January 8 2009 by Karla Henriquez
Sleigh bells ring, are you listening,
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight, we're happy tonight,
Walking in a winter wonderland.
The holidays are over and I'm not going to hear that song playing anymore...but listening to it really got me thinking about how much fun it can be to get out of the house and into the snow!
The winter can lose some of its charm when the holidays fade and you are facing just the snowy months ahead, so to get us all excited for January, February and more snow, I'm going to suggest a few places in the U.S. that offer amazing terrain for winter walks - on snowshoes or skis! Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are, perhaps, less popular activities than snowboarding or downhill skiing, but they can be a great escape. You can enjoy nature, see the real beauty of winter and get an unforgettable workout. If you have ever tried either snowshoeing or cross-country skiing you quickly learn that you are using every muscle in your body. Enjoy these winter wonderlands:
Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, Arizona
Enchanted Forest Cross-country Ski and Snowshoe Area in Red River, New Mexico
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Eagle Hill Trail Loop in Tarrytown, New York
Letchworth State Park in Castile, New York
Walden Pond near Boston, Massachusetts
Edson Hill Manor in Stowe, Vermont
Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
If you know of a great spot to snowshoe or cross-country ski, please share it with the rest of us!