Learn to Ski or Snowboard
If you have older children, you may be ready to graduate from sleighs and tubes and take on the slopes standing up. Make sure you start with the bunny hills before jumping on to the really steep ones. Park City, Utah, is only a short drive from the Salt Lake City airport and has plenty of popular slopes for all experience levels.
Visit the Ice Castles
Midway, Utah, is about a 45-minute drive from Salt Lake City and is home to some of the world’s most beautiful ice castles that weigh about 25 million pounds. Make a day of it and stay for the princesses, slides and fire shows. They usually open in January and last until the weather starts to get warm. Other places you can find these beautiful creations in the U.S. are Lincoln, New Hampshire, Stillwater, Minnesota and Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.
Go Ice Skating
If you’re already traveling to a winter wonderland, it shouldn’t be difficult to find someplace to ice skate. You might not even have to travel far for this winter adventure. Some cities like Austin, Texas, create their own outdoor ice skating rinks in the winter, so check your local activities listings.
Learn How to Snowshoe
If your family loves to hike, you may enjoy trying a new spin on it. Snowshoes allow you to walk in the snow without your feet sinking completely. With several moderate snowshoe trails available all winter, Lake Tahoe is a great destination for snowshoeing.
Go Winter Camping or Have a Winter Picnic
Roasted marshmallows and hot dogs are even toastier in a cold atmosphere. If you enjoy the brisk temps, get all bundled up and enjoy a picnic over a fire on a snowy, sunny day. Or grab your sleeping bags and cold-weather gear and pitch your tent at the Mammoth Hot Springs Campground in Yellowstone National Park. Visiting this iconic park in the off-season means you’ll be able to explore its many wonders without fighting the summer crowds.
Conclusion: Build Family Memories This Winter
No matter where you travel during these freezing winter months, and what you decide to do with your family when you get there, if you keep a bucket list in mind, it’s sure to create many exciting family memories.