While there are some that see snow as a reason to stay indoors until March, many of us enjoy romping around in the white stuff in pursuit of a good time.
While we might not have mountains for downhill skiing, there are several other winter activities that the Aberdeen area excels at.
There are two outdoor rinks and one indoor rink open to recreational skating in Aberdeen.
- Lincoln Elementary School, 1124 Fifth Ave. S.W. (Outdoor)
- Manor Park, 12th Avenue Northeast and North Jay Street. (Outdoor)
- Odde Ice Arena, 400 24th Ave. S.W. (Indoor)
There’s free admission at the outdoor rinks, admission at the ice arena is $2 for adults, $1 for children and $4 for families. There are also season passes available.
Skate rental is available at all locations, the cost is $1 per pair or $3 for a family. Hot beverages are also available for purchase.
Indoor skating runs from late October to late February, with evening and weekend availability. Head to the Aberdeen Parks and Recreation website for an updated schedule.
Outdoor skating typically starts in late December and runs on a weather-determined schedule. Warming houses and skate rentals are available from 4-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
While there aren’t any downhill ski hills in town, there are groomed cross-country trails at Manor Park and at Lee Park Golf Course.
Manor Park is set up for diagonal stride skiing, and skis are available to rent during warming house hours — $3 for adults and $1.50 for kids 12 and under. Lee Park is groomed for skate-style cross-country skiing. Those wishing to ski on the golf course need to provide their own equipment.
There are also cross-country ski trails at Richmond Lake State Recreation Area, 37908 Youth Camp Road. A park pass is needed, which is $8 a day or $36 for an annual pass.
Aberdeen has an active curling club, with league play every Wednesday and a bonspiel in January.
The Aberdeen Curling Club plays in the Holum Expo Building, 400 24th Ave. S.W.
Sledding is free at Baird Park, 1715 24th Ave. N.E., but sledders need to provide their own sleds. Sledding is also available at Richmond Lake.
Snowshoeing is allowed in all Aberdeen parks, except for where there are groomed cross-country ski trails. Snowshoers must provide their own equipment.
Snowshoeing is also allowed at Richmond Lake and Mina Lake recreation areas. Mina Lake State Recreation Area is at 402 Park Avenue, Mina. Snowshoes are available for check-out at Richmond Lake.