Commercial Trails Resource Guide
If you’re trying snowshoeing for the first time, or you’re more comfortable in controlled environments, sticking to established trails is a great way to begin. Northern Utah has a selection of commercial snowshoe venues that provide groomed or marked trails. The advantages of going commercial include having trails that are easy to follow, being close to other people, being in an environment where you are unlikely to encounter avalanche conditions, and often the Nordic centers/commercial trails also have facilities where you can rent equipment or find guides if needed.
Little Cottonwood Canyon (Salt Lake City area)
Alta Ski Area
What: Groomed Summer Road: 2 + miles
Cost: No charge for snowshoeing on the summer road
Rentals: $15 a day @ Alta Ski Shop
How to Get there: Alta Ski Resort sits at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon. The Summer Road starts at the east end of the parking lot.
Contact: (801) 799-2293
Big Cottonwood Canyon (Salt Lake City area)
Solitude Nordic Center
What: 10K of snowshoe trails that wander between the Nordic Center and Solitude Village; full-service Nordic Center.
Where: Up canyon from Solitude ski resort. At Silver Lake.
Cost: $22 full day pass and gear; $18 half-day
Contact: (801) 536-5774
Sundance Nordic Center Yurt
What: 10K of snowshoe trails and a full-service Nordic Center with rentals and demos
Where: Just past the Sundance ski resort: 1.5 miles past the entry to the Sundance Ski Resort you will see a sign that says Cross Country Skiing that points to the left. Turn here and follow the road for .7 mile to the Cross Country/Nordic center.
Cost: 2 hour snowshoe tour (for 2 people) $175; $17 Adult full-day pass; $13 Adult half-day pass; reduced prices for children
Contact: 801.223.4170; http://www.sundanceresort.com/winter/nordic-center-en.html
Park City Area
All Seasons Adventures
What: Local and Uintah snowshoe tours
Cost: 2 hours $75 pp for local tours; $120 pp – Uintah tours
Where: Park City
Contact: (435) 649-9619; www.allseasonsadventures.com
White Pine Touring
What: Moonlight, local, and backcountry snowshoe tours
Cost: $175 for up to 2 people, $50 per additional person. Snowshoe Rentals $18 Adults; $8 Kids
Where: ProShop in the Hotel Park City on Thaynes Canyon Drive. 5.3 miles from Kimball Junction to Thaynes Canyon Drive.
Contact: 435.649.6249; www.whitepinetouring.com
Wasatch Mountain State Park
What: Access to the snow-covered summer trails (non-groomed). Snowshoers are not allowed on the Nordic ski track.
Costs: $6 Snowshoe Rental; $7 Entry Fee; Senior Discounts
Where: 50 miles from Salt Lake City, in the northeast corner of Midway;
What: 30K of Nordic ski trails. Snowshoers are to stay along the edges of the groomed Nordic ski trail network.
Costs: $17 – Adults rental $10 –Kids rental
Where: 55 miles from Salt Lake City. 2002 Olympic Drive, Midway, Utah. From Salt Lake City, take I- 80 East to Silver Creek Junction (exit 146). Go east on U.S. 40 past Jordanelle Reservoir toward Heber City. Take a right turn on S.R. 113 (100 South) to Midway. Take a left on 113 in Midway and travel two miles. Turn right just before the railroad tracks and follow the signs to Soldier Hollow.
Contact: 435.654.2002; www.soldierhollow.com