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Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrKnown for its world-class cross-country skiing, Midway, located in the beautiful Heber Valley has hot springs that offer year-round scuba diving. Located about fifty miles from Salt Lake City, this small town offers everything a big city has and more. This charming Swiss-inspired village was home to the 2002 Winter Olympic cross-country and biathlon events.
HistoryDiscovered by fur-trappers in 1824 led by Étienne Provost , the valley became known as Provo and to some, Upper Provo. The river that flows through this area is still called Provo River . When the wagon road was built in 1858, this brought in the first group of Mormons. As the snow melted the following spring, more settlers moved into the valley and created a small community just a few miles south of the town known today as Midway, and a few miles north, another community was established. In 1866, the Indians started conflicts with the settlers and the governor suggested they build a fort for protection. The two villages decided to build midway between the two towns and this became known as Midway. A large group of Swiss immigrants moved into the area in the 1860s and some of their descendants still live in Midway today.
What to DoDepending on the time of the visit, there are always recreational activities and events going on. Swiss Days, held on Labor Day weekend is one of the largest events held in Midway. This event takes place in the Town Square and has local arts and crafts and entertainment for your enjoyment.
Soldier Hollow is renowned for their outdoor activities year-round, but especially in the winter when cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, and a tubing hill are open and thriving with deep snow from nature or man-made if needed.
Homestead Crater is the largest of the hot springs and offers year-round scuba diving, swimming, or soaking. The temperature is consistently in the low to mid-68 °C, and the spring is deep at 20 meter and 17 meter high with a diameter of 152 meter. There are several dozen hot springs in the area, but this is not only the biggest, but is also open to the public.
Park City, Utah is just a shuttle or car ride away and offers all the winter sports activities and is home to Olympic Park where hopeful athletes practice their skills. Restaurants, bars, and shops are abound in this city and you have free public transportation.
Olympic Park offers all of the usual winter activities plus zip-lining, bob-sledding, snowboarding, and much more for visitors who have always wanted to try these sports.
Where to StayThere are many resorts, hotels, and cabins in this area and a lot of the resorts offer ski in - ski out options in the winter months. Also, in Midway is the award-winning resort voted the best in Utah.
When to VisitAnytime of the year is beautiful and offers many activities such as horseback riding, renting ATVs for a ride through the valley, swimming, and camping in the spring and summer, but winter is when this area shines.
Getting ThereIf you are in the United States there a many options for arriving in this charming town. If you are flying then the best option is arriving in Salt Lake City, Utah and then renting a car or arranging for a shuttle to take you to Midway. Driving is also an easy option from anywhere in the United States, but in the winter the snow and ice can make it a little difficult if you are not use to driving in those conditions, although snow plows are used to keep the roads cleared, travelers that are driving need to take caution.
What to TakeWarm clothing, gloves, and hats in the winter are a must and be sure and drink lots of water because even in the winter you can get dehydrated if you are out for hours participating in all of the winter activities. Snow equipment such as skis, ski poles, and goggles can be rented from any of the ski resorts if travelers do not want to bring their own.
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Author: 30literbackpack. Last updated: Feb 11, 2015