Winter is here and it’s time to break out the gear for outdoor adventures in the snow! The snow and cold weather doesn’t mean you have to stay inside waiting for the winter conditions to go away. There are many outdoor recreation and adventure activities you can enjoy to keep those blues away. Here are some suggestions and ideas of things to keep you occupied for the colder months.
Sledding or tubing is always a fun pastime. You could head to a park with giant hills for some great rides or go to a tubing park. There are always some great places in the mountains to take your sleds or tubes as well. Just be sure to stay safe and be aware of avalanche danger in the areas. Some snow tubing parks you could check out include Gorgoza Park in Park City, Utah; Big Sky Tubing Park in Montana, and Bogus Basin Tubing in Idaho.
Of course there’s always skiing or snowboarding at the many different resorts throughout the United States. Skiers and snowboarders are all praying for better snowfall this season in order to get out and shred some powdery goodness at the resorts. For information on what resorts are open, go to www.onthesnow.com.
Are you thinking about something a little more adventurous and exciting? You might want to try out snowkiting which you can do with your skis or your snowboard. A kite is used to help glide the skier or snowboarder on the snow. You can take lessons for snowkiting so you can learn how to properly launch and land with your kite. The Utah Snowkite Center is a good place to start if you’re new to the sport.
How about a little more unique winter activity? Dog sled rides are available in different states for people of all ages. Many touring kennels offer a traditional dog sled ride on the snow from December through March. Reservations are usually required. Check out www.dogsledrides.com to see where you can reserve a ride near you.
Don’t let the cold weather get you down. Embrace it and head out to the slopes, take on adventure with a dog sled or snowkite and fly with your board or skis. There’s so much to explore and enjoy during the winter time so get out there and make the best of it!
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