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A Winter Wonderland

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

Sarah Ryther Francom

May 30, 2013

Solitude and Brighton resorts are located just 30 minutes from Sandy, both in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Solitude offers more than 1,200 acres of skiable terrain and boasts 65 trails, three bowls and groomers for every skill level. The resort also contains nearly 20 kilometers of trails for Nordic skiing for those who prefer flatter terrain.

Brighton Resort is sure to please everyone in your group—from the powderhounds to the novice skiers. It is one of the only mountains that allows friends and families to ride together on the same lift and then peel off onto different trails that match their experience level, and then meet at the bottom again. The resort also includes terrain parks, where freestyle riders and skiers are challenged by the daily moving features. And kids seven and under ski and ride free.

Hiking and Biking

Sandy is the most centrally located city along the Wasatch Front to access some of the best rock climbing, hiking or biking in the world. Within 15 minutes driving distance from Sandy are both Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, and the surrounding region offers plentiful wilderness terrain. Here’s a few recreation areas to highlight:

  • Little Cottonwood Creek Trail
  • Out and back, broad single track, intermediate in difficulty. Trail is rocky and steep at times.
  • Bonneville Shoreline Trail (Sandy to Draper)
  • One way, or out and back, single track, total distance of 3.6 miles. Intermediate in difficulty.
  • Bonneville Shoreline Trail (Draper to Sandy)
  • One way, or out and back, double track and single track. Trail distance: 3.6 miles. Moderate in difficulty at the beginning; the further north you go, the more technical it gets.
  • Albion Basin (Little Cottonwood Canyon)
  • Out and back, gravel and dirt road, about 3 miles each way. Easy to hike or bike.
  • Snowbird Resort
  • Lift served network of trails, including single track, double track, dirt roads. Trail lengths and difficulties vary.
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  • Corner Canyon Area
  • Numerous great mountain biking and hiking trails are in the Corner Canyon area of Draper, just south of Sandy.
  • Suncrest Loop Trail (a.k.a. Eagle Crest)
  • Out and back single track, or create a loop with single track and asphalt road. About 2.9 miles one way; 4.5 mile loop. Intermediate in difficulty.
  • Oak Vista to Eagle Crest Loop
  • Single-track, 4.5 mile loop; some asphalt road. Intermediate in difficulty.

Camping

How about pitching a tent and camping out? Campgrounds are plentiful near Sandy, including these:

  • Tanner's Flat—4.15 miles from the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon
  • Albion Basin—10.9 miles from the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon
  • The Willows—Located along the banks of the Jordan River
  • Jordan Pines—8.8 miles from the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon
  • Spruces—9.7 miles from the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon
  • Redman—12.7 miles from the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon

Top Things to do in Sandy in the Winter

  • Learn to snowboard at Snowbird
  • Create fresh tracks in waist-deep powder at Alta
  • Go backcountry skiing at White Pine
  • Strap on the snowshoes in Bell Canyon
  • Take a snowmobiling tour at Snowbird
  • Cross country ski at Solitude
  • Go sledding or tubing at Eastridge Park
  • Watch pro snowmobile racers at Rio Tinto Stadium
  • Dine at Tiburon
  • Attend the Festival of Trees
  • Shop at South Towne Center
  • Catch a movie premier at Jordon Commons
  • Ride TRAX to see the lights at Temple Square

 

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