5 winter sports for thrill seekers

Winter in Utah is a wonderful time full of fun  but for Utahans with a thirst for adventure, sometimes a day on the slopes just isn’t enough.  Luckily there are some exciting sports to choose from that will get your blood pumping and they are all right in our backyards.  Here are 5 not so average winter sports to try out  to get your heart racing.

1.Snow kiting

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What: Snowkiting combines the thrills of snowboarding with the speed and air of kite surfing.  Most beginner can get air in as little as 3o  minutes of lessons so get ready to get some serious air.

WhereUtah Snowkite Center hosts guided trips and lessons at Skyline, Strawberry, Park City, Powder Mt, and other locations throughout Utah

2.Snowshoeing

Photo Credit: Sunset.com

Photo Credit: Sunset.com

What: Check out Utah’s back country on foot and observe nature like you never have before. This may sound  like a tame walk in the park but don’t be fooled, snowshoeing through the backcountry comes with risks from close encounters with wild animals to avalanches.

Where: White Pine Touring, Take  a guided tour through the mountains of  Park City with the pros for  a short walk, night hike or a  day long back country adventure.

3.Ice climbing

Photo Credit: Ice climbing Utah

Photo Credit: Ice climbing Utah

What: Learn to climb  Utah’s frozen waterfalls using crampons and ice tools and experience a rush like no other.

Where: Utah Mountain Adventures offers lessons and guided tours for all skill levels  along the Wasatch Front.

4.Dog sledding

Photo Credit: All season adventures

Photo Credit: All season adventures

What: Glide through the snow behind a pack of dogs at full speed! This is one adventure the whole family can enjoy, these pups love what they do and many of them are rescue dogs who are getting a second chance at life.

Where: All Seasons Adventures takes you on a ride across meadows and on some of Park City’s many trails.  Pile your whole family (or at least 350 lbs worth) into a sled for a 1 hour ride.

5.Snow biking

Photo Credit: Cycling Utah

Photo Credit: Cycling Utah

What: You don’t have to give up biking for the winter,  get on a fat bike and plow through the snow on one of the great trails along the Wasatch Front.

Where: Cycling Utah  gives you the low down on the best trails to try out  on your fat bike.

 

As with any winter sports, it’s important to be aware of all the risks involved. Before heading out on your adventures be sure to do your research, take lessons and have all the proper gear. Here are a few resources to keep you up to date on winter safety.

 

Mikaela is a transplant from Portland, fell in love with Ogden her first day in town and created Indie Ogden the next week. She enjoys outdoor adventures with her husband, 2 kiddos and fur baby and making a mess crafting. You can find her at a local cafe or cycling around town with her family.