Five Outdoor Winter Date Ideas for This Valentines Day

pink sunset over snow covered mountains

two students walk outside in the snowLooking for unique and adventurous ways to celebrate Valentine's Day this winter? Embrace the chilly weather and plan an outdoor date with your loved one! There's something magical and romantic about the Utah outdoors at winter, making it the perfect setting for a Valentines Day or winter day date. If you're still looking for a special way to celebrate, let us help you out! From snowy escapades to cozy hot springs, here are five outdoor winter date ideas to make this Valentine's Day and the month of love unforgettable:

1. Tubing or Sledding

Bundle up and head to a nearby winter resort for an exhilarating tubing adventure. Enjoy the rush of speeding down snow-covered slopes hand in hand. Check out Woodward Park City and Soldier Hollow for thrilling tubing experiences. For a more affordable and convenient option, you could also grab a sled and find a local park with perfect sledding hills and have your own sledding race, or share a sled for maximum romance. 

2. Snowshoeing 

A couple snowshoeing in the woodsExplore the winter wonderland hand in hand by going snowshoeing on a local trail. Some of our favorite snowshoeing spots to check out include Ogden Nordic or  Farmington Canyon Trail. Discover the beauty of snowy landscapes while enjoying each other's company. Plus you can even rent your snowshoes from our outdoor program rental center for an affordable and convenient option!

3. Skiing or Snowboarding

Hit the slopes for an action-packed day of skiing or snowboarding. Local resort, Nordic Valley, offers discounted night skiing, providing a romantic and budget-friendly option for Valentine's Day. Keep an eye out for Valentine's specials at your other favorite resorts. You can also get your ski or board rentals at our rental center (remember students get 30% off rentals!).


4. Hot Springs

Woman looking at a frozen waterfallUnwind and relax at nearby hot springs like Saratoga Hot Springs, Crystal Hot Springs or Ogden Hot Springs. Enjoy the serene atmosphere and rejuvenating thermal waters for a soothing Valentine's retreat. 

This is a great option for a calmer outdoor date and you could make a whole day of it! Go get dinner or lunch before, soak in the hotsprings and then end the night with a treat or dessert! 

5. Stay Indoors and Rock Climb

Group of climbing in front of rock climbing wallFor a unique twist, consider indoor rock climbing at Weber State or other local indoor facilities. Experience an "indoor" outdoor adventure together while exploring new heights and challenges.

Plus, don't miss out on our Cupid's Crimpin Classic event on Feb. 13 for a Valentine's Day thrill. We'll do the planning for you, just bring your date for a fun night of bouldering, prizes and love! 


There are just five ideas to get you started! We hope this Valentine's Day,  you'll make lasting memories with your significant other (or galentine/palentine!) by experiencing the magic of winter with these delightful outdoor date ideas!

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About The Author

Halle Packer, she/her
Outdoor Program Marketing Specialist, WSU Campus Recreation

Halle makes videos and takes photos for our social media accounts, @wsuoutdoorprogram! She was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and is still adjusting to the cold weather. She is a sophomore working towards her Bachelors of Science with an emphasis in social media & data analysis. Her favorite outdoor activity is paddle boarding or a nice spring hike.

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