With the holidays behind us, it’s time to get cracking on improving in the new year and so far, 2013 is shaping up to be a good one with snow in the mountains, excitement in the air, and a lot of winter left to get your kicks. Though you may have already broken your New Year’s Resolution, that does not mean you have permission to let cabin fever set in. Old routines are comforting, but getting out and experiencing new things is what makes us human. Many people set goals for the New Year that are unrealistic and unattainable, but making a commitment to yourself to get out of your comfort zone on a regular basis is easy and anyone can do it. Challenging yourself to learn and grow is much easier than committing to going to the gym four times a week, and is also much more fun. Do something different in 2013: instead of empty promises involving waistlines and vices go existential and pledge to put yourself out there. The only chance of failure is if you don’t attempt it, and you’ll be much happier with the results.

Jump in this weekend at Sugar Mountain outside Banner Elk, North Carolina, where you can try snowshoeing for free on Saturday. Snowshoeing is a fun, vigorous winter activity that is fun for the whole family. As part of the nationwide, 18th Annual Winter Trail Days, Sugar will host guided snowshoe tours and rentals for children and adults. The tours are available on the hour from 9am to 4pm and you can signup at the Ski/Snowboard School.


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