Explore the Tushars on Snowshoe
The Tushar Mountains remain blessedly uncrowded any time of year. Eagle Point offers guide and outfitting services as well as shuttles to some of its best snowshoeing terrain.
It seems too good to be true, I pile into an Eagle Point Resort shuttle with Lane Tucker, the resort’s mountain manager and chief bottle washer and head out past the edge of the ski resort under blue skies to a frozen lake. We climb out of the shuttle and Lane points across the lake, “From here we go on foot,” he says teasingly.
Strapping on snowshoes we leave the paved road and trudge out across the lake bed where a few animal tracks and the line of a brave snowmobiler are the only marks on the clean white snow. This is real snowshoeing Utah, stomping on top of at least a foot of powder we make our way across the lake onto a hilly rise at the opposite end. No way you could do this without the gear, and like any excursion into the relative unknown, snowshoeing comes with the thrills and peace of trying something new.
The hilly rise brings out the little kids in all of us and Lane produces two shovel-like sleds. “Do you want to go first, or shall I?” he asks with that twinkle in the eye that a local gets showing off for an out-of-towner. “Too late! Me first.” Throwing his snowshoes on his back, he tucks the sled between his legs and plops down on the powder for a whooping otter-like slide onto the frozen lake bed. Laughing and brushing the snow off he beckons me down the hill. I aim to emulate his graceful glide but get turned around and tumble down the bottom third of the hill rolling like a snowball onto the lake bed. “Avalanche!” Lane hollers at my performance as I come to stop. His words disappear into the expanse and the snow-packed hills.
"Like any excursion into the relative unknown, snowshoeing comes with the thrills and peace of trying something new."
I sit for a second, brushing the powdery snow out of my beard and regard the stillness.
Above an eagle soars looking for prey below and I remark that Eagle Point was aptly named. Lane tells me that the eagles are plentiful here in the Tushars and then gestures back up the hill. “Go again?”
As we say in Utah, “heck yeah!”
Your Great Snowshoeing Utah Experience Awaits:
The snowshoeing excursions are offered out of Eagle Point Resort's Skyline day lodge and can be customized to your tolerance for adventure and group size with rentals for snowshoes and related winter gear. You can plan your snowshoe mini vacation at Eagle Point Utah by phone at 855-EAGLE-PT or email at email@example.com. Be sure to dress in layers and bring a day pack to peel off into when you warm up. Snowshoeing is a good workout and you’ll warm up fast.
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Southern Utah is well known as a destination for scenic natural wonders contained within some of the most popular national parks in the United States and the spectacular landscapes and byways that surround them. It is also home to two high-elevation ski areas that contain generous helpings of what we call (with authority) The Greatest Snow on Earth®. Take our five day Ski Southern Utah: High Alpine Thrills + Red Rock Wonder to combine skiing and boarding with exploring the wintertime wonders to be found in Utah’s red rock country.
Brian Head Resort
Anticipation builds as you turn from I-15 to Utah's Patchwork Parkway National Scenic Byway (state Route 143) and begin the uphill drive to 9,600 feet. Surrounded by contrasting evergreen spruce and aspen, Brian Head Resort boasts the highest base among Utah's resorts, and is the only ski and snowboard resort to showcase snow-dusted red rock hoodoos from the nearby Cedar Breaks National Monument and Bryce Canyon National Park. Three-hours of driving from Las Vegas or under four hours from Salt Lake City, deliver you Brian Head's spectacular terrain and 360 inches of annual snowfall in the winter, or incredible range of summer activities in the cooler mountain air.
The Tushar Mountains-area near Beaver is quiet and serene country. Fans of Eagle Point Resort say it feels like having your own private resort. Or, as Eagle Point puts it, "your second home."
Fishlake National Forest
This is a paradise known for its beautiful aspen forests, sundry scenic drives, trails, elk hunting, and mackinaw and rainbow trout fishing. Recreational opportunities include scenic drives, mountain biking, snowmobiling, hiking, camping and OHV use.