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Train for the Games: 4 Winter Sports to Win Gold Near You

BY: Andy Seifert | Jan 11, 2018

For 17 days in February, athletes from around the world will descend upon PyeongChang, South Korea, for the chance to win gold. They'll invariably draw upon years of intense preparation, having practiced the same figure-skating routines hundreds of times or spent hours in the video room poring over scenes from Cool Runnings­­. Though it's too late to enter this year's games, you can start training for 2022 by checking out some of training grounds for popular winter sports.

Ice Skating

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There may be a shortage of winter sports activities in the late days of spring, but that doesn't mean athletes can take the season off. Ice skaters spend much of the year gliding in circles in indoor rinks, which often stay open throughout the season. Learn the difference between a lutz and a flip, and eventually how to do the difficult triple axel, by training all winter long.

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Los Angeles: $14 for admission & skate rental at Los Angeles Kings Valley Ice Center ($28 value)

New York: $42 for a skating lesson for two at The Rink at Brookfield Place ($60 value)

Chicago: $9 for skating and rental for two at Park District of Oak Park ($20 value)

Cross-Country Skiing

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Otherwise known as "Nordic skiing," cross-country skiing is one of the winter games that's best for your health. That's because, since you're not using as much gravity as downhill skiing, cross-country skiing uses a much higher amount of muscles to propel forward. This is an excellent cardiovascular workout that burns calories, develops but upper and lower body strength, and often takes you through some of America's most-beautiful winter scenery.

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Albany: $35 for skiing package for one at Pineridge Cross Country Ski Area ($58 value)

Denver: $24 for two Nordic trail passes from Colorado Cross Country Ski Association ($40 value)

Maine: $51 for cross-country skiing with lesson and equipment rental at New England Outdoor Center ($93 value)

Snowboarding

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First added to the Winter Games in 1998, snowboarding is still the new kid on the block. Many winter lovers who find skiing to be too strenuous or difficult find just the opposite when they're strapped to a snowboard. If you're unsure whether you're a skiier or a snowboarding, you can take a lesson at your local ski hill. Who knows—maybe you're the next Shaun White?

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Toronto: C$26 for group snowboarding lesson at Axis Freestyle Academy (C$45 value)

Seattle: $30 for 3-hour private lesson at Bald Mountain Ski Area ($45 value)

Upstate NY: Up to 49% Off Lift Ticket at Peek 'N Peak in Clymer, NY

Ice Hockey

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Ice hockey is the ultimate team winter sport, but it ironically doesn't have to be cold to play it, thanks to indoor winter complexes across the country. You can join a league or take some lessons, or go the lazy route and simply be a spectactor. Click the link above to find hockey gear, click here to watch a local hockey game live, or look below for our best deals to get you on the ice.

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Los Angeles: $35 for four beginner hockey lessons at Toyota Sports Center ($80 value)

Dallas: $28 for $50 worth of recreational hockey at North Dallas Pond Hockey Training Center

Minneapolis: $15 for six open hockey sessions at National Sport Complex ($30 value)

Guide Staff Writer
BY: Andy Seifert