Winter is (finally!) winding down in Kansas City and we’re all looking forward to spring!
But there are a few favorite things here in KC that you can only do during wintertime. Here’s our list of the top 3 best late-winter things to do in the area:
1. Snow Creek: This skiing, snowboarding and tubing paradise right here in KC has snow even if you don’t! Just 40 miles north of downtown KCMO, Snow Creek is nestled in the small town of Weston, Mo., right off I-29. It opened in 1986, making this season its 32nd in business. Snow Creek has more than 60 snow-making machines with the ability to pump 3,000 gallons of water per minute, allowing it to churn out snow and cover 100% of its terrain in just 72 hours. As long as temps stay below freezing, they can make their own snow.
Snow Creek features 12 trails (30% beginner, 60% intermediate and 10% expert), five lifts and a 300-foot vertical drop. There are two terrain parks, one for beginners and another for advanced/expert skiiers. There is a ski lodge featuring a bar and lounge, and a cafeteria and pizza shop when you need to eat or warm up. If you prefer tubing, the tube park track is 700 feet long with more than five lanes. There’s a picnic/viewing area with a bonfire pit if you’d rather watch than ride. Snow Creek is typically open mid-December though mid-March, weather-permitting. So hurry, there are a few weeks left to enjoy this little KC gem! Grab your gloves, hats, snowsuits and friends and have fun! Find out more at www.skisnowcreek.com.
2. Ice Skating Outdoors: If you want to pretend to be an Olympic figure skater or hockey player, there are still a few options for ice skating in the elements. The Crown Center Ice Terrace, 2455 Grand Blvd., is open through March 11. This season marks the rink’s 45th year. Don’t miss out on two-for-one Tuesdays after 5pm. In the Northland, the Rink at Burlington Creek offers outdoor ice skating or hockey for the public. It stays open into March. Check www.kcice.net/therink for times and prices. In the Shawnee Mission, Kan., area, you can skate at the Kansas City Ice Center and Pavilion, at 19900 Johnson Dr. Every first and third Friday, they host a “home school skate” for homeschooled kids and their families. Early spring learn-to-skate and late winter hockey lessons are available, too. Visit www.kcicecenter.com/.
3. Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship: If you like sports, this is one of the best things to do in KC any time of the year! Cheer on your favorite Big 12 team at the annual tournament to crown the men’s basketball champion, who will win an automatic seat in the NCAA Tournament. The Men’s Championship will be played Wednesday, March 7 through Sunday, March 10 at Kansas City’s Sprint Center. The championship features some of the nation’s best post-season basketball, and the games usually sell out. If you hurry, though, tickets are still available through the Sprint Center: http://www.sprintcenter.com/events/detail/big-12-mens-basketball-championship-4
Spring will be here before you know it, so better take advantage of these late-winter activities while you still can! Another activity you might be considering during these last few weeks of winter is buying or selling a home this spring. If so, give us a call at Team Real Estate Kansas City. We are experts in home buying and selling in the KC area, and we would love to answer any questions you may have, whether you’re just thinking about it or you’re actively planning to buy or sell a home in the near future. We are probably not the best skiiers or ice skaters in Kansas City, and we’ll never win a Big 12 Championship, but we were named the No. 9 real estate team nationally by the Wall Street Journal and we will work hard to provide you with the best home-buying and –selling experience in the area!
Call us at 913.451.5711 or visit us online and find out why we’re Kansas City’s best real estate team.