Utah offers alternative winter activities

Published on : Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Utah-Tourism-300x135Winter has arrived, and as skiers and snowboarders alike head to the mountains, Utah is offering visitors even more opportunities to get a taste of The Greatest Snow on Earth®. From Park City’s Olympic Park to guided ice fishing trips, Utah is the ideal destination for a family-friendly winter getaway that goes beyond the slopes. Below are highlights of the state’s best offerings.

Northern Utah
• Utah Olympic Park (Park City, UT) – Utah Olympic Park offers one-hour guided venue tours. The tour stops at the top of the Nordic Ski Jumps, Bobsled Start House and Olympic Aerials Pool. Visitors also have the opportunity to ride down the 2002 Winter Olympic Track in a three-passenger Comet Bobsled, or command their own sled on the Rocket Skeleton among other Olympic-worthy activities.
• Winter Standup Paddleboard Yoga (Park City, UT) – Guests can stay warm and fit this winter with geothermal standup paddleboard yoga in the mineral-rich, 90 degree water of the 10,000-year-old Homestead crater. Park City Yoga Adventures offers standup boarding yoga at the crater as well as a snowshoe and yoga tour.
• Snowshoeing Adventures (Sundance, UT) – Utah provides excellent snowshoeing conditions from early December through the end of April. Individuals or groups can take guided tours, including full moon hikes, for sweeping views of the Wasatch Mountain Range. Popular snowshoeing destinations include Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest outside of Park City and Sundance Resort.
• Ice Castle (Midway, UT) – Built by hand from more than 20,000,000 pounds of ice, the Utah Ice Castle in Midway was started by “growing” more than 5,000 icicles each day that are then harvested and sculpted together to create large towers, tunnels, archways, caves, caverns and safe pathways for pedestrian exploration.
• Guided Ice Fishing Trips (Wasatch, UT) -Whether an expert or beginner, ice fishing is an activity for everyone. Some of the best locations for ice fishing in Utah include Fish Lake in Fishlake National Forest, Strawberry Reservoir in Uinta National Forest and Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. For up-to-date information on fishing hot spots, tips and licensing, visit the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources fishing page.
• Snowcat Adventures (Park City, UT) – Travelers can ride in style this winter in a snowcat – essentially a big heated van equipped to tackle snowy terrain. The enclosed-cab, truck-size, fully tracked vehicle is used to find untracked terrain to explore on skis or snowshoes. Utah is home to the second biggest snowcat skiing operation in the world, Park City Powdercats.
• Ice Climbing (Provo, UT) – For a more extreme winter activity, Wasatch ice is among the best in the nation offering the opportunity to scale frozen waterfalls with crampons and ice tools. Ice climbing is typically available from December through February. Popular ice climbs can be found in Provo, Logan Little Cottonwood Canyon and Maple canyons. Utah Mountain Adventures is a great resource for more information on guided ice climbing opportunities in the state.

Southern Utah
• Winter Photography Tours (Moab, UT) – Natural weather patterns and the southerly light present throughout most of the day makes winter the best time for photography in Utah. Moab Photo Tours offers a variety of photography safaris through Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, providing visitors with the opportunity to capture beautiful, unique and professional quality images.
• Snowmobile Excursions (Cedar City, UT) – Combining the excitement of a fast ride with the snow covered red rock hoodoos of Cedar Breaks National Monument, snowmobiling is a great activity for both individuals and groups. Guests can take guided tours or find their own paths. Thunder Mountain Motorsports will even deliver snowmobile rentals straight to your hotel.
• Winter Paintball (Brian Head, UT) – Winter paintballing can be found at Summit Mountain Lodge near the picturesque Dixie National Forest. Whether a beginner or veteran, a round of paintball will provide a gaming adventure that keeps participants moving and thinking.
• Cross-Country Skiing (Bryce Canyon, UT) – Utah’s cross-country skiing provides travelers with a memorable ski experience beyond the traditional slopes. Bryce Canyon offers some of the best cross-country skiing and stargazing in the nation for a quintessential winter getaway. Trails at Bryce Canyon National Park skirt the canyon rim offering stunning views of the snowcapped red rock hoodoos. Other areas in the state for optimal cross-country skiing conditions include Round Valley, Mountain Dell, Solitude and Soldier Hollow.

Source:- Visit Utah

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