5 Winter Activities to do that Don’t Involve Skiing or Snowboarding

You may be hard pressed to think of ideas of activities to do in the winter, especially if you don't ski or snowboard.  Here are a list of ideas to get you started.

1.      Sign up for an Activity with Great River Outfitters

Great River Outfitters in Windsor, VT has plenty to keep you busy in the winter: snow shoeing, sleigh rides, or even winter survival camping.  It could be a holiday family tradition or great group activity. It certainly would make a unique gift idea for someone who loves nature or the outdoors.  While you're there explore their sculpture garden, which is open year round.  I wrote more about the sculpture garden and Great River Outfitters here.  

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2.       Watch a Dartmouth Game in Hanover

I got to go to a Dartmouth hockey game for my birthday last year and had so much fun.  Check out a game in the afternoon or evening and grab some food from one of the vendors.  It's a family friendly event too. Once I went to a semi-pro hockey game and they spent more time fighting than playing hockey; this was not the case at the game I went to.  I got to see the players demonstrate athleticism, precision, and sportsmanship.   

You might worry you'll be cold watching, but that's not the case (and I'm always cold), so pick a date, buy some tickets and cheer on the 'Big Green.'  The full winter schedule is here.

I can't wait to check out the other winter sports Dartmouth has as well for both men and women: basketball, tennis, swimming and diving, squash, and indoor track and field.  

3.       Go Indoor Rock Climbing at the River Valley Club in Lebanon

The River Valley Club in Lebanon has a lot of amenities for you to enjoy like their spa, indoor tennis courts, drop off daycare so you can work out, or crossfit program.  I particularly like their rock climbing wall. Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 pm there's open climbing hours from anyone age 13 and up for $20 (if you're not a member).  I went and had so much fun!

Other rock climbing facilities want you to have your own belayer.  At the River Valley Club, there's someone trained to belay if you want it.   It was only my second time indoor rock climbing ever, and the belayer was patient and helpful, giving me as much or as little assistance as I wanted.  I don't have much upper body strength, so it was a fun challenge to see how far I could get.  If I needed a break, my belayer was okay with that and waited.  I highly recommend trying it.  I'm looking forward to going back.

4.       Go Tubing at Arrowhead in Claremont

I've never done this, but I have friends who have with their children and love it.  It's quite popular in Claremont.  Arrowhead Recreation Area has snow tubing every year.  This is a fun and inexpensive way to spend time as a family or an outing with friends: an hour or two of fun for under $10.      

5.       Go Ice skating or cross country skiing 

I didn't know this, but there are actually a lot of places to go ice skating in the Upper Valley. You don't need skates either; you can rent them.  You can see a list of locations on the Daily UV article here and another list that includes more locations and cross country skiing here.    I want to go to the Occom Pond Party in February to see ice sculptures, couch races, and sip on hot cocoa with marshmallows.  It sounds like a lot of fun.  Someday I want to ice skate on Lake Morey which has the longest skating trail in the US, which sounds cool to try.  I wonder how far I would get before I toppled over.

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