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5 fantastic northern Utah winter activities for families

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Photo courtesy of Cache Valley Visitors Bureau

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 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

It’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together, 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. 9, 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 skinny boards is a good time.

Beaver Mountain ski area has been celebrating skiing for more than 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. It’s a totally 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.

Rent snowmobiles and even winter gear 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 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.

See a spectacular show

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 Theatre in the heart of Logan, you’ll enjoy everything from Broadway shows to cowboy music to giant puppetry. Visit CacheArts for schedules and tickets. Check out a classic movie on the big screen around the corner at the 1924 Utah Theatre.

With countless activities indoors and out, Logan and Cache Valley provide affordable winter fun for everyone. Get more information from the Cache Valley Visitors Bureau, and head to the winter wonderland up north.