These year-round canopy tours let you sail through the tree tops side-by-side with your friends and family.
Over 4,000 LED lights make the forest sparkle during Whistler’s winter evening canopy tour, the “Zip n Chill.” Riders are guided through the trees and taken to a cabin on Blackcomb Mountain where they enjoy dinner with the group. The resort also offers two other tours that run year-round. Whistler, British Columbia | 800.944.7853 | whistler.com/zipline
If you want to experience the thrill of the mountains, but aren't a skier, call SNO-LIMO and they'll tour you around on a ski-mounted chair.
This service offers an adventure that brings non-skiers to the ski hill. Riders—often non-skiing family members, small children and older adults— sit in a chair operated by a guide on a controlled run down green or easier-blue runs. The service has catered to everyone from 6-month-old twins to 105-year-old great grandmothers, and makes sure that each ride is unique to the person whom they’re guiding. If you want to experience the mountain in a safe and unique way, this is the way to do it: they’ve been serving Whistler for five years, and have guided over 23,000 tours.
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