Explore the Tushars of Eagle Point Resort on Snowshoe

Views of Fishlake National Forest and the Tushar Mountains from Eagle Point Resort. Photo: Adam Clark
Views of Fishlake National Forest and the Tushar Mountains from Eagle Point Resort. Photo: Adam Clark

It seems too good to be true, I pile into an Eagle Point Resort shuttle with Lane Tucker, the resort’s mountain manager and chief bottle washer and head out past the edge of the ski resort under blue skies to a frozen lake. We climb out of the shuttle and Lane points across the lake, “From here we go on foot,” he says teasingly.

Strapping on snowshoes we leave the paved road and trudge out across the lake bed where a few animal tracks and the line of a brave snowmobiler are the only marks on the clean white snow. This is real snowshoeing, stomping on top of at least a foot of powder we make our way across the lake onto a hilly rise at the opposite end. No way you could do this without the gear, and like any excursion into the relative unknown, it comes with the thrills and peace of trying something new.

The hilly rise brings out the little kids in all of us and Lane produces two shovel-like sleds. “Do you want to go first, or shall I?” he asks with that twinkle in the eye that a local gets showing off for an out-of-towner. “Too late! Me first.” Throwing his snowshoes on his back, he tucks the sled between his legs and plops down on the powder for a whooping otter-like slide onto the frozen lake bed. Laughing and brushing the snow off he beckons me down the hill. I aim to emulate his graceful glide but get turned around and tumble down the bottom third of the hill rolling like a snowball onto the lake bed. “Avalanche!” Lane hollers at my performance as I come to stop. His words disappear into the expanse and the snow-packed hills.

Like any excursion into the relative unknown, it comes with the thrills and peace of trying something new.

I sit for a second, brushing the powdery snow out of my beard and regard the stillness.

Above an eagle soars looking for prey below and I remark that Eagle Point was aptly named. Lane tells me that the eagles are plentiful here in the Tushars and then gestures back up the hill. “Go again?”

As we say in Utah, “heck yeah!”

The details:

The snowshoeing excursions are offered out of Eagle Point Resort's Skyline day lodge and can be customized to your tolerance for adventure and group size. You can plan by phone at 855-EAGLE-PT or email at info@skieaglepoint.com. Be sure to dress in layers and bring a day pack to peel off into when you warm up. Snowshoeing is a good workout and you’ll warm up fast.

Jeremy Pugh

Jeremy Pugh is a writer living in Salt Lake City who, in one way or another, has been writing about culture, history, and the outdoors in Salt Lake City for more than a decade. Formerly the editor of Salt Lake magazine, Pugh is a freelancer and consultant writing for SKI, Sunset, and Salt Lake magazines and the author of the book 100 Things to Do in SLC Before You Die. A lifelong Utahn, Jeremy travels widely but always loves returning home to the mountains where he bikes, hikes, and skis as much as possible.

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