Take a day off from the fast-paced world of alpine skiing to give Nordic a try at one of these hot spots throughout the Wasatch.
Soldier Hollow - The site of the 2002 Winter Olympic Biathlon and Cross-Country events, Soldier Hollow is just minutes away from Park City. The area features 31 kilometers of classic and skating trail and biathlon range in Midway at Wasatch Mountain State Park. Trail passes are $18 for adults ($15 after 1 p.m.), $9 for juniors 7-17, $15 for seniors and free for children under 7. The facility offers lessons, clinics, rentals, a snowshoe trail, tubing hill and lodge. Call 435-654-2002 or visit online.
Wasatch Mountain State Park - Located in the Heber area near Park City, the park offers a 10 K Nordic ski track with diagonal stride and skating lanes, groomed on the golf course. It includes both flat and hilly terrain with views of the farms and mountains of Heber Valley. Nordic ski rentals are available at the park. 435-654-1791 .
The Homestead Cross-Country Ski Center - 12K of cross-country trails, 20 minutes from Park City and beside Soldier Hollow. The Resort also offers lessons and rentals.
White Pine Touring Center - Located on the Park City Golf Course, White Pine is Utah's oldest. Twenty kilometers of groomed classic and skating trails wind their way through meadows and condos. An adult day pass is $18 ($10 after 3 p.m.), youth 6-12 $8 and under 6 or over 64 are free. FYI, Charlie Sturgis, White Pine's manager is on the lookout for posthole violators. A stickler for impeccable trails, he says they will fine those stepping foot on the track without skis or snowshoes on their feet. Sturgis says it is critical that the track remains "pristine." People caught crossing the track will be charged $18- the price of a full day pass.
Solitude Nordic Center - At the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon between Brighton and Solitude ski areas, the Solitude Nordic Center has more than 20 kilometers of trails. An adult day pass is $15, with a 12:30 p.m. half-day start $10. Seniors over 70 and children 10 and younger are free. Rentals are available. Call 801-536-5774.
Alta Ski Resort - Located at mid-mountain and accessible via the Sunnyside Lift with your Nordic Pass or Track Ticket, skate on 5K of groomed terrain. Track tickets are only available at the Wildcat Ticket office. Alta rents and sells a full line of classic skate, telemark, and snowshoe gear. Call the [r10r, Alta] Ski Shop at 801-799-2293.
Sundance Nordic Center - Head up Provo Canyon for more than 26 kilometers of groomed trails. They have rentals and lessons. An adult day pass is $16, half-day $12. The junior (11-17) pass is $9 and $6. Seniors and children under 10 are free. Call 801-223-4170.
Mountain Dell Golf Course - The Utah Nordic Alliance (TUNA), in cooperation with Salt Lake City Golf groom classic and skating trails at this golf course along Parley's Canyon between Salt Lake City and Park City. The cost is $5 per day with a member season pass $50 and $60 for others. Juniors 15 and younger are free.
Brian Head Nordic - About 260 miles south of Salt Lake City, the BHN center grooms more than 40 kilometers of trail and links with trails in Cedar Breaks National Monument. The skiing is free; rentals are available in Brian Head. Call 435-677-2810.
Ruby's Inn - Trails begin just outside the Best Western Ruby's Inn motel and wind through forests of Ponderosa Pines and meadows and overlooks of Bryce Canyon. The groomed trails also interconnect with ski-set trails inside Bryce Canyon National Park. The skiing is free and rentals are available. Call 435-834-5341.
Beaver Creek Ski Trail, Uinta Mountains - The groomed, six-mile trail between Yellow Pine and North Fork trailhead areas is a great family skiing destination. There is a $6 (three-day pass) fee to park along the Mirror Lake Highway. Dogs are only allowed on odd-numbered days. Call the Kamas Ranger District at 435-783-4338.