heber valley winter activities

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

No matter how much you love the great outdoors, sometimes a Wasatch winter demands a day or two inside. When the temperature plummets and screen time threatens to soar, here are some inside options to keep you sane despite the weather.

For those of us who have an axe to grind, check out Heber Hatchets. Not only is it a physical activity that will relieve stress and help you let off some steam, but you can do it with your friends, family, coworkers, or whomever you’d like to impress. You will
be taught the basics of axe throwing in a safe indoor venue that will allow you to perfect your technique and have a ton of fun in the process. Visit heberhatchets.com to book your experience.

The Heber Valley Railroad offers a host of themed and scenic rides. Enjoy the spectacular views through the Heber Valley, along the shores of Deer Creek Reservoir, and down the Provo Canyon. Passengers of all ages will enjoy a 90-minute ride on the affectionately named, Heber Creeper. Visit HeberValleyRR.com for train schedules and prices.

If your ski muscles need some tuning, The Fit Stop is a great investment. The health club offers 60 group fitness classes a week, personal training, a fully equipped fitness center, the largest climbing wall on the Wasatch back, Fit Shop physical therapy,
massage, childcare, and more. All shapes, sizes and ages welcome. Membership pricing varies.

Who says you need an ocean to snorkel or scuba dive? The Homestead Crater is a geothermal spring hidden within a 55-foot tall volcano-shaped limestone rock. A hole at the top of the dome ushers in sunlight and fresh air while the interior remains a balmy 90–96 degrees. Swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, and paddle board yoga are all options. Pricing varies by activity.

Take a stroll through the past, where you will find artifacts, photographs and perfectly preserved histories highlighting the early settlers from 1830-1900. Admission is free.

You could say Holiday Lanes rolls old school. Keeping its décor since it’s opening in 1962, this family friendly bowling center features original ball returns and pin machines. The retro feel is part of this Heber staple’s charm. Even better? The pricing is straight from the 60’s too!

Dive into winter at the Wasatch Aquatic Center. The new facility boasts three different pools—one for competition, activity, and therapy. The center hosts swimming lessons for all ages, water aerobics, water Zumba, lap swimming and more. Kids and kids at heart will delight in the activity pool where they’ll find squirt guns, basketball hoops, sprayers, toys and slides. Membership pricing varies.

Turn off your latest Netflix binge and get your screen time in style. The town’s theaters, The Avon and The Ideal, are both iconic and historic. While the buildings are from another era, both theaters have been renovated and updated with the latest state-of-the-art equipment including digital projection, 3D, and surround sound. These classic single-screen venues only show one movie at a time and both are located on the town’s main street.

By Amy Roberts

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