Fun Guide

Ogden Winter Sports Fun Guide

Ogden is becoming internationally recognized as an outdoor recreation hub. Here are some great cold-weather activities and destinations.


Skiing the slopes at Snowbasin. Photo courtesy of Visit Ogden.

Ogden is becoming internationally recognized as an outdoor recreation hub. Sandwiched between stunning mountains and the Great Salt Lake, Ogden offers access to enough trails, lakes, and vistas for a lifetime of exploring. And as any Ogdenite can tell you, a light dusting (or a few feet) of the greatest snow on earth just expands your options for outdoor fun. So if you find yourself in the area during the winter months, try out some of these great cold-weather activities. 


No matter where you are in Ogden, you are never more than a few minutes away from a trailhead. With a good pair of snowshoes, you can explore the network of trails above the city and get a great view of the snow-covered valley. For a moderate hike with great views of the valley, check out Beus Canyon or the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. If you want more of a challenge, try Waterfall Canyon or Malan’s Basin. Snowshoes are available for rent at several locations in Ogden, including Weber State University

Fat Biking

Mountain biking season doesn’t have to end in the winter if you have access to a fat bike. These sturdy bikes have extra wide tires, allowing riders to navigate snowy trails. The Bonneville Shoreline Trail and several of its connector trails are great options for winter biking. Or, if you’re looking for groomed snow trails, take your bike to Snowbasin Resort.

Ice Fishing

If you take the scenic drive through either Ogden or Weber Canyon, you’ll have access to several reservoirs with great ice fishing. Search local ice fishing boards for tips on bait, gear and ice conditions at Pineview, East Canyon, and Causey. You can catch trout and occasionally tiger muskie, or spend the day pulling out lots of perch. Always verify state and local fishing regulations before you go.

Ice Climbing

If you have the right gear and training and have done your research, ice climbing can be an exhilarating winter activity. Depending on weather and ice conditions, you can find several great ice climbing routes in the area (Malan’s Waterfall and Willard Canyon Falls are especially good). Remember, climbing, and especially ice climbing, can be extremely dangerous when done incorrectly, so be prepared. If you need guidance, gear, or climbing buddies, check out Recreation Outlet and The Front Climbing Club


Of course, no list of winter activities in Ogden would be complete without mentioning the world-class skiing available at nearby resorts like Snowbasin, Powder Mountain, and Nordic Valley. All three offer skiing, snowboarding, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing and have public transportation options available. 

Backcountry Skiing

If you want a more rugged experience with the freshest possible powder, you can head to the backcountry. You’ll need to triple-check the avalanche conditions, bring an experienced buddy, and come prepared to hike. The reward is untouched snow all to yourselves. Ben Lomond and Willard Peaks both offer backcountry skiing opportunities.

Whatever your winter sport of choice, bundle up and come to Ogden


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