Climbing at Sugarloaf’s Antigravity Complex gives you a chance to use your arms instead of your legs, and burn off a bit of extra energy for après. You can book out the wall and an instructor if your group wants extra attention.
Practice your aerial moves or just jump around at Sugarloaf’s Antigravity Center. Up to 10 people at a time can bounce, so it’s perfect for birthday parties or big groups. Reservations are recommended and instructors are available. www.sugarloaf.com; 207-237-5566
Mellow enough for young kids, but still exciting enough to give teens and parents a rush
On the Birches, next to the base lodge, tubing at Sugarloaf is mellow enough for young kids, but still exciting enough to give teens and parents a rush. The hill is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday and tickets are $8. www.sugarloaf.com; 207.237.6939
Northstar is home to the only permanent biathlon range on the west coast.
If you love the winter Olympics or just know someone who’s a bit of a gun nut, Northstar’s got you covered. Biathlon, the sport where you cross-country ski to a shooting range and then fire off a few rounds at a distant target is alive and well at Northstar. The Northstar cross-country, telemark, and snowshoe center is home to the only permanent biathlon range on the west coast and it’s all at your disposal for special events and private instruction. Not only that, but former US Olympian Biathlete Glenn Jobe is on staff and available for private lessons.
Catch some air challenge yourself, and push your fear aside in the Village at Northstar. Open year-round (weather permitting), Tahoe Apex Adventure Bungy provides a safe way to go big and get your adrenaline pumping. Bungy cords are combined with trampolines to create a jumping, bouncing good time for all ages and comfort levels. Once you’ve warmed up with some simple jumping you can even practice your flips. The knowledgeable staff will ensure that safety is priority number one, followed closely by fun.
Located in the Village, the Villager Candle Shop offers you the opportunity for a unique and personalized gift or souvenir. With countless colors, 20 different scents, and shapes limited only by your own imagination you can craft your very own candle to take home. This is a great, creative activity for kids. The Villager staff is well versed in the artistry of candle making and will be there to make sure you’re happy with the end result. Larger group? The Villager hosts candle-making parties for any-size group and any occasion.
This high-tech treasure hunt will have you exploring the mountain.
Family camaraderie comes built in with Northstar’s Geocaching Adventures. Based out of the cross-country, telemark, and snowshoe center (next to the Vista Express at the top of the Gondola). Like a high tech treasure hunt, by using handheld GPS devices and sets of coordinates you hunt through the wilderness for buried prizes. Hidden stashes are rated like ski runs from green to black. The goodies you find at any given stash may range from Starbucks gift certificates, to full dinners, to lift tickets.
This ice skating rink is right in the middle of the village.
You can’t miss this. It’s right in the middle of the Village. It’s Northstar’s Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, it’s the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs Elysees. Northstar’s Ice rink is truly first class. Surrounded by heated and cushioned seats and couches and with rentals available this is a can’t miss stop for young and old. Oh, and to top it off the fine folks at True North, just off the southern end of the rink, sell s’mores kits that can be put to use at any of the well-maintained fire pits that circle the rink as well. Skating and s’mores, how do you beat that?
Hike around the Taos wilderness with a llama by your side.
Take a summer hike in the Taos-area wilderness accompanied by a low impact llama. Wild Earth offers single day “take a llama to lunch” hikes as well as multi-day camping and hiking excursions where visitors climb 12- to 13- thousand feet tall peaks. During the trips, groups use llamas as eco-friendly pack animals because their padded feet leave less of an impact on the fragile wilderness areas that visitors explore. Each hike is specifically designed for the group at hand, and they cater to all ages of visitors.
Take a walk in the woods on snowshoes this winter.
If you want to take a break from the slopes, but still want to experience the wilderness during the winter, snowshoeing might be the sport for you. Showshoe Taos offers half-day, full day, moonlight, and overnight yurt trips for all ages. All levels are accepted. Showshoe Taos also has “learn to snowshoe” tours for beginners who don’t want to spend as long in the woods. Taos, New Mexico | 800.758.5252 | SnowShoeTaos.com