With the Pacific Ocean on one side and scenic Strathcona Park on the other, Mount Washington Alpine Resort is a sought-after destination for all forms of winter sports. But the natural beauty and winter bounty of the area?which includes an impressive average of 11 metres of annual snowfall?has been made even more accessible and skier-friendly since the privately owned resort opened in 1979. What began as two double chairlifts and a single rough road has evolved into more than 1,700 acres of skiable terrain with five lifts, four magic-carpet conveyors, and tube park, all reached by the paved Strathcona Parkway. The park?s crystalline snow glitters under the stars during night skiing, acts as fodder for nordic skis, snow tubes, snowshoeing, and covers rails, decks, and boxes at The Stomping Ground terrain park.
To further familiarize guests with the mountain slopes, trained snow-school instructors lead programs designed for beginners, as well as group and private lessons. Adults can drop off little ones at The Bear's Den daycare center before sitting down for burgers and craft beers at Ted's Bar and Grill or quick bites at a number of grab-and-go eateries. The resort also offers accommodations ranging from private chalets to vacation condos and breathtaking chairlift rides in the summer.
The Nashville International Auto Show showcases rovers from the entire automotive spectrum, including classics and new models from major manufacturers, as well as the latest environmentally friendly machines. Feel free to mount the finely upholstered saddles of more than 200 debut motor-carriages like the Chevrolet Cruze, Acura TSX Sports Wagon, and Cadillac CTS Coupe, or pedal to the Dale Earnhardt Jr. Camaro Concept exhibit, which provides an up-close look of the ethanol fuel-powered car's custom paint job, advanced performance parts, and detachable beard.
Though the members of San Joaquin River Stewardship Program spend much of their time testing the San Joaquin River's water quality, studying its insects, and growing and replanting native vegetation, they also help make their prized waterway fun for visitors. They provide outdoor recreation, such as kayaking trips down calm currents during the day and at night, often teaching participants how to fish for rainbow trout and bass. They also lead nature hikes along the shore, where groups can see wildlife and native plants during bird-watching, animal-tracking, plant-identification, and scavenger-hunt excursions. Their outdoor-school programs reflect their dedication to conservation by teaching hands-on activities, exploration, and critical-thinking exercises for budding stewards. They also provide scholarships in canoe and kayak training, as well as fish crowd-control training, for visitors 10?18 years old. To get visitors of all ages interested in water and habitat conservation, they lead year-round river channel and shoreline cleanup projects on foot or in canoes.
Blackbeard's Family Entertainment transports visitors to magical and faraway places. One mini-golf landscape mimics the Wild West with realistic hotel and saloon storefronts, whereas another simulates pirate life, and a third brings storybooks to life with castles, moats, and sand traps filled with porridge.
It's easy to believe you're actually on a roller coaster as you sit in the virtual Cyber Coaster or that you're in a 1980s European discotheque while you sneak through the smoky, music-filled twists and turns of the XTreme laser-tag arena. To take a mock tropical vacation, head for the water slides or an adventure course that resembles a jungle rope bridge. Cap'n Kids' Rideland whisks away youngsters to a realm where gravity is irrelevant, and the go-kart tracks blur adults' everyday stresses into a whirlwind of speed.
"We ain?t no little gym," says Gymnastics Beat's website, and it's telling the truth. The facility spans 12,000 square feet, and has two spring floors, two trampolines, and a 60-foot long tumble track?plus an impressive collection of gymnastics equipment. It's the perfect environment for the gym's team of experienced coaches that includes a champion cheerleader.
These coaches, all certified through USA Gymnastics, background-checked, and certified in First-Aid and CPR, use the ample space to teach gymnastics, power tumbling, cheer, and acrobatics. Perhaps the most unique offering on their schedule, though, is urban gymnastics. During this class, students learn nimble ways to navigate urban surroundings, such as vaulting over railings or running across the shoulders of everyone in front of you at the coffee shop.
Dirt bikes kick up plumes of dust in their wake, fishing boats search for prize catches atop Millerton Lake, and three-person jet skis drag race mermen along Shaver Lake's tree-lined waters. Though unfolding at different locations, these events have one thing in common: they're all supported by A1 Recreation's fleet of watercraft and recreational vehicles.
A1 Recreation serves as an epicenter for outdoor adventure, with locations that skirt Yosemite National Park and equipment rentals of up to multiple days that outfit customers with everything from pontoon boats to on-land hovercrafts. The company's dedicated staff members can also deliver chosen rentals to nearby recreation sites and load them onto patrons' trailers.