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Top 10 Places for winter sports in North America

Rebecca Waldron is freelance writer who recently relocated to sunny Chandler, Arizona, from Denver. She enjoys everything from shopping and fashion to learning how to surf, and she loves spending time with her two dogs, Play Doh and Brut...

10 Best winter sports hotspots

Winter sports are abundant in North America and here are some of the best places for them!

Canmore, Alberta

Dog sledding might not come to mind first, or even second, when thinking of winter sports -- but if you want to try something truly unique, dog sledding should be at the top of your list! Dog sledding in Canmore is one of the top winter sports to partake in while visiting the Canadian Rockies. The winter scenery you see while riding on the back of a sled being pulled by a team of huskies through the Banff National Park will be unlike anything you have ever experienced. For more information on dog sledding in Canmore, call (403)678-4369 or visit www.snowyowltours.com.

Grand Lake, Colorado

With over 300 miles of snowmobile terrain and 150 groomed miles, no wonder Grand Lake is considered the 'Snowmobile capital of Colorado.' The trails vary from beginner to expert, so you will have no trouble finding a trail no matter your skill level! Here you can explore the Continental Divide with or without a guide and enjoy the wonderful winter scenery of the Colorado Rockies. For information on rentals and tours, visit the Grand Lake website, www.grandadventures.com, and for Colorado snowmobiling safety tips take a peek at www.colorado.com.

Glacier National Park, Montana

With over eight trails, ranging from 6 to 40 miles you can enjoy snowshoeing in Montanaís Glacier National Park, whether you are a beginner or a pro. You can channel Lewis and Clark while enjoying the Autumn Creek Trail or see what you are really made of and try the 40-mile Jewel Basin Trail. Snowshoeing is great for people of all ages because you can go as fast or as far as you want while enjoying some of the best scenery nature has to offer! For more tips and trails, visit www.trails.com.

Soda Springs, California

The Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort in Soda Springs is North America's largest cross country ski resort. This resort has more than 90 trails, warming huts, ski school, rentals, grooming and ski patrol. There are also two resorts nearby, making this a perfect weekend destination. For those skiers looking for a challenge, the resort also holds The California Gold Rush on Sunday March 28th, 2010, a race benefiting the Far West Junior Nordic Skiing. For entry forms and information, call The Royal Gorge at (530) 426-3871.

Whistler/Blackcomb, British Columbia

Whistler/Blackcomb is about a two-hour drive from the city of Vancouver. This ski resort includes two mountains that have everything a downhill skier or snowboarder would want! The two mountains offer a good variety of beginner, intermediate and advanced runs to keep you busy all day. The resort also has numerous parks and a super pipe at Blackcomb for you to practice your tricks and get you on your way to being a pro! With over two million guests to Whistler a year, there is no wonder why this is one of the top places to ski. To book your stay in Whistler or check snow reports, visit www.whistlerblackcomb.com.

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