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7 Ways (Other than Skiing and Snowboarding) to Enjoy the Snow

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Date
February 2014

Author
Lauren Hunsberger

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1. Snowshoeing is perfect for hikers who don’t want to wait until spring to hit the trails and don’t mind adding an extra challenge to their outings. For a list of places to snowshoe in Washington, visit wta.org.

2. Few residents take advantage of the abundance of ice fishing opportunities available in Washington, but it can be both fun and deliciously rewarding. Safety is a huge factor when ice fishing though, so visit wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/ice_fishing for safety tips and other recommendations.

3. Tubes are more often associated with floating down rivers during the summer, but Pacific Northwesterners know that snow tubing is just as fun, if not more. There are a variety of local places that allow snow tubing during good conditions, including Mount Rainier National Park and the Summit at Snoqualmie. 

4. According to the Washington State Parks website, there are over 3,000 miles of groomed trails perfect for snowmobiling. So if skiing down the mountain doesn’t satisfy your need for speed, get your kicks by powering your way through local trails. For more information, visit parks.wa.gov/winter/snowmobiling

5. Snow camping provides adventurers with stunning views of snow-covered mountains, virtually no crowds and a great way to wake up and get started with winter activities without a drive. However, a successful and comfortable camping trip in the winter does take a bit more preparation, so be sure to visit wta.org/hiking-info/basics/snow-camping for tips.

6. Sled Dog Rides allow outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to travel in an especially unique way. Head to Leavenworth and take a tour led by an experienced dog sled team. For more information about a variety of different tours, head to Leavenworthdogsledding.com

7. Snow biking, also called fatbiking, is a relatively new sport that allows cyclists of all levels the chance to test their skills on the snow. There are a few Washington places that have groomed fatbiking trails, but one of the most popular is Methow Valley. To find out more, visit winthropwashington.com/things-do/winter-recreation/fat

 

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