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Note: Many trails used during the summer may also be used during the winter. The Salt Lake Ranger District recommends you have avalanche awareness training or winter travel knowledge. Contact the Utah Avalanche Forecast Center for current updates on conditions and weather at Avalanche.org or at (801) 364-1581.
Life comes at you pretty fast when you alpine ski or snowboard. It's just the opposite when you slap on a pair of Nordic skis and beeline for one of the hundreds of trails in the Wasatch. You glide at your own pace with plenty of time to take in your scenery. And all for a lot less than the price of a resort lift ticket.
Utah's cross-country roads and trails ribbon through the Uinta and Wasatch Cache national forests, over BLM land and across the higher-elevation golf courses. Mill Creek Canyon, The Homestead and Soldier Hollow in Midway, White Pine Touring Center in Park City, Mountain Dell Golf Course, Solitude Nordic Center, and Sundance Nordic Center are just a handful of the most popular destinations for skinny skiers.
Soldier Hollow - Site of the 2002 Winter Olympic Nordic events has 31 km of trails on two loops. (435) 654-2002.
Wasatch Mountain State Park - The Homestead Resort in Midway operates the cross-country concession on their golf course and at Wasatch Mountain State Park; there's 12k of groomed cross-country skiing at the Resort, and 18k with diagonal stride and skating lanes in the park. Nordic ski rentals are available at both sites. (435) 654-1791.
Alta Ski Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon - There's a 5km groomed track at mid-mountain and a 3km loop near Wildcat. You'll need to buy a Nordic Pass or Track Ticket to get on the Sunnyside Lift. Rentals are available. (801) 799-2293
Solitude Nordic Center in Big Cottonwood Canyon - 20K of classic and skate trails. Call (801) 536-5774 for lessons, rentals and tours. You must purchase a Nordic day pass to use the facility.
Mill Creek Canyon Ski Trail: Mill Creek Canyon is located off 3800 South and Wasatch Boulevard east of Salt Lake City, Utah. The ski trail begins 5 miles up the canyon where the winter gate at Maple Grove Picnic Area is located. The summer road becomes the ski trail. From the gate to the top of the canyon, is about 4.5 miles. Dogs are allowed on the ski trail only on EVEN numbered calendar days. Dog owners are asked to bring bags for their dogs' feces. Dogs are required to be leashed in parking areas. Restrooms are open at the trailhead. The trail is intermediate level for cross country skiers, but would be beginner level for snow shoers. The ski trail is groomed once a week with cross country ski tracks set. Please do not snow shoe on the tracks, walk on the sides of the trail. Parking is limited at Maple Grove. Additional parking is available at Terraces boardwalk located less than 1/4 mile from Maple Grove. Use the ski access trail to get to Maple Grove. Cost: $2.25 per car.
Pipeline Trail: Pipeline is a popular mountain bike trail during the summer months that follows parallel to the road and takes you from near the bottom of Mill Creek Canyon to just above the Winter Gate. Mill Creek Canyon is located up 3800 South and Wasatch Boulevard east of Salt Lake City, Utah. The trail is great for beginners and intermediate snow shoers. The trail can be accessed from Churchfork, Burch Hollow, Elbow Fork, and Rattlesnake. Dogs are allowed on this trail, however if you drop down onto the ski trail, dogs are only allowed on EVEN numbered calendar days. Please brings bags for your dog's feces. Dogs are required to be leashed in parking areas. This trail faces southwest and may lack snow at times during the winter. Cost: $2.25 per car.
Jordan Pines and Spruces Campgrounds: Both campgrounds are located up Big Cottonwood Canyon (Highway 190) east of Salt Lake City, Utah. Jordan Pines is 8.8 miles up the canyon and Spruces is 9.7 miles up the canyon. Both areas are good for beginner and intermediate snow shoers who want a close place to workout. Snow trails meander between the campgrounds and can connect for a nice loop. Near Jordan Pines is an open area great for kids to play and practice in the snow (plus the vault toilets at Jordan Pines should be open). Dogs are not allowed in Big Cottonwood Canyon due to Salt Lake City Watershed regulations.
Little Cottonwood Canyon Trail: This trail is located up Little Cottonwood Canyon (Highway 210) east of Salt Lake City, Utah. The trailhead is shared with the Temple Quarry Nature Trail. The parking lot is located to the right of the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon and behind the large electrical sign. The gate to the parking lot will be closed during the winter so try parking in the UTA Ride-Share parking lot across the road. The Little Cottonwood Canyon Trail is a gradual climb that follows parallel to the road and Little Cottonwood Creek. Ice formations along this trail should be fantastic. No dogs are allowed in Little Cottonwood Canyon due to Salt Lake City Watershed regulations.
White Pine Area: The trailhead is located about 5.3 miles up Little Cottonwood Canyon (Highway 210) east of Salt Lake City, Utah. The parking lot and trailhead are located on the south side of the highway (right). Start on the White Pine Trail. Across the bridge, and a little off the trail is a large open area (about 10-11 acres). This area is a great place for kids and beginners to play and practice with snow shoes. Do not continue up the trail unless you are more intermediate or advanced. No dogs are allowed in Little Cottonwood Canyon due to Salt Lake City Watershed regulations.
Mount Aire: This trail is about 6.1 miles up Mill Creek Canyon (3800 South and Wasatch Boulevard east of Salt Lake City, Utah). You can either access the trailhead by the ski trail (follow ski trail about 1 mile, and then look for a trail on the left (north) side of the ski trail) or you can access it from the Pipeline Trail. Intermediate and advanced snow shoers are recommended for this trail. The trail climbs up and follows the ridge line most of the way until you get to the peak.
Lofty Peaks Snowmobile Rentals & Tours
Lofty Peaks Snowmobile Rentals & Tours. 2 Locations, above Park City & at Snowbird. Utah's Oldest, Largest and Still the Best! New snowmobiles, groomed trails and great meadows to play in. Longest season - November till the first of May.
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Snowmobile Adventures at Thousand Peaks
Ranked #1 on Trip Advisor. - Utah's Largest Private Ranch ( 60,000 acres ) with Highest tours (11,000') and Most snow (30') - "Snowmobile of the Year" Ski-doos, easiest to ride...only we've got them! Unbeatable Adventure!
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