It's true that Salt Lake is known for legendary skiing experiences. But this vibrant location is also perfect for non-skiers, offering a wealth of activities on and off the slopes. From dynamic city adventures to casual endeavors in the snow, like tubing or hiking, there's no better place to experience the magic of winter. Stay in the city and soak up the culture, then make the short trip to the snowy hills, mountains and trails, where even more unforgettable fun awaits.
The outdoors truly come alive in the colder months. The landscape is covered in pristine snow (aka The Greatest Snow on Earth®) that shines in the sunlight, and there's nothing like hearing the crunch of fresh powder under your boots. Don't be fooled – the snow isn't just for skiing. There are fantastic spots for tubing and sledding on a variety of hills from smooth and straight to curvy and bumpy.
Snowmobiling, Aerial Tram, and Scenic Drives
Backcountry snowmobiling is another alternative to skiing. Blast off on a 40,000-acre private ranch with the least-crowded snowmobile terrain in northern Utah. For those looking for a more laid-back approach to outdoor fun, the Aerial Tram at Snowbird offers a bird’s-eye view of dazzling scenery. Or come back down to earth and take a scenic drive around Salt Lake, soaking in the sights while your passengers drink hot chocolate. And don't forget the marshmallows!
When it's time to take a break from the snowy trails and plains, find exactly what you need in Salt Lake's eclectic urban scene. If you're looking for some R&R, reenergize at one of the city's culinary wonders. Discover award-winning restaurants that combine traditional recipes with modern twists. Each restaurant brings its own unique dining experience topped with exciting flavors sure to dazzle your taste buds. Just remember to save room for dessert!
Brews & Winter Festivals
On top of delightful cuisine, Salt Lake also boasts phenomenal local brews crafted by passionate brewmasters. Visit a brewery, attend one of the city's many beer festivals, where sampling beers is the main attraction, or buy a Salt Lake Brewery Pass and try some of the best breweries in Salt Lake at a reduced price. On top of celebrations centered around tasty beverages, the city hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year – and winter offers some of the most exciting events. The Festival of Trees is a truly magical holiday tradition. Running from November 29 to December 3, this event benefits Primary Children’s Hospital. Marvel at the beautifully decorated trees, purchase holiday goods and watch dance performances. Plus, kids will enjoy meeting Santa and exploring the gingerbread village. Perfect for the whole family, the Festival of Trees exemplifies the vibrance of the community.
Plan Your Winter Vacation in Salt Lake
There's plenty to see and do in the city and just beyond it. Whether you're revving up and racing along the powder in a snowmobile or sampling a crisp, refreshing craft brew at a beer festival, there's something for every non-skier. So mark your calendars and make a trip of it because Salt Lake is a phenomenal winter wonderland. Head on over to the Salt Lake itineraries page and start planning your trip today.