November through March, you can embark on an ice adventure. As stars glisten in the sky and children’s laughter sings, the ice-skating rink at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park comes alive. If barreling across the rink isn’t your scene, grab a cup of hot chocolate or coffee, and stay toasty as you watch the activity on the ice. It’s like something from a Currier & Ives print, and its heaps of fun whether you’re on the ice or just watching. Make your reservation today!
After snowfall, grab your sleds, winter boots and beanies, and head out for a local sledding tradition. Lined with snow-capped trees, Hickory Street transforms into a slope for sliding, gliding and memory-making with the ones you love. For a bit of trivia, that stretch of Hickory Street has been known to generations of Highlands School students (and local adults who still maintain a piece of their childhood) as Monkey Hill.
Snow Boarding and Skiing
If sledding only whets your appetite for snow, slopes, and speed, visit Ski Sapphire Valley in nearby Sapphire for snow skiing. This resort consists of a 1,600-foot Main Run with a vertical drop of 200 feet, complete with a state-of-the art quad-lift, a Learning Center Slope and a multiple lane, 300-foot snow tubing run. For information, call (828) 743-7663 or visit skisapphirevalley.com
Got a need for speed? Try tubing at Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center. Snow’s provided by mother nature and on-site equipment during colder months, and the fun continues into warmer weather as well. Slopes can accommodate young and mature tubers. For information, call (828) 526-3737 or visit scalymountain.com.