We all know how hard it can be to motivate yourself (and your family) to get outside when the temperature drops. If you want to keep the clan active this winter, there are a number of resorts that take advantage of what the season has offer. Activities include everything from snowshoeing to ice fishing, and skiing to tubing. In fact, there’s so much to do, the challenge will be trying to fit everything in.
At Woodloch kids will be anything but bored. There’s tubing, snow shoeing, skiing, ice skating, go carts, winter archery, winter paint ball, a climbing wall, nature trails, zip lines, hay rides, yule log hunts and, of course, their famous winter Olympics (where guests limber up for six fun and frosty events in the snow to compete for the coveted Woodloch gold medal). If all that outdoor fun tires out your kids, there’s plenty to do indoors as well, including an indoor playground and a splash zone.
New Paltz, New York
Mohonk will give your kids plenty of exercise as they showcase their skills ice skating on the resort’s 9,000 square-foot rink. Or, with more than 30 miles of cross country skiing trails, you can find the perfect terrain for your skill level. Stop at the ski shop and pick up snow shoes to explore the area. And of course what kid doesn’t love snow tubing? You can take the tubes out on the golf course for an afternoon of fun.
At Shore Lodge, you and your kids can strap on your snowshoes and head to nearby Ponderosa State Park for some great winter exploring. The property sits on the edge of the largest area of protected wilderness in the continental United States, so there’s plenty of skiing and snowboarding trails to be found. You can also snowshoe or snowmobile a short distance away to some of the region’s best and most plentiful natural hot springs in the lower 48. It’s the perfect way to relax after an active day.
If you’re a skiing family, you’ll love the fact that Keystone Resort offers a unique night skiing program, boasting the longest ski day in all of Colorado. Lighted trails are open until 8 p.m., so you and the kids can ski under the stars. Another nice bonus: the resort offers a Kids Ski Free deal, so all kids 12 and younger can ski all day, every day. If you have younger kids, the Kidtopia program has a plethora of activities to keep them active including scavenger hunts, bigfoot adventure walks (looking for footprints of the elusive sasquatch while also learning about area history and wildlife), and playing in the world’s largest snow fort. There’s also ice skating and mountain snow tubing for both kids and adults.
Idyllic winter wonderlands aren’t just found in snow globes. At Sunriver, there are plenty of snow-covered evergreens and activities galore including including winter sleigh rides (with gorgeous horses clomping through the snow), sledding, ice skating, and snow shoeing.
Cle Elum, Washington
With more than 6,000 acres of forested mountain landscape, this Pacific Northwest property sits in the Cascade Mountains in the town of Cle Elum. Suncadia resort has lots of winter fun including snow tubing, ice skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobile tours and even winter fly fishing.
Just make sure everyone bundles up. Winter is all about layers, and you can make sure you stay toasty with the Snow Wonder Vest and Fallen Leaves Fleece Jacket . For more great cold-weather picks, be sure to check out our newsletter.