The long, cold winter months can make it difficult to keep your family active and entertained. It’s all too easy to let kids spend hours in front of the TV or video game console when their warm-weather outdoor activities aren’t available. A […]
The long, cold winter months can make it difficult to keep your family active and entertained. It’s all too easy to let kids spend hours in front of the TV or video game console when their warm-weather outdoor activities aren’t available. A vacation to the beach or somewhere else warm certainly has its attractions, but that can mean a long and expensive trip just to sit on a crowded patch of sand.
Why not try something different this winter? If you’re willing to embrace the cold and explore your winter sports options, you just might discover your family’s new favorite hobby.
A winter vacation in the mountains offers countless opportunities for fun, entertainment, and exercise. The most popular activities, of course, are skiing and snowboarding. A day on the slopes is the best there is; the wind in your hair as you slide down the straightaways, the crunch of snow under your boots as you navigate the rutted tracks, the mountain sun on your face and the breathtaking views of the valley below all come together to make one day you won’t soon forget. A drink at the base and a soak in your hotel Jacuzzi are the perfect end to the night, easing tired muscles so you can relax and unwind, and be back at it all in the morning.
If you’ve never skied or snowboarded before, don’t worry—most ski resorts offer reasonably priced combo lessons and equipment rentals, so you can try it out without emptying your wallet. Some communities even offer a free kid’s lift ticket with the purchase of an adult, so be sure to ask about current deals if you’re traveling with the whole family.
However, an athletic day on the slopes is not all that snow-capped mountains have to offer. When you’re looking for something with a little less pep, mountain communities offer an abundance of nature and history for you to enjoy. A hot air balloon ride to take in magnificent alpine panoramas, a horseback tour of an Old West ranch, and a luxurious afternoon in natural hot springs (with waterslides, in some cases) are just a few of the opportunities that await you. . and your family once you reach the height.
So pack your coat and boots, and your SPF and bathing suit, and take the family to the mountains next winter for a vacation that will leave you wishing for snow all year long.