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50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America

12.15.17

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50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America

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  • The peak of Donner Ridge after snowshoeing from Glacier Way Trailhead.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Pear Lake ski hut in Sequoia National Park. - 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Skiing down the famous Glacier Point Road switchbacks with a full view of Half Dome.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Sledding on Mount Bachelor, Oregon.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Night vista from Hidden Lake Ski hut in the North Cascades, Washington.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Exploring the summit ridge of Castle Peak near Donner Pass.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Castle Dome, in Castle Crags State park near Mount Shasta.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Skiing Journeyman Peak in British Columbia.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Coupola Lookout at the summit of Black Butte (6,436 ft) in Oregon.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Views of Crater Lake from the Watchman lookout tower are unbeatable.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Stunning view of Mount Adams (12,281 ft) from the rim of Mount St. Helens' crater near the top of the Worm Flows route.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Views of the North Cascades en route to Lake Valhalla.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • View from Andesite Peak near Tahoe.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Looking out over Lake Tahoe from the summit of Mount Tallac (9,738 ft).- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • It takes some work to nab the first run of the day on Steamboat Springs' Thunderhead Peak.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Rewarding views of Tumalo Falls.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Beginning the trip up to Little Jay backcountry skiing in Vermont.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Mountain views from Cloud Cap Road en route to thy Tilly Jane Area.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • The Ouray Ice Park offers a variety of grades and styles, all available for safe top roping.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Sledding in Snow Bunny Play Area near Portland.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Fast-moving clouds over Tuckerman Ravine on New Hampshire's Mount Washington.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Hidden Falls in Northern Utah's Big Cottonwood Canyon.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Mount Sanitas, near Boulder, makes a great winter trail run.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Fresh snow on the 10th Mountain Division ski huts near Vail.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Creek crossing en route to Upper Fish Creek Falls in Colorado.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • The creek near Fishhook Yurt in Idaho's Sawtooth backcountry.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Skiing powder near Williams Peak Hut in Idaho.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Loch Vale in Rocky Mountain National Park.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Skiing down into Big Cottonwood Canyon from Catherine's Pass.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • The Pfeifferhorn seen from Scott Hill in Utah's Wasatch Mountains.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Ice skating at Evergreen Lake House near Denver.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Paradise Snowplay Sledding Area in Mount Rainier National Park.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Early winter scene at Abiqua Falls, Oregon.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • View east toward Eagle Peak (5,958 ft) and Mount Wow (5,921 ft) to the right, from near Inspiration Point in Mount Rainier National Park.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Cabin Creek Nordic Ski Area is a popular destination in Washington, but for good reason.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Money Creek along the route to Lake Elizabeth in Washington.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Alexander Falls in British Columbia's Callaghan Country.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Sledding the steeps at Big Bend Hill near Tahoe.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Mount Shuksan (9,131 ft) viewed from near Artist Point.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
  • Early light on the mountains surrounding Callaghan Country in British Columbia.- 50 Must-Do Winter Adventures in North America
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For many, winter is the season to do little other than curl up by the fireplace with a hot drink. But how can you stay inside when a transformed world of outdoor activities awaits? Besides, the warmth of a hearth is even more satisfying after a day spent in the snow.

Whether you seek the thrills of backcountry skiing, the challenge of snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or the simple joys of sledding and ice skating, there is a winter adventure worth bundling up for and getting out there.

Encompassing the entire snow-covered country, plus British Columbia, and covering all skill levels in various sports, here is our list of the top 50 cold-weather hot spots for adventure on Outdoor Project.

Washington

Watching a skier from Artist Point. Photo by Anthony Kasner.

Oregon

Winter is a beautiful season at Crater Lake. Photo by Jess Beauchemin.

British Columbia

Enjoying the ride down Journeyman Peak. Photo by Adam Cowcill.

Idaho

Skinning in to the Pioneer Yurt. Photo by Calvin Perfall.

Northern Rockies/Midwest

Moose crossing the Snake River. Photo by Kyle Jenkins.

Utah

The view from Catherine's Pass. Photo by Calvin Perfall.

Colorado

The valley section of the Mount Sanitas Hike. Photo by Rini Sugianto.

California

The Pear Lake Ski Hut. Photo by Aron Bosworth.

Northeast

Making the climb up Little Jay. Photo by Eric Adsit.
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