Outdoor Activities to Try This Winter

by Sara Cifani

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Escape from the cozy confines of your home with these winter activities that are certain to warm your mind, body and soul. Welcome winter weather with open arms and, most of all, have fun!


Whether you are on top of a magnificent mountain or in your own backyard, Snowga is a powerful way to connect with nature, despite winter weather conditions.

Anne Kerrigan Anderson, certified professional ski Instructor of America at Vail, registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, and certified Kripalu yoga teacher coined the term “Snowga” to describe ways to improve performance and calm nervousness on the slopes, while connecting with Mother Nature during the winter season. Snowga.com

WHERE TO TRY: Stowega at Stowe Mountain Lodge in Stowe, VT

“Stowega,” Stowe Mountain Lodge’s signature winter yoga class, focuses on enjoying the woods, regardless of the snow at your feet. Participants meet on the ski hill, strap on snowshoes for Stowega and enjoy the woodsy winter wonderland ahead. destinationhotels.com/stowe-mountain-lodge


Glide swiftly across snow-covered trails pulled by a pack of incredibly strong and equally adorable Alaskan Husky sled dogs.

Thrill-seekers will feel an adrenaline rush that carries you through the winter tundra, as you grab winter weather by the reins and explore the snowy terrain just like ancient explorers did hundreds of years ago.

WHERE TO TRY: Dog Sledding at Bretton Woods, NH, Omni Mount Washington Resort

Omni Mount Washington Resort unleashes the dog- sledding fun from mid-December through the beginning of spring, weather permitting.  Experienced mushers guide you and your pack, as you breeze through nature with a little help from your furry friends. After the ride, keep the adventures rolling with Omni Mount Washington Resort’s snowmobiling, ice skating, snowshoeing and other guided winter adventures. omnihotels.com


Who said cardio can’t be peaceful? Trust the blades beneath your feet to glide you across the vast sheet of ice, and improve your balance with this aerobic exercise dating back to the 14th century.

WHERE TO TRY: Topnotch Ice Rink in Stowe, VT

Immerse yourself in the scent of pine trees and the sight of crisp, white hills. Topnotch Ice Rink is open daily, weather permitting, at no additional cost to resort guests. Borrow a pair of skates and glide the day away! topnotchresort.com


Blade through the unraveling tundra and plant your poles into the tree-filled terrain. Cross-country skiing is a high-intensity workout that unites your body’s movement with the Earth.

WHERE TO TRY: Royal Gorge Cross Country Resort in Soda Springs, CA

Across a sprawling 6,000 acres, Royal Gorge offers a variety of trails to satisfy all skill levels. Lessons from professional instructors are available to enhance your experience. royalgorge.com

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