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Top things to do that don't require snow

Posted On
Dec 19, 2017
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No snow? No Problem... yet! While old man winter is still vacationing, there is still plenty to do around the Heber Valley that doesn't take snow to enjoy. Here is our list of the best no snow friendly activities. Though you don't need snow for these awesome things, we're still hoping those winter dump days are just around the corner to give us an awesome ski season. 

1. Heber Valley Railroad –

Running year-round the Heber Valley Railroad is a great winter activity sans snow. From November 27 through December 24 the North Pole Express takes riders along a magical train ride full of singing, hot cocoa, cookies, and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Each child gets a special visit from Santa along with a gift for all the good little boys and girls. After the North Pole express the train yard returns to the old west with bandits, music, and even the occasional "this-town-anti-big-enough-for-the-two-of-us" standoffs.  

2. The Crater at the Homestead –

The Homestead Crater is a great winter activity to heat up on a cold winter’s day. Relax as you float effortlessly across the 95-degree Caribbean blue water, or for the more adventurous types rent scuba gear to practice your skills. Add a little more Zen to the winter with paddleboard yoga on the waters of the Crater.

3. Midway Ice Castles –

You don't need snow to build an enchanting castle out of ice. During the frosty winter months in the Heber Valley, millions of gallons of water and thousands of lights transform into a two-acre masterpiece of glowing ice with tall spires, charming courtyards, and awe inspiring arches. Grab a hot chocolate and bring your camera to capture the moments as you explore the castle. The Ice Castle looks to open December 26, 2017 and runs through late February, weather permitting.

4. Midway – Ice Skating 

The Midway Outdoor Ice Rink is the perfect family activity this winter. Open seven days a week and rentals available for every size, your family will love the beautiful scenery and wonderful atmosphere of the ice rink. Warm up in the warming hut with a cup of hot cocoa. The Ice rink usually opens the week before Thanksgiving. 

5. Horseback Rides –

Heber Valley has a few outfitters that will take you around some of the most beautiful areas of the valley. Snow or not a horse back ride iIn the Winter will make you feel like the cowboys of the old west. Bundle up, throw on a ten-gallon hat, and enjoy a ride with Rocky Mountain Outfitters or KB Horses, two most popular horseback riding outfitters in Heber Valley.

6. Zipline Utah 

Yep, you read that right - ziplining. Come winter time the folks at Zipline don't just pack up and call it quits. The zipline at Rainbow Bay at Deer Creek State Park will run any day during the winter, weather permitting and participatnt willing. Summertime ziplining is fun, but there is something special about the cool rush of soaring over Deer Creak through the winter. 

7. Capturing a Winter Sunrise or Sunset

Photographers all around know that Heber Valley is a mecca for outdoor photography. This winter, despite the low snow, hasn't dissappointed in producing some amazing photography. Bring a camera and hit the trails pre-dawn or just before dusk to capture some amazing images. Take a look at our Instagram, @hebervalley,  to see for yourself some of the amazing shoots coming out of our valley. 

By Dallin Koecher


Winter, Photography, Zipline