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Not a Skier? Here Are the 8 Best Winter Alternatives

Category : Travel

Not a skier? That’s OK. You can still get outside this winter. Here are eight ways to enjoy the snow that don’t involve plunging down a mountainside (on skis, at least.)

Rush a Bobseld Course

  Photo: Whiteface Mountain/Flickr

See what it feels like to be an Olympic bobsledder speeding down a track at 60 miles per hour. In Lake Placid, New York, site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, a professional driver and brakeman will guide you down the track at the Lake Placid Bobsled Experience. In Utah, a pro pilot will lead the way down the official 2002 Olympic track at the Utah Olympic Park.


Join an Organized Snowball Fight

  Photo: dcsplicer/Flickr

A snowball fight in the backyard is one thing. But an organized snowball fight with hundreds of people in a city park? Now we’re talking. Last winter, the Washington D.C. Snowball Fight Association organized three official events across the nation’s capital, including one battle staged at night. When a storm hits, you’ll be given a few hours’ notice to get to the chosen location and start lobbing snowballs.


Soak in a Mountaintop Hot Tub

  Photo: Trevor Clark/Squaw Valley

At Squaw Valley, California, you can ride the aerial tram to High Camp, then soak in a mountain-top hot tub at 8,300 feet. You’ll be treated to bubbling jets and views of Lake Tahoe, while skiers and snowboarders slide down the slopes nearby. Afterward, cruise back down the tram and go sip a hot toddy by the fire at the bar at Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn in the village.


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Megan Michelson




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