Winter Family Travel: Skiing, Ice Skating and Ice Fishing – Mammoth Lake, Cross Lake and New Hampshire.
Winter Family Travel – Skiing – Ice Skating –
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by Nathaniel Broughton
When most people think of a lake vacation, they immediately paint pictures of boating, water sports, and playing on the beach. But there are many great activities around lakes in the United States during the winter, and usually at a fraction of the peak season cost!
From downhill skiing to snowmobiling to snow tubing, read on to learn about the family-friendly winter wonderlands to be found lakeside this snowy season.
For a ski trip the whole family can participate in, consider a trip to Mammoth Lakes, California .
Tucked away in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, the area experiences an average of 300 sunny days and 33 feet of snow annually. At the Mammoth Lakes Resort, skiers are treated to a wide variety of trails, with 25% designed for beginners, 40% intermediate, 20% advanced, and 15% expert.
For family members who need to learn skiing basics (or just brush up on their skills), the options for lessons are as diverse as the trails. Skiers can choose between private, group or family lessons. There are also specialized programs such as children’s ski school and a women’s ski seminar.
If you want to experience more than the slopes, there are many other unique experiences available at Mountain Lakes such as dog sledding, snowmobiling, and ice skating.If you’re looking to head up North for your winter vacation, look no further than Cross Lake in Minnesota, a part of the Brainerd’s Lakes Area .
The entire Brainerd Lakes Area is the perfect destination for ice fishing, with many popular lakes renting fish houses to anglers. Visitors can also bring their own fish houses, or choose to brave the elements on their own while hooking northern pike, walleye, crappie, and more.
The area is also a great destination for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and downhill skiing. If you want to enjoy the beauty while relaxing, there are multiple sleigh ride services in the area.Although everything may not be bigger in New Hampshire, Lake Winnipesaukee certainly is big enough to contain all your family fun.
Located in east-central New Hampshire, this massive body of water is the 6th largest lake located within one state. Even with its huge size, the lake still freezes over, usually by the end of December. This is when activities such as ice skating, ice fishing, and ice sailing quick into high gear.
For the member of your family member who loves a rush, ice sailing is a must try. The mountainous areas surrounding Lake Winnipesaukee also make it a great destination for all types of skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.
No matter what region of the country you head towards for your winter vacation, there are lakes everywhere that make for excellent vacations. Just make sure somebody brings along the hot chocolate!