Tags:Last winter was heaven for local winter sports enthusiasts. And this season has been off to a great start, with unusually cold and snowy conditions providing ample opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snowball fights, snowmen and assorted backcountry adventures. We're celebrating today, Dec. 21 – the first official day of winter – by culling together some of our favorite photos and videos from the last couple years of snowy escapades.
The celebration continues this week with a Dec. 22 cover story that includes the tale of one adventurer's first backcountry trip of the season and a guide to some of the local ski resorts that make playing in the snow easy. And this is just a start; in the coming months, we're planning a series of articles on assorted winter sports and activities. Please send your own stories, photos and videos plus any tips or ideas you'd like to share, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos by Jake Frankel, Maggie Ullman, Nicole Kendle and Galen Bernard
North Carolina Backcountry Snowboarding (video by Eric Crews):
Epic Sledding Adventure '09 (video by Jake Frankel):
Snow canoeing (video by Nathan Zumwalt and Nicole Perreault):
Boone Backcountry Snowboarding (video by Eric Crews):