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1. Posted by ajak (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

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Hi,

I'm new here and would like some help identifying reasonably priced destinations for the February time frame where we can bring our kids to play in the snow. Looking for activities besides skiing since this will be our first vacation in the North and our kids are young. (ages 5- 10)

Thanks,

2. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Hello Ajak!
Welcome to Travellerspoint!
I live in the winter wonder land of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I have 4 children and they have been playing in the snow and participating in these activities since they could walk:) There is everything here for the winter-outdoor lover. Cross Country and downhill, snowmobiling, snow-shoeing, ice skating, snow-boarding, bob-sledding, luge track...you name it we've got it! During the 2nd week of February there is the Annual Ski-Jumping compitions. It is an international event and is the oldest one in the U.S. I believe next year will be the 115th year.
Prices are very reasonable here. Now the downside...it isn't an annual thing...but temps can get pretty low...withOUT the wind-chill we have reached 60 below zero F. (That was 12 years ago when we set that record, but it could happen.
These links may help :)
Skiing http://www.marquettemountain.com/home.php
Info on winter sports in the U.P.http://www.geocities.com/lukefisk.geo/winter.html
Ski Hall of Fame http://www.skihall.com/
Lodging http://www.superiorsights.com/catagory/lodging.html
If you have any questions at all, feel free to PM me!
Happy Trails!
:)

3. Posted by bouchette1 (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

I know you said, "other than skiing," but honestly 5 and 10 are the perfect ages for them to learn! I wish my parents had taken me when I was that young!!! Kids are fairly limber and fearless at that point...and they'll retain the skill so much better than if they learn it when they're older. And it'd be cheaper b/c you could take them to some rinky-dink, small ski slope on hills somewhere instead of to some very expensive crowded mountain slope--and everything's cheaper for kids!

Lyney ~

4. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 11y

Kids... Leave them at home

Just joking, sounds like a great plan to go to the snow for the hol's, I remember as kids we used to use a peice of polythene (black plastic) to slide down small hills etc.. not even on the ski-fields but around the area, was just as much fun to us. Not to mention the snow ball fights & snowman building etc!

5. Posted by ajak (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

Thanks, but we really are not interested in skiing. We just want a kid-friendly resort that they can build snowmen, make angels and just play. It will probably be our only time in the snow.

6. Posted by Yve (Full Member 47 posts) 11y

i remember going to the carnaval de quebec, in quebec city as a kid,(the largest ice festival in the world i believe) there were a lot of activities for kids, as well as adults. i especially remember eating snow with maple syrup on it (yummy) :) thats one idea

7. Posted by jbur816 (Budding Member 17 posts) 11y

ajak,

Hi, I think I might have a solution for you. When I was growing up, my best friend had a cabin (actually quite a nice house) in the mountains and we would go there and just play in the snow. Yes, there was a ski resort down the road for those interested, but since I had never learned, I just hung around the house and made snowmen and snow angels and drank hot cocoa. When my friends weren't using their cabin, they rented it out. There are several vacation home rental websites where people advertise this type of arrangement. You might try www.findvacationrentals.com or www.rent101.com or www.cyberrentals.com

Good luck!:)

8. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting Yve

i remember going to the carnaval de quebec, in quebec city as a kid

Wow - that's a perfect solution! Just looked it up, and the Carnaval de Quebec runs from January 27 to February 12, 2006. Book your accommodation WAY in advance, though - it's really, really popular. Once there, you just have to buy the little Bonhomme effigy (they're sold everywhere) and volia! There's toboggoning, tubing, tire sur neige (that's the hot maple taffy on snow), horse-drawn-sleigh races, skating, you name it. You can even visit the ice hotel (or stay there, if that's your thing), which is a short ride outside the city.

Be sure to dress up really, really warm - it can get below -20 C in Quebec City for weeks on end. The city is absolutely gorgeous, though. And the Carnaval is extremely kid friendly.

Tway.

9. Posted by Blitz198 (Full Member 99 posts) 11y

Ha ha theres always New Jersey. We've got plenty of snow, which I CANNOT stand. I grealy dislike (not going to say hate) the cold. Snow goes along with that. But we do have quite a bit of it.

10. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 11y

One place that comes to mind is the "Trapp Family Lodge" in Vermont. The Von Trapp's were the singing family who escaped from Austria during the Nazi occupation of World War II. They were the subject of the movie "The Sound of Music"--which won the academy award for best picture in 1965 (starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer).

Anyway, they moved to Vermont in the United States and now run this winter family lodge for vacationers. The website is: www.trappfamily.com. Similar movies about escaping to Vermont during the winter months are "Holiday Inn" and "White Christmas" starring Bing Crosby, so apparently this is a good winter destination (only been in summer myself).

Other places to look for winter snow escapes would be northern Utah, western part of Colorado, West Virginia (The Greenbriar--a very deluxe resort in West Sulphur Springs comes to mind) or the mountains of eastern California. Lake Tahoe on the California/Nevada state line is a good choice since it has casinos with great shows on the Nevada side, and some great attractions nearby (like Virginia City--an old western town that still looks the same today as in 1870).

Enjoy.