The event in South Korea features 102 events in 15 sports, making it the first Winter Olympics to surpass 100 medal events. Viewers inspired by some of the sports can head to the Great Lakes region in the USA to try their hand at a wide range of winter sports ranging from skiing to ice skating to tobogganing to the more unusual art of climbing a frozen waterfall.

Ice Climbing in Minnesota

Northeast Minnesota is the state's most prolific region for ice climbing. Dozens of waterfalls dot the Lake Superior shoreline, and as the mercury dips, their once-thunderous cascades of water freeze into massive ice walls—absolutely perfect conditions for ice climbing. The Lower Falls at Gooseberry State Park is a popular and moderately simple climb, with another, more difficult climb located near the second falls. Further up the shore, Grand Marais houses two of Minnesota's best (and longest) ice climbs: Nightfall and Cascade Falls. Winona recently opened its own ice climbing park and it is already making a name for itself as one of the country's premier ice climbing opportunities. There are plenty of companies in Minnesota that run classes and guided tours for those wishing to perfect this high adrenaline winter sport.

Enjoy Skiing in Pure Michigan

With 49 ski areas, 269 lifts, 50 terrain parks nearly 1,000 runs and the only ski flying hill in the country, Michigan ranks second in the nation for number of skiing areas found in the state. With names like Voodoo MountainNose DiveGorge GladesKingdom Come and Sidewinder, the downhill ski and snowboard trails of Michigan offer some of the most exciting, diverse terrains in the Great Lakes region (not to mention the Midwest's highest vertical drop). But family-friendly is the name of the game, with resorts offering runs for all skill levels and ski schools and lessons available for all ages. Escape to runs with pristine slopes and epic views, or head to slopes just outside of urban centres – perfect for an afternoon of skiing or boarding followed by a night on the town. 

Tubing in Wisconsin!

Wisconsin does tubing in style with a 100-foot vertical drop, multiple-chute, fabric-covered tubes with a lift to the top of the hill kind of tubing. An exciting development in the Green Bay community, the newly-opened Titletown District features fantastic restaurants, an ice-skating rink, a park with outdoor games and, most importantly, a tubing hill! Set to open this winter, this 46-foot man-made hill features three tubing lanes that each total 300 feet, and an automated tube return system for easy winter fun. What makes it extra special? Instead of walking back up the snowy hill, guests can climb the heated stairs to the top of the hill and gear up for another ride!

Ice Fishing in Ohio

Whilst it's never going to be an Olympic sport, ice fishing is a great winter activity.  When temperatures drop well below 30 for a week or more, many of the state's ponds, reservoirs, and lakes freeze over with enough ice for fishing. And if temperatures drop low enough for long enough, Lake Erie freezes, too.  One of the coolest things about ice fishing is the feeling that you're walking someplace that you can't walk most of the year, right out into the middle of a lake or pond. Then hopefully, you catch some fish!

Tobogganing in Indiana

Angola's Pokagon State Park home to Indiana's only refrigerated toboggan run where thrill-seekers can whoosh down one of the 1/4-mile twin tracks at speeds of 35-40 miles per hour! The one-of-a-kind ride is open from the day after Thanksgiving through 1st March.

At the Indiana Dunes State Park, the Devil's Slide sand dune transforms into a thrilling sledding experience.

Ice Skating in Illinois

Maggie Daley Park is one of Chicago's newest spectacular green spaces in the heart of downtown and connected to Millennium Park via Anish Kapoor's BP Bridge. Opened in late 2014, Maggie Daley Park became an instant success due to its unique Skating Ribbon. The skating ribbon is dramatically different from typical ice rinks. Skaters can experience alpine in the city as they follow a path twice the length of a lap around a traditional skating rink. The ice weaves its way through a beautifully manicured landscape. Stop to take in the scenery (as well as a piping cup of hot chocolate) and revel in this unique urban skating adventure.

Take a look at the Great Lakes website, www.greatlakesusa.co.uk, for further information on some of the exciting winter outdoor pursuits that the region has to offer. Contact Bon Voyage to book a holiday to the Great Lakes region – www.bonvoyage.co.uk.

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