Come winter, many of us love hitting the slopes. But if you don’t ski or snowboard—or maybe just want to mix things up for a day—we’ve got you covered with other fun winter activities in destinations across the U.S.
Inspirato members who want to partake in winter fun that’s not necessarily of the downhill variety should explore some of these cold-weather activities on their next trip. (And we’ve got some suggestions for where to stay, too.)
Dogsledding — Vail, Colorado
Vail might be known for its world-class skiing, but plenty of other wintertime fun awaits in this European-inspired alpine retreat. Zip through wooded forests and beautiful alpine scenery with a dog sled ride. Mountain Musher and Alpine Adventures are two outfitters that come highly recommended by our on-site team in Vail, and offer rides down tranquil, private trails. Members can even play with the pups after their ride.
Ice Skating — Sun Valley, Idaho
Nestled amid Idaho’s Smoky Mountains, Sun Valley boasts one of the best skating rinks in the U.S.—it’s one of the few outdoor ice rinks in the country that’s open year round. Take lessons or glide around on your own while taking in picturesque views of the surrounding mountains. And keep your eyes peeled for Olympians: The rink’s a popular training spot for the athletes and there’s a good chance you’ll run into one.
Snowshoeing — Deer Valley, Utah
Enjoy the quiet serenity of a snow-covered forest with a snowshoeing trek in Deer Valley’s Unita Mountains. All Seasons Adventures offers a variety of outings, including The Moonlight Dinner Tour, which provides a great workout before indulging with dinner reservations at a local restaurant, or the Snowshoe to S’mores Tour, an hourlong trek to a firepit where s’mores are waiting—the perfect reward for restless kids..
Ice Fishing — Stowe, Vermont
Fishing doesn’t have to be confined to the warm-weather months. Inspirato members wanting a cold-weather catch should try their hand at ice fishing in scenic Stowe. Catamount Fishing and the Fly Rod Shop are two local outfitters with ice fishing tours available; they’ll teach you how to “jig” and use tip-ups so you can have the best chance of snagging pike, salmon, or trout.