I have a love-and-hate relationship with winter. The bone-chilling cold, the snowstorms and post-snowstorm shoveling, the exhaustive clothes layering and so on, can make this beautiful season dreadful for so many people. But, of course, there are those who absolutely love it! They brave biting temperatures to partake in the many activities that one can only enjoy this time of year.
Bianca and I have gone and done some outdoor winter thrills, for sure. However, they were in our pre-Get There Get Lost years; and the only winter family activity I’ve shared in this blog so far was this super mellow ice sculpture show in Princeton, New Jersey last year. I’m determined to change that as I plan some winter family getaways for my crew, so stay tuned 😀
That said, we’re so thrilled to share this guest post on winter sports and activities by travel and sports writer, Katey.
Note: This piece is edited to meet the guidelines, tone and style of Get There Get Lost.
PS Who’s excited for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics? 🇺🇸🇵🇭
Active rest is one of the best ways for anyone to get away from everyday problems and school or work affairs. Thoughts about what to cook for dinner or how to answer a worksheet correctly will never come to mind when playing paintball with friends or during a speed ride on a quad bike with the whole family. Such activities not only keep the body moving, but also allow the brain to relax. Just a few hours of outdoor winter sports and activities already offers plenty of benefits physically, mentally and emotionally.
Health and wellness, physical fitness and athleisure trends continue to grow, which may have contributed to the increasing number of people who now engage in innovative and extreme sports. While outdoor winter sports have always been popular among individuals and families who live and breathe them, it cannot be denied that so many have been influenced by the these trends, as seen all over social media.
That said, I am proud to say that I have been keeping up with the times. 😀
From the newbie snow-frolicker to the you-should-be-in-the-pros athletes, there’s a huge variety of outdoor winter activities for everyone to choose from. Whether it’s as simple as a morning jog in the snow, a day trip for outdoor paintball or a weekend in the mountains for extreme motocross, ice swimming or winter zorbing, active rest provides the perfect distraction from everyday life and releases endorphins essential for rejuvenation.
Q: What Kind of Winter Sport or Activity Should I Choose?
A: Whatever floats your boat! Yes, you should try to step out of your comfort zone, but it’s always best to start with what you can handle. You can always progress and do something more challenging anyway. The idea is just to get out and move! Here are some of my top picks:
Skiing / Snowboarding
Skiing and snowboarding definitely top the list of most popular outdoor winter activities. People are always seeking out lodges or cabins that offer them. Skills are great, but not required. First timers and those who need refreshers are often offered a quick 4-1-1 at the foot of the snowy mountain before setting off to whichever level they wish to conquer.
Ice skating is an incredibly popular winter activity as it can be done both indoors and outdoors. Personally, my mood changes and I feel the surge of positive energy whenever I put my ice skates on and glide through the lake or even just in my city ice skating rink.
Those who can manage to balance on ice skates and clutch a hockey stick can get in on the action. Of course, a good ice hockey game requires well-organized teams who know the basics of the sport.
Despite it being a popular outdoor recreational activity, paintball is not often thought of as a winter to-do. In fact, many paintball facilities close shop during the season and wait until the warmer months to reopen for business. As for me, this is the best sports activity I’ve ever tried in any weather. I actually spent my bachelorette party playing paintball with my friends one frosty winter. It was snowy, but the weather was fine.
Quest is an interactive adventure game that can be played both indoors and outdoors. The idea is to have players solve a number of logical and intellectual tasks and puzzles. This type of activity is suitable for people of all ages, which definitely makes for a great bonding experience with family and/or friends.
It is known that physical activities help the body produce endorphins, which are called the ‘happy hormones.’ Hence, people who engage in active rest tend to look at the world more positively. Many people think of winter as a time to laze around because of the freezing temperatures, but that should not keep you from moving. There are so many winter sports and activities that can help you stay active and break a sweat!
Katey Carter is a passionate writer about traveling and sport. In her free time, she reads adventure novels and writes reviews about them.