Park City, Utah
Utah’s license plate advertises “the greatest snow on earth.” It’s a bold statement, but it’s not without evidence: The state’s geography, topography, and climate really do make for scientifically light, fluffy snow. And Park City, high in the Wasatch Mountains, gets a whole heap of that powder, some 300 inches annually. Ready to fly down it? Head for Woodward Park City, an “action sports hub” where a tubing ticket provides access not just to seven lift-accessed sliding lanes, but also to Woodward’s ski and snowboard learning terrain.
Or, perhaps, in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Salt Lake City Games, you’d prefer to follow in the footsteps of the Olympians, and head to one of the former Olympic venues. Soldier Hollow Nordic Center, in Midway, hosted the biathlon, cross-country skiing, and Nordic combined events. Today, the area still sees lots of cross-country skiing, but they’ve also added a tubing hill with lanes that are an eye-popping 1,200 feet long. Riders can race one another, or latch together by holding hands to slide down even faster. The hill’s sound system serves up classic rock, while the day lodge kitchen serves crunchy, pearl sugar–studded Le Waf waffles.
For a truly supercharged sliding experience, make a reservation and head to Utah Olympic Park, where you can ride in a bobsled down the exact same track the Olympians did. Piloted by a professional driver, you’ll fly through the final 10 turns, hitting speeds of up to 70 mph. As you’re whooshing down the ice, you’ll swear you can hear the crowd roar.