It’s winter and it’s cold – but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. The people of Pittsburgh know how to make the most of the winter months. So, even if you’re new to the city or have lived here your whole life we want to remind you of some ways you can thrive and not just survive during these winter months.
Want a thrill? Visit Nemacolin Woodlands Reserve and get hitched up to a team of huskies as they pull you through the snow at speeds of over 20 mph. Each route lasts about 30 minutes and can be accompanied by a tour of the dog yard, which will teach you everything you need to know about how the musher uses their voice to keep the dogs under control.
On February 4, get ready for the seventh annual Winterfest in Moraine State Park. This day-long event will feature a 5k walk/run, cross country skiing, dog sledding and horse drawn carriage rides. And, if you’re interested in trying something new – you can take a workshop on ice fishing or snow shoeing. There will also be food vendors, fires and live music.
If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you may want to put ice climbing on your list of to-dos for the winter. The Explorers Club coordinates a number of trips throughout the winter to places like frozen waterfalls in regional parks and other top destinations out of state and globally.
If you want to get into a sport that offers less risk, but a good workout – cross-country skiing may be a good fit for you. Visit Sunken Garden and Pleasant Valley hiking trails at Moraine State Park – as they are transformed into amazing cross-country trails in the winter.
If you want a little bit more adventure than cross-country skiing can offer, you may want to consider downhill skiing. Places like Hidden Valley Resorts offer great options for skiers and snowboarders alike. Plus, it’s only an hour southeast of the city and offers 110 acres of terrain for beginners or advanced skiers.
As your preferred mover, we hope you enjoy the winter season and find some reasons to have some adventures.