Most of the vacation talk right now is about skiing.Where's the best powder? Where are the best ski runs? Which ski school the kids would like best? But maybe you aren't a skier, and still want to stay active in the winter. Or, you're just looking for a little winter adventure that doesn't happen to involve skis and poles. There are lots of options that let vacationers enjoy the cold, crisp weather without going skiing. Even better, a lot of destinations that get tons of traffic in the summer are still beautiful, but much less crowded, when the weather is chilly. Here are seven ideas.
For Your Second ChildhoodExtreme sledding is not your parents' sledding experience. A few outfits like Mad River Rocket and Hammerhead have created sleds that make for a totally different downhill experience than Rosebud would have given Charles Foster Kane. Riders use the sled "like a surfboard or a snowboard, and it allows for a lot more control" than past sled models did, says Rochelle Skinner of the
For the Speed DemonTake a boat, make it like an ice skate, and you've got ice boating, where you can glide along the top of a frozen lake at speeds of 60 miles an hour or more. "It's exhilarating, it's thrilling," says Deb Whitehorse, secretary of the
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Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club
A Dog Lover's ParadiseAnd you thought the Iditarod in Alaska was as far as dog sledding would ever go. But who wouldn't want to try, at least once, flying across the snow behind a cadre of canines? "Dog sledding is becoming very popular," says Skinner.
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