For some, the winter months equate to staying cooped up in the house until spring. Sure, drinking hot cocoa and snuggling by a fire can be fun, but they’re missing out on a whole world of activities taking place right outside their doors. For others, the winter is full of exciting things to do. The following is a list of 10 popular outdoor winter activities for people to enjoy.
1. Build a Snowman/Igloo
Nothing says winter like going out and playing in the snow. Get creative and build snowmen, igloos, forts, caves, or anything else you can come up with. It’s a great activity for children and adults alike.
2. Dog Sledding
Dog sledding can be a fun activity that many people haven’t yet tried. Try testing your skills at driving your own team, or if you’re not quite ready for that, you can hit the trails with an experienced musher to show you the ropes.
3. Ice Fishing
While ice fishing may not be for everyone, it can be an interesting experience. There’s just something exciting about walking out onto a frozen lake, drilling a hole in the ice, and pulling up fish through it.
4. Ice Skating
Of all the winter activities, ice skating is one of the most popular. Generations of families have been going out on the ice and partaking in this winter sport. Ice skating is another activity that’s fun for all ages.
5. Skiing (Cross-Country and Downhill)
Going skiing is a great way to get out and experience nature. The best part is there are options for every ski level all the way from beginner to advanced. You can also take your pick from many different terrains to suit your individual style. Choose to leisurely head cross-country, or feel the adrenaline flying down a mountain, it’s all up to you.
Who doesn’t have fond memories of going sledding with friends and family as a child? Sledding has proven to be one of those timeless activities that children never tire of. Plus there are a lot of adults that still enjoy it too.
7. Sleigh Riding
Going sleigh riding could be a great family activity or even a romantic getaway for two. Just sit back, enjoy the scenery, and take in the whole experience.
Snowboarding is an activity catered more towards the adventurous type. While it may not be for everyone, for some, it’s the best sport in the world. Die-hard snowboarding fans often refer to snowboarding on powder as surfing on clouds.
There are many people who find snowmobiling to be the ultimate winter experience. Depending on where you live, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find some good snowmobiling trails. Imagine riding along across hundreds of miles of open trails with mountains, forests, and open valleys as your backdrop.
Snowshoeing is another activity that’s fun for all ages. It’s simple to learn, really inexpensive, and great exercise. Another benefit is it’s easily accessible; you can snowshoe anywhere there’s snow.