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Just because it is cold out doesn't mean you can’t go outside and play! What better way to fill a cold winter’s day than to play in the snow. Fortunately, you don't have to drive far for fun places to ski, tube and snowboard.

Moonshine Mountain Snow Tubing Park: If you are looking for an easy day trip with fun for even the littlest kids, Moonshine Mountain in Hendersonville, North Carolina is a great place for little ones to play. There are three lanes for sledding and a lift to take you back up the mountain. The facility makes its own snow, so you can tube even on unseasonably warm days. The park is open Fridays through Mondays and costs $30 each to tube. Visit www.moonshinemountain.com.

Hawk’s Nest Snow Tubing Park: Though it is a little further than Moonshine Mountain, Hawk’s Nest in Boone, North Carolina is worth the drive. The largest tubing park in North Carolina, there are four different places to snow tube with a total of 40 lanes. Visit www.hawksnesttubing.com.

Sapphire Valley Ski Resort: Sapphire Valley Ski Resort offers skiing, tubing, snowboarding and even winter zip lining in Sapphire Valley, North Carolina. Best of all, it is less than two hours from Greenville and Spartanburg. The resort features a 300-foot run with multiple lanes for tubing and an intermediate, 1,600-feet-long and 200-foot-drop ski slope that is for beginning skiers and snowboarders. Visit www.skissapphirevalley.com.

Cataloochee in Maggie Valley, North Carolina is another great nearby option for both skiing and snowboarding. With 18 slopes, the resort has options for the beginner, intermediate and advanced skier. Tubing is available across the street at Tube World. Visit www.cataloochee.com.

Sugar Mountain, at 2.5 to 3 hours from Greenville, is a little farther away, but does offer skiing for more advanced skiers. In addition to skiing, tubing and snowboarding, Sugar Mountain offers ice skating and snow shoe tours. Visit www.skisugar.com.

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