Whether you are a dedicated downhill skier or prefer snow tubing and ice skating, one thing we can all agree on this time of year (winter blues, anyone?) is spending less time indoors and more time relishing Utah’s legendary snow and winter experiences. Once you get on board with MST (Mountain Standard Time), you can make the most of everything a Utah winter has to offer.

Utah consistently ranks among the safest, healthiest and happiest in the nation. And with a growing millennial population, we’ve got enough to keep both young and young-at-heart entertained. Here are 7 Utah local ‘musts’ that you don’t want to miss this winter.

Sundance Film Festival – The Sundance Film Festival takes place annually in Park City, Utah. With nearly 125,000 attendees in 2018, it is the largest independent film festival in the United States. This year’s festival is held in January 24th – February 3rd in Park City and Salt Lake City, as well as at Robert Redford’s own Sundance Resort. The festival is an innovative storytelling experience showcasing new cinema from American and international independent filmmakers. Check out sundance.org for tickets and more information.

Downtown Salt Lake Winter Market – Held every Saturday through April 20th, the Downtown Salt Lake Winter Market is in its 6th season. Browse an abundant harvest of local produce, specialty foods and handmade gifts while chatting with local farmers. The Winter Market is held at the Rio Grande Depot (300 S. Rio Grande St) on Saturdays from 10 am – 2 pm. A list of more than 70 local vendors participating can be found at https://slcfarmersmarket.org.

Tubing at Soldier Hollow – Soldier Hollow in Wasatch Mountain State Park near Midway offers the longest tubing lanes in Utah. The hill has lengthy 1,200-foot sliding lanes with lift service for towing people up the hill for tubing day or night under the lights, and a sound system keeps the airwaves full of enjoyable tunes. It is strongly recommended that you book a reservation in advance, as tickets for each session are limited with weekends and holidays selling out weeks in advance. Click here for reservations and online ticketing.

Ice Skating at Gallivan Center – The Gallivan Center’s outdoor ice skating rink is a downtown hot spot during the winter months. Bring your own skates or rent skates on-site. Snacks including churros, hot dogs and hot chocolate are available for purchase at the rink’s concession stand. The rink is open weekdays 4 – 9 pm and Fridays and Saturdays from noon – midnight. Price including skate rental is $8 and children 3 and under are free.

Sleigh Rides at Hardware Ranch – The Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located at the top of Blacksmith Fork Canyon in northern Utah. Rides are sold on a first-come, first-served basis and offer a unique opportunity to get up close to wild Rocky Mountain Elk on a horse drawn sleigh. Beginning in December until Feb 26, Hardware Ranch is open Mon & Fri 12 noon – 4:30pm, and Sat & Sun 10am – 4:30pm. Rides are $5 for adults, $3 for children 4-8 and children 3 and under are free.

Midway Ice Castles – Ice Castles is an award-winning frozen attraction in Midway, Utah made from more than 20,000,000 pounds of ice. The experience is built using hundreds of thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice artists. The castles include breathtaking LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels, slides, fountains and much more. Open Monday – Thursday from 4 – 9 pm, Fridays 4 – 10:30 pm and Saturdays noon – 10:30. For ticket pricing and purchases visit icecastles.com/midway.

Skiing Utah’s Slopes – Of course, the favorite winter activity of locals and visitors from around the world alike is skiing the greatest snow on Earth. With 14 world-class ski resorts across the state of Utah and 10 resorts sitting within an hour of Salt Lake City International Airport, Salt Lake is the perfect basecamp for the greatest ski trip ever. Visit skiutah.com for a complete list of resorts to find the perfect area and resort fit for you.

Utah is one of the best locations in the world for outdoor activities, especially during the winter months. But the snow won’t last forever and spring will soon show its face. So bundle up, take a break from Netflix and get outside to experience some of these epic Utah winter adventures (especially Sundance Film Festival – it ends this weekend!)

-The Novation Team