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We love spending time outdoors, and we don’t let the cold get in the way. Here is a list of 7 ways for you to enjoy the outdoors even in the harsh weather.
1. Ski. Utah.
Utah is home to “The Greatest Snow on Earth.” It’s not hard to see why! With 11 resorts within an hour driving distance from Salt Lake City, it’s not hard to find yourself on the slopes. Weather you enjoy technical skiing, the terrain park tricks, or sipping hot chocolate in the lodge, there is a ski resort out there for you. Visit https://www.skiutah.com/ for more resort information
2. Ice Skating
There are tons of places to go ice skating this winter season and it’s one of those activities that brings out the real spirit of the holidays. The Gallivan center is always a fun place to go, Station Park in Farmington has a small ring great for children, as well as Park City Mountain Resort. If you are in Utah County, The Peaks Ice Arena is an excellent choice.
3. Tubing at Soldier Hollow
We love going tubing every year at Soldier Hollow. Located in Midway, Ut, The rush of sliding down a 1,200 foot chute attached to friends and family is the formula for a good time. The most fun is at night, sledding under the lights. When you are done, warm up with some hot chocolate in the lodge! Slated to open this year December, 18th.
Visit http://soldierhollow.com/tubing for more info.
Be sure to watch Groupon for discounts, usually you can save up to 50% off!
4. Swim in The Crater
Nearby Soldier Hollow is the Homestead Crater in Midway, Ut. The Crater is a geothermal spring, hidden within a 55-foot tall, beehive-shaped limestone rock. You can escape the cold by swimming, snorkeling or even scuba diving in its warm (90-96 degree) water! You can even take a Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga lesson. Snorkel rentals available on site.
Visit: http://homesteadresort.com/utah-resort-things-to-do/homestead-crater/ for more info.
5. Fifth Water Hot Springs
If you are looking for a great winter hike, then this is for you! Bundle up, grab your water bottle and swim suit and head to the Fifth Water Hot Springs! The Springs are located up Diamond Fork Canyon, a split off from Spanish Fork Canyon. A half hour drive from Spanish Fork, Ut, and an easy 2-3 hour hike will land you at the hot springs. Picturesque blue pools with snow covered banks will give you one of the best memories of the season. A flowing cold waterfall through the spring area is fun to see who can last the longest before retreating back to the warm water. Be careful not to sit too close to a spring opening or you may be burned. This is a great hike to make even with children, but be sure to scope out the area before the kiddos arrive as it isn’t uncommon (although prohibited) to find people bathing in the nude.
For driving and trail directions visit: http://www.everytrail.com/guide/fifth-water-hot-springs-in-diamond-fork-canyon
6. Utah Olympic Park
Created for the 2002 Winter Olympics, the Utah Olympic Park boasts several winter activities. From Bobsledding to Zip-Lining, the park is full of adventure that is fun for children and adults. Learn more about USA’s Olympic past by touring the Facility and Olympic Museum located on site. The tour includes riding a shuttle to the top of the world’s highest nordic ski jumps and one of the fastest sliding tracks in the world!
For More info visit: http://utaholympiclegacy.org/park-activities/
7. Indoor Climbing
Your local crag might be frozen over, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t keep up your crimps! Whether you are a seasoned climber or boulderer, there are multiple options to climb through the winter.
In Utah County, The Quarry offers 13,000 feet of wall space between lead climbing, top roping, and bouldering. With climbing routes up to 5.13 and bouldering problems up to V-13, the Quarry offers something for everyone. Visit http://quarryclimbing.com/ for hours and rates.
There are multiple options for climbing gyms in Salt Lake.
Momentum offers Three locations, Milcreek, Sandy, and Lehi. With large climbing and bouldering areas, Momentum is an excellent choice. Visit https://www.momentumclimbing.com/ for hours and rates.
The Front is indoor boulderer’s dream. With over 10,000 feet of problems, you will never get bored trying to solve your next send. The Front also includes complete Yoga and Pilates programs. Visit http://www.frontslc.com/
The University of Utah Student Life Center.
The new University of Utah Student Life Center is an excellent place to climb on a budget. Although it has a smaller climbing and bouldering area, you can also lift, run, swim, box, play basketball, soccer, and raquetball with your admission. Admission is free for students, $6 for general public. Please visit http://campusrec.utah.edu/facilities/facilityhours/ for hours and rates.
Now you have multiple ways to enjoy the winter weather (or to escape it)! Which of these activities are you going to do this winter? Let us know in the comments below, we would love to hear from you!