As the world gears up for the Winter Olympics, you may be asking where you can experience the adrenaline-pumping snow time sports closer to home. Whether you’re a thrill seeker or simply unafraid of the cold, the Ocean State has an abundance of winter adventures on offer this season.
For all the novice Olympians, here is where you can find your own adventure in Rhode Island:
The Ocean State Curling Club is now fully in session and even offers curling lessons for those interested in learning. Located in Cranston, Rhode Island, anyone who is interested in checking out the Olympic sport can do so at the volunteer-run club.
Yawgoo Valley in Exeter, Rhode Island is a winter fun land with everything from skiing to snow tubing. Well into March, snow lovers flock to Rhode Island’s only ski area to show off their ski skills or slide down one of the seven carved sledding lanes. Yawgoo Valley, which came to life in 1955, has a top elevation of 310 feet, with 36 acres of skiable area and the longest running topping out at a decent 2,200 feet.
Skate at The Providence Rink located in the heart of downtown. This year for the first time, visitors can rent ice bumper cars that slide around the rink. Providence is the first city in New England to offer the inner tubes on wheel used to bump into one another. Rent the brand-new ice bumper cars for just $12. The winter ice skating season will continue through March.
If you won’t let the winter season get in the way of catching waves, go cold water surfing around Narragansett Town Beach in South County. Wet suites ward off average temperatures of 37-degree weather in the winter surf season.