Believe it or not, January is a peak time of the year for some programs in Salt Lake City, most notably the city-wide Outdoor Retailer Winter Market convention which draws well over 20,000 attendees to view the latest and greatest in outdoor recreational equipment. This huge program literally fills the city, from hotels to restaurants to a handful of street closures near the Salt Palace Convention Center. If you have attended before, you have probably noticed them "moving in," as the program has typically begun the week after SLIG.
But Outdoor Retailer, OR as most locals affectionately call it, has decided to make a bold move this year. After what appears to be several months of deliberation, they have changed their dates to the second week of January. They will be wrapping up as we are moving in.
While this won't affect most of you, and fortunately it does not affect SLIG as a program at all, it will affect those who enjoy coming early to do an extra week of research. Our lodging block is now full over those early dates, and we are unable to obtain more rooms over those dates. If you are planning to come early, please be aware that this program will affect your ability to obtain a room - we recommend that you book now before the rest of the world figures out the date change - and make sure you have that booked before booking your airline travel.
Alternately, researchers might consider staying over to do additional research on the week following SLIG. Although the Family History Library is closed on Martin Luther King Day, it is open to 9:00 pm Tuesday through Friday the rest of the week, and to 5:00 pm on Saturday. Because of the move, we were able to add some rooms to our block over those dates and should be able to obtain more as needed. Our block now extends through Saturday, January 23, 2016. As one researcher told me just recently, "MLK Day will give me a day to get organized and do research in my room between SLIG and my library week." Not a bad way to view it.
Should you need any assistance, or have any questions about the changes and how it will affect SLIG this year, please feel free to drop us an email.