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Chillax, Hotlanta! 4 Cool Spots for Frosty Fun

Atlanta lacks little when it comes to entertaining the family, but if it’s the frosty fun you’re craving you might feel left out in the cold. The good news is that snowy spots are only a short drive from the heart of Hotlanta. Read on to find out where to plan your family’s next brr-illiant afternoon of fun.

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Snow Island and Snowball Alley at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands

Take the crew for snow tubing, but stay for the ice rink, carnival rides, snow play area, and wintry treats at Snow Island. Parrot Mountain is one of North America's longest snow rides, as a 575-foot-long, eight-story snow slide. Snowball Alley is perfect for the little ones, who really just want to build a snowman (thanks, Elsa). 

7000 Lake Lanier Islands Parkway
Buford, Ga
770-800-3917
Online: lanierislands.com

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Scaly Mountain

For snow tubing and ice skating, head to Scaly Mountain just across the Georgia border in between Dillard and Highlands, North Carolina. It’s only a two hour drive, so you can easily do it as a day trip. However, if you want to make a weekend of it, there are plenty of family-friendly accommodations nearby. Scaly offers three snow lines for individual tubers (must be 4 years old and 42”tall) and a kiddie slope for kids under four. You can also try out some ice skating in their outdoor rink and trout fishing in stocked ponds (if they aren't frozen over). 

7420 Dillard Road
Scaly Mountain, Nc
800-401-2407
Online: scalymountain.com

 

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Sapphire Valley Ski Resort

Located about 2 ½ hours from Atlanta, Sapphire Valley offers the closest ski lodge experience. It’s ski courses consist of a 1600 foot main run with a vertical drop of 200 feet and a beginner slope with modest vertical drop of 50 feet and a moving carpet lift - and did somebody say "ski school?" Yep. They did, and Sapphire Valley has it.

127 Cherokee Trail
Sapphire Valley, Nc
828-743-7663
Online: sapphirevalley.com

 

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Ober Gatlinburg

Snow Cubbies is the perfect place for small children to play in the snow and discover winter excitement, but it's open weekends and Holidays only—so be sure to check before you trek. You can also bump, spin, and zoom around the Ice Rink in Ice Bumper Cars (or ice skate, of course), and for the more adventurous, there's skiing, snowboarding, and a terrain park.

1001 Parkway Suite 2
Gatlinburg, TN
865-436-5423
Online: obergatlinburg.com

—Shelley Massey

 

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