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Winter Fun in Raleigh-Durham - Winter Sports in Raleigh-Durham

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Ice skating and other winter sports aren't normally associated with the Raleigh-Durham area, but the fact is that there is plenty of winter fun to be had in or near the Triangle. Here are some ways to enjoy winter activities while staying close to home.

Go Ice Skating

Skating rinks in the Triangle are surprisingly numerous. However, there are very few opportunities for outdoor skating. The majority of Triangle-area rinks, including Hillsborough's Triangle Sportsplex and the Cary Ice House, are indoor facilities that are open year-round. All of them have public skating sessions, as well as hockey and figure skating lessons, competitions and leagues.

Watch a Hockey Game

Raleigh is home to the Carolina Hurricanes, the 2005-2006 NHL Stanley Cup Champions who play their home games at the RBC Center and practice at Raleigh's RecZone ice rink. The Raleigh-Durham area is also home to several college ice hockey teams (NC State, Duke and UNC all have men's ice hockey teams that play at local ice rinks).

Sit By a Warm Fire

Sitting by a cozy fire is one of winter's greatest pleasures, and fire places are popular features in Triangle-area homes and restaurants (Raleigh's Hibernian Restaurant and Pub and Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse are two of the many area restaurants that have fireplaces).

If your home is lacking a fireplace and you want to have one installed, check out one of the Raleigh-Durham area's fireplace stores. Any one of them would be happy to outfit your home with a wood-burning or gas fireplace.

Hit the Slopes

The Raleigh Ski and Outing Club sponsors several local ski trips every winter and holds monthly meetings for Raleigh-Durham's ski enthusiasts.

Raleigh's Slope and Sail Tours offers day trips to nearby Wintergreen Ski Resort. The tour bus departs North Raleigh for Wintergreen Resort five days a week during ski season, making stops to pick up skiers in Chapel Hill and Durham along the way.

Go Sledding

Though it rarely snows in the Triangle, the snow we do get is often perfect sledding snow. The Raleigh-Durham area also has lots of great hills (hence Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, and other area towns named for hills). An insider sledding tip? Rumor has it that one of the best sledding hills in the Triangle is located at the intersection of Tadley and Markham Drives in Chapel Hill. However, since it hasn't snowed very much over the past several years, I have yet to substantiate my source's claims.

If you know of other sledding hills in the area, please let me know about them!

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