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A Winter Wonderland

Whether You’re Seeking Adventure or Relaxation, Sandy Has It

Sarah Ryther Francom

May 30, 2013

Are you craving some fresh air? Is the great outdoors calling your name? If so, Sandy City is the perfect place to begin your adventure. Whether you’re seeking a white-knuckle excursion or a relaxing weekend getaway, Sandy has it all. Often called Utah’s Ultimate Base Camp, Sandy is an all-inclusive destination for whatever outdoor adventure you’re craving.

A Winter Adventure Awaits

Located in the heart of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, Sandy is home base for a variety of snow-filled adventures and escapes. And because the city is located within a quick 15-minute drive to Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, you’re sure to find the winter getaway you’re looking for.

Whether you’re visiting from out of state or call Utah home, Sandy is the perfect place to enjoy the winter season. If you’re looking for a peaceful day, head outdoors for an afternoon of snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. The city offers a variety of trails where you can get away from it all among the quaking aspens and snow-covered evergreens. Mill Creek Canyon is one of many favorite local destinations for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Located just a short 20-minute drive from Sandy, the canyon offers nearly five miles of groomed trails. And if you’re a challenge seeker, try the non-groomed trail that begins at Porter Fork.

Sandy is also located near several spectacular snowmobiling trails. Within a quick 15-minute drive to Big or Little Cottonwood, you’ll find a variety of trails for snowmobilers of all levels.

White-knuckle adventurers can test their nerves in an ice-climbing expedition at the Great White Icicle or Scruffy Band. Located in Little Cottonwood Canyon, these popular climbs will excite beginning and experienced ice climbers alike, and are sure to get your heart pumping.

And just an hour drive from Sandy is the Utah Olympic Park, where you and your family can experience Utah’s Olympic history. Take a tour of the competition sites, including the world's highest altitude ski jumps and the sliding track. Or hop on a bobsled and experience a heart-racing ride at up to 80 miles per hour. And if you’re new to winter sports, the site offers lessons in ski jumping, luge, skeleton and snowboarding.

Hit the Slopes

What stay in Sandy would be complete without a day at one of Utah’s award-winning resorts? Whether you ski, snowboard or want to relax at a luxurious spa, you’re minutes away from four world-class ski resorts.

Snowbird Ski Resort

Snowbird Ski Resort is located a quick 15 minutes away by car or bus. The resort offers nearly 900 lodging rooms, a world-class spa and more than 15 restaurants. And whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it at Snowbird—from extreme snow adventures to fine dining to activities for the little ones.

For those anxious to hit the slopes, Snowbird features 85 runs through 2,500 acres of skiable terrain. The resort also offers snowmobiling tours at Utah’s highest elevated starting point—nearly 11,000 feet. And for the truly adventurous, Snowbird offers heliskiing, which lets you start your day skiing on some of Utah’s most exclusive terrain.

If you’re seeking a bit of solitude, Snowbird has plenty of backcountry space. The resort also offers guided backcountry tours, from an introduction to backcountry skiing and snowboarding to mountaineering.

If you’ve got the kids in tow, Snowbird has plenty of fun winter activities that will please your entire family, including snowshoe tours and mountain adventure tours for children ages seven to 15. And if you need a moment to catch your breath, take an Arial Tram ride and soak in the majestic mountain views that extend to the Salt Lake Valley. And don’t forget to try Snowbird’s Alpine Slide and ZipRider.

Alta Ski Resort

Alta Ski Resort is another world-class skiing destination located just a quick 15-minute drive from Sandy. Whether you’re a beginner or pro, Alta has the terrain to match your experience and skill level. This entire resort is exclusive to skiers, and two-thirds of its terrain is dedicated to beginning and intermediate skiers, which makes Alta the place to visit if you’re a first-time skier or have a few youngsters in your group. The resort also offers more than three miles of groomed terrain for cross-country and Nordic skiing.

Looking for an off-trail experience? Alta also offers a unique skiing adventure in the Grizzly Gulch Bowl. This adventure begins when you board the heated cabin of a custom snowcat and ride up to an elevation of 10,500 feet. Your playground is 375 acres of incredible bowl skiing, dropping to an elevation of 9,000 feet.

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