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5 fantastic northern Utah winter activities for families

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He might have been a snowman, but Frosty was pretty adept when he advised to “run and have some fun” before he melted away. While you’ll likely survive the spring thaw, it’s still a great idea to take advantage of the dipping thermometer and fluffy white stuff while it’s around.

Logan and the surrounding’s Cache Valley is the perfect spot to do just that, with seasonally appropriate fun for the entire family. So, when the weather outside is frightful, just head north for some delightful activities.

Sleigh all day

The holidays might be over, but it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with anyone you like, especially when it takes you through a herd of hundreds of Rocky Mountain elk.

Hardware Ranch in Blacksmith Fork Canyon offers a beautiful backdrop for a winter ride. Bundle up and bring your camera. The Division of Wildlife Resources feeds the elk each winter, and your driver will give you plenty of background info and photo ops.

Fridays through Sundays from now until Feb. 10, you can catch a horse-drawn wagon to catch a glimpse of the animals. Rides last about 25 minutes and are $5 for adults, $3 for children 4 to 8, and free for children under 3. Hardware Ranch doesn’t take reservations, so tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources for more information.

Cherry Peak Ski Resort north of Logan is the newest resort in the state. Not only can you ski and snowboard, but they also have a huge tubing hill with a moving sidewalk to get you back to the top. Rent your tubes there and get ready for a great time.

Take the lift

A lot has changed since 1939, but one thing has stayed the same — soaring down a mountain on two long boards is a good time.

Beaver Mountain ski area has been celebrating skiing for nearly 80 years. Located up Logan Canyon, Beaver Mountain offers fun activities through early April, weather permitting. The Beav is a family sort of place where everyone on the slope is automatically your friend. Its a cool vibe.

With 828 acres of skiable terrain and an average snowfall of more than 400 inches, you’ll need more than a day to experience the resort’s 48 runs. Lessons and rentals are available, so bring the whole family to learn and play together.

Get (snow)mobile

Just up the road is Beaver Creek Lodge, the starting point for a snowmobiling adventure you won’t forget.

The Logan Canyon Snowmobile Complex offers 180 miles of well-groomed snowmobile trails, according to Utah.com. Frequently named one of the top riding areas in the Western United States, this area will have you longing for a snow day.

Snowmobile rentals are available at Beaver Creek Lodge, with guided tours for every skill level also available.

Be a good sport

If you spell winter N-C-A-A, head to Utah State University for a variety of sporting events. From men’s and women’s basketball to track and field to women’s gymnastics, winter’s short days aren’t slowing any Aggies down (or the babies who participate in the university’s annual Baby Races).

For a schedule of winter athletic events and ticketing information, visit the Utah State Athletics website.

Indulge your inner artist

The cold isn’t for everyone so if you’re ready to escape the winter chill and enjoy a cozy evening decidedly indoors, take advantage of the performances and activities available through Cache Valley Center for the Arts. With performances held at the Ellen Eccles Theater in the heart of Logan, you’ll enjoy popular productions like "The King & I," "Something Rotten!," "Jake Shimabukuro" and many more.

The center also offers art classes to keep you busy through every season of the year. Check out CacheArts for opportunities, schedules and tickets.

With countless activities indoors and out, Cache Valley provides winter fun for everyone. Get more information from the Cache Valley Visitors Bureau, and get ready to head north.