Contributed by Jennifer Andrews, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
Although many people may dread the winter and inevitable snow and cold it brings, for others it is a welcoming pleasure.
Snow can be a fun adventure for young and old, and there are many opportunities to partake in winter activities that require snow. Try a few of these top ten what to do when it snow ideas to get your winter started on the right foot!
10. Downhill skiing
Skiing is one of the most popular winter past-times for young children, adolescents and adults. Pack up your ski equipment and try a day pass at a local ski resort to test your downhill skills. Then warm up in the chalet later for hot chocolate.
9. Cross-country skiing
Cross-country skiing is a great winter activity that can be fun but also help you burn calories to meet fitness or weight-loss goals. This exercise utilizes all the major muscle groups of the body including the arms, legs and abdominals for a full-body toning and cardiovascular workout.
Try snowboarding for a new twist on traditional skiing activities during the winter. Consider signing up for lessons first at a ski facility to hone your technique and increase safety measures. Arm yourself with cool snowboard gear and you’ll look like a pro even while you are honing your moves.
7. Build a snowman
Snow conjures up images of Frosty the Snowman, so it’s only natural that building snowmen be a part of your winter snow activities. Get the whole family together to replicate a snow-family that may involve a mom, dad, siblings, grandparents and/or friends.
Sledding is a long-standing traditional winter activity that requires a good snow-fall. Find a good hill and gather friends and family for an afternoon of tobogganing, sledding or snow-tubing followed by hot cocoa and sweet treats to warm you up.
5. Snow angels
Join your kids and become a kid again by making snow angels in the snow. Dress the young ones up in warm snowsuits, snow pants and parkas, lie down in the snow and wave your arms back and forth, up and down, to leave a snow imprint that looks like an angel.
Not all snow activities are meant to be fun, and unfortunately, with snow comes additional responsibilities such as shovelling. However, the bonus to getting out the snow shovels, and putting your energy into shoveling is that it can be a great calorie-burner and helps sculpt the arms!
Gather some friends together for a fun day of snowmobiling. Pull on the snowmobile apparel, make sure your snowmobiles are ready for arctic conditions and head out into the white. Kids will also love this fun past-time activity that can get you somewhere faster than trudging through heavy snow!
If you’ve always been afraid to try snowshoeing, make this the winter you let your fears fall away and give it a go! Snowshoeing is a great fitness booster and works the large muscles for sculpted legs. It can also be an easier way to get through snow than walking since the shoes are bigger and are a larger platform.
1. Build snow tunnels
Kids love snowfalls and days off school as this gives them the opportunity to play in the snow. In addition to building snow people, a fun winter activity is digging snow tunnels and even building snow houses and forts.