Make the most of your next Ogden visit with these fun winter adventures that go beyond downhill skiing and snowboarding!
There's tons of winter fun in Ogden that's not downhill skiing. Whether you’re a non-skier or just taking a day to rest your quads, there are many other ways to experience the Greatest Snow on Earth™.
Here are a few:
Looking for family winter activities? For over 20 years, the non-profit organization Ogden Nordic has been coaching kids, hosting races, and grooming trails in the Ogden area. North Fork Park, a little over 10 miles from Ogden proper, is northern Utah’s top spot for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, with 20 kilometers of groomed trails. The Ogden Nordic Center, a warming hut at the South Gate Trailhead, went up in 2011, and visitors can stop by between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for information or hot chocolate. It’s also a budget-friendly activity: day passes are just $10 for adults or $20 for a family. Kids under 11 and seniors over 75 ski free. Fees go toward grooming and maintaining the trails. The Nordic Center also rents classic and skate skis as well as snowshoes. North Fork Park is also an international Dark Sky designation, meaning it’s an excellent spot for stargazing. Stick around late and enjoy the heavenly show.
This Weber State University campus ice facility has served as a training ground for hockey teams and figure skaters since the early 1990s. However, its claim to fame was hosting the curling events for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. The Weber Ice sheet continues to see tons of activity by amateur and professional skaters, and visitors can hit the ice during daily open skate sessions (check the calendar). The Ice Sheet also offers learn-to-skate and hockey classes, or, if you’re more of a spectator, you can catch hockey games all winter long. Admission to two-hour open skate sessions is $6.50 for adults or $5.50 for kiddos, and the price includes skate rental.
Ask any Utahn: Snowmobiling is a beloved winter activity. The Ogden area is no exception. Snowmobiling is a great way to get away from car-accessible roads and see a much bigger slice of snow-covered Utah than you could on foot or skiing. The Monte Cristo area, a few miles east of Huntsville, is considered a top-ten trail by the Utah Snowmobile Association, and the 63-mile groomed Curtis Creek Trail affords riders incredible views of the Ogden Valley. Bring food and fuel, as they are unavailable at the trailhead, and check the local avalanche forecast before heading out. Numerous local outfitters offer guided day trips on snowmobiles and rentals for sled-heads who are familiar enough to operate their own machines. Club Rec North offers group tours and rentals, with their sleds on the hill next to the trails for easy access.
Some mountain bikers exchange their bikes for skis once the snow starts to fly, but it’s possible to keep riding through the winter with a fat bike. Fat bikes are sturdy bikes with tires more than 3.5 inches wide, allowing bikers to gain traction and stay upright even in snow. The Snowbasin area, right outside Huntsville (half an hour from Ogden), has tons of singletrack to ride. (This has the bonus of being super close to the ski area, so friends or family who want to ski can hit the slopes while you ride.) The Old Snowbasin Road is partially groomed all winter long, making it a great ride on its own. It also provides access to tons of fat bike single-track.
The Bonneville Shoreline Trail began to take shape in 1990, but its origins date back much further. It traces the western foothills of the Wasatch Range along the shoreline of the prehistoric Lake Bonneville, which covered nearly 20,000 square miles (and was as deep as 1,000 feet in some places) until about 14,500 years ago. Today, the section of trail that runs alongside the Ogden area is a mix of dirt and paved trail, and when it’s covered in snow, you can snowshoe or hike for miles in either direction. The trail is accessible via more than a dozen local trailheads and also intersects with trails up several side canyons, including Beus Canyon (access to Mount Ogden) and the Pioneer Trail.
In 2023, the Ogden area was honored by topping the charts on Ski Magazine, having Powder Mountain and Snowbasin rank #1 and #2 in the Top 30 Ski Resorts in the West respectively!