Snow day

Six places to go to play in the snow
Abigail Peterson

The best way to recharge in winter is to reconnect with your inner snow angel. No matter where you make your home in the West, you're never more than a few hours' drive from a place where the white stuff runs soft and deep. Declare a day off, and pack up the red plastic saucers, warm clothes, and a thermos of hot chocolate. These are our picks for great snow play.

CALIFORNIA Big Bear Snowplay. 10-4 daily; day pass $18. 42825 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake; 909/585-0075.

CALIFORNIA Echo Summit Sno-Park, Eldorado National Forest. 10-dusk Mon-Fri, 9-dusk Sat-Sun; day pass $5. South of U.S. 50 at Echo Summit; 530/644-2324.

COLORADO Snow Mountain Ranch/ YMCA of the Rockies. Open daily, call for hours; $10 tube rental, $5 sled rental. 1101 County Rd. 53, Granby; 970/887-2152.

NEW MEXICO Capulin Snowplay Area, Cibola National Forest. 9:30-4 Fri-Sun, weather permitting; $3 per vehicle. 1 mile north of the Sandia Peak ski area, off State 536; 505/281-3304.

OREGON Santiam Sno-Park, Willamette National Forest. Open daily; $3 per vehicle Sno-Park permit available at DMV offices and local stores. Off U.S. 20/State 126 at Santiam Pass, 43 miles northwest of Bend; 541/822-3381.

WASHINGTON Lake Wenatchee State Park tubing hill. 8-dusk daily; Sno-Park permit $8. 21588 State 207, Leavenworth; 509/763-3101.

Follow these links for more ideas on where to spend your snow day ― or weekend!

To ski in peace
Yosemite in winter
Winter tracks
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Grand Mesa
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