Spend a summer afternoon on the Monkido ropes course where you'll navigate suspended bridges and hanging logs.
Year round visitors can take a Ziptrek tour along the treetops at Whistler. If you’re in town for the summer, try the family-friendly Monkido course, an aerial adventure course in the treetops that progressively gets more challenging and higher as the participant goes. The course takes about two and a half hours and is open to children 7-years-old and up.
Fly fishing in the winter can be even more exciting, if you can bear the cold.
Winter fly fishing? Yes, it’s true. And, fly fishing in the winter can be even more exciting, if you can bear the cold. Because river flows are lower fish tend to school up in deep pools, so they're easier to find. Check out the winter action on the river with Fly Drifters of Utah. http://www.utahflydrifters.com; (801) 933-2147
Get out of the ski area and in to the backcountry.
Get out of the ski area for a day and into the backcountry on a snowmobile. Summit Snowmobiling, based out of Snowbird has access to over 50,000 acres of terrain, so you’re sure to sled through somewhere beautiful. You can rent all of the gear you need, including a suit and boots. http://www.summitsnowmobiling.com; 877-810-0060
We finally found a way to enjoy all of that New England ice.
The slap of a puck and scraping of skates on smooth ice can be heard at any time of day from the Skatium, an outdoor ice rink located in downtown Waitsfield, just off of Route 100. From adult-level pickup hockey games to five-and-under figure skating lessons, the Skatium offers something for everyone. Enjoy lamp-lit free skate time with the family, or come by one morning for a more competitive pickup game. Currently open in winters only, the Skatium is a great spot for winter sport lovers in Vermont.
If you’re sick of pounding the vertical(Alta will do that to you), or want to burn off some of your kid’s energy, head to the Alta Nordic center. They groom 5k of trails, give lessons and rentals are available. www.alta.com; (801) 799-2293
A taste of Olympic glory without having to go through years of grueling training yourself.
For a taste of Olympic glory without having to go through years of grueling training yourself, take the family to visit the Olympic Training Center. Check out where the athletes train for sports like bobsledding, figure skating, ice hockey, luge, skiing, and speed skating. The place is huge (the athlete center contains a 20,000 square foot gymnasium with the capability to hold three events at the same time), and includes high-tech medical facilities, 96 spacious rooms for athletes, and of course, a store where you can buy all the Olympic memorabilia you could ever want.
Stop at the St. Sophia Nature Center located at the top of the gondola before any of your outdoor adventures.
Stop at the St. Sophia Nature Center located at the top of the gondola before any of your outdoor adventures. Information on hiking and biking trails, weather forecasts, and local ecosystems are all available before you begin a nature excursion in the area. Environmental programs are also held all summer and feature native wildlife education and children’s nature activities and crafts. Go on a guided interpretive hike to learn about natural flora and fauna.
The dry air and high cloud base in the Taos make it ideal for hot air ballooning, even in the winter. Bring layers and be prepared for excellent views of the Rio Grand gorge. Flights last about an hour and come with a celebratory champagne brunch once you’re back on solid ground. www.taosballooning.com; (575) 751-6098