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Whether mounds of freshly fallen snow or fields of verdant grass blanket its ranges, Soldier Hollow hosts outdoor excursions that help visitors stay active year-round. The spring’s warm winds herald the opening of the resort’s championship-level golf course—whose 36 holes overlook Heber Valley and Mount Timpanogos—and the outset of scenic trail rides atop Rocky Mountain Outfitters’ trained horses. Meanwhile, mountain bikers traverse the marked trails, exploring the rugged wilderness and challenging tree stumps to races during self-guided tours.

When winter coats the slopes with fresh powder, Soldier Hollow adapts its activities for the frozen landscape. Using the mountain’s equipment, visitors hurtle down 1,200-feet of tubing lanes during two-hour sessions as wooded cross-country trails let skiers follow the tracks of deer who’ve stolen hikers’ sleds.

2002 Olympic Drive
Midway,
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Running from March 17–20, the Sportsmen's Exposition brings all the trappings of the sportsman's life under one giant convention-center roof. Experts in a myriad of outdoor sports, such as fishing and big-game hunting, provide tips for upcoming trips into the wild, and interactive exhibits allow expo-goers to test fly rods, climb a rock wall, and pit arrow-launching skills against fellow bowmen with a 3-D pop-up archery contest. A fully stocked indoor fish pond, meanwhile, lets kids master catch-and-release skills to test out on older siblings when they get home. The event has hundreds of exhibitors selling top-of-the-line outdoor gear and touting sporting destinations from around the globe. The convention center has ample parking and is easily accessible by TRAX. Children age 15 and under are admitted free with a paying adult, and active military members are admitted free with military ID.

9575 South State Street
Sandy,
UT
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As featured on the Travel Channel, Castle of Chaos conjures screams and scares for all those who enter its nightmarish realm. Spooks await visitors within the mansion, asylum, and dungeon at the Friday the 13th-themed Taylorsville location while the Riverdale facility coaxes guests into its creepy 3-D carnival and a haunted house modeled after the seven deadly sins. Riverdale participants can also settle into a coffin for a simulated journey from mortuary to graveyard or explore a menacing midway's games, live entertainment, and concessions. Continually rearranged rooms at both houses ensure that feng shui is maintained and repeat scare-seekers will frequently embark on new trips of terror.

5576 S Redwood Rd
Salt Lake City,
UT
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The Smucker’s Stars on Ice tour is America’s only professional skating parade, featuring a skate-studded line-up of Olympic medalists and world-class athletes in a dazzling theatrical spectacle of glitter, lights, music, ice, and glitter. The Scott Hamilton–produced performance features a rotating cast, including fan favorites such as Sasha Cohen and Todd Eldredge, passionate pairs-skating matchups, and triumphant group performances to a diverse soundtrack ranging from Claude Debussy to the Dixie Chicks.

3200 Decker Lake Dr
Salt Lake City,
UT
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X-Dance, sponsored by Skullcandy, is a four-day celebration of adrenaline in its cinematic form, showcasing incredible film footage of action aficionados as they conquer the elements aboard bikes, boards, and skis. Cypher Vision meticulously documents the wave-wrassling abilities of the world's best surfers with an innovative camera capable of shooting 1,000 frames per second and getting very wet. Other equally kinetic films shine a spotlight on record-breaking free skier Grete Eliassen, speedy snowboarder Jeremy Jones, and motocross stunt specialist Robbie Maddison. Many of these daredevils will be on hand to answer questions after their films are shown. Passholders also get to attend FirstCom's music-licensing panel, which will show aspiring filmmakers how to access FirstCom’s massive catalog of licensed tunes so that their awe-inspiring base-jumping footage can be scored to something more extreme than “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.”

13 North 400 West
Salt Lake City,
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EVE SLC is a sprawling New Year's Eve celebration—so sprawling that it takes three days. Its epicenter is the Salt Palace, where DJs spin in two ballrooms, filled with thousands of beach balls in honor of the event. However, it reaches across the city, too, with art exhibits, film screenings, and comedy shows at venues from Clark Planetarium to Off Broadway Theater. The event even stretches into the sky, with jaw-dropping fireworks displays.

239 S Main St
Salt Lake City,
UT
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