Cold weather is here — and lots of it — along with the early signs of cabin fever brought on by the feeling that there’s nothing to do when temperatures drop. Actually, Utahns and visiting guests are lucky in that there is a whole list of “things to do,” many available only in a winter wonderland — among them skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing. So, for those looking for ideas, here are a few. For more details, look here.
Professional and amateur photographers set up their cameras and tripods anticipating the light of the setting sun to provide a perfect shot on Delicate Arch on Dec. 31, 2010, at Arches National Park in Moab.
Utah offers several youth hockey leagues at different facilities for all ages. The state tournament featuring high school teams is coming up in early February.
Samuel Julhenen drives Rick Pugatch and Michael Milton of Florida down the “Comet” bobsled track at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City. The park offers bobsled rides and skeleton training throughout the winter.
Andy Hiatt climbs on the bouldering section of the Front Climbing Gym in Ogden. Climbers of all levels take on the walls at many climbing facilities throughout Utah.
Bald eagles perch on a tree at Farmington Bay. Utah has become a special place for birds, with various spots for bird watching. It is estimated that as many as 1,000 eagles fly from the north into Utah.
A tuber rides one of the runs at Gorgoza Park in Park City. The park operates seven tubing lanes and three rope tows.
A fly fisherman enjoys a snowy cold day in the Provo River fishing near the Vivian Park area in Provo Canyon.
Steve Morey of Boise, Idaho, snowmobiles at Daniels Summit. The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation grooms trails throughout the state.
Cross-country skiing on groomed trails is one of the favorite winter sports in Utah. Here, skiers enjoy beautiful weather and the track at Soldier Hollow in Midway. The venue offers shooting for a biathlon experience.
Scott Berry skis fresh powder at Snowbasin, Utah. Snowbasin is also one of four resorts offering gates and timing equipment for the exhilarating thrill, side-by-side racing. Brian Head, Deer Valley and Park City Mountain Resort are the other three.