Things To Do on Winter Weekends
Locally sourced organic eats, historic charm, numerous adventures, and non-crowded ski lift lines attracts visitors from around the world to Ogden Valley. Even President Teddy Roosevelt once explored the area when a trolley was the only means of transportation through the narrow ravine. Much of the natural beauty remains bolstered now by lift access to some of the greatest skiing on Earth at three nearby resorts. If you’re planning to visit Ogden Valley, here are 9 ways to explore this majestic place.
1. Gray Cliff Lodge
One of the most popular dining spots in the Valley is this lovely little lodge. With an indoor mountain ambiance, fantastic food, and a noteworthy location, Gray Cliff provides an experience like none other. The best part? Live music is played for Sunday brunches! Call 801.392.6775 for reservations.
2. Wheeler Canyon
Rated as easy, the wide dirt road, long closed to autos, provides a modest elevation gain and steep sidewalls. This trail serves as the perfect winter family snowshoe locale as well. Pack warm cider or cocoa and trek the 1.8 mile point to point trail or detour into the narrow and tree covered Icebox Canyon to add to the adventure.
3. Mad Moose Café
Indulge (guilt free) in a fresh turkey avocado Panini or recharge with a tasty Americano while losing yourself in the fiction of many community library books donated to the charming Mad Moose Café.
2429 N Hwy 158 Eden, 801.452.7425
4. Cross Country Skiing
Cross country ski or skate ski the Ogden Nordic Trails at North Fork Park. Rentals and hot chocolate are located inside the on-site yurt open on weekends. Trails are always open, experience the moon lit snow in its full glory. The trails are also open to snowshoeing, and fat bikes.
4150 East 5950 N. Liberty, 801.648.9020
5. Cinnabar at Snowbasin
Serving top self spirits as well as an extensive craft beer and wine menu, the Cinnabar at Snowbasin offers live music acts and is the perfect place to kick up your tired legs after a day of charging the steeps. Let the fire warm you from the outside while Snowbasin’s signature 75th Anniversary Ale and Whiskey warms your insides.
6. Fat Biking
USA Cycling Fat Bike National Championships are in February on the multi-use trail at Powder Mountain. You can bike the same course anytime for just $10 a day. Tickets can be purchased at the regular mountain ticket window. Missing a Fat Bike? Diamond Peak in Eden offers daily rentals for $45.
Diamond Peak: 2429 N Hwy 158, Eden 801.745.0101
7. Huntsville Shanannigans
A traditional Norman Rockwell winter exists in Historic Huntsville Square. Founded in 1806, Huntsville retains much of its original charm from old farm homes to a homemade ice rink in the park and Christmas lights abound. Winter weekends are never boring in Huntsville town! For a little more rowdy history, visit Utah’s oldest bar, the Shooting Star Saloon.
8. CAT Skiing
Deep powder is Utah’s forte and there’s no better way to access the freshest lines than via CAT Skiing. Long time CAT operators at Powder Mountain give access to acres of fresh powder. New operators such as Whisper Ridge offer state-of-the-art CATs and untouched terrain with each ride.
9. Eats of Eden
With a spectacular mountain location, casual dining, and quality food, the Eats of Eden is the place to go. The locally owned restaurant features a variety of pizzas, pastas, and American dishes. Don’t forget to try the tasty desserts!
The Ogden Valley goes through all 4 seasons, so there is always something fun to do! Spend summer the best way possible: in the water! After staying in a luxurious Lakeside Rental, you won’t want to leave. Luckily, there’s Huntsville and Eden Real Estate to help secure your spot in these beautiful mountains. There’s no such thing as a bad day in the mountains, let us be your guide.