FloRider: Located at the Salomon Andventure Center, offers indoor surfing and body surfing. Water is pushed under high pressure up a trampolinelike surface, making it possible to ride the indoor wave either on a FloBoard, a modified surfboard or BodyBoard. There are two lanes open with 12 riders using each lane.
There is no age limit, but riders must be 42 inches tall for the BodyBoard and 52 inches tall for the FloBoard.
IRock: Located at the Salomon Andventure Center, the indoor climbing wall offers a range of skill challenges, from first-timers to expert climbers. The main wall is 55 feet high and offers a full range of route challenges. There is also a smaller climbing boulder for quick climbs and kids. Parents can become belay certified in order to become part of the climbing experience for children.Cost: $10 for adults and $7.50 for children per hour. Also available for parties.
IFly: Located at the Salomon Andventure Center, this is the 10th wind tunnel to be built in the United States. The updraft speed ranges from 60 to 170 mph. The better the flier, the higher the speed.
Participants have ranged from age 3 to 72. Fees include jumpsuit, shoes, goggles and hat. Professional instructors assist new fliers through the early learning curve.
Cost: $49 for the first visit, which includes orientation, equipment and instruction through two one-minute flights.Reservations recommended.
Skiing: There are three resorts within a short drive of Ogden Snowbasin, Powder Mountain and Wolf Mountain. Snowbasin offers 11 lifts, 2,830 skiable acres and 113 runs; Powder Mountain offers seven lifts, 5,500 skiable acres and 113 runs; and Wolf Mountain offers four lifts, 110 skiable acres and 15 runs.An adult pass at Snowbasin is $62, at Powder Mountain it's $53 and Wolf Mountain it's $26.
Kayaking: There are two kayaking parks, one on the Weber River near Fort Buenaventura and the second on the Ogden River just below Big D Park. The Weber park has been around for a number of years and features boulders and drops and areas for classic maneuvers. A slalom race was recently held on this section of river.
The Ogden River park is under construction by the city of Ogden and should be available this summer. There is also a section of the Weber near Riverdale that is popular with kayakers.There is no charge to kayak at any of the locations.
Water skiing: During highway excavation work several years ago, a small lake was created just two minutes from downtown Ogden.With a $1.5 million investment, a 70-acres water ski park will have a half-mile slalom course, a 17-acre fishing lake and an 18,000-seat amphitheater. The hope is that park will be well enough established to hold the 2011 water ski championships.
Ice climbing: Jeff Lowe, a noted world-class climber, is building a year-round ice-climbing tower that is 65-feet high and will offer a sheer-ice wall, a 70-degree ice wall for beginners and novice climbers and a combination ice and boulder climbing wall.
The tower will be located on 25th Street between Grant and Washington and across from the municipal park. Up to 12 teams will be able to climb at one time on the structure.There will be a charge to climb.
Bouldering: On the foothills east of Ogden, there are fields of large boulders called St. Joe's Boulder Field that have become popular with climbers. Difficulty ranges from V0 to V7 or higher. Bouldering has become popular with climbers in recent years.There is no charge to climb.
Rock climbing: There are a number of popular rock-climbing areas to the east of Ogden, including the 9th Street Crag and the School Room Cliffs. There are a number of established routes at both locations.There is no charge to climb, but having climbing experience is recommended.
Mountain biking: Utah has become well known for its range of mountain biking opportunities, ranging from the red hills to the south to the mountain trails to the north, and particularly those around Ogden. Trails range from beginning to expert and offer everything from backcountry roads to challenging single track.
Fort Buenaventura: The fort, located minutes from the city center, was the first permanent Anglo settlement in the Great Basin.
It offers a rare look back in history in a very historical setting the restored fort with its schoolhouse, trading post and corrals and events dating back to the early 1840s. This includes a mountain man rendezvous during the summer months that includes hatchet throwing, black-powder shoots and occasional sessions on candle-, rope- and soap-making.
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