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
The Guarantee: Ski for an hour, any time of the day (not just the first hour), and if you’re not happy, trade in your ticket for a voucher for another day. The Fine Print: Voucher must be used within the season. Valid: Opening day to closing day Average Annual Snowfall: 180 inches Snowmaking: 95 percent More Info:stratton.com
Kids (6 and older, weighing less than 90 pounds) get to drive their own mini Arctic Cat on a groomed track at the Sun Bowl base area. 5-7 p.m. on Saturdays and holiday-week nights. $17 for 10 minute ride. 802-824-5399
It took a year off last year, but it’s back for 2010-11, located on Big Ben at the Sun Bowl base area. Note: Kids must be 42 inches tall and at aged 5 or older. Tickets available at any lift-ticket window; $15 for 1 hour, $22 for 2 hours.
The Kimball Art Museum is a nonprofit community art center that opened in 1976.
The Kimball Art Museum is a nonprofit community art center that opened in 1976. Known for their educational outreach programs and bringing top exhibitions to Park City, the museum is committed to furthering access of the visual arts for the community. For a quieter family experience, come to the museum, which is free and open to the public year-round, and view the many exhibitions. Past exhibitions include Left to the Elements, The Art of the Brick, and Art In Action.
At Deer Valley, more than 55 miles of panoramic trails are available during the summer months for mountain biking with panoramic views.
At Deer Valley, more than 55 miles of panoramic trails are available during the summer months for mountain biking with panoramic views. All summer, lift-accessed trails are offered from the Silver Lake Express chairlift at the base, Snow Park Lodge, and the Sterling Express chairlift at mid-mountain. Both bike rentals and beginner mountain biking lessons are available at each location. Deer Valley was rated one of the 10 best biking locations by Mountain Bike Action Magazine.
Thrill seekers will feel the rush on Utah’s only Alpine Coaster.
Thrill seekers will feel the rush on Utah’s only Alpine Coaster. Different from an alpine slide, the coaster is like a theme park roller coaster, with a track, instead of a slide, but with a much better mountain view. The track is elevated and winds through more than one mile and of loops, curves, and hairpin turns. You will reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour on the journey downhill in the toboggan-style cars.
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