Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

January 10th, 2013 | By Gary No Comments

We may not get a lot of snow in Athens during the winter, but just a few hours away are several winter sports havens. And even closer to home is Atlanta’s Stone Mountain Park, which claims to be the area’s “official winter wonderland,” featuring five football fields of snowtime fun. As their website says, “From snowman building to snowball shooting, tubing to togetherness, the moments will be frozen in time.”

At Stone Mountain’s Snow Mountain, you can choose from a variety of activities, all designed for family fun:

  • Avalanche Alley – tubing on a 400-foot hill
  • Little Angels – SnoBoggans made especially for tubing for ages three and under
  • SnowZone – featuring Fort Snow, Snowman Valley, Igloo City and the Snowball Shootin’ Gallery
  • Tube Runners – tubing on Memorial Lawn (no experience or expensive equipment required)

If you’re ready for a winter vacation, a weekend getaway, or just a long day trip, you’ll find sledding, skiing, tubing, snowboarding and more at Sugar Mount Resort, Sapphire Valley Ski Area, Frozen Falls and other locations in the High Country of North Carolina.

Traditional snow sports abound in the High Country … and elsewhere, of course, if you’re up for a more distant location such as Pennsylvania, Vermont, Colorado, Utah or other points north or west … and everyone in the family can take part. You’ll find instructors ready to work with your youngest and most inexperienced as well as grownups and seasoned snow athletes. And many resorts offer family-friendly packages that cater to your activity interests as well as your budget.

As you read in our Life Zone feature story, going outside to play gives you a chance to use your muscles, work off that ‘cabin fever,’ breathe fresh air and get some natural Vitamin D from sunshine. This winter, if there’s snow on the ground for a few days here in Athens all the better! When the white stuff falls, grab the family and enjoy some outdoor playtime:

  • Take a winter camping trip, but be sure you have the proper equipment! If that’s too ambitious, check out your state parks for cabin or yurt rentals.
  • Enjoy a cold-weather hike, and when you finish, warm up with a cozy fire.
  • Rent some snowshoes and go exploring.
  • Go sledding.
  • Build a fort and have a snowball fight with your family, or buy a snow block maker and build an igloo.
  • Head out on a photo expedition to take pictures of the winter landscape.
  • Make “snow angels” (and if you don’t know what that is, just Google the words “snow angels” and check out the images!).
  • Make snow paint. Simply add food coloring to water and put in a spray bottle, then go out and paint!

Here in Georgia, we may not get a lot of snow, but when we do we’ll be ready to enjoy it for fun and fitness!

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