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Go Nordic: 6 Gorgeous Cross-Country Ski Spots

Make tracks for solitude, leg-burning workouts, stunning views, beginner-friendly terrain, or dog-welcoming spaces.

December 11, 2019

Whether you’re a cross-country pro or a total newbie, here we guide you through the area’s stunning, glide-worthy outings. 

IN-TOWN: Round Valley

Ability Way
Cost: Free / Dogs: Yes (with the exception of the Land of Oz trails)
This locals’ favorite boasts 15 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails that are best accessed from Quinn’s Trailhead. Ski to the trail’s high point for a 360-degree Park City panorama.

VIEWS: Daniels Summit Lodge

Hwy 40, Heber City
Cost: Free / Dogs: Yes (but keep them close, due to snowmobiles)
Find ridiculous views of the backside of the Wasatch Mountains on this 25-mile loop through National Forest Service land. Though groomed for snowmobilers, it’s open to skiers at no charge. The trail begins with a two-mile climb, followed by eight miles of gradual uphill, and tops out on the Strawberry Ridge overlook before ending at the lodge.

LEG-BURNING WORKOUT: Big Mountain or East Canyon Road

Take exit 134 off I-80W and head north on UT Hwy 65 to the gate
Cost: Free / Dogs: No
From the Little Dell Reservoir gate, ski a flat 1.5 miles before you climb, climb, climb. Continue to leg it through five oft-groomed uphill miles before returning the way you came. Use caution descending; downhill Nordic skiing can be tricky, and the path is shared with snowshoers, runners, and fat-tire cyclists. Pay attention and bring a headlamp for evening or early-morning adventures.

BEGINNERS: White Pine Touring

1541 Thaynes Canyon Dr
Cost: $22 day pass / Dogs: No
New to Nordic? This is the place to learn. Located behind Hotel Park City, 20 kilometers of groomed trails are broken up into 3 km, 5 km, and 10 km loops. Start with the flat 3 km loop and take a lesson to master the technique. Heated underground parking, trail passes, rental equipment, and lessons are all on-site.

SOLITUDE: Beaver Creek Trail

8 miles east of Kamas on US Hwy 150, Uinta Mountains
Cost: $3 day pass / Dogs: Yes on odd-numbered days
Wind through aspen forests and wide-open meadows on this groomed trail along Mirror Lake Scenic Byway. Ideal for beginners and families, it rolls gently for about six miles one way. It’s also well-suited for more skilled skiers desiring an aerobic challenge.

DOG-FRIENDLY: Basin Recreation Trails

Cost: $3 day pass / Dogs: Yes, on leash
From the Utah Olympic Park to Willow Creek Park, explore 18 miles of trails winding along Swaner Nature Preserve, across bridges, past creeks and beaver ponds, and through neighborhoods and pockets of open space. For classic skiers, find 4 kilometers of groomed lanes near Willow Creek Park and 2 km on Miss Billy’s Bypass.


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