Winter is here and there’s nothing you’d like more than to wrap yourself up in Grandma’s hand-stitched quilt with a mug of hot chocolate and a fire roaring in the fireplace. But we live in Utah, and you’ll miss half the fun if you go into hibernation.
And near and dear to our heart at Granger-Hunter Improvement District, winter is a great time to enjoy one of our state’s most precious resources – water!
• You’re probably expecting us to point out Utah’s great ski slopes and cross-country ski trails, and we can, with pride. But have you ever tried tubing? Several resorts offer the daring slide down the mountain, including Soldier Hollow in the Wasatch Mountain State Park. Its lanes stretch 1,200 feet, the longest in Utah!
• Feeling Olympic? Strap on some skates and head to the 2002 Winter Olympics grounds around Salt Lake City, where you can skate the path of champions. More than 100 speed-skating records were set at the Utah Olympic Oval and you can catch future Olympians training at the Utah Olympic Park. Be sure to check out the Comet Bobsled Ride – hey, mon, it’s a 60-mph rush!
• Ready for some real adventure? Head for Provo Canyon’s Stairway to Heaven, reaching heights of 800 feet in its multi-pitches. There are a few less daunting options as well, though this isn’t for the faint of heart!
• Looking for a quieter moment in Utah’s winter splendor? How about grabbing a rod and an auger for some ice fishing? Watch for the reservoirs to freeze over – always check websites such as the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources’ Fishing Reports for the latest fishing conditions, including the ice thickness – and dress warm!
• For an even mellower moment, head to the Homestead Resort for sleigh and horse-drawn buggy rides, and take in the views of Heber Valley and the Wasatch Mountains. Afterwards, you can chill, so to speak, in the natural hot spring under a 55-foot limestone dome. (Another option is North Forty Escapes’ dog-sled winter tour in Park City.)