Utah offers a variety of scenic backdrops for incredible cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at ski resorts, state parks, national forests and private lands.
Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing Utah
Cross-Country (Nordic) Skiing and Snowshoeing
There are many ways to experience The Greatest Snow on Earth® beyond the dreamy downhill of our 15 ski resorts. Utah's famous snow is equally ideal for serene moonlit snowshoe tours as it is for your cardio workouts on Nordic skis.
Utah has hundreds of roads and trails on and around its public lands, perfect for cross-country skiing journeys or exhilarating adventures on snowshoes. There are mountain top routes, tracks through snow-dusted red rock, historic trails ... even some of our snowed-in golf courses get into the act.
Know Before You Go
No matter where you are in the state, always make sure to check local conditions before entering Utah backcountry. Read more about avalanche safety from expert Craig Gordon and for current avalanche conditions throughout Utah, please visit: www.utahavalanchecenter.org
Utah Avalanche Center's Craig Gordon
Snowbasin Resort, in Huntsville, (801) 620-1000, has a Nordic skiing area with 26 km of groomed cross-country and snowshoeing trails.
North Fork Park, just north of the town of Liberty, (801) 399-8491 has 20 km of trails that are groomed six times per week. The South Gate trailhead's Ogden Nordic Center offers warm drinks, maps, gear and friendly conversation Thursday through Sundays from 9 am to 4 pm.
In 2002, Soldier Hollow was the Nordic skiing venue for the Olympic Winter Games. Now you can experience this world-class biathlon course for yourself with 16 miles of groomed cross-country trails at your feet. Contact Soldier Hollow at (435) 654-2002, or online at www.soldierhollow.com.
The Homestead Cross-Country Ski Centerin Midway near Park City, has 12 km of onsite groomed trails, lessons and rentals and accesses more than 100 miles of groomed trails and open powder. Warm up in the steaming 96-degree waters of Homestead Crater. (435) 654-1102, 800-327-7220
Solitude Nordic Center, Big Cottonwood Canyon, near Salt Lake City, (801) 536-5774, 800-748-4SKI, 20 km of groomed trails, lessons, rentals, and tours offered. Ski or snowshoe to Solitude's cozy Yurt for a five-course meal prepared before your eyes. Reservations at 801-536-5709 or email@example.com.
Check out the classic or skate skiing on Alta's 5-km groomed track. Accessible mid-mountain via Sunnyside lift with a Nordic Pass or Track Ticket, (801) 359-1078.
The Viking Yurtat Park City Mountain Resortbrings Norwegian hospitality to the Rocky Mountains, and while the Yurt concept might traditionally be accessed on skis or a hearty snowshoe climb, this four-hour dinner event includes a snow-cat-pulled sleigh ride up the hill. (435) 615-YURT.
Sundance Nordic Centerat Sundance Resort is accessed through Provo Canyon, between Provo and Heber and offers incredible access to a pristine back country experience as well as immaculate wide groomed trails. Not only is there 15 km of groomed trails, lessons, rentals, and night skiing for cross-country skiers, but another 10 km of forested trails are dedicated for snowshoe exploration. (801) 225-4107, 1-800-892-1600
Brian Head Resort, near Cedar City, (435) 677-2035, (800) 27-BRIAN, 42 km of trails including 10 km groomed, lessons, rentals, and night skiing.
Best Western Ruby's Inn, near Bryce Canyon National Park, (435) 834-5341, (800) 468-8660, 50 km of groomed trails, lessons, rentals, tours offered, and night skiing.
Bryce Canyon National Park and Vicinity, cross-country skiing is allowed in the national park. A ski trail brochure is available at the visitor center.
Just south on Hwy 143, in the winter the road into Cedar Breaks National Monument closes and the area offers seven miles of groomed trail for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the monument and the surrounding Dixie National Forest. An additional 31 miles of marked and unmarked backcountry trails also surround the area
Duck Creek Village, 30 miles east of Cedar City on state Hwy 14, has groomed cross-country ski trails, ski and snowmobile rentals and instruction.
West of Monticello or north of Blanding, trails for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling lead into the Abajo Mountains of the Manti-La Sal National Forest. Groomed trails provided, private backcountry huts are available. Call (435) 259-SNOW for road, avalanche, and snow conditions.