11 More Utah Winter Experiences Outside the Ski Resorts
No matter your level of adventure, you will find good reason to save some time for a day away from the resort.
6. Snowshoe in a national park.
I didn’t always understand the appeal of snowshoeing. But one day trip out on those giant, unwieldy contraptions and I’m a convert. Once you get snowshoes on your feet, you’re adventure-ready and able to access terrain, peaks, and views you could never otherwise reach without sinking up to your bellybutton in snow.
Combine that with Bryce Canyon National Park during a full moon for a lift-ticket-free adventure that can’t be recreated anywhere in the world. Guides take you down into the snowy canyon (no flashlights allowed), where you can wander around in the shadows of the hoodoos and other iconic Utah rock formations. The guided 1-2 mile hikes are completely free (even the snowshoes and poles are included) and begin just before dusk, so you can watch all the colors change in the canyon, and get all teary-eyed about the majestic-ness of it all.
7. Snowmobile at Scofield/Skyline Drive
Admit it — when you see a glittery patch of untouched snow, you just want to get in there and mess it all up. The Scofield/Skyline Drive Snowmobile Complex in the Manti-La Sal Mountains of central Utah has over 120 miles of groomed trails for cruising, and access to plenty of snowdrifts and open meadows for thrashing.
Sledding through the backcountry gets you a lot closer to nature than riding a chairlift. Even while clinging to the handlebars of a gas-powered machine, there’s a big-hearted appreciation for your physical surroundings that’s contagious the second you hit the throttle, whether it’s to cruise down a groomed track between the trees or to tear through some fresh Utah powder in a wide-open bowl with your mouth smiling so wide the fronts of your teeth get cold.