Adventure Guide: Slip into Winter

White Pine instructor Marcel Vifian, left, skates past his lesson group as he shows them the kind of form they should have when swinging their poles during their lesson on Thursday afternoon, February 23 2017. The group practiced skating along the edge of the track at Park City Golf Course and stopped intermittently to regroup. (Tanzi Propst/Park Registration)
cross-country skiing


Park City is primarily known for downhill skiing at its two renowned resorts, but the city is also a top destination for cross-country skiing. Several trails are maintained throughout the winter, along with a range of equipment that can help both beginners and experienced cross-country skiers have a top-notch experience on the trails.

Outdoor enthusiasts will also be happy to know that offerings in the Park City area are either free or available at a much lower cost than
a typical lift ticket, making cross-country skiing an economical recreational activity, especially since equipment rentals are available at several stores in town.

Plus, sports are also great low-impact exercise. For the locals, knock
cross-country ski trails are a crucial part of a winter training program. For visitors, it’s a chance to burn off the calories from the delicious meals they no doubt consume in Park City’s mouth-watering restaurants.

But whatever your situation, you’re sure to have an invigorating time. So strap in and get out – the perfectly groomed snow and the sense of adventure that lies within it – awaits.

WHITE PINE TOUR, 1790 BONANZA DRIVE • 435-649-8710

Known for their expertise in cross-country skiing, White Pine Touring grooms over 20 miles of trail, including the popular Farm Loop on Park City’s iconic McPolin Farm. It also offers tours and lessons, in addition to equipment rental.

BASIN LEISURE • 435-655-0999

Basin Recreation, operated by Summit County, maintains several trails in Snyderville Basin that are available for cross-country skiing. It also hosts several Nordic skiing events throughout the winter and offers an interactive online trail map.


The Utah Nordic Alliance’s mission is to promote cross-country skiing in northern Utah, and it has done so in various ways over the past three decades. In addition to grooming the slopes at Mountain Dell, the Alliance offers a range of programs throughout the winter, from junior ski programs to competitive adult races.


The non-profit organization Mountain Trails Foundations maintains 80 kilometers of trails for cross-country skiing, including in Round Valley. Its website also offers trail maps and up-to-date information on conditions.


2002 Soldier Hollow Lane at Midway

The Soldier Hollow Nordic Center hosted cross-country skiing events during the 2002 Winter Olympics and remains a popular venue. Skiers can purchase a season pass that grants access to the slopes all winter long, while up-and-coming athletes can take part in several development programs that could put them on the path to future Games.

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