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)
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!
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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).