Tag Archives: tubing

Park Hyatt Skiing

Ski, Snowboard, Dogsled and More at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

Park Hyatt Skiing

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek offers an amazing Rocky Mountain winter experience for all ages. From beginner skiers to the most advanced, it makes an ideal location to enjoy the snow.

In fact, the Beaver Creek Ski and Snowboard School offers programs for kids and adults. For the adventurous who want to do more than ski, the resort offers host of other opportunities to enjoy the incredible winter wonderland with a number of tours and rides.

Dog Sledding

Dog sled tours run morning and afternoon on a private ranch in the Wolcott area west of Beaver Creek. These tours take about two hours and cover approximately seven miles for a breathtaking adventure through the snow on a dog sled pulled by Huskies.

Tours include homemade snacks and a hot beverage. This is a popular tour, so be sure to reserve your spot early.

For safety reasons for the dogs, each sled can weigh no more than 400 lbs. (combined weight). Children must be at least 4 years old to take part.

Park Hyatt Tubing

Tubing

Tubing is an activity the whole family can enjoy. Kids must be 36″ tall to ride on their own and must ride down the hill by themselves.

The Buckaroo Express gondola provides a quick ride up the hill to tube down the groomed Haymaker Tubing Hill!

When you’ve had enough tubing, circle around the fire to warm up and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and a snack.

The tubing hill is open from mid-December through late March as long as weather permits. Opening and closing times are based on time of sunset as well as the elements.

Ski Biking

Ski Biking also known as Ski Bobbing is a sport that combines skiing with biking. This is the perfect challenge for those looking for a new adventure.

It is recommended participates who sign up for the nighttime guided tours down Vail Mountain be at least intermediate level skiers.

Children must be at least 14 years old and 4’6” in height to take part in this activity.

Allegria Spa

Allegria Spa

Ice Climbing/Rock Climbing

Apex Adventure Guides and Vail Rock and Ice Guides offer year-round adventures and instruction, from climbing basics to advanced courses in alpine climbing.

This activity uses technical climbing equipment which is provided. Kids have to be 13 or older to participate. This is an exciting and unique adventure for the daring looking for a new challenge.

Allegria Spa

When you’re ready to soothe your tired muscles and refresh your body and soul, the Allegria Spa provides a tranquil sanctuary.

Located at the heart of Beaver Creek, Allegria Spa offers treatments from massages to organic scrubs which  utilize the healing elements of Vail Valley. Here you can workouts and enjoy a Swedish massage. Stay as long as you like.

To learn more about additional winter activities contact the hotel concierge.

Photo credits: EastWestResorts Beaver Creek, Beau Ryan, EastWestResorts Beaver Creek

Cypress Mountain downhill skiing.

West Vancouver’s Cypress Mountain: A Winter Wonderland

Cypress Mountain downhill skiing.

Cypress Mountain downhill skiing.

Cypress Mountain, in West Vancouver, offers two mountainsides that carry skiers and snowboarders into what locals call the Cypress Bowl. It is a hot skiing destination for experienced skiers and riders and for those who want to learn.

Cypress Mountain’s Alpine Area

Alpine area tickets include lift tickets, downhill skiing and snowboarding. For skiers, Cypress Mountain’s terrain features the largest vertical drop on the North Shore. This makes it a popular destination for skiing and riding with 53 ski runs, 6 chair lifts, and 600 skiable acres.

If you forget or break something, equipment can be rented on site.

Lessons Available

For those who want to improve their skiing or riding skills, lessons are available through the Cypress Mountain snow school. You can arrange multi-day packages, private lessons, or drop in for group lessons. A Kids Camp is an option for the youngsters.

Snow tubing is fun for the whole family.

Snow tubing is fun for the whole family.

Cypress Mountain Nordic Area

Cypress Mountain’s Nordic Area offers some of the most popular backcountry skiing in the area. Nordic tickets are available for the whole day, for the evening, or you can purchase tickets individually for the Snowshoe Trail or Tube Park.

Snowshoe Trail: Snowshoe trails offer a one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore mountain forests and snow covered meadows. The beauty is beyond words, so don’t forget your camera.

For those who haven’t tried snowshoeing, guided tours are available. Even if you are experienced, this is a great way to learn about often overlooked natural wonders.

Tube Park: The tube park lets you feel the rush of speeding downhill in minutes. The park features six chutes, each about 100 meters in length. This is fun for the entire family, but kids have to be 48″ tall to ride.

Snowshoe guided tours available

Cypress Mountain offers guided snowshoe tours.

The Best Deal

If you live nearby and can take advantage of it, the Gold Medal Card Cypress Mountain membership can save quite a bit of money. Overall, it can save around 20 percent.

If you don’t live nearby, check the different packages offered to see which one works best for you. If you love to play in the snow, Cypress Mountain is ready to be your playground.

Photo credits: cypressmountain.com, thepoint.ubc.ca, technogypsie.com, coleensdish.ctv.ca

Snowshoe Mountain Resort

Snowshoe Mountain Winter Activities

Snowshoe Mountain Resort

Snowshoe Mountain Resort

Snowshoe Mountain, in West Virginia, offers fun for the whole family year round both on and off the slopes. In the winter, Snowshoe is a popular destination choice for skiers and snowboarders alike, however, the wide range of winter activities available on Snowshoe Mountain offer family fun for kids, their parents, couples, or groups. Snowmobile tours are one of the most popular activities.

Snowmobile tours

Snowmobile tours offer a whole new perspective of the slopes.

Snowmobile Tours

Snowshoe Mountain’s hour-long evening snowmobile tours provide a unique chance to drive a snowmobile at night, and even an opportunity to learn how to operate a snowmobile for those who need to learn.

Of the tours offered, the basin tour is a favorite. Kids from 6-15 are allowed to join the fun (as passengers) as long as they meet the height requirement (46 inches). The tour offers a whole new perspective of the slopes as you ride along inclines, side slopes, and more. It’s a thrilling and beautiful experience for the entire family.

Snowshoe Mountain Snowcat Tours

Snowshoe Mountain Snowcat Tours

Snowcat Tours

Another distinctive opportunity to see the mountain is the Snowcat Tours. For this tour, guests enjoy the comfort of the heated cab in the Snowcat Grooming Machine. A guide tells passengers how the snowmaking team transforms the water of Shaver’s Lake into skiable snow.

On nights when the snowmaking equipment is being used, those on the tour have the added bonus of touring the Snowshoe Compressor House to see how it all works. Kids 4 and younger can ride as a “lap child.” As you ride through the basin, legend has it there’s a chance you might even see the Snowshoe Sasquatch!

Coca-Cola Tube Park

Tubing is a fun way to enjoy the outdoors, but gives you a break from skiing or snowboarding. The Coca-Cola Tube Park is conveniently located next to Silver Creek which makes shuttle access handy from other places on Snowshoe Mountain.

A cable pulls the tubes so you don’t have to tire yourself out by dragging them yourself. Five tubing lanes makes it possible to race down as a group, or even connect multiple tubes together.

Snowshoe Mountain Coca Cola Tube Park

Snowshoe Mountain Coca Cola Tube Park

Snowshoe Mountain Resort Lodging

The Snowshoe Mountain Resort offers a number of lodging options for those visiting Snowshoe Mountain. Choose something slope side, in the heart of the Village at Snowshoe, or stay in the Camp Four units which offer stunning views of the Allegheny Mountains while you soak in an outdoor hot tub.

Rental units provide a shuttle service to the mountains amenities. When calling to make reservations, it is important to ask about slope access, as it may not be available early or late in the season. If you’re traveling with the kids, Creekside lodging is an ideal choice because the have enough room for the whole family (3 and 4 bedrooms available) Units include private decks, plus a garage.

Lodging is available in the form of condos, townhomes, single family residences, and hotels. Investigating lodging at Snowshoe Mountain Resort is worth the time if you want to match your dream getaway to your vacation reality.

Visit the Snowshoe Mountain Resort website to check out all the possibilities as you plan your winter vacation.

Photo credits: snowshoemtn.com

Whistler Treetop Adventure

Whistler BC a Winter Wonderland Getaway

Whistler Treetop Adventure

Whistler Treetop Adventure

Whistler BC has a rich history with humble beginnings as a fishing lodge, but in 1966 it officially opened for skiing. A little more than a decade later they started construction of a town center that eventually evolved to become Whistler Village, and by 1992 Snow Country Magazine voted Whistler the “number one ski resort in North America.”

Today skiers continue to flock to this skiing destination, but other winter activities and sports are an additional draw.

Whistler Zipline

Get a bird’s eye view from the Whistler zipline.

Winter fun at Whistler BC

If you’re looking for a destination that offers an adventurous but fun winter venue, you’ll find that fun at Whistler BC. This list gives you an idea of what you can expect.

Skiing and Snowboarding: Whistler offers ideal terrain for skiing and snowboarding with more than 8,000 acres of snow-coated slopes, 3 glaciers, 16 alpine bowls, and world-class terrain parks. In all it boasts more than 200 marked trails along with a one-mile vertical rise.

Zipline: For thrill seekers, the zipline gives you a bird’s eye view as you glide above amazing creeks and majestic forests. For those who dreamed of flying as a child, this ride will be a dream come true.

Nordic: Whistler features cross-country track-set trails or wilderness trails with three Nordic facilities to explore.

Whistler Cross Country

Snowshoeing: Snowshoeing is quickly growing in popularity, and Whistler’s breathtaking landscape offers the opportunity to see all it has to offer with self-guided tours around the shores of Green Lake, Lost Lake Park, or the Callaghan Valley. Guided tours are also offered and vary in levels of difficulty.

Tubing: Whistler’s Tube Park provides the trill and adventure of speeding downhill, but doesn’t require equipment or real skill. Speeding along the 1,000 foot run is just fun!

Winter Sightseeing: Whistler offers a number of unique venues for sightseeing. Whether you hop on a gondola, take a helicopter ride, or snuggle aboard a Snowcat, exploring Whistler’s scenic landscape and surroundings is sure to get your camera clicking. Another must do for animal lovers is an eagle viewing tour.

Sightseeing

What a view!

Other Activities to Enjoy

Along with the above, Whistler offers family activities, ice skating, and a few unusual ways to get around, including sleigh rides and dog sledding. When you’re ready to relax, you can kick back and enjoy the nightlife or a good meal. Whistler is an all-in-one ski destination and more.

Photo credits: whistler.com