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The Best Winter Adventures in North America

01.23.19

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  • The peak of Donner Ridge after snowshoeing from Glacier Way Trailhead.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Pear Lake ski hut in Sequoia National Park. - The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Skiing down the famous Glacier Point Road switchbacks with a full view of Half Dome.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Sledding on Mount Bachelor, Oregon.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Night vista from Hidden Lake Ski hut in the North Cascades, Washington.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Exploring the summit ridge of Castle Peak near Donner Pass.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Castle Dome, in Castle Crags State park near Mount Shasta.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Skiing Journeyman Peak in British Columbia.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Coupola Lookout at the summit of Black Butte (6,436 ft) in Oregon.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Views of Crater Lake from the Watchman lookout tower are unbeatable.- The Best 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.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Views of the North Cascades en route to Lake Valhalla.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • View from Andesite Peak near Tahoe.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Looking out over Lake Tahoe from the summit of Mount Tallac (9,738 ft).- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • It takes some work to nab the first run of the day on Steamboat Springs' Thunderhead Peak.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Rewarding views of Tumalo Falls.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Beginning the trip up to Little Jay backcountry skiing in Vermont.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Mountain views from Cloud Cap Road en route to thy Tilly Jane Area.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • The Ouray Ice Park offers a variety of grades and styles, all available for safe top roping.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Sledding in Snow Bunny Play Area near Portland.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Fast-moving clouds over Tuckerman Ravine on New Hampshire's Mount Washington.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Hidden Falls in Northern Utah's Big Cottonwood Canyon.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Mount Sanitas, near Boulder, makes a great winter trail run.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Fresh snow on the 10th Mountain Division ski huts near Vail.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Creek crossing en route to Upper Fish Creek Falls in Colorado.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • The creek near Fishhook Yurt in Idaho's Sawtooth backcountry.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Skiing powder near Williams Peak Hut in Idaho.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Loch Vale in Rocky Mountain National Park.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Skiing down into Big Cottonwood Canyon from Catherine's Pass.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • The Pfeifferhorn seen from Scott Hill in Utah's Wasatch Mountains.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Ice skating at Evergreen Lake House near Denver.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Paradise Snowplay Sledding Area in Mount Rainier National Park.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Early winter scene at Abiqua Falls, Oregon.- The Best 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.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Cabin Creek Nordic Ski Area is a popular destination in Washington, but for good reason.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Money Creek along the route to Lake Elizabeth in Washington.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Alexander Falls in British Columbia's Callaghan Country.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Sledding the steeps at Big Bend Hill near Tahoe.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Mount Shuksan (9,131 ft) viewed from near Artist Point.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Early light on the mountains surrounding Callaghan Country in British Columbia.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Snowshoeing to the summit at Skytop Tower.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Avalanche Lake anchors a stunning alpine vista in the winter.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
  • Skiing on the crest of the Appalachians at Roan Mountain.- The Best Winter Adventures in North America
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For some, 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?

During the 12 Months of Adventure, it is our solemn pledge to bring you the best adventures Outdoor Project has to offer. Whether you seek the thrills of backcountry skiing, the simplicity of snowshoeing, or the challenge of cross-country skiing, there is a winter adventure worth bundling up for and getting out there. Whether you're in British Columbia or the District of Columbia, we have the winter adventure you're looking for. Cross our hearts.

Spanning the continent and covering all skill levels in various sports, here is our mega-list of the top cold-weather hotspots for winter adventure.

East Coast

Making the climb up to Avalanche Lake. Photo by Nick Catania.

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.

 

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