Outdoor Living

Winter can be enjoyable; get active, educated, and excited!

While some people are dreading the winter months, others can’t wait for the snow to fly! If you are one who doesn’t like winter, maybe you just need to pick up a winter sport. Utah has some of the best terrains for Alpine, Nordic, and Backcountry skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and fat biking. While all of these activities require money, equipment, and knowledge; you can do all of them on a budget with a little bit of education.  

 ACCESS Living in Utah Valley offers access to several major Ski Resorts, Nordic Ski Centers, and numerous groomed and ungroomed backcountry trails all within a few hours. Here are a few local favorites:  

 Ski Resorts 

Alta (Little Cottonwood Canyon) 


Brighton (Big Cottonwood Canyon) 


Deer Valley (Park City) 

Park City 

Sundance (Provo Canyon) 


Nordic Ski Centers 



Soldier Hollow 



Jeremy Ranch 

Mountain Dell 

Wasatch Mountain State Park 

 EQUIPMENT Now that you know where to go, how do you go about getting the right equipment? Equipment rentals are available at resorts, but you can save some money by renting from local outdoor retail shops and university outdoor programs. If you have kids, you can rent for the entire season and then return the package once the season is over. Here are a few rental options: 

 Outdoor Retail Shops 

Out N Back  

Second Tracks 

Nyman’s Ski Shop 

Mad Dog Cycles (Fat Bikes) 

White Pine Touring 


Skimo Co 

 University Outdoor Programs 

Utah Valley University Outdoor Adventure Center 

Brigham Young University Outdoors Unlimited 

HOW  Take it one step at a time, literally. Don’t be intimidated, if you can walk you can cross-country ski and snowshoe. Downhill skiing and snowboarding take a little bit more instruction, but all resorts offer beginner classes. Look for continuing education, community, and school programs. And remember to get educated in avalanche safety, check out and get into a Know Before You Go class. Take the first step, get excited!  


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Written by Kimberly Reynolds

Kimberly Reynolds is the Program Manager for the Utah Valley University OUtdoor Adventure Center