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Ice Climbing

Ice Climbing

Travel to Switzerland’s cold tundra to go ice climbing -- if rock climbing isn’t extreme enough for you. Ascend up ice formations like frozen waterfalls, ice slabs or rocks covered with frozen water flow or ice. This adrenaline-driven winter activity is recognized as a competitive sport. The International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation organizes both the Ice Climbing World Cup and International Championships every year. 960 1280

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Snowcross

Snowcross

It’s snowmobiling with an extra kick! In snocross, riders race at a speed of up to 60 mph on a track that usually consists of tight turns, banked corners, steep jumps and obstacles. From November through March, AMSOIL Championship Snocross events are held all over the US, including in Duluth, MN; Traverse City, MI; Deadwood, SD; and Lake Geneva, WI. 960 1280

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Snow Polo

Snow Polo

St. Moritz is just one place sports fans can visit to see snow polo players in action. This variant of polo is played on compacted snow, on flat ground or on a frozen lake. Each team usually consists of 3 players who battle it out by hitting a light, bright-colored plastic ball into a goal. Save the date -- Aspen, CO, usually hosts the USPA World Snow Polo Championship in Marloth Park on the third weekend in December. 960 1280

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Skijoring

Skijoring

The first competitive skijoring races were held in Scandinavia as an offshoot of the older sport of pulka. For those unfamiliar with this winter sport, skijoring involves a horse, dog(s) or a motor vehicle pulling a skier. Races are held all around the world where there is snow in the winter. The longest race is held in Kalevala, Karelia, Russia. Skiers pulled by dogs must race 270 bone-chilling miles to cross the finish line. 960 1280

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Snow Scooting

Snow Scooting

Go snow scooting! Cut your snowboard in half, screw on some handlebars and hop onboard. The unconventional sport is popular in Europe, but has yet to catch on in the US. We recommend traveling to Tignes, a ski resort in southeastern France, to experience snow scooting in the Alps. 960 1280

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Ice Swimming

Ice Swimming

Swimming in a body of water with a frozen crust of ice is normal practice in several countries, including the UK, Finland, Belgium, Russia and China. In the US and Canada, members of polar bear clubs take the plunge and go swimming in the winter. Take the plunge yourself and go swimming in the winter or ice swimming. The Coney Island Polar Bear Club (Coney Island, NY) is the oldest ice-swimming club in the US. 960 1280

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Heli-Skiing

Heli-Skiing

Instead of hopping on a ski lift, jump from a helicopter to start your ski run downhill. These off-trail runs sometimes consist of high alpine glaciers, wooded areas and steep slopes. Skiers, looking for an adrenaline-rush adventure, should head to heli-skiing destinations like Alaska, Iceland, Nepal, Chile, Russia and New Zealand. 960 1280

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Ice Yachting

Ice Yachting

Go sailing in an iceboat -- also known as an ice yacht. Ice yachting is very popular in the Netherlands and in the Gulf of Finland; Minnesota’s Lake Minnetonka, Wisconsin’s Lake Pepin, Maine’s Bar Harbor Lake are a few hot US destinations for this unique sport. 960 1280

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Ice Cross Downhill

Ice Cross Downhill

The first inaugural race for ice cross downhill was on Jan. 20, 2000, in Stockholm. Wearing skates, hockey players have a head-to-head battle down an ice track packed with gap jumps, ice steps, high vertical drops and razor-sharp hairpin turns. These competitions -- Red Bull Crashed Ice -- are held in various locations like Quebec City, Canada; St. Paul, MN; Niagara Falls, Canada; and Landgraaf, Netherlands. 960 1280

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Snow Kayaking

Snow Kayaking

Forget about sledding down snowy hills -- hop into a kayak for an exciting twist to traditional sledding. Go snow kayaking, an extreme sport not allowed at most ski resorts. Professional competitions consist of bumps, turns and other obstacles to keep competitors’ adrenaline pumping. 960 1280

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Snow Kiting

Snow Kiting

Snow kiting is an outdoor winter sport where people use kite power to glide on snow or ice. This unique sport is similar to kite surfing, but snowboarding or skiing footwear is used. Snow kiting is becoming popular in places often associated with skiing and snowboarding like Sweden, France, Canada, Austria and central and northern US. 960 1280

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Tesoro Arctic Man Classic

Tesoro Arctic Man Classic

More than 13,000 people converge on Paxson, AK, to witness the Tesoro Arctic Man Classic. Teams of 2 compete with the skier starting the race out at a 5,800-foot summit. They then drop 1,700 feet in less than 2 miles, where the skier meets up with his snowmobiling partner. The snowmobiler pulls the skier uphill at top speeds of up to 86 mph. On the final leg of the race, the skier separates from his partner and drops another 1,200 feet to the finish line. 960 1280

  

Alpine Meadows

Alpine Meadows

Guests at Alpine Meadows have the option of skiing on the resort’s 2,400-acre estate with 13 different lifts and a vertical drop of 1,800 feet. Alpine Meadows is known for its quality and variety of terrain, ranging from beginner to advanced trails. And with 402 inches of annual snowfall, this resort often has the longest snow season among the Lake Tahoe ski resorts. 960 1280

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The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

Guests can cozy up to the 55-foot-tall granite fireplace in the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. This resort has large rooms (some with views of the sweeping mountain vistas), comfy beds and rustic furnishings. Enjoy decadent dining options, including French-Californian fusion restaurant Manzanita, headed by chef Traci Des Jardins. 960 1280

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Kirkwood Mountain Resort

Kirkwood Mountain Resort

Kirkwood Mountain Resort offers an array of condo and townhouse-style lodging. Guests have the choice of making reservations at 6 different lodges, including Timber Ridge, Lost Cabin, Meadowstone Lodge and Snow Crest Lodge. Keep the kids busy! The Ski & Ride program, available at the resort, includes Mini Rippers and Mini Gnome introductory programs to teach children how ski and snowboard. 960 1280

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Village at Squaw Valley

Village at Squaw Valley

The Village at Squaw Valley isn’t just a place to stay, it’s also the center of a European-style village with an array of shops, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and entertainment venues. Guests can stay in a standard room or a 1-, 2- or 3-bedroom suite with amenities, including full-service Trilogy Day Spa, children’s game room, whirlpool spas and dry saunas. 960 1280

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Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino

The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, nestled within the Sierra Mountain range, is a AAA Four Diamond hotel that offers guests a relaxing stay. Take a cruise on one of their private boats, get a deep-tissue massage in the world-class Stillwater Spa, tempt Lady Luck at the Grand Lodge Casino and sip on hot-buttered rum or hot chocolate near a warm pit fire after day of skiing. 960 1280

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Harrah's Lake Tahoe

Harrah's Lake Tahoe

Stay in a luxurious suite at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Hotel. Guests have easy access to the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, Cliché Lounge, Reflections the Spa, Lulu Hair Design Salon, Peek Nightclub, the hotel’s domed indoor pool, casino, 7 restaurants and a lot more. The 18-story hotel tower offers ski packages to area resorts, including Diamond Peak, Sugar Bowl and Boreal. 960 1280

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Heavenly Mountain Resort

Heavenly Mountain Resort

Go skiing and snowboarding at the Heavenly Mountain Resort. Overlooking Lake Tahoe, this resort offers skiing and snowboarding lessons at 3 different levels -- beginners, intermediate and expert -- for sports enthusiasts of all ages. In the spring or summer, we recommend taking a short walk to South Lake Tahoe’s Lakeside Marina, the beach, Heavenly ski gondola and the Village Shopping Center. 960 1280

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Squaw Valley Lodge

Squaw Valley Lodge

Squaw Valley Lodge is a 4-season condominium resort located on the slopes of the Sierra Mountains. Visitors vacationing in this winter playground can go skiing, ice skating, tubing, hiking or biking. Guests can easily walk or ski to Squaw’s village to shop or dine. 960 1280

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Resort at Squaw Valley

Resort at Squaw Valley

Conde Nast Traveler magazine ranked the Resort at Squaw Valley in the top 50 ski hotels in North America because of its hospitality and full-service amenities. One of the perks for families with kids is the Mountain Buddies, a comprehensive children’s program that offers everything from nature hikes and sliding down the resort’s 120-foot waterslide to playing broom ball and cross-country skiing on private trails. 960 1280

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Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort

Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort

Rise to new heights and experience snowboarding and tree skiing at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort. Local pro athletes, like Robby Franco, Jamie Anderson and Maddie Bowman -- have graced the slopes, parks and pipes at this ski resort. Guests can also stay active with multiple weekly and monthly events hosted by the resort, including themed ski weeks (e.g. College Week), ski camps, wine tastings and live concerts. 960 1280

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Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

This 1,200-acre resort is located about 30 miles south of Reno, NV. Despite the name, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe is actually on the slopes of Slide Mountain rather than Mt. Rose, which is on the other side of Nevada State Route 431. In addition to ski and snowboarding lessons, Mt. Rose also offers a freestyle ski training program for skiers, ages 9 to 12, to learn the correct techniques in terrain park pipes, upright aerial jumping and how to ski on the mountain in all conditions. 960 1280

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Cedar House Sport Hotel

Cedar House Sport Hotel

Guests will enjoy staying at this cozy-yet-chic hotel, which also happens to be pet-friendly. The hotel staff at Cedar House Sport Hotel welcomes your 4-legged friend with treats, beds, bowls and other perks for your pooch. In addition to these unique amenities, the hotel showcases rooms with an eclectic mix of contemporary design; the hotel was built using unrefined and recyclable materials. 960 1280

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Shot of Mammouth Lakes snow covered mountains in California

Shot of Mammouth Lakes snow covered mountains in California

The beautiful and popular mountains of Mammoth Lakes, CA, are a skier's paradise. Nestled close to Nevada, Mammoth Lakes is 5 hours from both Las Vegas and Los Angeles. 960 1280

  

Hikers warm up in the hot springs of Mammoth Lakes California

Hikers warm up in the hot springs of Mammoth Lakes California

With pockets of hot springs, this stretch of eastern California is a perfect place for hikers to warm up. 960 1280

  

Picture from the top of Mammoth Mountain in Mammoth Lakes California

Picture from the top of Mammoth Mountain in Mammoth Lakes California

A breathtaking view from the top of Mammoth Mountain in Mammoth Lakes, CA. 960 1280

  

Olympic mementos on the wall

Olympic mementos on the wall

Mementos from the 1980 medal-round men's ice hockey game "Miracle on Ice" are housed at the US Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY. 960 1280

  

Ski-lift on Mammoth Mountain in Mammoth Lakes California

Ski-lift on Mammoth Mountain in Mammoth Lakes California

Skiers ride the ski-lift to the top of Mammoth Mountain in Mammoth Lakes, CA. 960 1280

  

A signpost gives direction to the skiiers on Mammoth Mountain in California

A signpost gives direction to the skiiers on Mammoth Mountain in California

A signpost points the way to various ski runs on the top of Mammoth Mountain. The different symbols on the map signify the level of difficulty for a particular run, the diamondback being one of the more difficult runs. 960 1280

  

The bottom of Mammoth Mountain in California

The bottom of Mammoth Mountain in California

A shot from the bottom of a ski run on Mammoth Mountain in Mammoth Lakes, CA. 960 1280

  

map of the bobsled track at the Olympic Sports Complex in New York

map of the bobsled track at the Olympic Sports Complex in New York

A map of the bobsled track at the Olympic Sports Complex in Lake Placid, NY. 960 1280

  

Outside shot of Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont

Outside shot of Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont

The von Trapp family, whose story was depicted in The Sound of Music, started the Trapp Family Lodge in the 1950s in Stowe, VT. 960 1280

  

Inside picture of a library in Vermont

Inside picture of a library in Vermont

Along with a brewery, an abundance of meeting room space and accommodations for guests, the Trapp Family Lodge offers a cozy libray accessible to guests. 960 1280

  

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