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Ten family-friendly gateways offer a wide range of temperatures and activities in the winter.

1. Methow Valley, Washington.

One of the largest nordic centers in North America, you can ski for the whole week and never cross your own tracks.

2. Lake Tahoe, California.

Six resorts of Ski Lake Tahoe, three national forests and several state parks, there is no limit to outdoor fun in Tahoe.

3. Joshua Tree NP, California.

Exploring some amazing desert scenery at two deserts with different altitudes - the high Mojave and the low Colorado.

4. Rocky Mountain NP, Colorado.

Naturally, much of Rocky Mountain National Park's 355 miles of trail are fabulous for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing

5. Taos, New Mexico.

Taos is a magical place, one that has enchanted nomads, explorers, outdoorsmen, intellectuals and artists for hundreds years.

6. Upper Peninsula, Michigan.

Ottawa National Forest, Porcupine Mountains State Park and Copper Country State Forest. Skiing and snowshoeing here takes you up gentle slopes and down through peaceful valleys.

7. Snowshoe, West Virginia.

With an average 180 inches of annual snowfall and a summit elevation of 4,848', Snowshoe is a hidden East Coast gem for ski.

8. Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

"Pebble Beach of the East Coast", the second most romantic beach in America. Winter is the best time to avoid crowds and enjoy your own sunshine.

9. Sanibel Island, Florida.

Amazing seashells, glorious sunsets, great restaurants, Sanibel Island is a quiet place to relax with your family in the sun.

10. Waterville Valley, New Hampshire.

Lovely family-friendly resort, with plenty of amenities and snow, surrounded by White Mountain scenery, Waterville Valley is an ideal place for family winter vacation.

Source: Gorp.com.