Winter festivals celebrate the chilly outdoors, snowy athleticism, and humanity’s temporary victory over the grizzly bear. Rejoice with today’s Groupon: for $95, you get a Bavarian Ice Festival outing from Alki Tours (a $189 value). Today’s deal is valid on January 14 or January 15 at the Northgate Park and Ride in Seattle or the South Renton Park and Ride. The festival package includes:
- Bus travel to and from the festival
- Access to full day of festival activities from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- 40-minute sleigh ride with choice of hot chocolate or coffee<p>
The Bavarian Ice Festival blends winter activities, snow sculptures, and holiday lights into two days of revelry amid Leavenworth’s ivory snowflakes. Busses operated by Alki Tours depart at 8 a.m. and deliver Saturday visitors to downtown Leavenworth, where the annual Smooshing contest finds teams of four atop 8-foot wooden planks as they glide merrily down Front Street and safely away from escaped dinosaurs. Guests can relax under warm blankets and sip hot chocolate or coffee during a 40-minute horse-drawn sleigh ride. First day visitors also take in the artwork of an ice-sculpting contest, a slippery footed tug-of-war, and an ice cube scramble or frisbee sweep for the kids.
Sunday visitors set their sites on Ski Hill for a day of watching snowshoe racers and skiers compete in wintry rivalry at the will of Isaac Newton. Although not included in today’s Groupon, customers can tread flaky footpaths in snowshoes either day, or rent skis, snowboards, or inner tubes to navigate Sunday’s platter of slippery slopes.