Hit the slopes (or trails)!

Winter is coming. 

Are you curling up into a fetal position with your favorite Slanket yet?

Well, maybe you could skip the cabin fever this year. What if you could embrace winter by getting into skiing, snowboarding or even just tubing as a family? 

Check out more than a dozen winter-fun destinations in Minnesota at skiandboardmn.com, which includes a snow-reports page that allows you to compare ski hills with a single chart to find the best conditions and the most open runs. 

Some of the closest resorts include Afton Alps (Hastings), Buck Hill (Burnsville), Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area (Maple Grove) and Hyland Hills (Bloomington). Plus, there are many others worth a drive throughout the state on the North Shore and beyond. 

Remember: Skiing and snowboarding aren’t just for big kids. Many destinations offer lessons for kids as young 4 — and some even offer them for 3-year-olds! If downhill skiing isn’t your deal, check out The Loppet Foundation’s Trail Kids adventure club with winter programming starting in December.

Learn more at skiandboardmn.com, exploreminnesota.com/slopes and loppet.org/trail-kids.