If your family is looking for some wintertime fun that's off the beaten track, why not try an old, American classic — a sleigh ride?

If your family is looking for some wintertime fun that's off the beaten track, why not try an old, American classic — a sleigh ride?

It's not the first thing that comes to mind when you see snow, so most people have never had the opportunity to enjoy this old-fashioned winter pastime.

Experiencing Oregon's frosty beauty, wrapped tightly in a warm blanket and feeling the lightly chilled air blow by, is a great way for a family or a romantic couple to ride the path less taken to fun and adventure.

The area around Bend has a number of businesses that offer sleigh rides. And the Running Y Resort in Klamath Falls offers rides — when snow permits. Costs vary, so call ahead to learn what packages or rates are available.

You can just go for the scenery and the jingle of the bells, or get a ride that includes dinner. Get recommendations and listings of winter activities around Bend at www.allbendoregon.com/winter_recreation/sleigh_rides.php, or from Visit Bend (formerly the Bend Visitors and Convention Bureau) at www.visitbend.com/default.aspx; call 541-382-8048.

To reserve a ride at the Running Y, call 541-591-0186.

Writer Bill Miller lives in Shady Cove. Reach him at newsmiller@yahoo.com.