With snow continuing to fall across Missouri, it’s the perfect time to bundle up, get outside and embrace what's left of winter. As you make your weekend plans, take a quick look at this roundup of the winter activities currently available across the state for people of any age.
Sledding, skating and more
Stephens Lake Park is the central hub of outdoor winter entertainment in Columbia. "The only public sledding we offer is the sled hill at Stephens Lake Park," says Tamara Miller, a Columbia Parks and Recreation marketing specialist. The sled hill can be accessed from the park entrance. The park also offers ice skating, but only when the city confirms the ice is thick enough. Stephens Lake is not open for ice skating at this time, but watch the Parks and Recreation Department homepage for announcements about ice conditions. To stay warm, there is even a bonfire pit at one of the park's pavilions where people can burn wood provided by the Parks and Recreation Department.
Washington Park Ice Arena in Jefferson City offers an indoor ice skating experience. The ice rink has public sessions every day at various times. Admission for children under 18 is $4.50 and adult admission is $5.50. If you don't have your own skates, you're still in luck: renting them, whether hockey or figure skates, costs just $3. The ice rink also has ice shows at the end of every month. Here's a calendar that shows the hours of public skating.
St. Louis' Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park is the largest outdoor ice rink in the Midwest, according to the rink's website. The ice rink is open all day every day, and passes are valid for the entire day of purchase. The ice skating rink is open from Nov. 15–March 1. The rink also has a Snowflake Café, which offers snacks and drinks during hours of operation. The ice skating rink only accepts cash, but there is an ATM available onsite. The price, which is the same for skaters of all ages, is $8 for a day pass, plus $7 for skate rentals.
Crown Center Ice Terrace is an outdoor pavilion ice skating rink located in Kansas City. The ice rink is centrally located in Crown Center square and is surrounded by attractions, theaters, restaurants and shops. Regular admission is $7 plus $4 for skate rentals. Admission is free for children under 4 and adults over 60. The Ice Terrace is open from Nov. 1–March 8 this year. The hours are here on their website.
Snow Creek Ski Area is located less than an hour from Kansas City. The park offers skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing for users. There are 14 ski and snowboard trails and five lifts around the park. Snow Creek relies on natural snowfall throughout the season and supplements that with additional snowmaking as needed. The season began Dec. 20 and will go until mid-March. The park has a Facebook feed to update people on their hours and conditions in the area. Anyone who wants to get out and enjoy the snow, but isn't a skiing expert is in luck; Snow Creek offers a variety of skiing and snowboarding lessons for people of all ages and skill levels. There is no lodging at the base, but there is some lodging nearby. Lift tickets can range from free for children under 4 to $47 for adults, and renting skis or a snowboard for one day will cost $31.
Hidden Valley Ski Resort is in Eureka, Missouri, which about 40 minutes from St. Louis. The resort offers snow tubing, skiing and snowboarding, day and night. The park has 17 trails and seven lifts. The surface is machine groomed and packed powder for its skiers and snowboarders. Renting skis or a snowboard costs $31 for one day, and lift tickets prices range from free for children under 4 to $49 for adults. Hidden Valley also offers skiing and snowboarding lessons for those just getting started or people looking to improve existing skills. The resort is open until mid-March and has a Facebook feed to update users on deals, hours and conditions at the park.