Last year, Oprah.com called Brent Christensen's Silverthorne Ice Castle "a cavernous, surreal-looking place that looks as if it were constructed by an army of icy elves." The original Ice Castle was much smaller than that Brent's current palatial work, though—it was an ice rink Brent built in his backyard, complete with a cave, an ice slide, and a 20-foot tower. Brent's kids affectionately nicknamed it "The Ice Castle," but it was child's play compared to the three palatial sculptures he and his team have built this year. Scattered across the country, the mazes of towers, tunnels, and caverns are all built from solid ice, one icicle at a time; Brent and his team farm their own icicles for these projects, at a rate of more than 5,000 per day.
She Runs coordinates ladies-only races across the country, and provides weekend getaways that strike a healthy balance between fitness and relaxation. The organization's events send participants galloping across scenic courses, helping women from all walks of life unite whether or not they sing the bunny song when lacing up their running shoes. More than just a one-time endurance test, She Runs folds relaxing vacations inside retreats that are combined with group fitness classes, lectures from experts, and personalized coaching leading up to race day. A portion of each event's proceeds get poured into She Runs' mission of snuffing out diabetes.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Brands Used: Greco
Pro Tip: Tax and entrance fees to Jordanelle State Park not included.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Paddle board rentals at Jordanelle
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
As the name implies, Cahoots Duo Challenge's overland obstacle-course races principally challenge teamwork. Pairs of runners—who spend just as much time climbing and crawling as jumping, swinging, and tumbling—rely on each other's strength and wits to complete a series of challenges laid out over a 3- to 4-mile course. Along the way, racers get wet, muddy, and sweaty as they test their endurance or the likelihood that their partner is a golem.
The guides at Elusive Fly Fishing lead groups of fish seekers to Utah's choicest spots for casting lines and reeling in big ones. Prime locales include points on the Provo and Weber Rivers along with a handful of smaller waterways, where clients can get their hands on Rocky Mountain whitefish and trout varieties such as brown, rainbow, and brook. Half- and full-day tours include all necessary gear and a sack lunch. Lessons are available for beginners or those who need help ironing out the kinks in their casts.
With views of surrounding evergreens, Midway City Ice Rink touts itself as Utah's most scenic outdoor skating rink and one of its largest. The glistening rink gets resurfaced every two hours, so skaters can smoothly execute their maneuvers, unless those maneuvers include using their skates to carve their own image into the ice. When skaters need a break, they can escape to the warming hut and sip hot chocolate, restoring heat to their fingers and toes.