Some say winter is meant for staying in, warm and cozy, and while we agree, we also believe that winter is meant for venturing out, and Utah is just the place to do it. Wasatch Academy sits right in central Utah, allowing the community quick access to everything this state has to offer. But what exactly does this state have to offer in the winter months?
The ski slopes are an obvious choice, with Utah’s 10 world-class ski resorts, but this culturally diverse state is also home to the Midway Ice Castles, the Sundance Film Festival, the Utah Olympic Park, a handful of hot springs, and so much more. The Wasatch Academy students have been able to enjoy some of these activities already and will likely enjoy more.
One of the weekend recreation trips offered recently was a trip south to Mystic Hot Springs in Monroe, Utah. This geothermal wonder is a naturally occurring hot spring that flows down cascades of mineral deposits into several man-made tubs. It might be that winter is the best time to soak in one of Utah’s many hot springs.
But if getting lost in a seemingly magical ice castle is more to your liking, head north to Midway. Each day, the creators of the Midway Ice Castles place thousands of icicles then spray them with water, which makes them grow up to 20 tons per night. Their hard work creates magical ice castles that weigh about 25,000,000 pounds each! Dress plenty warm and come in the evening for the best viewing of the lit-up frozen, fairytale-like land.
Dress even warmer if you want to experience a more adrenaline-pumping activity in nearby Park City. The Utah Olympic Park allows the public to take rides on the Olympic bobsledding track, the same track that was used for bobsled, skeleton, and luge events in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. A professional bobsledder is able to take 3 people at a time so this has the potential to be a great group activity for those seeking a fast, thrilling ride.
If you’re in Park City at the right time, you can head over to the Sundance Film Festival and immerse yourself in film and culture. The 2020 Sundance Film Festival takes place from January 23 to February 2. The festival has been around for over 30 years and always offers the best of up-and-coming indie cinema and creative documentaries. When you’re killing time between shows, walk down historic Park City Main Street to check out the vendor booths, art exhibits, and maybe even try your luck at celeb spotting. This event is famous for bringing Hollywood to Utah. It’s sure to be an exciting time of film, art, and culture.
Regardless of what your interests are, Utah has a little bit of everything. Even simple things like driving up to the Wasatch Academy private ski hill to take the kids sledding is a community favorite. Venture near or far knowing that you don’t have to leave the state to enjoy a whole host of activities and events. When you’re done, you can always find a friendly face here on campus, likely warm and cozy in the student center or sharing a cup of hot chocolate or coffee with friends in the Wasatch Academy Coffee House.