Heber Valley Winter Wonderland Featured on Local News Station

Heber Valley Tourism and Economic Development partners with local news media to help share our unique message. Recently, we partnered with Fox 13’s The Place to shoot and produce a whole episode on Heber Valley, Utah’s Winter Wonderland. This gave us the opportunity to spotlight some of the many different things visitors to the valley can do when they arrive. We are grateful to our partners who really stepped up to make this a great feature. This episode aired on Dec 20, 2019 and January 1, 2020.

Zermatt Utah Resort

Located in the Swiss inspired town of Midway, the Zermatt Utah Resort is just under an hour from Salt Lake City is a great location for a winter staycation.

Wasatch Mountain State Park

Winter is a great time to get outdoors to see Wasatch Mountain State Park and get some fresh air and exercise.

Homestead Crater

One of the most unique experiences you’ll ever have this winter or any other time of the year, the Homestead Crater will warm those winter chills away.

Back 40 Ranch House

Refuel and replenish your body after a great day out on the slopes, on the trails, or even just wandering around our Winter Wonderland at Back 40 Ranch House. The food is amazing and the ingredients are sourced locally.

Rocky Mountain Outfitters

Get that nostalgic feeling of Christmases from the past with an open air sleigh or wagon ride with Rocky Mountain Outfitters.

Holiday Nights

Nothing says the holidays and winter like thousands of holiday lights! Holiday Nights at Jordanelle State Park is a new family tradition that you’ll want to add to your holiday list every year.

Midway Ice Skating

Winter is not winter without ice skating. The ice skating rink in Midway boasts Utah’s largest outdoor rink. Open seven days a week you really have a good time any day of the week.

Find more fun tips and things to do this winter at UtahsWinterWonderland.com.

Read the original story at gohebervalley.com

Heber Valley Artisan Cheese held their 2nd annual Ice Sculptures Exhibition this weekend. Several local businesses sponsored the sculptures being displayed. There were also two different ice carving demonstrations. The event was free to the public.

The annual event began last year when Carolee Kohler saw ice sculpting on a Hallmark movie and thought it would be a fun idea for their farm. They are also considering a woodcarving event.

According to Lindsey Strother, social media and events coordinator, each sculpture takes between 1-3 hours to carve. “We contacted Amazing Ice Creations back in November, and we reached out to local companies to sponsor the ice sculptures,” she said. “Yesterday morning around 9 am, they came in a massive truck and dropped them all off for us, and we set them up.”

Along with the ice sculptures, sponsors receive a sign and canopy for the display and social media marketing. The sponsors decide what they want to have sculpted. After the event, they can take the ice sculptures and display them at their businesses. The creations normally last a couple of weeks. Some will be left in the field and can be viewed throughout the week.

The ice this year included Olaf, company logos, animals, and other items. Darron Kingston, the sculptor, has carved ice for over 10 years with his dad. According to Kingston, “I like sculptures that give me a challenge. Here, for example, my favorite was the lumberjack.” One of his favorite past creations was a 9-foot bear.

Grant Kohler, owner of Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, explained, “We decided to do something that was free and something that people could just get out and come and enjoy. Especially this year with Covid, it seems like Januarys are slow months. People are looking for things to be able to get outside and do.” He continued, “Businesses pay in and buy the sculptures, we have them sculpted, and then we just let people come and enjoy them.” Kohler estimated around 3,000 to 4,000 people will stop by the event.

The dairy farm also offers cheese-making classes and tours of their new robotic barn. “The tours are everyday except Sunday,” according to Kohler. “People hayride over, intermingle with the cows, see the barn and amenities, and watch the cows be milked. The cows will literally go get milked on their own.” Tickets for the tours and other events are available on the Heber Valley Artisan Cheese website: https://hebervalleyartisancheese.com/.