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Winter activities that go beyond skiing

Winter activities aren't just limited to skiing and snowboarding. If you're looking to get out of the city and get outdoors, here are four ways to do so.

Snow sports

At Lodge at Glendorn, six hours outside of
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At Lodge at Glendorn, six hours outside of the city, the two-story sandstone fireplace and private cabins might tempt you to stay indoors on a long weekend stay, but the snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross country skiing on the property's grounds are worth bundling up for. You can always recline by the fire afterwards. $50-$400/snowmobiling, $50/hour for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing; 1000 Glendorn Dr., Bradford, Pennsylvania, 814-362-6511, Glendorn.com

Ice fishing

Fishing isn't just a summer pastime. In the

Fishing isn't just a summer pastime. In the Finger Lakes region, four-and-a-half hours outside the city, on places like Keuka Lake and Owasco Lake, patient adventure seekers can attempt to catch fish through a hole drilled into the ice using a tip-up fishing pole. Many anglers have huts on the ice, complete with heaters, to stay warm. This isn't a spur-of-the-moment excursion; make sure to pick up a license, bring a pole and bait and educate yourself on the fishing regulations for each lake. Fingerlakes.com

Bobsledding

Fulfill your need for speed at Whiteface Lake
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Fulfill your need for speed at Whiteface Lake Placid, located five hours outside of the city, on the actual bobsled track used in the 1980 Olympics. Jump in and get sliding with the help of a professional driver and brakeman in the bobsled with you to handle the daring twists and turns. Reservations recommended and must be made 48 hours ahead. Track and weather conditions permitting. $80-$90; Olympic Sports Complex, 220 Bobsled Run Lane, Lake Placid, New York, 518-523-4436, whiteface.com.

Dog sled rides

Mirror Lake, near Whiteface Mountain, also offers a
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Mirror Lake, near Whiteface Mountain, also offers a slew of winter activities, from pond hockey games and ice climbing to cross-country skiing, showshoeing and even dog sled rides. At Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, guests can get a 10-minute ride around Mirror Lake on a sled ulled by trained dog teams. Rides start whenever the lake freezes, typically around Christmas time, and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. $10-$15; 2559 Main St., Lake Placid, New York, 518-523-3353, golden-arrow.com

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