This winter, tune up an old sport or learn something new. Whether you take the sled to a hillside or skate on a pond, turn off the technology and get outdoors. Here are winter sports ideas.
1. Dog sledding — Breckenridge, Colo.
"Hike, hike!" That means "Let's go!" You'll learn this and more as the musher of your own Siberian husky dog-sled team when you head into the hills with Good Times Adventures.
Getting tired? Trade with other family members for a turn in the dog sled or as a passenger in a small sleigh with the guide. Layer up and be prepared for high-altitude fun. Adults, $70; 8 and younger, $35.
Contact: 1-800-477-0144; www.snowmobilecolorado.com/dogsled.htm
2. Ice fishing — Dubois, Wyo.
With a high-mountain, historic lodge as your cozy home base, travel by snowmobile to your fishing camp for the day. With tips from your guide and protected from the wind by a small, tentlike enclosure, you'll connect with elusive trout swimming below the ice. Back at the lodge, sip cocoa and tell fish stories next to a roaring fire.
Contact: 1-307-455-2121; www.brookslake.com
3. Broomball — New Paltz, N.Y.
Get comfortable on ice skates inside Mohonk House's 9,375-square-foot, open-air ice rink and pavilion. Later, tuck the skates away and try broomball. Players use a broomlike stick to power a ball into the opponent's goal. The game is played on ice with regular shoes.
Contact: 1-800-772-6646; www.mohonk.com
4. Skate ski — Crested Butte, Colo.
Learn to skate ski for free on the first Thursday of each month in this scenic Rocky Mountain community. Professional instructors will share their tips, and in no time you'll be ready to make tracks through the pines. Plan a warm-up stop at the Magic Meadows Yurt. Next clinics: Feb. 4 and March 4.
Contact: 970-349-1707; www.cbnordic.org
5. Ice climbing — Ouray, Colo.
Watch the pros, then learn safety skills and get pro-style instruction during a free clinic just for kids. All climbing equipment is provided, and warm tents, hot cocoa and a bonfire provide the perfect ambience to share stories during and after the adventure. Children ages 5 to 16 are welcome. The next kids' clinic will be Feb. 13.
Contact: 970-325-4288; http://ourayicefestival.com/eventsschedule/for-kids-and-families or www.ourayicepark.com