A sports vacation can really brighten your winter and chase away the blues! Picking the right destination is one of the key elements, of course, as is the type of accommodation you select and the amenities that are available to you. Here are a few ideas for well-known and not so well-known places you could visit this winter:
Lincoln, New Hampshire
While New England in the fall is a major attraction, because of the amazing colors of the foliage, you can also plan for a winter sports vacation there and swap cycling, golfing, and kayaking for snowboarding and skiing amidst breathtaking scenery. Undoubtedly, the beauty of the White Mountains is spectacular all year round, and in the Franconia Notch State Park, you can explore the superb mountain pass and surrounding parkway extending from Echo Lake at the northern end to Flume Gorge at the southern tip.
One lovely place to stay is right in the heart of the mountain region at South Mountain Resort. Much praised by travel review websites, the resort has beautiful rooms and fantastic facilities, including a fitness center and pools, as well as free Wi-Fi. South Mountain Resort is a Bluegreen Vacations destination, just a couple of hours’ drive from Boston. You can find out more about it and others available for winter sports vacations by visiting the Bluegreen Resorts Facebook page or the company’s website.
Boyne Falls, Michigan
Another winter sports destination offered by the same company presents you with a new take on the lakes — Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie, that is. The best skiing area in the Midwest is said to be towards the top of the Lower Peninsula, and if you opt to stay at Mountain Run at Boyne, you will have access to 14 ski lifts and more than 50 trails, so there is something to suit every skill level. Also, the attractive chalet-style accommodation in this club resort may persuade you that you are actually in the Swiss Alps.
One of the top winter sports activities in the Canadian Rocky Mountains is dog sledding. It is an incredible experience to view the magnificent scenery of the Banff National Park, while riding the back of a sled, under the warm comfort of Pendleton wool blankets. Handlers tend the huskies that pull the sleds and many tours include a cozy campfire visit at the end, with hot drinks and tasty snacks available.
Midwestern families enjoy skiing on Christmas Mountain as much as splashing around in one of the many indoor water parks in this well-known vacation area. Non-skiers are happy on sleighs and the Christmas Mountain Winter Carnival organizes a fun snowman building contest every year. Other winter attractions include golf in the snow, fireworks displays, and torchlight parades.
If après-ski is more to your taste, you might want to gravitate towards Aspen, which has a reputation for being the winter playground of models, celebrities, and a variety of socialites. You can choose from a total of four mountains: Aspen, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands, and Snowmass, but remember to conserve some of your energy for the lively nightlife.
Whistler-Blackcomb, British Columbia
Finally, you can’t ignore the draw of the famous Whistler and Blackcomb mountains where many parents have introduced their toddlers and young children to the joys of the piste. The nursery slopes are superbly designed to provide a great learning experience for kids and both mountains feature centers for children. Fully licensed childcare programs will take care of children from 18 months old, thus if your youngsters need time indoors, there is always a safe place for them to play.