit chronicling Lincoln’s death.

— The Associated Press

Disney park doffs its hat

The sorcerer’s hat is coming down at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Central Florida. Disney officials say the giant blue sorcerer’s hat display will be replaced in 2015. Unveiled in 2001, the hat has greeted fans who entered the park ever since and was inspired by a story in the classic 1940 Disney film Fantasia, in which sorcerer’s apprentice Mickey Mouse steals the hat and disaster ensues. Disney has yet to say what will replace it.

— The Associated Press

Fun fact

America’s King in London

Tickets are already on sale for an exhibition of more than 300 artifacts associated with Elvis Presley in what organizers say is the largest retrospective of the late rock ’n’ roll icon ever mounted in Europe. Elvis Presley Enterprises says “Elvis at The O2: The Exhibition of His Life” will open Dec. 12 in London and is scheduled to run through Aug. 31, 2015. Artifacts come from the Presley family’s Graceland Archives.

— The Associated Press