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The Best Family Winter Sports Activities to Try in 2014

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Polar Bears in Tybee Island, Georgia

Polar Bear Plunge - men in cold waterNew Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 11 am, go ahead and test your mettle by taking a brisk plunge into the Atlantic Ocean. It’s the 14th Annual Tybee Polar Plunge on Tybee Island, Georgia. With a $25 entry fee for adults, $15 for children under 12, you and your kids will have an unforgettable experience and receive a long-sleeve Tybee Polar Plunge t-shirt to boot. Tybee, Georgia is a quirky island paradise located just 20 minutes east of historic downtown Savannah, offering five miles of sandy beaches, and you can visit America’s most intact historic lighthouse complex. All proceeds benefit the restoration of the historic Tybee Post Theater. For more information about Tybee Island, please visit www.VisitTybee.com online or call 912.786.5444.

Snow Biking in Flagstaff, Arizona

How about spending a day mountain biking in the snow, using fat tire snow bikes. Primarily known for the 40 kilometers of groomed ski and snowshoe trails, the Flagstaff Nordic Center is now the home of the nation’s largest rental fleet of Surly brand Pugsley fat bikes (24 total) that can be used on all types of terrain including mud, ice and snow.
 During ski season 25 kilometers of groomed trails will be available for you and your kids to go fat tire bike riding.

Minnesota AKA Minnesnowta

skijoringMinnesota is known for its winters. Those families who choose to venture into the Northwestern United States can discover the beauty the icy cold in a few new and unusual ways. You and your kids can try ice fishing or skijoring (akak skiing with dogs). “Skijoring” technically refers to any sport in which a skier is pulled over the snow by a dog. No matter where you go in Minnesota, a cross-country ski, “skijoring,” or snowshoe trail is available. Even city parks, golf courses and resorts offer the sport.
 For a more relaxed and toasty activity, try Ice Fishing. Dozens of Minnesota resorts rent ice fish houses. Typically, they’re heated, carpeted, and furnished with table and chairs, and, of course, two to eight holes in the ice. The houses are positioned over good fishing areas scouted out by the resorts. “Sleeper” houses also have bunks and a cook stove. Or you can rent a day house and return to the comfort of an on-shore resort cabin or motel room.

Snowmobile in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Togwotee Mountain Lodge, just outside Jackson Hole, has been voted the number  1 snowmobiling destination in North America by American Snowmobiler Readers.  Togwotee offers both trail and backcountry riding, as well as guided excursions into Yellowstone National Park, Granite Hot Springs and other natural wonders around Jackson Hole. Seasoned snowmobile enthusiasts will find unmatched deep powder riding in the backcountry riding area of Bridger Teton National Forest, which is larger than the size of Delaware and averages 600+ inches of annual snowfall.  Togwotee Resort offers all-inclusive on location guest services, expert guides and a new fleet of the latest technology in mountain snowmobiles.

Whether you are planning for one of these more adventurous winter sport vacations for your family or sticking with the tried and true skiandsnowboardmonth.org is your one stop-stop for planning your family getaway. You’ll find everything you need like links to resort packages, lesson tips, the right gear to keep you and your kids warm. Then visit GetSkiTickets.com. They partner directly with ski resorts to provide “Steep & Deep” ski deals for skiing and snowboarding across North America. 
Check out deals on Discount lift tickets, season Pass deals, Ski & Snowboard lessons and Rental Equipment.

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By Kerri Zane for PeterGreenberg.com. Kerri Zane is a family travel expert and author of It Takes All 5: A Single Mom’s Guide to Finding the REAL One, on sale now. For more advice on health, parenting or Kerri’s exclusive MomEscapes, visit her at KerriZane.com.

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