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5 Activities To Get You Outside This Winter

For some people, like my husband, winter is their favorite time of year, for others, like myself, it’s not. If you live in an area with all four seasons you’re not alone. For some winter can be a time that they only think of indoor activities. Well, I’m here to give you some fun activities to get you outside. Before you know it, you’ll be thanking me for suggesting these family-friendly activities.

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Try your hand at skiing this winter

I had to start with my husband’s favorite sport. For him, it isn’t winter unless he’s on the slopes and enjoying his black diamond runs. My husband is super thrilled that our girls love to ski as well. He’s going to have them skiing the black diamonds before I know it. They’re already going into the woods as well as skiing through the terrain parks so it won’t be long now. I believe it’s all part of his plan to get them to like winter more than summer.

skiing is a great winter sport
Skiing is a great winter sport

Of course, if it has been a while since you’ve skied or it’s your first time, take a lesson. There’s nothing worse than getting hurt while skiing. I should know, I’ve done it several times.

A few tips if you are new to the sport:

  • Go to a local ‘smaller’ mountain. No need to go to a big mountain when you need the bunny hill to start.
  • Rent your equipment by the day. Even a helmet unless you have a hockey helmet and you can take the grill off.
  • Make sure you have plenty of layers on so you can stay warm and adjust as needed.
  • Don’t forget the hand warmers.
  • Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

There are some amazing ski resorts around the country. For help choosing a resort to visit, check out in my friend, Lisa’s post for the Top Ski Resorts in the USA.

We love to ice skate in winter

Even if you live in warmer climates you can now try your hand at ice skating. The new indoor ice rinks are catching on and becoming quite popular even here in New England. One of the great features of indoor ice rinks is that they aren’t cold. No need to bundle up and deal with layers while skating. This, of course, makes it easier for the little ones.

Skating in Bryant Park – Ainsley’s the one in the purple coat

However, if you are a purest and want that outdoor magical experience, we’ve found lots of cities that have them. But the traditional indoor ice rink isn’t going away, so not too worry. Our family really enjoys skating outside. In fact, we skated in Bryant Park on our last visit to New York City before Thanksgiving. What a fun time skating with the beautiful park around us. Read more about Bryant Park and all it has to offer in my Midtown Manhattan Post.

Mom Tip: Wear a helmet. In fact, when my kids were first learning they had hockey helmets that protect your face as well as your head.


We love to go sledding. We go any chance we can. Our sleds are at the ready for any new snow we get during the winter. In our old neighborhood, there was a super great street to sled on. Yes, urban living at it’s finest. Either my husband or I would stand on the main street to watch for any cars. Meanwhile, the other one would come flying down the hill with one of the girls. What a fabulous time we had on that hill. Of course, street sledding only happens right after it snows.

street sledding in winter
Street sledding in our old neighborhood

When we moved to the new house, it was the start of summer. However, we still drove around the town looking for the perfect hill for sledding. There are many hills in this town but most are streets. At last, we found a field with a big hill and have enjoyed sledding there ever since.

Sledding taking a lot of energy

If you are anything like me you make the sledding hill your own. You add bumps along the run for some high flying antics to see how high you can get. These are some of my favorite childhood memories, ones I’ll never forget. My dad would get us inner tubes from car tires or even truck tires from the local car shop to ride on. The tubes go super fast and can if you hold on and land on them, help to cushion your fall.


sledding in Killington
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If you are around a ski resort check out their website to see if they offer tubing. Tubing can be elaborate if a course is set up or it can simply be sledding on a tube. Even if it is just sledding down a hill on a tube, it’s super fun and the hills tend to be longer which just adds to the excitement.

Snowshoeing, aka hiking in winter

Snowshoeing is so much fun and doesn’t require any lessons. has rentals for both adults and kids so you try this winter sport out before buying any equipment. You can hike in your backyard or you can go out on any trail. Just remember to stick to the trails so you don’t damage any new forest growth.

My husband and I really enjoy snowshoeing. It gets you out into the woods where it’s quiet and you can just enjoy nature. We love looking for animal tracks to see whose been out and about since the last snow.

animal tracks
Animal tracks in the snow

This year we are giving our girls snowshoes for Christmas. I honestly, can’t wait to go out with them. I really think they are going to love it. Last year, I went snowshoeing with a friend up in Killington around Kent Pond which was spectacular. It wasn’t difficult but certainly gave us a workout.

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Of course, if you want more of a workout you can hike a mountain in snowshoes. The Appalachian Mountain Club is a great resource for outdoor activities and has a whole page dedicated to snowshoeing. They show trails to snowshoe, huts to stay in, and even host trips you can join.

Make a snowperson or just playing in the snow

Getting out and helping the girls make a snow person, haha, is so much fun. I love being told what to do. They always seem to have some very specific ideas for their snowperson. I got them liquid watercolors for a gift one year. They use it to ‘decorate’ the snowperson as well as the rest of the snow.

winter snowperson
Making a snowperson

Making snow angels has always been one of my favorite activities. There really is an art to getting it just right. Ainsley has been working on her technique and I’m impressed by her angels of late.

snow angel
coloring her snow angel with liquid watercolors

Don’t forget about the good ole fashion snowball fight either. I recently saw a commercial with a group of friends having an epic snowball fight. My suggestion is to have as many snowballs made before you start the fight as possible. This way you have them ready and can continue to attach your opponent. Good luck and leave a picture below if you have a snowball fight this winter.

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Final thoughts

I know winter can be cold and sometimes even dreary. However, I find if I can get outside for even just a short walk each day it keeps my spirits up. If you have kids it will help with their pent up energy plus fresh air is good for all of us. So get out into nature and enjoy this wonderful season we are in.

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  1. Shirley

    I love ALL of these activities!! I live 15 minutes from the local tube riding place and a ski resort! Get out there and enjoy all winter has to offer, no matter where you live.

    1. Leeanne

      Agreed Shirley. We have been enjoying the winter so far. We just want more snow on the mountains.

  2. Missy

    I had never thought to decorate a snowperson. This is a wonderful idea! Thanks.

    1. Leeanne

      They love their liquid watercolors. I like that it keeps the fun going and they stay outside longer.

  3. jen

    love all of these! I think we’ve mangled to sneak them all in this year! Yay!!

    1. Leeanne

      Good for you. We’re looking for more snow for snowshoeing.

  4. Brooklyn

    I love winter…which is odd since I am a summer baby! Although I love winter, and snow, I hate to be out in the cold for too long. I’ve always wanted to try skiing. There’s some skiing on manmade snow where I live. I’ll have to try it out!!

    1. Leeanne

      I’m sure you will enjoy skiing even on manmade snow.

  5. Taci- Life Beyond Zebra

    Being in so cal I don’t see snow much. I love when I get to see it! Ice skating is my favorite winter activity.

    1. Leeanne

      Skating is great. You could always take a trip to see snow. 🙂

  6. Lisa Manderino

    These are all awesome activities for winter!

  7. Stacey Billingsley

    What fun! We haven’t had a really great snow here in Southwest Missouri for a couple of years, so I enjoyed your pictures. And I’ve never been snow skiing, but I’d like to try sometime. Also, I’ve never ice-skated outdoors! Only in rinks inside. All these activities look fun!

    1. Leeanne

      ice-skating outside is a lot of fun. We have a few hotels that set up an ice skating rink outside the hotel during January and February. It’s a great time.

  8. alison netzer

    Sometimes it’s so hard to motivate in the winter months due to the cold. This is a great list and we have already done the snow tubing, on to skiing and ice skating. Waiting for the snow to hit our area for the ultimate sledding.

    1. Leeanne

      I’m with you on having to wait for snow. We had some nice snow in late November and early December but since then it has been warm. My kids are really wanting it to snow.

  9. Jordan

    I love this post. It’s always harder to get outside in winter, so these are helpful. And I don’t know why, but I never thought of snowshoeing as hiking in snow. I love hiking, so now I want to try snowshoeing too.

    1. Leeanne

      Definitely try snowshoeing. Rent them from REI before you buy that way you can see what it’s all about. Also, REI has some great snowshoeing hiking that they organize that you can join.

  10. Courtney

    I love ice skating and sledding!

    1. Leeanne

      I agree. Now we just need the snow.

  11. kmf

    Fun and easy ways to get outside this winter and embrace it! We went sledding on New Year’s Day, the first time of years…we had a blast!

    1. Leeanne

      We got to go sledding once so far this season which was a ton of fun. My kids absolutely love to go sledding.

  12. Heather

    I like winter until about February, then I want spring. LOL. I actually tried snowshoeing last year and loved it. I will have to make time to go again this year.

    1. Leeanne

      I love snowshoeing too. I find being in the woods in the snow to be so calming.

  13. Wendy Robinson

    I don’t like winter sports at all. I suck at Skiing and honestly, we are more into sledding and then eating food and watching it snow from a couch in front of a fire or sitting in a hot tub while it’s snowing…but, with a new kiddo in the house, we may get back into more snowy activities. Looks like you all had fun.

    1. Leeanne

      I like your winter activities too. However, my husband’s favorite sport being skiing, I have to hit the slopes or be left behind.

  14. Tracy

    I love all of these activities! We made several snow people last week when we finally got a few inches of snow and used a product called “snow markers” to color it. It was fun, but the dyes in it are definitely not washable… as my hands were green for days after!

    1. Leeanne

      lol, sorry but I’ve been there done that too. We have liquid watercolors and they aren’t too bad but you can certainly stain your hand for an hour or so.

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