Alexa Wang words
Winter can be incredibly polarizing – some people love it and others hate it. If you hide indoors for the winter, waiting for warmer days, you are doing yourself a disservice.
Learning to love winter is an acquired skill that relies on finding the right winter activities to fuel your passion. Here are six outdoor activities to try and beat the winter blues this season.
Ski or snowboard
Skiing and snowboarding are two classic winter activities that combine adrenaline and time in the great outdoors. If you fall in love with these sports, you will start to look forward to winter every year. Remember, you don’t have to be in extreme activities to enjoy these sports: cross-country skiing is calmer and more relaxing than downhill skiing.
Being prepared and comfortable is the key to falling in love with these activities. Start by stocking up on thermal clothing that wicks away moisture and these hydration packs to keep you comfortable and hydrated on the hills or trails. It’s also worth investing in lessons to help ease the learning curve when you’re starting out.
Hiking and waterfall hunting
If you are looking for a more relaxing and accessible activity, winter hiking and waterfall hunting are free and flexible according to your preferred level of activity. You can plan a tough hike that takes you deep into the forest or an easy trail where you can take a break and enjoy a refreshment coffee in the woods.
If you live in an area with any elevation, you should be able to find some winter waterfalls. The cooler months are the best time to enjoy the waterfalls as the ice is beautiful and the warmer weather causes evaporation. Pick a few waterfalls to visit at the start of the season, then revisit them during the spring thaw.
Ice climbing is a physically demanding, yet rewarding, winter activity. This exercise is not for the faint of heart and requires a lot of practice and training to become proficient. If you enjoy rock climbing and hiking in the warmer months, this could be the winter alternative for you.
Inasmuch as new to ice climbing, you should contact your local community to see if more experienced vets are ready to take you under their wing. Alternatively, you can contact a local outdoor supply store and see if they have any classes. While it is difficult to get started in this sport, it can quickly become a lifelong passion.
Fat Tire Bike
Many cyclists put their bikes away for the winter and count the days until the weather warms up. If you like cycling, consider investing in a fat tire bike for the winter months. These tires allow you to hit the trails in complete safety, combining the joys of winter hiking with biking.
Biking on fat tires is a fun family activity and helps you make the most of the snowy months until you can get back on the road.
People who enjoy fishing in the spring and summer would do well to try ice fishing. This winter activity is limited to places that reach durably cold temperatures to ensure a safe thickness of ice, which should be at least four inches thick to support an adult human and six inches thick to support any heavy equipment. .
Preparation is also an integral part of ice fishing, as it requires staying outside in cold weather. Invest in warm thermal clothing and a thick, insulated coat. You can also get a lightweight thermal tent to block out the wind and keep you warm while you wait for your catch.
Another easy and free activity for those who prefer creativity to adventure is snow (or ice) sculpture. Think beyond the basic snowman and practice creating spectacular winter sculptures. It’s a great way to spend hours without leaving the house, so you can go inside to warm up anytime. There are many tutorials and lessons available online to help you get started.
Choosing the right activity can help you learn to love winter and look forward to its return each year.