Kids do not need instructions to have fun in the snow. The minute you arrive for your winter vacation in Red River, they’ll be out wallowing in the snow, getting into a snowball fight, building snowmen and ice forts, sledding, sliding… When snow is around, kids are limited only by their imaginations. Learn from them. Whatever the weather, kids will be out there playing full throttle, cruising and crashing, learning and laughing, fearless and funny.
Ski or snowboard lessons are an ideal way to introduce your little one to winter fun but you don’t need that structured time to assure your little ones have a good time. Try one of these time-honored suggestions:
• Snow Tubing at Red River Ski Area. Nothing beats the thrill of screaming down a snow-covered hill at top speed.
• Sledding or sliding. Anything slippery will do - plastic garbage bags can make for great sliding. But whether you use a commercial sled, available at one of Red River’s myriad shops, or an inner tube, make sure you pack your sled area first! Safely sled at the following free areas in Red River:
- Area next to St Edwin's Catholic Church (near High Street & Silver Belle Trail)
- Mallette Park (north of High Street & Mallette Road)
- the free snow play area across from the Playhouse (base of Red River Ski Area)
- area across from the public library (look for the hiking access sign and cross the bridge by foot)
• Snow ice cream. All it takes to make snow ice cream is creativity — and clean snow! Put a bunch of snow in a bowl, add a little milk (condensed milk or half-and-half), sugar and vanilla. Mix, eat. For variety, add a shot of espresso, chocolate syrup, cinnamon, etc. Or try mixing maple syrup, cream and snow. Enjoy!
• Snow cones. Make snowballs from fresh snow (avoid the yellow kind!) and place on sugar cones. Top with condensed fruit juice, Italian syrup or soda pop.
• Maple syrup sticks. Bore a thin hole straight down in the snow, pour in maple syrup and let it freeze. Dig out snow around syrup, rinse if necessary and eat!
• Build snowmen or snow sculptures. Get creative, carve animals, birds or your favorite “old geezer” in snow!
• Snow tug of war. “Tug of war” with a wall of snow between teams. Be sure the wall is not frozen solid.
• Winter constellations hike. Crisp, clear winter nights are unsurpassed for star gazing.
• Other ideas. Plan a storytelling marathon, around a campfire if possible, observe, identify and follow animal tracks.
Most of all have fun!