Utah is one of the best locations in the world for outdoor activities, especially during the winter.
Now is as good of a time as ever to take advantage of the activities Utah's winter provides.
Here is a look at 9 activities that will help your family make the most of the remaining winter weeks.
If your family is looking to explore Utah's beautiful winter landscapes while getting in a bit of exercise, snowshoeing might just be the activity for you. Snowshoeutah.com offers information on more than 60 snowshoeing trails along the Wasatch range.
Prices: Many outdoor retailers offer snowshoe rentals for around $10 a day.
The heavy snowfall on Utah's mountains creates the ideal conditions for building snow caves. Whether your family is looking for the ultimate winter camping experience or you are looking for a fun project that everyone can participate in, building a snow cave is an achievement that will make everyone in the family proud.
Some warm gear, a few fishing poles and a couple of chairs can entertain families for hours as they fish some of the best frozen lakes in the country. Two of the most popular destinations for ice fishing in Utah are Strawberry Reservoir and Pineview Reservoir.
Prices: Depends on the equipment, $60 will usually get your family everything they will need
If you're looking for the ultimate tubing experience, try Soldier Hollow's tubing hill. Soldier Hollow has a tow lift to the top and limits the number of people allowed on the hill. Which means you'll get to maximize your tubing time and not be overwhelmed by a crowd of people. However, it also means you will want to buy tickets in advance.
Here's a great review of Soldier Hollow's tubing hill: enjoyutah.org
Prices: $20/person (includes tube rental)
Thanks to the 2002 Winter Olympics, Utahns have access to facilities like the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns. At the Olympic Oval, your family has the opportunity to skate and play on the same ice as some of the the world's fastest skaters. You can also try out the curious game of curling in one of the many classes held at the Oval.
Prices: Curling classes - $12, Skating - Adults $4, Children $3 (+$2.50 skate rental)
The winter season creates some of the most visually stunning scenes you'll ever come across.
Here are two beautiful drives your family can take to enjoy the beauty: Scenic Byway 12 through Bryce National Park and Highway 89 through Logan Canyon from Logan to Bear Lake.
Website: Byway 12, Logan Canyon
Winter is the perfect time of year to visit the Hogle Zoo. Many of the animals become more active in cold weather, and with smaller crowds, your family will get to see up-close how the animals interact with one another. Besides, who doesn't want to see tigers play in the snow?
Prices: Adults $9.75, Children $7.75
There's a chill in the air but that doesn't mean you have to put your clubs away. A couple of driving ranges in Salt Lake stay open throughout the year and the late winter months provide a great opportunity for family members to practice their golf swings, or to try it for the very first time.
Prices: Large bucket (120 balls) $9.50
Tourists flock to Park City every winter to experience the "greatest snow on earth." But the art scene isn't too shabby either. With more than 20 galleries displaying everything from paintings to sculptures, jewelry, photographs and everything in between, there is definitely something for everyone in your family.