Last Chance For Family Fun In The Snow
There's nothing like careening down a snowy slope to get everyone laughing.

Last Chance for Family Fun in the Snow

This winter has been a long one and there’s still plenty of snow lingering in the Sierras, Rockies, and other ranges and fresh snow coming to the eastern cities. Why not get out for some good old-fashioned family fun before it’s gone?

Skiing and Snowboarding

Thanks to late-season snows, several of the most popular ski resorts in the Sierras including Heavenly Valley, Kirkwood, and Sierra-at-Tahoe. announced they were extending their seasons through the end of April and Squaw-Alpine plans to stay open until Memorial Day. So you’ve got at least one last chance to get everyone up on skis or a snowboard.

Tubing

Like ski resorts, tubing resorts stay open as late in the season as they possibly can, so this is one of your best bets for spring snow fun. Some of the country’s most elaborate tubing extravaganzas still open in April include Colorado’s Winter Adventure Park, Utah’s Gorgoza Park (near Park City), and Minnesota’s Trapp Farm Tubing Hill.

Toboggan Runs

The toboggan is unique in that the whole family can fit on one sled, and everyone has to work together to steer – or at least to try not to crash! Many resorts have toboggans available for borrowing or rental and they’re often stashed for use in the basements of rental cabins – just ask.

Snowshoeing

Probably the hottest new snow sport for the past couple of years, snowshoeing is not the awkward slog you remember. Thanks to today’s sleek, lightweight new showshoes, you can cover as much ground as you would on a day’s hike and stay warm and dry in the process. Whether you plan to rent or buy, R.E.I’s guide to choosing snowshoes will give you the info you need.

Ice Skating

Did you know San Francisco’s Yerba Buena ice rink is open year round? So is Palo Alto’s Winter Lodge, the only permanent outdoor ice rink west of the Sierras. Other spectacular rinks include Atlanta’s Center Ice Arena and the Sky Rink at New York’s Chelsea Piers. In fact, no matter what city you’re in, there’s likely to be an indoor ice rink somewhere in the area where you can try your hand at a figure-8. And in many areas, seasonal rinks like the iconic rink at Rockefeller Center are staying open until the end of April.

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Melanie Haiken, Health and Fitness Expert

Melanie Haiken writes about health, wellness and fitness for national magazines and websites. She specializes in discovering and reporting the latest research on diet, nutrition, fitness, weight loss and other health-related topics. Her award-winning stories have appeared in Fitness, Shape, Health, Forbes, and other respected magazines. She also contributes health stories to numerous Kaiser Permanente newsletters and other publications.