December 01, 2002
Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts December 2002 Current Issue
December 2002
Short Cuts:Chilly Receptions

image When Jack Frost sends temperatures plunging, outdoor activities can be a hard sell. To pry participants away from the fireside lounge, present options that truly will be worth bundling up for and braving the elements.

Fresno, Calif.-based California Outfitters ( leads snowshoeing expeditions, which can be as leisurely or as vigorous as participants demand. “Generally, we follow a ski trail and roll gently through the tree line,” says company owner Shane Krogen. Guided trips are divided into groups of 25, based on fitness and time restraints, and all equipment is provided. “Just show up with water, lunch and some energy bars,” suggests Krogen.

Less aerobic but no less invigorating is ice fishing. Eric Aldrich, a guide with the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department (, based in Concord, N.H., says it’s an activity for everyone, even cautious landlubbers. “We check the thickness of the ice, and the fishing rods are set up with little red flags attached to the ends. When the fish bites, the flags move and the fun begins.” Aldrich advises attendees to dress for the cold and bring along goodies (hot cider, anyone?).

Adrenaline junkies, meanwhile, can go snowmobiling. “The great advantage of snowmobiles is being able to explore pristine and unaccessible terrain,” says Kevin Kahle, owner of Frisco, Colo.-based The Mountains ( Groups of up to 100, with two riders per snowmobile, can head out with guides through the Ute and Vail passes. Trips vary by difficulty of terrain and length of program.


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