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All right you winter lovers, those who can’t get enough of that white stuff, those of you that live for the "Greatest Snow on Earth," this is the Heber Valley plan to get the shots of powder in your face that you so love. In this Play All Day Adventure you going to want to plan on at least three days, because after all you’ll be playing ALL day.
Full Speed ahead
For some reason winter and slow seem synonymous. Maybe it’s the driving slower on snow-covered streets, or how the long nights can feel like they begin to drag on. Aboard a snowmobile there is nothing slow about it (unless you want it slow). There are several outfits here that will take you on the adventure that suits your needs with guided jaunts through the forest or the “choose-your-own-adventure” types that will get you on the mountain at full throttle.
Check In Time
We have ton of great lodging. From name brands to 4-star resorts, we have what you need to make it your perfect Heber Valley escape. Explore all we have to offer in our lodging section. Unload and get ready for a dinner experience you won’t soon forget.
One of the coolest dining experiences you can have in the Heber Valley is hiking through a snowy Wasatch Mountain State Park to dine in a warm and cozy yurt. Wilderness Access Outfitters takes guests on a custom hike through the grounds before arriving to a roaring fire and appetizers. After settling in, they serve you hot delicious food you'd expect at restaurant. What a perfect way to cap off a day exploring mountain trails by slowing it down a bit and enjoying a quiet dinner with friends in the still of the winter air.
Breakfast on the Go
The ski slopes open around 9 am in these parts, so getting breakfast on the go for those first tracks chasers is an excellent idea. Dotties Kolaches serves up hand held sweet and savory breakfast rolls that are easy to grab and go as you get ready for your day’s adventure. What’s a kolache (Ko-La-CHEE) you might ask? Think of a dinner roll stuff with delicious goodness, such as sausage, or ham, or bacon with egg and cheese or sweet fruit filling. Grab a hot cocoa or hot coffee before you go.
At just 12 minutes to the Jordanelle entrance to Deer Valley, there really aren't many better places to stay to get that quick of access without the headache of traffic than Heber Valley. Deer Valley consistently is ranked among the best ski resorts in the nation. Quality customer experience is the name of the game at Deer Valley. Everyone a Deer Valley is treated like a 5-star guest. The terrain is perfect for first time skiers to expert athletes. Deer Valley is solely dedicated to skiers, but if you’re a snowboarding family check out Sundance Ski Resort as a great alternative.
We recommend bringing some snacks with you or trying any of the eateries at the resorts. You really can’t go wrong.
After a day on the slopes thaw out in the Homestead Crater. It’s a geothermal hot spring inside a huge calcite dome. The Caribbean blue water stays in the 93-95 degree range all year long. With tons of great minerals to help you relax and recharge, the Homestead Crater will get you ready for another day of winter adventure.
Where to Eat
A day on your feet on the slopes can work up a great appetite. Head over to one of Heber Valley’s newest restaurants in town, The Old Goat, for hearty portions and food that will warm your soul. The Old Goat serves American cuisine with a Heber Valley twist, meaning they use as many locally sourced products as possible while staying true to our agricultural roots.
By now you may be feeling like something light for breakfast so we recommend the Midway Bakery on Main. For those needing something smaller they have great pastries ready to go, but their giant cinnamon rolls are to die for. Tall, gooey, delicious cinnamon rolls are great to share and to get you going on your day.
After breakfast head over to Soldier Hollow Resort at the base of the foothills in Midway. Soldier Hollow has two really awesome activities for winter enthusiasts: cross country skiing and snow tubing. Home to the 2002 Winter Olympic events for cross country skiing and biathlon, Soldier Hollow still offers excellent areas for beginners and recreational skiers to enjoy. Have young kids with you? Bring them over to the tubing hill. A magic carpet conveyor system transports guests to the top of the hill. The only work you’ll have to do is dragging the kids off the slopes at the end of the day.
Don’t leave on an empty stomach
Before you leave town find a new eatery to try. With over 30 local restaurants in Heber Valley, you'll find some great places to try something new.