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