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Snow Play, Without the Skis

Wisp, Md. At Bear Creek Tubing Park, you can tube beneath the stars (from $15). But for something a little less chilly -- and muscle straining -- relax at the resort's Sewickly Spa, which can help you feel your toes, arms and legs again.

From January to March, the Lodge at Wisp hosts free Saturday concerts featuring a range of styles (blues, rock, musical comedy, etc.). Info: 301-387-4911, www.skiwisp.com.

At Maryland's Wisp, snow sports include tubing down the mountain. (Timothy Jacobsen For The Washington Post)

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New England

Killington, Vt. The Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center (802-773-3343, www.vermontclimbing.com; $15 for a day pass) in Rutland is 15 minutes from Killington and has 8,000 square feet of rock climbing; Killington has a lesser climbing wall at its Snowshed Base Lodge. Nearby Mount Meadows Ski Area offers cross-country skiing and snowshoeing (802-775-7077; $18 for full-day pass). Info: 802-422-6200, www.killington.com.

The Paramount Theatre (802-775-0570, www.paramountvt.org) in Rutland opened as a playhouse 90 years ago. The refurbished version launched in 2000 and now hosts national bluegrass acts, plays, musicals, holiday pageants, comedy and more.

Sugarloaf, Maine. The Carrabassett Valley Antigravity Recreational Complex (207-237-5566; fees vary) keeps the adrenaline kicking with a climbing wall, indoor skate bowl and trampoline with harness. They call it Turbo Tubing (207-237-6939; $15) for a reason: four 1,000-foot chutes that could burn the rubber right off your tube. In between runs, squeeze in a game of walleyball or a pedicure at the Sugarloaf Sports and Fitness Center (207-237-6946; $12). A number of festivals and concert series swing through the area, including December's Sugarloaf/USA Mountain Music Festival, featuring bluegrass, rock and blues performers. Info: 800-THE-LOAF, www.sugarloaf.com.

Sugarbush, Vt. New this year: full-moon overnight backcountry snowshoeing clinics, in which participants start hiking up the mountain at 2 p.m., stop at a mid-mountain lodge for a fireside dinner and continue to the top for instruction on celestial navigation, building snow caves and emergency medical training. The adventuresome can sleep in the snow cave or come back down to the mid-mountain lodge. The clinics cost $169 per person. Info: 800-53-SUGAR, www.sugarbush.com.

Try tennis and indoor rock climbing -- including a kids' climbing night -- at the Sugarbush Health and Racquet Club (802-583-6700; fees vary), which also offers more than 25 hours of group fitness classes per week, including water aerobics.

Waterville Valley, N.H. The Nordic Center (603-236-4666) is widely recognized for its multi-skill cross-country ski and snowshoe trails (from $15 for day pass). The center also offers guided tours that teach participants about local history and wildlife, or include a gourmet lunch or a stroll by moonlight (from $25). Enjoy your winter sports indoors at the Waterville Valley Ice Arena (603-236-4813; $5), with public skating and ice hockey as well as lessons. The White Mountain Athletic Club (603-236-8303) has lap pools, racquet courts, indoor track, ping-pong and more.

After the lifts close, dine at 4,000 feet at the Schwendi Hutte on Mount Tecumseh. The $85-per-person price includes a 20-minute "cat" ride to the mountaintop log cabin, four-course dinner with wine, and dessert and hot beverages. Reserve at 603-236-8311, Ext. 3000. Afterward (or before), tour the town by horse-drawn sleigh for $10 per person; purchase tickets at the Town Square front desk or call 603-236-8175.

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