Snowmobilers, Ice Anglers: Beware Of Thin Ice!

Snowmobiling or ice fishing can be a fun and exciting way to spend a winter’s day in the Midwest and other cold-weather states. These activities also can be very dangerous when basic safety rules are ignored. Here are some things to remember before you climb aboard your sled, or venture out to fish on the ice.

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Snowshoeing: A Cabin Fever Cure

I like snowshoeing because one doesn’t really need expensive lessons and a bunch of fancy gear to get started. Neither does one have to be a super-athlete. Snowshoeing opens up the possibility of hiking areas one wouldn’t otherwise think of venturing into in deep snow.

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Montana Snow: Visiting West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone receives 13-1/2 feet of snow each year, most of which remains until the spring thaw. Winter temperatures that regularly dip to minus-40 degrees see to that. Snowmobiles remain the primary, convenient mode of winter transportation in the area. Roads through Yellowstone are closed in winter to vehicular traffic, but 200 miles of groomed trails are open to snowmobiles.

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Snowshoeing In Spearfish Is A Delight

Located just off Interstate-90 near the Wyoming border, Spearfish, S.D., is at the northern edge of the Black Hills. Spearfish has lots to offer the snowshoer, including tree-lined trails, open plains, panoramic views, and even frozen waterfalls.

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Skiing The Poconos

There was a time when the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania weren’t respected as a ski destination. But with improvements in snowmaking, new trails, night skiing, lots of outside activities and a major highway to get you there, the Pocono Mountains are one of the top ski areas in the East for all types of skiers.

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Snowmobiling In Yellowstone Is Awesome

Yellowstone Park is a treat any time of the year, but in winter, our first National Park takes on special qualities. Snowmobilers have a chance to see a variety of icy scenes, along with the local wildlife that includes elk, moose and the ever-present bison.

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Vertical Ice

I kick one foot into the rippling ice wall and swing an ice axe into the crystalline mass above my head. Shards of ice spray as the serrated metal tool bounces from the wall. Another whack emits a dull thud and the axe is fast into the wall. After my second axe hits home I’m ready to take my first step into the pendulous world of the ice climber.

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Yellowstone’s Winter Wonderland

Up until about 10 years ago, I would have laughed at the idea of finding true solitude in Yellowstone short of hiking 20 miles to escape the crowds. That is, until my wife and I donned rented cross-country skis and hit the park’s trails in winter. It was simply unbelievable!

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Hitting The Slopes: One Board Or Two?

They are the sliders who consider themselves adept at getting down the hill on both skis and snowboards. Call them a skier one day or a snowboarder the next, they don’t order the same thing every day from the alpine menu. Choice is king on the slopes.

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