Winter chills have you feeling cooped up? Yes, it’s cold out, but there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the great outdoors all year round. In fact, here are 8 activities you can only do in winter, so take advantage of the snow to get outside!
1. Take to the Slopes
Grab your gear and head to the mountains! There’s not much better than a day spent shredding on the slopes. Want an extra adventure? Go skinning up the mountain to catch the sunrise over snow capped peaks.
Photo by Kati Whelan
2. Play Pond Hockey
Ice skating is a great activity whether you live in the city or the country. Strap on the skates and head to a public rink or a frozen pond to skate the day away! Play some hockey, practice your jumps, or just work on staying upright…
Photo by Adam Cornick, @acorn_art_photography on Instagram
3. Go Sledding
Where there’s a hill, there’s a way. Whether you’ve got a top-of-the-line toboggan or a tray from the dining hall, hop on and feel the joy that is sledding. And it’s not just for the kids! People of all ages can enjoy the rush that comes with coasting down a hill.
4. Try out Snowshoeing
If you like hiking in the summer, give snowshoeing a shot! It’s basically like taking a hike, but in the snow! You’ll get to experience the quiet stillness that a blanket of snow creates, and see the same trails you love in a whole new light.
Photo by Bonnie Kittle
5. Go Cross-Country Skiing
Want to take a winter hike, but with a little more of a challenge? Then cross-country skiing is for you. It’s a little more technical than snowshoeing, and a whole lot of fun. You’ll also get in a killer workout. Did you know you burn twice as many calories cross-country skiing as you do running?
6. Have a Snowball Fight
Kids of all ages (from 5 to 50 and beyond) can enjoy a good old fashioned snowball fight. And the best part? Curling up with a steaming mug of hot cocoa afterwards.
Photo by Jelleke Vanooteghem
7. Give Snow Tubing a Try
So you’re at the mountain but skiing’s not your thing? Go tubing! It doesn’t require any special skills and you don’t need to worry about renting any equipment, but it’s a whole lot of fun.
Photo by NativeForeigner / CC BY-SA
8. Take Your Dog for a Walk in the Snow
Ok, so you do this all year round, but we just wanted an excuse to share this adorable photo!
Photo by Kameron Kincade