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Cross Country Skiing in the Uintas

 Cross country skiing in the Uintas is one of my favorite winter activities! I've been cross country (XC) skiing since 2008 when I lived in Montana. My favorite place to ski was Lone Mountain Ranch, but when we moved to Utah, no resort compared to that. So, I had to find new places to ski, and of course, I wanted to bring Charlie along. Yes, Utah has some small xc ski resorts like White Pine Touring, but you can't bring dogs to those places. Round Valley is a nice dog-friendly option but gets boring after awhile. The past few years I've been dying to get out and xc ski in the Uintas but didn't have a good car to get there in winter. I was afraid my little Sonata would get stuck, and I didn't want to deal with it.

Cross Country Skiing at Soldier Hollow, Soldier Hollow Nordic Center, Cross country skiing in utah

Soldier Hollow is a small resort located in Midway, Utah and attracts locals for not only the groomed classic & skate ski trails, but also for its snow tubing hill. It was also the site of the 2002 Winter Olympics, for Biathlon & Nordic events. The Nordic Center lodge sits at an elevation of 5,645 ft, so man-made snow in winter is a must when open for the short three months (December to March). The low elevation just doesn't get the same volume or type of snow as the rest of the Wasatch Mountains. Despite this, Soldier Hollow still offers 31 km (20 miles) of ski trails.

Cross Country Skiing at Ogden Nordic

Ogden Nordic is located in Eden, Utah, northeast of North Ogden. Ogden Nordic began in 1997, as a non-profit organization including several community outreach programs such as Utah Special Olypmics, ski school, hosting Winter Trail Days, Junior after school ski program, races, and moonlight glides. They have roughly 30k (18.6 miles) of groomed trails, with mostly beginner and intermediate skill levels. A handful of experienced trails are available as well. Rentals are available, and the daily trail fees are noted below.

Cross Country Skiing at Sundance Nordic Center

The Sundance Nordic Center is located right next to the Sundance Ski Resort, in American Fork Canyon. There are 15 k (9.3 miles) of groomed ski trails, and 10 k (6 miles) of snowshoe trails. I had all day to explore, so my goal was to try and ski all 9.3 miles of trail! I was pretty close, coming in at 7 miles for the day, only because one of the trails was closed due to recent avalanches. Sundance Nordic offers trails for all skill levels, and all trails wind through pristine backcountry. Sundance Nordic sits at 7,000 ft, and the surrounding views can't be beat. Grab your skis (or rent!) and a trail map, and let's go!

Cross Country Skiing at White Pine Touring, Park City

White Pine Touring in Park City, UT offers 20 Km of groomed cross country ski tracks for both skate and classic skiers. Nestled in the heart of Park City, this track allows you to glide your way below Park City Mountain Resort, through trees, past a pond, and depending on your route, by the historic homestead of the McPolin Farm. White Pine Touring is great for both beginners and advanced skiers, as there is terrain for every level. Since 1972, White Pine has been Park City's ticket to the outdoors, specializing in cross country skiing, snowshoeing, backcountry skiing, and avalanche courses in the Winter, and in summer, mountain biking, and rock climbing. 

Cross Country Skiing at Wasatch Mountain State Park

Wasatch Mountain State Park is located in Midway, Utah and offers activities year-round such as hiking, biking, riding horses, riding ATVs, playing at the 18-hole Golf Course, as well as snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and cross country skiing. You can also camp at the Pine Creek Campground in the summer months. Wasatch Mountain State Park (WMSP) is a 23,000 acre preserve, which was set aside by the state in 1961 and the park elevation is at 5,900 ft.