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Five Ways to Get Outside this Dry January

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Five Ways to Get Outside this Dry January

We’re one week into the New Year, and in the spirit of post-holiday healthy-living goals, Ski Shack would like to highlight some amazing upcoming opportunities for folks to get outside, get active and engage in some Good Clean Fun this January.




Shred the Slopes

A day on the slopes is a wonderful way to work your legs and take in some Vitamin D.  And with midweek lift tickets priced at less than $50 per person at many local mountains, it doesn’t have to break the bank. Head to Montage Mountain Monday-Wednesday before 3:00pm for $40 "Ski For All" deals. Nead gear? Stop by Ski Shack for top-notch equipment — season rental packages start at $99.





Go Kayaking! 

Whether you're a seasoned kayaker or looking to kick off your dry January with an unconventional twist, LRCA's annual ShiverFest offers a unique opportunity to embrace the great outdoors. Join hundreds of experienced paddlers this Saturday, January 13, as they paddle 2.7 miles along the Lackawanna River ending at Sweeny’s Beach in downtown Scranton. Boats launch from the Parker Street Landing starting at noon. 




Hit the Trail

If kayaking isn't your preferred activity, lace up your running shoes for Shiver by the River, sponsored by the Scranton Running Company.  This annual race kicks off at 10:00am and offers 5K run, 10K run, and 2 mile walk options. The event takes place along the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail which stretches more than 70 miles from Pittston to the New York border.  



Get on your Bike

People tend to think of mountain biking as a warm weather sport, but winter riding in Northeast PA offers a unique and invigorating experience! Check out the Countryside Conservancy for a list of trails and preserves in our area. And make sure to visit our friends at Cedar Bicycle for gear and expert guidance on how to ride all winter long safely and comfortably.




Plunge for a Cause 

On January 26-27, dare to dip into the icy waters to benefit the Special Olympics Pennsylvania their inaugural Northeast Polar Plunge at Montage Mountain. This icy escapade promises to not only challenge individuals to brave the cold but also unite the community in a shared commitment to inclusivity and empowerment. Folks who’d like to support but can’t bear the cold can participate virtually — or simply donate funds to the cause. 




Since 1983, Ski Shack has been the region’s go-to source for premium ski-and-snowboard sales, service and rentals. Third-generation owner Melissa Roberts regularly organizes educational workshops, classes, meetups and fundraising events to support the growing outdoor community and raise awareness for local conservation organizations and NEPA nonprofits. 



Our goal is to get people together in the great outdoors as much as possible,” said Ski Shack owner Melissa Roberts. Why? “Because it feels great, and there’s a bunch of evidence showing that regular exercise, time in nature, and quality friendships all lead to longer, happier and healthier lives.” 




ABOUT SKI SHACK: As one of the only woman-owned ski shops in America, Ski Shack is celebrating its 40th winter in business with new gear from Stöckli and Helly Hanson as well as professional boot fitting services. Owner and NEPA native Melissa Roberts is on a mission to share her passion for nature and make outdoor activities accessible to everyone while growing the region’s outdoor community, bringing awareness to local conservation efforts, and supporting area nonprofits.


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