There are more ways to have fun in the snow beyond skiing and snowboarding.

Tubing, sledding, building snowmen, having a snowball fight, taking a snow walk, and snowmobiling are just a few alternatives.

Most resorts have a tubing park, sledding hill, or other snow-play park, with many operating a surface lift to tow riders back up the hill for repeat runs. Asking a local for tips on finding the best sledding or tubing hills is always an option if something less crowded and off the beaten path is more desirable.

Consider some of the many alternative snow activities offered in and around ski towns if the conditions aren't optimal on the slopes; if the kids aren't in the mood to ski or snowboard; or if this year's trip to the mountains requires a limited budget.

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OnTheSnow.com editors have produced this comprehensive regional guide for meeting your snow-play needs: