Winter outdoor fun
Locals know where to go for fresh-air fun when the temperature dips and snowfalls in the Ocean State. You'll find rinks for ice skating and ice bumper cars, slopes for tubing and skiing, hills for sledding, and acres of parks and management areas full of woods, meadows, hills, and trails, for cross country skiing and snowshoeing!
Skiing, snowboarding & tubing
Yawgoo Valley Ski Area & Water Park is Rhode Island's only ski area and is open for winter activities from early December through March with 100% snow-making capability. The ski and snowboarding area is open daily and the snow tubing park is open on weekends. Yawgoo features 36-acres of skiable terrain, with its longest trail measuring 2,200 feet. The park operates two double chair lifts and two rope tows, and a snow sports school, as well as a first-aid station, ski patrol, a cafeteria, and a lounge. There is also a Pro Shop, lease equipment program, and equipment rental program.
Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing
Pulaski Memorial Recreation Area has 10 miles of groomed ski trails, but there are also great opportunities for skiing and snowshoeing at other state parks and management areas around the state.
Check out this great map from AllTrails.com with links to popular cross country skiing trails, and accompanying hand-curated trail maps, driving directions, detailed reviews, and photos.
Ice Skating & Bumper Cars
There are several rinks around the state for skating, but if you want to try out ice bumper cars, you need to head to the Providence Rink in downtown Providence.
Sledding in the Ocean State
Our friends at Rhode Island Monthly have put together a terrific list of locals' favorite sledding spots around the state. You can check it out here and find your favorite spot.