Winter is here, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up inside! With the right gear and a few tips, you can have just as much fun in the snow as you would if it were summer. Here are ten quirky winter sports to try this season.
1. Ice Skating
Nothing says winter quite like ice skating! Whether it’s private or public, indoor or outdoor, ice skating is a great way to get out of the house and have some fun. You can either strap blades on your feet or opt for the easier route with skates. Be sure to note whether your rink is indoors or outdoors before you go. Happy trails!
2. Dog Sledding
Dog sledding is a top contender for the best winter sport because who doesn’t want to ride through powdery snow on a sled pulled by a happy, barking pup? It’s a great family activity, and there are plenty of places around the country offering dog sledding tours. All you need is a healthy amount of clothing (because it’s cold out), strong footwear (in case you run into icy patches), and an adventurous spirit for this winter sport.
3. Snow Shoeing
Nothing says fun in the snow quite like snowshoes! They’re perfect for outdoor adventures-you can explore abandoned houses or trails, hike up mountainsides, go fishing on frozen rivers, or search for animal tracks outside your cabin in the woods. You’ll also want to bring some water and snacks with you, just in case. You may also want to pack a GPS or map if you’re venturing into the wild unknown-just in case!
Skiing is one of the most popular winter sports because it’s accessible, fun, and challenging all at once! While it might take some coordination at first (especially for newcomers), skiing can actually be learned at any age. There are ski resorts near almost every major population center that offer lessons for beginners on how to effectively navigate the slopes without falling over too much. It’s great family fun with plenty of slopes for everyone.
Snowboarding takes everything good about skiing and makes it even better. If you love carving down a hill and going fast, snowboarding is perfect for you. Just like skiing, it is great family fun as long as everyone in your party knows how to snowboard! There are ski slopes that allow both skiers and boarders alike-just make sure to check whether they’re open before making the trip.
6. Sleigh Riding
There’s something whimsical about riding around town on a sleigh; plus, it can provide some added warmth (especially if you keep your legs tucked under an animal fur blanket). You’ll find sleigh rides near many resorts during the winter months; just make sure to check whether they’re open before you get there. It’s also customary for sleigh rides to come with some hot cocoa and snacks, so bring some money along just in case!
As long as the snow is deep enough (which it generally is during winter), snowmobiling is a great way to explore the wilderness without having to hike or ski everywhere. While helmets are mandatory when on public trails, it might be worth your while to invest in one regardless-just in case! Most of the time, you’ll need 4WD both on land and water, but that’s just part of the fun. Don’t forget your driving license if you plan on renting one!
8. Ice Fishing
Ice fishing is a great way to get out and enjoy nature…even if you’ve never done it before. There are ice fishing kits for beginners that allow you to go out and try your luck at catching some cold-blooded aquatic friends; just make sure to bring along plenty of snacks and warm drinks. It’s also customary for fishers to take care of the hole they made in the ice after they leave (just ask around or Google how to do it yourself).
9. Skating / Hockey
There are so many places to go ice skating in the winter months and, while it’s fun alone (sometimes), it’s even better with friends and family. Be sure to bring along your own skates if you want to join-rentals aren’t very reliable at most rinks! If you plan on playing hockey instead, make sure you know how to play before showing up at a rink near you; there’s nothing worse than picking up a new sport when everyone around you already knows all the rules. Also, be respectful of other people who might not share your love of the game, especially if they’re beginners or veterans alike.
10. Snowball Fights
While snowball fights may never actually grow old, there’s something that feels extra special about having a snowball fight with friends and family. There are two ways to go about it-either pack up your own snowball army before you leave the house or ambush someone on your way out the door. Either way, make sure you know what you’re doing (especially if there are kids around)!
There’s no need to be cooped up inside this winter-there are plenty of fun and quirky winter sports to try that will get you active and outside. From ice skating to skiing to snowboarding, there’s something for everyone. So what are you waiting for? Bundle up and get out there!