Try Your Hand at These Fun, Festive Activities
Every winter, thousands of visitors flock to our state for world-class skiing, breathtaking natural beauty, and perfect winter weather. After all, they don’t call it “The Greatest Snow On Earth” for nothing! Instead of hitting the slopes again, why not start a new tradition? Utah has a wide variety of unique, exciting activities to enrich your winter and create lasting memories.
Unique Winter Activities for Utah Locals
Put down the snowballs and shelve that hot cocoa mix. This winter is unlike any other and should be treated as such! As the holiday season rolls around, get out and about and safely experience all that Utah has to offer.
1. Go for Gold on a Bobsled
The 2002 Olympic Winter Games took place in Park City, and the impressive Olympic facility is now open to the public. This winter, take a ride on one of only two sliding tracks in the nation for a medal-worthy holiday experience. Groups of up to three can join a professional pilot for a fast, winding, once-in-a-lifetime ride. This year, tickets are just $195 per person, and the season’s schedule is outlined on the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation’s website.
If you realize bobsledding is your calling and choose to settle down in Park City, check out this 3 bed, 3 bath. After a long day on the track, you can turn the fireplace on and relax in that luxurious soaking tub. Plus, there’s plenty of storage space for all the requisite spandex.
2. Sit for a Virtual Sundance Film
Each year, film buffs from around the world don their boots and coats and take to the Beehive State for the famed Sundance Film Festival. Programming includes multimedia installations, live performances, and, of course, film premiers. Luckily, not even a pandemic could put a dampener on Sundance. This year’s COVID-19-friendly changes include Sundance Institute labs, intensives, and sessions all hosted virtually on the organization’s digital platform, Sundance Co//ab. So, no matter where you spend the season, you can participate in one of Utah’s most popular winter attractions.
For the ultimate experience, tune in from Sundance, UT, the famed festival’s namesake. This 6 bed, 6 bath features a home-theater-style set up and a basement wet bar complete with a popcorn machine. Factor in a high-quality sound system and you won’t even notice the change of venue.
3. MUSH! Give Dog Sledding a Run
Did you know that sled dogs love running so much they know the commands for left, right, and straight, but not stop? Spending the day with a team of passionate pups makes for a truly unforgettable winter experience. Seriously, this isn’t your grandma’s horse-drawn carriage ride. You’ll get both an adrenaline rush and a workout steering the sled and shifting your weight to stay upright. Plus, there are plenty of happy pups to pet.
If you seem to be a natural, consider staying in Coalville, one of Utah’s most popular destinations for dog-sledding adventures. This 6 bed, 3 bath has a fenced-in backyard for your team of furry friends and wood-look floors to make sweeping all that shed fur a breeze. We’ll catch you at the Iditarod!
4. Rule From a Real-Life Ice Castle
Ice Castles, an award-winning frozen attraction, is opening a Midway, Utah location this year. This palace is certainly cool, constructed from hundreds of thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional artists. The icy interior features colorful light sculptures, carved thrones, tunnels, slides, and intricate, frosty fountains. Tickets range from $9.99-$19.99 if the cold never bothered you anyway.
If ice isn’t your thing, you can purchase a more traditional castle of your own just down the road. This 6 bed, 10 bath features a heated outdoor pool, steam room, theater, and even a golf simulator. Now that’s regal.
5. Dip Your Toes Into Ice Fishing
Lace up your snow boots and line the fishing poles! Ice fishing is a relaxing, unique way to enjoy the best of Utah’s winter season. Each year, anglers take to the lake and try their luck. For just $34, you can join the weathered ranks of some of the state’s most dedicated fishermen.
If you’re hooked on a new hobby, this 4 bed, 4 bath is right on Bear Lake, one of Utah’s most popular ice fishing destinations. Make your home on the shore and school all those other anglers.
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