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New Summer Yurt Experiences at Soldier Hollow

Introduced last winter, the yurt is a focal point for unique dining opportunities

By Beth Buehler

Soldier Hollow Nordic Yurt Exterior, 2022
Soldier Hollow Nordic Yurt CREDIT Heber Valley Tourism

While best known for its legacy as a 2002 Winter Olympic Games venue, Utah’s Soldier Hollow Nordic Center offers year-round options for groups. The new summer yurt experiences at Soldier Hollow take place in Wasatch Mountain State Park located in the town of Midway, part of the Heber Valley.

The experiences are being offered by Wilderness Access Outfitters, which launched dinners at the yurt this past winter. A Kick Off to Summer is scheduled for June 25 to launch the season with live music, a barbecue dinner, and local beers.

Small teams can join in the new scheduled summer options, or groups can book private hike, bike and horseback ride dinners to the yurt. Harvest in the Hollow, a farm-to-table collaborative dining experience, includes a five-course meal, drinks, and live music. Hike a half mile to the yurt on the Soldier Hollow trail system and dine under the stars on June 30, July 28, Aug. 18, and Sept. 29.

Or enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride to the yurt for Chuck Wagon Dinners offered in partnership with Rocky Mountain Outfitters on Tuesday and Saturday evenings, June through September. Natural sparkle is added to the mix during Astronomy Dinner,s featuring a four-course meal inside the yurt followed by a dark sky viewing party with large, professional-grade telescopes. The dates and more information will be available soon.

Soldier Hollow Nordic Yurt Interior
The cozy inside of Soldier Hollow Nordic Yurt CREDIT Heber Valley Tourism

If morning is a better fit, Yurt Yoga Brunches also are part of the new summer yurt experiences at Soldier Hollow. Participants will a hike to the yurt, take part in a one-hour guided yoga session, and be treated to a tasty brunch that includes a mimosa and bloody mary bar. The brunch and yoga combination is available July 9, July 30, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, and Oct. 8.

If a larger venue is needed, the Day Lodge on the Soldier Hollow Nordic Center grounds is the primary location for events such as weddings, retreats, festivals, and major sporting events. There are floor-to-ceiling windows, a wraparound porch, and a small kitchen that provide charm and functionality to the lodge, which also serves as the main point of departure for skiing and hiking. The grounds can host gatherings involving more than 10,000 attendees.