Outdoor activities that will get your family off the couch and in the snow.
While the cold, winter weather has a tendency to drive many adults and children inside into warmer temperatures during the holiday season
, for those who enjoy the many activities that the outdoors have to offer, the winter is just another season full of fun, exciting adventures. Whether you are an experienced outdoorsman that is skilled in the art of snowboarding or skiing, or you're a kid strapping on ice skates for the very first time, there are plenty of different winter sports and activities for people of all ages.
One of the best things about winter sports is the fact that many of them you can participate in as a group, making them perfect for family outings over winter vacation. Kids enjoy many different winter activities that are easy to learn for them, such as skiing, tubing, sledding or ice skating. The winter weather is only a barrier if you do not have proper equipment or are unfamiliar with winter sport safety.
In order to help you get an idea of what kind of snow sports you and your family can enjoy
this holiday season, we have put together a few of our favorite winter activities for adults and children of any age:
This classic winter sport is one that can be enjoyed both indoors and outdoors, depending on the area in which you live. The wobbly skates and slippery ice can be a little bit tricky for children and newcomers to the activity, but once they get the hang of it, they will be gliding across the ice no problem. Once your family becomes more accustom to ice skating, you can begin to venture out into different types of skating, such as hockey, figure skating, ice dancing or even speed skating.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Some of the most popular winter sports for both kids and adults are the ones that take place on the mountain. Skiing and snowboarding offer a fun rush of excitement
and thrill for those who are more advanced, yet is an easy sport to learn for children who like a little adventure. Little ones can start this sport young, although children around the age of 5 or 6 may find it easiest to begin balancing and supporting themselves on a board or skis. Just make sure your family wears a helmet and proper gear no matter how advanced they may be on the slopes.
If you're the sort of family that loves getting out onto the lake during the summer months and casting a line, hoping to catch a fish, why not try out this same variation of sport during the winter months? Ice fishing is a nice, relaxing activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, as long as they have the patience and the interest to relax and wait for the fish to come to them. However, when ice fishing, always be sure that the ice is at least 4 inches thick and that the temperature outside is well below freezing.
The winter weather offers plenty of unique opportunities to get outside and soak up the smells and sights of the season
with your loved ones. Try one of these family-friendly winter activities this holiday season to get in a great workout, while becoming closer with your family at the same time.