This ‘Fun Winter Sports and Activities’ post was first seen on Thrifty Nifty Mommy. I received product from Obermeyer to facilitate. But, as always, all opinions are my own.
Winter has hit in Minnesota and I think it’s here to stay for awhile. Some years, we don’t get our first real snow till after Christmas. This year, we had a snowstorm in October already. Thankfully, that melted away. But the week of Thanksgiving brought snowstorm number two. And it’s cold enough now that I think that white fluffy stuff is here to stay!
Fun Winter Sports And Activities
Sadly, too many people think that winter means you have to just sit indoors all day long. That’s just not the case though! There are plenty of fun winter sports and activities for all ages you can enjoy. (Just make sure to dress appropriately of course! But we’ll talk more about that later.) For now, we’re sharing our top list of ideas to get you out of the house during the long winter months.
You are never too old to go sledding! FOR REAL! If the hard part is trekking back up the hill, hit up a local ski slope that has a sledding hill with a pulley. We did that with the kids a couple years ago and it was SO..MUCH..FUN! We went down that hill dozens of times and jumped on the little escalator pulley which then hauled both our tube as well as bodies back to the top of the hill. Seriously a must do.
Find a local rink and give ice skating a try this year. On approved surfaces, ice skating is extremely safe and quite fun. It’s also great exercise!
Down Hill Skiing Or Snowboarding
Grab a friend and hit up your local mountain or ski hill. While younger children need to be closely supervised by an adult, skiing is an excellent way to get outside and enjoy winter. Even if you’ve never gone before, it’s loads of fun. Start out on the bunny slope and practice till you get the main skills down. There are usually instructors available as well if you need extra help. Then jump on the ski lift and get ready to glide down the mountain. Don’t forget to break in the lodge and warm up with a nice hot mug of cocoa. They usually have a gorgeous fire blazing as well.
If you live out in the country, there’s probably lots of places to go with a snowmobile. But if not, just check for your local approved trails. Driving or riding along on a snowmobile is a huge favorite past time of almost everyone I know. Kids and adults alike! Just be sure to always wear a helmet!
Build A Snowman
While you need the right weather conditions to be able to make the best snowman, there is definitely no age limit to the fun. Head out with your spouse for a competition. Take the kids for a snowman family building activity where you make an entire snow family. Or even just go outside alone for some peace and quiet. My kids love when we drive around and see snowmen that people have built. So not only will you get to enjoy the process, others can enjoy the results too!
Another local favorite that I know people from everywhere can enjoy is ice fishing! Double check ice conditions before heading out on to the lake but ice fishing is a great winter activity for all ages.
Take A Winter Walk
As long as temperatures and conditions are safe, you can head on out to enjoy a leisurely walk during winter.
Bundle Up To Stay Safe While Enjoying Fun Winter Sports And Activities
No matter what the weather, it’s always important to dress according to the elements. But in the winter, it’s even more vital. You want to protect yourself by keeping warm, avoiding frostbite, and escaping hypothermia. So I have turned to Obermeyer to dress both my husband as well as myself.
We Choose Obermeyer
Obermeyer offers performance outerwear designed and tested in Aspen, Colorado. For over 75 years, Obermeyer has emphasized “fit” to ensure the ultimate performance between design and function. We incorporate weatherproof technology, lightweight insulation, specialty fabrics, innovative styling, and individualized features to enhance the active lifestyle. My husband got the Obermeyer Scout Jacket and Force Pant while I chose the Liberta Jacket and Tempest Stretch Pant. And let me tell you, this gear is amazing!
Keep an eye on the blog as my full Obermeyer Review will be coming soon!