So far, Mother Nature is being pretty stingy with the white stuff-down here anyway!
There is plenty in the mountains, and there are several options if you’d like to play in some with your little snow bunnies!
Option One: The snow play area at Paradise. Get your fill of sledding and snow play Thursdays-Mondays. Note that there are some very specific rules about the kinds of sleds permitted, and this is the only area in MRNP where sledding is permitted. The link also has information on snowshoe walks.
Option Two: Drive towards Crystal on 410 heading past Bonney Lake and Enumclaw. Before you get to Crystal Mountain, you will find several areas where you can pull off and make a snow angel and throw some snowballs. SFM safety note: My legal team wants you to know that I am Not advising any sledding or similar activity in an ungroomed area, and that any of these spots could have hidden rocks, stumps, etc…. Consider yourself warned! Moving on…..When we were driving home from Crystal we noticed quite a few families having fun at one of the pull out view points/ picnic areas between Forest Service Road 72 and 73.
Option Three: Tubing at Snoqualmie Not frugal, but fun! Read an article all about it via our friends at Parent Map.
Option Four: Check your parks departments. Many local parks departments offer organized trips for snow shoeing or snow play. This is a nice option if it all sounds fun to you except the drive! Here is the link to registration for Metro Parks Tacoma Family Snow Play and Snowshoe Outings. These do fill fast.
Option Five: Your local ski resort. While this is in NO WAY a frugal activity, all the area ski resorts do offer ski and snowboarding lessons and lift packages. Note that these spots generally prohibit other kinds of snow play-and really-do you want to go sledding in the middle of a bunch of boarders? I think not!
Option Six: Think snow! While I know not all my readers are anxious to see it, those of you who Are can always make some snowflakes and do a little snow dance. As I keep telling the boys, we’ve got plenty of winter left!
Got another good option for families who can’t wait for snow days? Leave a comment and let us know! If you do head out, don’t forget to take snacks, chains, and warm clothes. Hungry, stuck, and cold is no fun at all!