Ouray Ice Festival
Each winter, the ice-draped walls of the Uncompahgre Gorge, outside the tiny Colorado town of Ouray, create one of the world’s ice-climbing epicenters. With more than 200 man-made climbs, 14 climbing areas, and three miles of vertical terrain, Ouray Ice Park has something for everyone. Hack it, if you can, at the three-day Ouray Ice Festival, where climbers dig in and learn from the pros, then warm up the nights with beer- and-dance parties.
Fat Bike the Last Frontier
Knik Lake, AK
The 350-mile Iditarod Trail Invitational follows the same course as the famed sled-dog race. Brave brutal winds and avalanche threats to earn bragging rights—and, for masochists, a crack at the 1,000-miler.
Surf Lake Superior
The Great Lakes get 6- to 12-foot surfable waves all winter, whipped up by gnarly storms. Superior’s big waters make the biggest waves, so hit the Upper Peninsula, where Down Wind Sports will put you in a burly 6/5/4 wetsuit so you don’t freeze.
Skate the World’s Largest Ice Rink
Each winter, Ottawa’s Rideau Canal becomes a nearly five-mile-long skating rink. Rent skates and cruise past Parliament or join a pickup game of hockey, then refuel with pastries and hot chocolate from on-ice vendors.
Shred Sedona’s Red Rock Country
Head off-road to the newest knobby-tire mecca, Sedona, whose 239 miles of signed and mapped mountain-bike trails include singletrack flowing through pinyon pines and roller-coaster ups and downs be- neath red-rock towers.