Those of us who enjoy the outdoors tend to get a little antsy when winter comes around, especially if we live in cold climates. Our beaches become frozen over, and swimming and boating are usually off the table. Camping becomes more difficult, and in many cases, just downright unpleasant without proper preparation. Hiking can also have the life taken out of it by frigid temperatures and dangerous conditions.
However, the outside lifestyle doesn’t have to be all doom-and-gloom during the winter months. The joy of a snowy winter wonderland can provide us with breathtaking beauty and entirely new opportunities for adventure and learning.
Take up Skiing
Even if you live somewhere relatively flat, you can get some great exercise by strapping on some cross-country skis and traversing the great outdoors. Skiing through woods and fields is a great way to see the world from a different perspective. You don’t need mountains to reconnect with nature through skiing, although they certainly help provide extra excitement!
Test Your Limits on a Snowmobile
For those looking for something a little bit more thrilling, snowmobiling offers hours of fun and exhilaration. The best part is that you don’t have to spend all the money for a snowmobile to go on a joyride. There are many services that offer rental snowmobiles – but you may just find yourself getting hooked and buying a new one anyway!
Go Ice Skating
One way to enjoy those lakes and ponds that have been “taken” from us by winter weather is to rent or buy a pair of skates and go ice skating. Even if you’ve never been, it’s relatively easy to learn and can give you something fun and relaxing to do with your family and friends. Bonus points if you set up a pond hockey game!
Build an Igloo – And sleep in it
If you’re the type that’s always looking for adventure, you may be disappointed by the limited camping opportunities during the winter. However, you can really take the next step in your outdoor lifestyle by learning how to build an igloo and even sleeping in it overnight. If you take the right precautions and bring everything you need to stay warm, you could be putting together a truly unforgettable experience.
Catch some Frigid Fish
If you’re the type to cast out a line and lean back, enjoying the serenity of the lake, ice fishing may come as a bit of a shock. However, you’ll quickly learn to respect the skills involved and enjoy your surroundings. Ice fishing can make for an excellent weekend trip or simply a few hours of fun in the afternoon.
Remember How to be a Kid Again
There’s something incredibly joyful about seeing kids’ eyes light up as they sled down a hill, build a snowman, or fall to the ground to make a snow angel. Take a day to do some of your favorite activities from your childhood. If you have kids of your own, it will be even more worth it.