Winter can be fun too!
Outdoor fun does not have to stop when the weather gets cold and the snows starts falling. On the contrary, Outdoor Winter Activities can be some of the best times spent outdoors..
Keep in mind, there really are no age limit restriction on who can enjoy the great snowy outdoors. But there are some precautions you will want to take no matter what activity you plan on participating in. And please remember if you have young children around, make sure they are warm and comfortable.
Outdoor Fun in the Winter
Let the playing begin!
There are many things you can do to enjoy outdoors in the winter. Activities that are for all ages. Do you remember when you was a kid and the how you couldn't wait for that first big snowstorm? Hoping that school would be canceled so you could play outside with your friends!
Just because you are now older, doesn't mean you can't still play in the snow. No, you can't skip work. But what about after hours and week-ends? Maybe even during the Holiday.
Below are a wide variety of Outdoor Winter Activities you can enjoy.
Snow Men, Snow Forts and Snow Sculptures
"Let's Build a Snow fort!! " Yells one child while another child hollers, "And have a snowball fight!"
These are sounds you often here and know instantly that winter is upon us. There is something about sticky snow that just brings forth the imagination of children. (and sometimes Adults. lol)
The ability to create something without having an adult tell them to stop is probably one of the driving forces.
The only real tools required are their hands and an imagination. (And sticky snow)
With that said, there are things that can make building a snow fort, snowmen and snow sculptures a lot easier.
One of the most popular winter time activities involve a hill, snow and something plastic to sit on. Yup, I'm talking about Sliding.
Sliding has been around for ages and the "sleds" kids and adults use have changed a lot over the years.
All you need to use to participate in sliding is something that will slid along the snow while you are sitting on it. A sheet of plastic under the right snow conditions will work as a slide. Some people have even used old inner tubes and used those. (inflated of course)
Stores have replicated and improved on both of those ideas, The plastic is now thicker and harder. The inflatable sled was inspired from the old vehicle inner tubes.
Two feet, Two long thin boards and a snowy hill!
A favorite past time during the winter months is Down hill skiing.
There are many ski resorts located within driving distance where ever the winters bring snow.
They have lifts that will carry you to the top of the mountain, where you then proceed to basically, "slide" down the mountain while STANDING up!
Two long pieces of slippery boards are attached to you feet. (One board per foot)
Does it sound like fun to you?
If so, may I suggest you practice on the "bunny" slope first until you you can do the bunny slope without falling down.
Cross country Skiing
Cross country skiing is a lot like down hill skiing, minus the down hill. LOL Actually, the equipment might look the same at a glance, but cross country skis are different then down hill skis.
Cross country skiing is a great way to work both your upper body and your lower body at the same time. The scissor like movement that cross country skiing requires is a great way to keep the weight off while you are waiting for warmer weather.
You think down hill skiing is bad? Try strapping both feet to one wide board and throwing yourself down a mountain. Sounds crazy don't it?
Would you believe that not only are there people that have done it, but they do it again and again.
I guess you can say it has become an official sport, considering it is now part of the Winter Olympics. To think what probably started out as a dare, is now a reason to find someone on the front of the Wheaties Box. lol
Intimating a snowshoe rabbit
Have you ever wanted to walk that summer hiking path in the winter, but the snow was waist deep? Well, with a proper pair of Snow shoes you can.
The sport of snow shoeing didn't start out as a hobby or way of getting exercise. It was actually a necessary means of transportation across deep amounts of snow.
Standing on 2 blades cutting into the ice
Another great out door winter activity is Ice skating. When done right, ice skating gives out the ability to move across iced over bodies of water without slipping and falling down. It is also the basic function required in sports like Ice Hockey, and Speed skating.
From the small frozen over fishing hole to the ice rink down the street, Ice skating is enjoyed by all ages.
Cutting holes in a perfectly good frozen lake or pond
Another fun winter activity is Ice Fishing, fishing isn't just for summer ya know. Actually, some of the fish are best caught and eaten during the winter when the water is cold. The trick is, fish sometimes don't bite as aggressively in cold water.
Now, since the water is frozen over, you can not fish the same way you do when there is no ice. Luckily, there are specially designed fishing equipment just for ice fishing.
Ice fishing does take more energy then summer time fishing, since you can not just bait your hook and cast away. Nope, you first have to cut a hole in the ice. (how else did you think you was going to get your hook in the water?)
Gas powered winter transportation
Now let us not forget one of the most popular outdoor winter sports of all time, Snowmobiling! Snowmobiles have been around for along time. They help use accomplish many things quicker and easier then without them. Here are just a few examples of what I mean:
Ice fishing, the activity mentioned a little earlier. What if where you wanted to fish was on the other side of the lake from the parking area? How long do you think it would take walking across the lake? Do you think it would be quicker jumping on a snow mobile and going across? Of course it would.
Snowmobiling also allows you to get out into areas of woods where you normally wouldn't have access or time to. Plus don't forget about all the fun they are!
Anyone can camp in the summer
Outdoor camping is not just for warm weather anymore. With the era of Extreme sports and activities where people try to see how far they can push their bodies, come Winter Camping.
It would be understandable to learn how to "camp" over night in sub zero weather in snowy terrain in case you were in a survival situation. But there are people that actually set out into the harsh snowy weather with camping as the main target.
So remember if you do want to try Winter Camping, make sure you go prepared. A good quality tent and equipment, but most importantly warm clothing that is made for the cold environment.
No, Winter clothing is not a winter sport or activity. But it is a necessity, unless you want to be terribly uncomfortable or possibly freeze to death.
You want to make sure you do more then just grab a coat,some gloves and a pair of boots. You want to make sure you get clothing that is made with the sole purpose of protecting you from cold weather.
Did you enjoy reading my posy about Outdoor Winter Activities?
Let me know what your favorite out door winter time fun is.
Remember, it doesn't matter how old you are, making a snowman can is FUN Period!