Most kids grew up sledding. Let them try something new and give tubing a whirl. At the bottom of the Super Bee lift, you’ll find some of the best lift-accessed tubing in Colorado. Purchase your tickets for $24 an hour in the Copper Station lodge. Head up the tubing “lift” and five different runs await you. Call 866.416.9874 for more info.
Explore the Maine woods at a slightly slower pace.
Explore the Maine woods at a slightly slower pace. Strap on snowshoes and go on a “snowshoe safari” with Sugarloaf staff, who will point out interesting features, wildlife and brief you on the natural history of the area. The offer moonlight trips and a weekly "Shoe 'n' Stew" lunchtime trip. www.sugarloaf.com; 207-237-6830
Skate the biggest indoor skate in Maine. Don't worry, lessons are available.
Sugarloaf’s Antigravity Complex boasts the biggest indoor skate bowl in Maine. Rookies and rippers alike can skate the park. Kids 14 and under can get free lessons if they have their own board. Helmet rentals are $4. www.sugarloaf.com; 207-237-5566
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.