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Winter Adventures

Skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding and other winter adventures

Winter Adventures Grand Canyon National Park star
In winter when the crowds thin at the Grand Canyon, one of the U.S’s. best–known national parks, the spectacular landscape looms even larger. Without summer's shoulder-to-shoulder tourists, the vistas are even more memorable and the on-site lodging is more affordable and more available.

Budget Winter Vacations: Parks star
State and national parks provide that rarest of getaways-a resort vacation with great views at budget rates, especially during winter’s low season. Take advantage of the good deals to hike, snowshoe, cross-country ski and enjoy the outdoors at the year’s lowest prices.Here are five great places.

Cross-Country Skiing Advice star
Looking for a winter sport that won’t break your budget and probably not your bones, but still moves you through the winter woods? Then go cross-country Nordic) skiing. Safer, easier to learn, and less expensive than downhill Alpine) skiing, cross-country is also a great deal of fun.

Dog sledding, Skijoring, ME star
Dogs add excitement to winter adventures in Maine. The Telemark Inn offers sled dog outings, mushing packages, snowshoe excursions and skijoring. The country lodge, located in Western Maine on the edge of the White Mountain National Forest, serves as the base for New England Dog Sledding.

How to Choose a Family Ski Resort star
Family ski vacations build bonds on and off the slopes. The key to a successful mountain getaway, however, is to pick the resort that’s right for your family. Here’s a guide to what to consider from trails, to child care to ski schools and off-the-slopes activities.

Reindeer Safari and Skiing in Finland star
Do something different this winter: go to Finland for skiing in Saariselka and for a reindeer safari in Lapland.

Ski Toys: Going Downhill Fast and Easy star
Looking for more excitement on your ski vacation? Then, take a break from traditional runs on snowboards and skis to try the new toys: snowbikes and snowscoots. These require low skills, but deliver thrills, adding options to your mountain vacation.

Ski Virginia, Wintergreen Resort star
Open year-round, Wintergreen gains fame for offering the Mid-Atlantic’s best skiing. Located on nearly 11,000 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains and in the valley of Wintergreen, VA, the property offers skiing, snowboarding, tubing and ice skating plus extensive children’s programs and a spa.

Snowshoeing Pleasures star
We love snowshoeing:it gets us into the winter woods without whizzing motors or gasoline smells. And snowshoeing is easy to do. After all, if you can walk, you can snowshoe. This sport,one of the few without a frustrating learning curve, comes almost naturally.

Winter Adventures Cross-Country Skiing star
The pristine setting convinced Alissa, my then 13-year-old daughter, to go cross-country skiing with me. A denizen of high-speed downhill runs, Alissa thought that plowing ahead on level ground with skis was a boring exercise for fuddy-duddies only. That is until she took her first glide.

Winter Fun at the Balsams, New Hampshire star
At a year-round, grande dame resort such as The Balsams, New Hampshire, the downhill runs, admittedly, tend more toward mild than wild. But what the resort may lack in slopeside thrills, it makes up for in style and fabulous food.

Winter in Yellowstone National Park star
Our favorite time to visit Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, is winter. After all, the worst thing about Yellowstone National Park is the summer crowds and the best things are the wildlife and the geothermal features. In winter the former are gone and the latter remain.

Winter Wonders of Yellowstone National Park star
Visiting Yellowstone in winter proved magical maybe even reverential. There was enough quiet to appreciate the natural wonders and the park’s spectacular setting. To see Yellowstone in winter, book the limited, special tours as soon as possible.

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