First XC Ski of the Season!

If you live in Utah, you know that the Salt Lake valley and surrounding areas got around 12-18 inches of fresh snow in the last 3 days! I've been having some major powder fever and needed to get out! It's been hard for me to sneak out of work early the past two days to do some downhill skiing, so this morning I woke up at 6am, so I could be up Millcreek Canyon early enough to get a quick xc ski in and still be to work at a decent time. I love coming up here early in the mornings during the week, because nobody else is up here! The mornings offer fresh snow as well, so I can make my own tracks.

This morning was my first time out for the Winter season, so I only wanted to go out for less than an hour. I decided to just ski past the winter gate, up to Elbow Fork, then return the same way. Skiing up the road is very mellow, with beautiful scenery, and is only 3 miles round trip. 

The same leash laws are used during winter past the winter gate: Dogs can be off leash on ODD days only, and must be leashed on EVEN days. Dogs must always be leashed in parking lots.

Directions: In SLC, head West on I-80 towards Park City, then head south on I-215. Take exit 4 for Wasatch Blvd/3900 South. Turn left at the stop sign, then left again onto Wasatch Blvd. Turn right at the next light for Millcreek Canyon. Drive to the very end of the road where the winter gate is. There are restrooms available. Keep in mind that Millcreek Canyon charges a $3 fee upon exit. You can also get an annual pass for $40 at the booth, and is separate from the National Park Pass and State Park Pass.

What the winter gate parking area looks like. Nobody there at 8am!
In the Wasatch National Forest territory.
 Beautiful snowy trees and trail.
 I could not get enough of these trees and how beautiful everything looked!
 Winter wonderland!
Even doggies like snow masks!

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