No Play Like Snowplay!
Skiing and snowboarding are
but two of the many forms of winter fun across the vast American snowbelt. In
addition to the familiar equipment needed for these high-profile sliding sports,
an astonishing variety of new winter toys have been sneaking on to the slopes.
Snowshoe sales and rentals are booming, and traditional ski resorts are now dotted
with snowbike tracts, skating rinks and tubing hills for day and night thrills.
Other sliding methods are
almost commonplace in the Sierra. Northstar-at-Tahoe offers snowbiking, as does Sierra-at-Tahoe.
Snowbikes look much like bicycles. They have seats and handlebars, but runners
instead of wheels -
and no pedals. Snowbikers take a lift up the mountain and ride down, wearing mini-skis
on their boots and big grins on their faces! Snowbiking is an alternative to the
traditional learning curve of skiing or snowboarding. It's a chance to slide and
have some fun.
Tubing is an old winter
diversion that's new again. Riders sprawl on huge reinforced tubes and go for
the gusto. Many areas are offering tubing as an evening activity, which is great
for the nonstop energy of kids and teens. Check out Kidz n'Snow's Other
Sliding for more information.