Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are always fun family adventures for all ages! Sometimes it’s a little overwhelming knowing where to start when heading out on a snowshoe or cross country skiing adventure. Below are tips to get you and your family out having fun in the snow:
Where to begin?
- First off, you are going to need skiis or snowshoes if you don’t have your own. HERE is a list of places where you can rent equipment.
- What about lessons? The great thing about cross country skiing and snowshoeing is that because most of the terrain is going to be flat, or slightly “hilly”, you can go without having a formal lesson. I remember my parents taking us cross country skiing when I was about 12, and we just went, put on our skiis, and learned by experience. We had many laughs falling down at first, but by the end of the day we were pretty good at staying up!
- Check the weather and avalanche warnings.
- Review Winter Mountain Survival tips.
- Make sure you have appropriate clothing and are dressed warm! The Survival Mama has great tips on dressing warm for kids and dressing warm for adults.
Where to go? Should we go with a guide, or on our own?
- Like hiking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing are activities you can easily do on your own if you don’t want to hire a guide. Just remember that a well-trained guide can show you the best trails, and local wildlife to see.
- Here are places that you can go, with or without a guide (thanks Utah Travel Center for most of the info!). If you are wanting to go with a guide, these are the best places to look. They can also offer you trails to go off on your own without a guide:
- Wasatch Mountain State Park (Midway) 435-654-1791, Cross-country skiing is popular here. Visit their website for more info.
- Soldier Hollow at Wasatch Mountain State Park (Midway) 435-654-2002. 26 km of groomed trails, site of the Cross-country, Biathlon, and Nordic Combine Olympic competitions. Lessons and rentals available.
- Jordanelle State Park (by Heber) Call: Hailstone: (435) 649-9540 or Rock Cliff: (435) 782-3030. Their non-motorized cross-country ski trail offers access to the Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park.
- White Pine Touring Center (Park City) 435-649-8701, 435-649-8710, 18 km of groomed trails, lessons, rentals available, and tours offered.
- The Homestead Cross Country Ski Center (in Midway/near Park City) 435-654-1102, 800-327-7220. Features 12 km of groomed trails, lessons and rentals available.
- Sherwood Hills (near Logan), 435-245-5054, 800-532-5066. 20 km of trails – 5 km groomed, lessons by prior arrangement, rentals available and night skiing.
- Solitude Nordic Center Provo Canyon (east of Provo) 801-225-4107, 800-892-1600. 15 km of groomed trails, lessons, rentals available and night skiing.
- Of course, you can always just rent your skis and snowshoes, and head up one of Utah’s famous canyons! (For a list of great canyons for cross-country skiing, visit this link and scroll down to Activities and Attractions, and Sports and Recreation.)
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