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Insider's Guide - Winter in Heber Valley

The mystical magic of the Heber Valley is extra extraordinary in the winter. Where else in Utah can you: swim in a geothermal crater; visit an ice castle; take a ride on a holiday-themed historic railroad; enjoy an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage ride; take a zipline tour; go tubing at a 2002 Olympic venue; enjoy 200 miles of snow-covered groomed trails; meet the cows on a local dairy farm tour; take a snowmobile tour; go ice fishing; go ice skating, shop along the streets of a Swiss village; and then enjoy dinner at locally-owned farm-to-table restaurant? Wow, that’s a lot of options…way more than you can do in one trip. And the best part is that this destination is just a short drive (45 miles) from Salt Lake City.

Explore your Backyard Brian Head

1-Brian Head is Utah’s highest resort town, sitting at 9,600 feet in elevation. This tiny southern Utah town, with a population of less than 100 full-time residents, “packs a punch” when it comes to winter adventures, especially the family-friendly variety. Whether you are a mountain resort skiing/snowboarding family, or you prefer the solitude of Nordic skiing, or the fast-paced action of snowmobiling is more your speed, this winter destination has something for everyone. And, the best part of all, it is surrounded by the iconic red rock vistas of southern Utah, making this a winter destination like no other.

Snow Safety 101 for the Family

When most people think about winter recreation in Utah, skiing will likely be the first thing that comes to mind…and for good reason. Quick, easy access to The Greatest Snow on Earth makes Utah one of the best ski destinations on the planet. But skiing isn’t the only way to enjoy Utah’s mountains in winter. Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and sledding have always been popular wintertime activities, and more families are catching on to these outstanding, cost-effective winter sports that don’t require pricey lift tickets or as hefty of an investment in gear.

Family Ski Retreat Beaver Mountain + Bear Lake

  • Posted On: Jan 16, 2020 at 01:11 PM
  • Category: General Interest, Kids, North
  • Tags: skiingwinterfamily
A Family Ski Retreat - Beaver Mountain + Bear Lake Did you know that Utah is home to 15 mountain resorts and that they come in all different shapes and sizes? Everything can be found – from the largest resort in North America, aka Park City Mountain, to the oldest family-owned and operated ski resort in North America, Beaver Mountain, along with everything in-between.

A Red Rock New Years Eve

A Red Rock New Year’s Eve Celebration Moab in the winter is nothing short of spectacular. The blanket of white snow covering the red rock landscapes is an epic sight that every Utahan needs to witness at least a few times. The weather in red rock country this time of year can be temperamental, like your two-year-old, so be sure to pack your sense of adventure along with a few extra layers of clothing for the family. Depending on the year, the winter temps in Moab can range from below zero at night to the 40-50s during the day and can change at the drop of a hat, so be sure to plan and pack accordingly.

7 EPIC Spring Destinations

7 EPIC Spring Destinations Spring has sprung…and with that comes the desire to migrate south to warmer destinations. If you are looking for some new places to explore this spring here is our to-do list

Winter Adventuring in Moab

Moab is the ultimate outdoor playground, offering something for everyone. From high-adventure mountain biking on the infamous Portal Trail to an afternoon stroll in the Park, Moab is the epicenter for “all things adventure.” Some of the best mountain bike trails, national parks, hikes, climbs, OHV trails, photography, landscapes…and the list just keeps going…are all found here.

A Southern Utah Family Escape

A Southern Utah Family Escape Influencer Tips from - Arika Bauer aka ZionAdventurePhotog Growing up in Hurricane Utah, just 20 minutes from Saint George, I have fond memories of jumping out of bed, running barefoot to the window and peeking out in wonder at the blanket of snow covering my backyard; but that was a very rare occurrence. The majority of my winter days were spent running around outside rarely ever needing a coat.

Road Trippin’ Celebrate the New Year

New Year’s is always a time of reflection, looking back over the last 365 days – the good, the bad and the ugly – it is a time of joyous anticipation of what’s to come in the new year. In my early adulthood, New Year’s Eve was always a time to get dressed up, go out and just have a ton of fun, ringing in the new year with the glass or two of champagne donned in some silly party hat with glitter, sparkles, and feathers (you know the kind). The evening usually ended in the wee hours of the morning making the next day…New Year’s Day…a lost cause. Let’s just say thoughts of inspiration and goal setting were not completely coming through my foggy sleep-deprived brain. Flash forward a few years…yes just a few...to current-day motherhood, a place my twenty-something-self imagined but had no real concept of this awesome reality.

Utah’s BEST…Family Friendly Ski Retreats

Planning a family ski vacation can be a bit daunting for a variety of reasons: it’s too expensive (lodging, lift tickets, food, lessons, travel), unsure of the quality of the kids’ ski programs, and is the terrain family-friendly? These may be just a few concerns at the top of the list. Well, we have two resorts in Utah that are PERFECT for your next family-friendly ski trip.

How to...Moab...in the off season!

Red rock scenery mixed with fresh snow and less crowds, make Moab the ideal place to go in the "off season."

River Rafting Round-up!

Unplug, recharge and reconnect with your loved ones on any of Utah's awesome rivers, here we round up our favorite family trips!

Keep the Tires Rolling this Summer on Utah’s Paved Bike Paths

Find out where some of our favorite paved paths are in Utah. Grab your bike, sneakers, scooter or stroller and get the kids outside!

Discover Logan Canyon

Beautiful Logan Canyon is an excellent family-friendly destination for adventure and fun, with several great hiking opportunities perfect for young hikers. Many popular hiking trails are located near Stokes Nature Center, in the heart of the Logan Canyon Children’s Forest.

Tour De BrewTah

Abra Kanabra Adventure

CASTING A SPELL IN A LITTLE KNOWN CORNER OF SOUTHERN UTAH!

Totally Tubular!

Here in Utah we are so lucky to have unique Olympic venues for our communities to enjoy!

If Hot Chocolate Could Speak

Get the low down from Ski Utah's Brandon Ott on the how, what and where for skiing with your family in Utah!

The New Game in Town - Mountain Biking in St. George

Just a few short years ago, if you asked Utah residents what comes to mind when they think of Southwest Utah, the answer was inevitably, "Zion National Park, sunshine, retirees, and endless rounds of golf." The St. George marathon was occasionally mentioned, but rarely did you hear ...

The Mighty 5 Tour

Something incredible happened in Utah some 300 million years ago that can only be described as mighty. In the region of southern Utah's magnificent canyon country, immense geological forces were in motion.