When it’s 20 degrees fahrenheit outside, it is very tempting to hole up inside and wait for spring. But one of the best ways to get through a tough winter is to get outside and enjoy it. Here are some fun snow activities to get you off the couch and into the great outdoors. Many of these can be done even as you get older. Fun times in the snow is not just for kids! How many of these have you tried?
Fun snow activities to get you outside
1. Cross-Country Skiing
If you enjoy downhill skiing, but live somewhere without mountains, give cross-country skiing a go. You might be able to ski right on your street, in a nearby park, or on a trail. Rent the equipment to see if this is something you might enjoy before buying new skis. Go with a buddy at first, and unless you are in great shape, start slow. Best to get the hang of it so you can enjoy it the entire season instead of doing too much the first day and straining yourself.
Ever heard of skijoring? If your dog is going stir crazy this winter, this combination of skiing and dog sledding is the activity for you. Depending on the breed of dog — active dogs, including Setters and Pointers — and northern breeds, including Malmutes and Huskies — may well enjoy this person-dog activity. Your gear includes your cross country skis and poles and a skijoring harness and your dog or dogs need to be equipped with a harness for a sled dog. Investing in an UltraPaws Skijor Package will get you started.
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3. Ice skating
Ice skating is like riding a bike — even if it’s been a few years since you skated, once you are on the rink, you will remember how it’s done. Many park districts offer skate rentals so you don’t have to make an upfront investment unless it’s something you know you will want to do a few times a season. However, if you can find a pair at a garage sale or thrift shop in your size, buy them. They will pay for themselves, and they don’t take up that much room — like ski equipment does — to store.
4. Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding
Skiing and snowboarding are great ways to take advantage of the cold weather and beat the winter blues. You can rent all of the equipment you need, from skis and snowboards to boots and helmets, right onsite. If you are just starting out, it may well be worth the time and money to take some lessons before you begin. If you aren’t new to the sport but it’s been awhile since you have been skiing or snowboarding, take a group lesson. It’s a great refresher to get you back into the groove. Plan for a ski vacation and have something to look forward to.
Hockey meets soccer in this sport, which is played on an ice rink. Start your own league or look for one in your community. This can be fun to play with people in your neighborhood and is fun for kids and adults alike. Broomball equipment has evolved over the years. People used to play broomball with actual corn brooms. If you end up on a league, you will need special rubber-soled shoes to play. What’s fun about this is that you can improvise with the equipment and even play in the yard, not on ice. Playing with brooms from the dollar store can be a novel and cheap way to play.
Nothing beats the feeling of racing down a hill on a sled. Scope out sledding hills in the summer and fall. Find ones free of trees and other obstacles. Even adults can have a difficult time navigating a sled when the ground is frozen, so always use caution. Depending on where you live, you may be able to have some impromptu sledding moments on your very own driveway or street. Watch out for moving cars and never sled down a street with parked cars.
7. Snow Tubing
Snow tubing is similar to sledding, but all you need is an inner tube and a hill to enjoy this winter activity. You can buy the snow tubes and do this at a nearby hill. In some areas, there are snow tubing companies where you can rent, use and return them. Tow ropes make it a lot easier too!
8. Ice Hockey
Hockey requires a bit more planning and equipment than some other winter sports, but it can be a fun way to while away the winter. There are children and adult leagues available.
9. Snowball Fight
Channel your inner child and organize an intergenerational snowball fight in your neighborhood. Have the kids build snow forts to ward off attacks from the adults. Explain the rules of not hitting people in their faces and no throwing ice.
Other fun snow activities for winter
Looking for more cool things to do in the snow? Play kickball, dodgeball or wiffle ball! Build snow forts or build a hill of snow in the backyard. Anything to get you moving and enjoying the bright snow is sure to be fun.
In some parts of the country, winter lasts a long time, so you might as well get outside and enjoy it! These activities to do in the snow will make it go faster so make a point of trying a few of these fun snow activities and look forward to the winter season.