Fun activities available this winter!


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Isn't Utah supposed to be home to the best snow on earth? With barely any snow this season, Mother Nature isn't being very kind to Utah's slopes. Despite the lack of good skiing and snowboarding conditions, there are still a few activities around for those of you who like to head outdoors.

The Wasatch Front is a great host for many mountain adventures. The great scenic views are always for your viewing pleasure while skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, hiking and biking amongst other activities.

If you feel like taking to the skies to get that majestic view, there is the Park City Balloon Adventures where you can spend a morning floating in a hot air balloon.

In the Heber and Midway area, there is a range of things to discover. You can take advantage of the Homestead crater, a natural hot spot, where you can swim, snorkel and scuba dive. Or there is also the Heber Valley Railroad where you can take one of a few different train tours.

Rocky Mountain Outfitters has horseback riding, fly fishing, and snowmobile tours available. You can go winter fishing and snowmobiling through Strawberry Bay marina as well. We've been told that the fishing this season is fantastic!

The Utah Olympic Park has a bobsled ride and offers a free daily tour of the 2002 competition sites.

Aside from offering a place to ski and snowboard, Park City Mountain Resort has tubing at Gorgonza Park, an alpine roller coaster, snowmobiling, a zip line and much more available to keep your blood pumping. Most ski resorts may offer similar activities.

For you bikers, hikers and joggers out there, fear not--there are winter trails open in Park City too! The Round Valley Open Space is just one of them. The 700-acre area is frequently groomed, ready for snowshoeing, skiing, biking, walking and running. Connecting directly to the Round Valley is the Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail. Just north of Park City proper is the Snyderville Basin Recreation District with more multi-use trails as well.

White Pine and Jans both sell equipment and have biking, hiking and snowshoeing tours.

For more information on these outdoor activities and more, visit VisitParkCity.com.

Links: Park City Balloon Adventures Homestead crater Heber Valley Railroad Rocky Mountain Outfitters Strawberry Bay marina White Pine Jans Park City Mountain Resort