Just north of Park City and extending to Kimball junction (at I-80), Basin Recreation packs and grooms about 16 miles of cross-country ski terrain during the winter. The groomed trails extend from highway 80 into Park City at a shopping center just behind the Post Office at Highway 224, with a connected area just below the Utah Olympic Park known as the Basin Recreation Nordic 5K. While the trail mirrors Highway 224, it ducks back into neighborhoods far enough that you can’t actually see or hear the highway from the trail.
Locals love these groomed trails because of their convenience and gently sloping terrain. Why would you take a car to the junction when you can actually ski all the way there? And since the trip is only 5 or 6 miles, it’s long enough to get a good workout without taking all day or wearing you out.
What Makes It Great
The Snyderville Basin Cross-Country Ski Area transforms your skis into a legitimate form of transportation. Strap in and ski a couple laps below the Olympic Park, then grab a bite to eat at the junction. After dinner you can head home or ski into town for a hot chocolate.
Once you reach Kimball Junction at the Redstone Shopping Center you can continue on to the gym at the end of the trail or cross the highway at the underpass (you ski right under the highway) to the Basin Recreation Nordic 5K. The trail is directional, rotating daily, and offers different options - the lower loop is open and gentle while the upper portion of the loop is winding, technical and challenging. The Basin Recreation Nordic 5K is the only area of groomed trails where dogs are not allowed - all other trails are multi-use and are dog friendly.
The trail winds right through neighborhoods and short sections of beautiful evergreens. It also passes close to several small farms and ends near the Utah Olympic Park, with its huge ski jumps and bobsled runs plainly visible. Kimball Junction is a great place to tack on to your visit: there are coffee shops, ski rentals and restaurants just down the road from Snyderville.
Who is Going to Love It
The Snyderville Basin Cross Country Ski Area has plenty to offer skiers of every ability level. Beginners will appreciate the gentle trail from town to Kimball Junction and the lower loop at the Utah Olympic Park. Seasoned cross-country skiers can challenge themselves on the upper loop at the Basin Recreation Nordic 5K or just enjoy a great workout on the way to and from the gym.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Parking is free and plentiful and is conveniently located at Willow Creek Park, the Fieldhouse at Kimball Junction, or the trailhead across from The Farm. Willow Creek Park is open from dawn to dusk.
For the Basin Recreation Nordic 5K, please access these trails from the parking area on Olympic Parkway or by parking at the Basin Recreation Fieldhouse, skiing to Whole Foods, traveling through the 224 Underpass and continuing to Olympic Parkway.