Heber Valley is covered in white snow this winter, offering an escape any day of the week to give yourself a moment of magic and relaxation. Let the burdens of your bustling daily life be lifted as you adventure through the snow-capped mountains, and witness snow-scapes that sparkle in the sunlight.
Make Heber Valley your Winter Wonderland for multiple days to extend your winter vacation as long as you can. You’ll feel more at ease when you don’t have to wake up to chores and work. Instead, wake up to wonderful white vistas and experience the snow in three unique and adventurous ways.
Before you start the adventure...
Watch the sunrise as you eat breakfast at your local hotel, resort or one of the other many lodging options in Heber Valley. Some lodging options provide dining opportunities for breakfast or you can stop by one of the local restaurants to start your day smart and prepare for a day of fun.
Photo Credit: Shannon Hall
After breakfast, glide down the slopes with the wind rushing at you as your skis imprint themselves into the fresh powder. Whether you decide to downhill ski, cross-country ski or snowboard, there are plenty of trails in the area waiting to be utilized.
Find which venue meets your needs:
Ski on the very mountaintop used by Olympic athletes! Soldier Hollow sits in the shadow of the mountainside and was a venue for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. With more than 20 miles of trails winding through the trees and hills for both cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, this adventure venue wins gold.
For downhill skiing and snowboarding, discover Deer Valley Resort, just 20 minutes from Heber. At this large resort, there is something for everyone from award-winning dining to complimentary tours, Gold-Standard instruction at their ski school, rental equipment and overnight ski storage.
Enjoy an intimate day of adventure at Sundance Resort with a challenging, yet wide range of runs for skiers and snowboarders. With opportunities for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing as well, this venue prides itself on the balance of art, nature and recreation.
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Rev through the ravines and climb forest trails while whipping snow through the wind on the back of a snowmobile! Explore the area with over 1,000 miles of trails (200 of which are groomed) and never take the same trail twice! Trail wind through the tree-filled forests and scale the mountainside with ease to lead you to open spaces all over the valley.
More riders come to Heber Valley to find deep powder and open landscapes than any other destination in Utah.
With that knowledge, you can make the choice to take a guided tour or strike out on your own armed with maps and directions from rental outfitters. If you make the trip mid-week, it’s possible to have the whole mountain to yourself! For this adventure, you might consider some of our favorite areas to ride.
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If you love hiking in the summer and getting to the top of the mountain to see the view, snowshoeing is for you. You can snowshoe almost anywhere there is an open trail in Heber Valley. With over 90 percent of Wasatch County being open space, finding a trail to conquer will be easy to accomplish.
Top-pick locations you will enjoy include Wasatch State State Park, land owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the National Forest. Find a secluded place and listen to the peace and serenity nature brings as you wander to the tops of mountains and plateaus that overlook Heber Valley at it’s finest and snowiest moments.
For first-timers, we understand backcountry might not be ideal. There are hikes offered by guides and outfitters in the area as well as events throughout the season for snowshoe hikes. You might consider the moonlight snowshoe hike for a unique experience. If planning your trip sounds hard or stressful, there are many winter itineraries already built to help you make your trip the best it can be.
Lastly, as with any snow-based activity, don’t forget to dress warmly — the weather can be chilly! We hope you have a memorable adventure in Heber Valley!