Brisk conditions and a light snowfall in some areas of Missouri signaled a seemingly early (and unofficial) start to winter, but the seasonal change doesn’t mean an end to outdoor adventure.
In fact, there are two spots in Missouri where fun and the cold go hand in hand … well, maybe hand in glove.
About 40 minutes north of downtown Kansas City, near Weston, Snow Creek ski resort has ample space and offerings for a fun day on the slopes. From skiing to snowboarding to tubing, activities appeal to all ages and skill levels.
Skiers find the slopes have a nearly 300-foot vertical drop and courses designed for beginners, intermediate skiers and experts.
The tube park features five lanes with nearly 700-foot long runs, while Rattlesnake Park combines bumps, jumps, rails and pipes for skiers and snowboarders.
Classes are available, and the ski lodge has amenities such as a bar, cafeteria and lounge area for visitors.
About 30 minutes west of St. Louis, at Hidden Valley in Wildwood, lighted trails and night-time skiing options are a regional favorite.
Skiers will experience a 310-foot vertical drop on the slopes, about one-third of which are designed for beginners.
Hidden Valley has two areas for skiers and boarders to enjoy; Outlaw Terrain Park includes rails and jumps and is geared toward experts, while Badlands Terrain Park is designed for beginners who are just learning the ins and outs of stunt riding.
For inner tube riders, Polar Plunge features eight riding lanes designed for riders of all ages.
Like Snow Creek, Hidden Valley’s lodge includes a bar and cafeteria.