Soldier Hollow - Midway, Utah - State Park, Cross country skiing, Tubing, Hiking, Mountain biking, horseback riding
Within the Wasatch Mountains State Park, Soldier Hollow is a small state facility located above the town of Midway. Primarily thought of as an Olympic venue, Soldier Hollow has a variety of activities throughout the fall, spring and summer months. The primary building at this facility is the awarding winning Lodge, which can be booked for wedding receptions, family gatherings and other functions. The Competition Center is home to the eighty-student Charter School. The Center is also the administrative hub for major events, ranging from U.S. Cross Country Skiing Championships to the annual Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championships.
This state facility has a nineteen mile multiple use trail system that can be used for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter and mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding in the summer. There is a state-of-the-art biathlon range available. This range was previously used for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. In the winter there is a tubing park.
To get to Soldier Hollow from Salt Lake City, take I-80 east to Silver Creek Junction (exit 146). Go east on U.S. 40 past Jordanelle Reservoir toward Heber City. Take right turn on Route 113 (100 South in Heber) and follow the road into Midway. Take a left and continue on route 113 for two miles. Turn right just before the railroad tracks and follow signs to Soldier Hollow. Located in Wasatch Mountain State Park, Soldier Hollow is about fifty three miles from downtown Salt Lake City.
Tubing Hill - has the longest tubing lanes in Utah with 1,200-foot sliding lanes and lift service to tow people up the hill. There are lights, so you can tube day or night and a sound system for music. Soldier Hollow limits the sale of tubing tickets in order to assure a quality experience. On Saturdays and busy holidays you need to pre-purchase tubing hill tickets.
Cross-Country Skiing - there are easy trails or challenging Olympic courses. Some trails are groomed.
Lodge at Soldier Hollow - has a fireplace, a full service Rossignol Demo Center with both skate and classic equipment rentals, and a Ski School specializing in Learner Packages and scenic tours. You can choose from tours like snowshoeing (including rentals) or Olympic Biathlon Experience.
Annual events include:
Sheepdog Championships - the largest annual sheepdog event in the world. This event is usually held over Labor Day weekend.
Pow-Wow/Mountain Man Rendezvous - the Heber Valley Pow-wow is a unique opportunity to view a range of traditional dance styles and regalia, to hear storytellers, and see Native American arts and crafts. Purchase artwork directly from Native American artists who come from all over the United States and sample authentic Native American food. This event is traditionally held the end of June for a three day period.
This online reviewer said, "There were 6 tubing lanes in total, but only 5 were open. There are 2 hour sessions starting at noon, 2:00, and 4:00. Get there early to get the most of your money. The 2:00 got crowded. What we liked about this spot was that they did not oversell the tubing. Gorganzola would sell more tickets than they had tubes for. We experienced this at Goganzola earlier in the week. There was also night tubing. The hill had chairs for parents to use while the kids were tubing. There was also a VERY nice lodge if you wanted to sit inside. The sun was out and made it very hot for the kids. Mine stripped off their jackets and sweaters until they got down to their T-Shirts. Pack a T-Shirt in case or wear one if you go in March as it gets HOT.''
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