Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts December 2002
Short Cuts:Chilly Receptions
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 (www.californiaoutfitters.com) 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
(www.wildlife.state.nh.us), 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 (www.themountainsusa.com). 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.
• TERENCE BAKER
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