Take advantage of a winter wonderland.

With an expected wonderful base of snow on the nearby Sierra this Winter, December should be a great time to head for the hills to enjoy the best sledding and snow-tubing spots. Mountain resorts and area snow parks offer great and relatively inexpensive snow playgrounds. To find the best places to have family friendly snow fun in our area, visit http://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/snow-play-sierras.

Sledding is another great way for friends and family to get outdoors, feel exhilarated and work up a sweat, but remember there are risks, so make sure you prepare yourself for the day and take the necessary precautions– like going to a licensed snow play area, wearing a helmet, and watching out for one another.