Winter Activities to Do While on Vacation (or Close to Home)
Winter only comes but once a year, and snow comes even less often if your home is in the heart of the sunbelt. So, around the white stuff, be sure to make time for these cold-weather snow activities that will serve up warm memories for years to come. Add them to any winter vacation you’re planning, or make it a day trip if you live in the snowbelt.
Spend the Weekend Ice Fishing
When the earth heads into her winter deep freeze, those hardy souls from up north head back out on the lakes to extend the fishing season. From a simple hole in the ice and a bucket to sit on, to a fully heated icehouse, the hunt is on for the big catch. For visitors, there are local ice fishing outfitters who can get you set up. For locals, consider an ATV or SxS to get you and your portable ice shelter on top of the fish—but only when ice conditions permit.
Take the Whole Family Ice Skating Outdoors
Looking for kids’ winter activities? There’s nothing quite like lacing up a pair of ice skates and hitting the ice for an afternoon or evening of skating (with or without a puck). Outdoor rinks are your safest bet, but just like ice fishing, a well-frozen lake or pond that’s been groomed for skating can create a great opportunity to breathe in the great outdoors. Always consult with locals if you’re not familiar with the ice.
Snowshoeing Trails or a Cross-Country Trek Through Nature
If you want to add a bit of exercise to your outdoor adventures, plan a trek through the snow on a pair of snowshoes or cross-country skis. If you can, pick a day when the snow has just fallen and is clinging to the trees. There’s a peaceful, quiet solitude that surrounds you, with just the crunch of the snow under foot to keep you company. If you don’t own your own pair, a quick internet search can help you find rentals in your area.
Hit the Local Trails on Your ATV, Side-by-Side or Snowmobile
As mentioned before, winter off-roading or snowmobiling can make a great vacation in itself—or it can simply be an activity for the day. If you own your own off-road vehicle, have a trailer to tow it, and you want to experience some thrilling snow riding, there are trails open year-round. Of course, if you own a snowmobile, you’re already well aware of the adventure that surrounds you as soon as the snow flies. And remember, there’s always the rental route.