Updated: Sep 9
If you are looking for a world class course to cross country ski, soldier hollow near Midway, Utah is it. You can hone your skills on beginner to experts trails that are groomed to Olympic standards everyday. Whether you are a beginner in need of a lesson, or an expert skater looking for a challenging and rewarding run, you can find it here.
Soldier Hollow was the venue for the cross country skiing events for the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympic Games. As you ski on the different trails you’ll see the starting blocks and finish areas that were part of the games. Even though it has been more than 10 years, the Olympic spirit still lives here.
The trails are some of the best maintained in the state and are groomed each day. There is a good mix of green, blue and black trails and even a few backcountry (ungroomed) trails for those that like to get off the beaten path. The course is groomed for both classic and skate skiers and has a good mix of hills, gentle slopes and long runs.
You can’t beat the views of the valley and surrounding mountains from the trails, especially on a bluebird day. If scenery is important during your cross country skiing than this is the course for you.
Soldier Hollow is open for the winter season seven days a week from 9am to 4:30pm. You can rent classic or skate gear at the lodge where you will also pick up your pass to get on the course. Unfortunately Soldier Hollow doesn’t have any package deals for equipment rental and course pass, so skiing here can be a little pricey if you have to rent equipment.
After 1pm prices drop a little, so if you are only going to ski for a few hours you can save a little cash by going after 1pm. For more details on rates and track conditions go to: http://www.soldierhollow.com/x_country.php
If you are looking to learn or just improve your technique they offer lessons from some great instructors. Whether you want to learn classic or skate, need a beginner lesson or one just to help fine tune your technique they got someone who can help you out. You can find costs and times by going on the Soldier Hollow link above.
Soldier Hollow is located just south of Midway Utah, and north of Deer Creek reservoir if you are coming from Provo canyon. Whether you are coming from the north or south get on Highway 113, (coming from the North it intersects with Main Street in Midway, coming from the south it intersects Highway 189 just after Deer Creek) and then turn West on to Tate Lane. Tate Lane ends at T intersection with Stringtown Road. Turn Left(South) onto Stringtown and it soon turns into Olympic Drive and Soldier Hollow. Follow the signs to the lodge where you can buy your pass and rent your skis. The course is just outside the back door of the lodge.