Finding things to do during the long winter months can be extremely difficult. Sometimes, we feel that our only option is to sit on the couch and watch TV. Really our options for outdoor hobbies and activities are endless (even during the winter). So, rather than scroll through your phone or play video games, become a more intelligent and well-rounded man.
Below is a list of manly winter hobbies that will get you off your butt and out in the wilderness. Now you have no excuse for being lazy!
Favorite Winter Hobbies
1. Ice and Snow Sculpture
It’s time to break out the shovel, chisels, and even the chainsaw. Ice and snow sculpting not only requires craftsmanship skills (similar to those required when doing wood carving) but it also engages the artistry and imagination part of the brain.
Ice and snow sculpting has been around for many decades and has become a wintertime favorite for many men. The sculptor uses his tools to create a sculpture that bears the shape of whatever he desires.
If you want to take it up a notch, join the ice and snow sculpting community and enter into competitions.
2. Dog Sledding
If you’ve seen the movie Balto or heard of the Iditarod, you probably know exactly what dog sledding is. Like many of the other activities on this list, dog sledding has been around for a long time.
It is mostly done in Canada and Alaska, but there are also many places in the lower fifty states that can teach you how to be a musher (the person who rides on the back of the sled and controls the dogs).
If dog sledding is something that interests you, then be sure to dress appropraitely! Click here to learn how.
Skijoring means “ski driving” in Norwegian and that is exactly what it is. This winter sport is one in which a skier gets pulled by horses, dogs, or even a motor vehicle. This sport may sound a little dangerous, ultimately because it is. The speeds that you can get up to while skijoring are pretty high and you are relying on whatever is pulling you.
I personally have never been skijoring, but it sounds like a blast! There are even competitions that you can participate in, that is, if you become good enough. Being a spectator would be just as fun.
4. Fat-tire Biking
Fat tire biking, also known as snow biking, has grown in popularity as a winter hobby over the past couple of years. If you are unfamiliar with this activity, it is quite easy to explain Fat tire biking is exactly what the name implies. It is a bike with extra large tires that allows you to bike on terrain that you normally wouldn’t be able to.
Fat tire biking has allowed many to enjoy biking in the winter because of its 4 to 5-inch tires that allow you to glide over the snow. For a highly rated fat tire bike for men click here, and if you want to bring the kids along, check out this fat tire bike for kids!
If you are tired of looking at your bike hanging in the garage during the winter, know that your biking days are not over! Snow biking is a hobby that you can start as soon as you get your hands on one. So get peddling and enjoy winter rather than wait until it’s over.
5. Cross Country Skiing
Cross country skiing is very similar to regular skiing. The main difference is that cross country skiing requires skiers to use there own “locomotion” to move across the snow rather than using gravity.
Cross country skiers employ a gliding motion to travel distances on various trails and course. This hobby provides great exercise and can be done anywhere there is snow.
Getting involved in cross country skiing is rather easy and much of the equipment can be rented for a cheap price. The hardest part is choosing which trail you want to ski on.
If you want to pick a hobby that is a step up from regular sledding, airboarding is the thing for you.
Airboarding is a more extreme version of sledding that involves a kevlar-coated air cushion instead of a sled. Airboarding provides a faster and more vigorous ride and you can even control which direction you are going by utilizing edges that are built into the airboard.
This east coast-invention can be done on steeper than normal hills and helmets are usually required. Airboards aren’t too expensive either and can be purchased online or rented from various resorts.
7. Snow Snake
Snow snake is a native American winter game played using various sizes of sticks. The main goal of snow snake is to slide or throw you stick further than your opponents.
Snow snake is such a unique game that has a rich history. If snow snake sounds like something that you would like to get into, I would suggest reading up on how to play it on the Oneida Indian Nation’s website.
8. Start a Snowball Fight
Snowball fighting is like winter dodgeball. You have to be crazy to not enjoy a good snowball fight! You may be wondering though, how can snowball fighting be a winter hobby. Surprisingly you can actually join a snowball fight team or a league where you go up against each other. To read more on snowball fights, check out our article How to Have a Snowball Fight – Are There Rules?
Over the years there have been many huge snowball fights that have been organized. In fact, in 2010 a world record was set in South Korea when 5,387 people participated in an all-out snowball fight. I don’t know about you, but this is something I would want to be a part of.
9. Tour Ice Wineries
Visiting a winery during the winter may sound like an odd idea, but there is a lot to see and a lot of wine to try out.
One of the main reasons that you should visit a winery in the winter is to try out various types of ice wines. Ice wine is a dessert wine that is produced using grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine. These dessert wines are said to be very sweet and delicious.
In addition to that, visiting a winery in the winter allows you to beat the crowds that would normally be there in the warmer months. There are multiple vineyards and wineries that offer ice wine tours. One of the most famous ice wineries is one called The Ice House Winery and is located in Niagara Canada.
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If you are already into dirt biking or four-wheeling, snowmobiling is right up your alley. Snowmobiling provides extreme winter fun as you blast through the snow at incredible speeds. It is by far the best winter motorsport hobby to get into.
Snowmobiling can be done almost anywhere there is snow and passable terrain. You also have the opportunity to take this hobby even further by participating in competitive snowmobiling events or by getting air off of jumps. You can also participate in races either on a preset track or trail.
If you are new to snowmobiling, it can be a little expensive, as you will have to buy or rent a snowmobile and have a truck to transport it. It is well worth the investment if you can make it. To read further on snowmobiles, check out our article, Arctic Cat vs. Ski-Doo: 11 Things You Need to Know Before You Buy a Snowmobile.
11. Snow Kneeboarding
Snow kneeboarding is as the name implies. You use a special kneeboard that you kneel on and you are pulled behind a motor vehicle or you can even use a wind kite to propel you through the snow.
Many dudes enjoy this hobby and the good news is that it kneeboarding isn’t very expensive. All you need is a tow rope and a kneeboard.
12. Build a Snow Fort or Igloo
Rather than cursing the snow when it falls, you should get excited. Lots of snow means that you can build a snow fort or an igloo. Surprisingly, there is a pretty complex set of methods and styles of snow fort building that you can try out.
Before you mark building snow forts and igloos off your list as a child’s play activity, give it a try and learn how to make the best structure. For more details on how to build a snow igloo, click here!
13. Ice Fishing
Ice fishing is another wonderful winter hobby that men everywhere can enjoy. If you don’t know, ice fishing is similar to regular fishing, aside from the fact that you are on a sheet of ice in the middle of the lake rather than on the shore or on a boat.
This style of fishing presents new challenges and requires different methods than regular fishing that is done in the warmer months. Ice fishing is a great hobby to get involved in because it is fun and is a great group-oriented activity.
It is a great opportunity to crack open a cold one and enjoy the winter with your buddies. To learn more about this great sport, read our articles on, Ice Fishing.
14. Winter Photography
Cold weather should not stop you from getting out and taking pictures. In fact, winter can offer some of the best opportunities for lighting and can provide striking snow-covered landscape scenes to photograph.
If you are already an avid photographer, practicing this hobby in the winter can be just the right challenge and can help you hone in your skills. You will have to learn how to employ the right techniques to capture the perfect winter shot.
Winter photography can also help us enjoy and appreciate the beauty that winter offers. So grab your camera and get out there!
15. Ice Climbing
Ice climbing is exactly what the name implies. You are literally climbing up a frozen waterfall, glacier, or cliff-side that has frozen over using crampons and ice axes/picks.
This is a very extreme hobby that not only involves a great deal of upper body strength and endurance, but it also requires a mental capacity to evaluate the best routes to climb up.
Much like rock climbing, ice climbing often employs the use of ropes for safety. It is a pretty intense hobby that is sure to keep you in shape and can be extremely rewarding.
16. Ice Yachting
Speed is the name of the game when it comes to ice yachting. An ice yacht can reach speeds up to 100 kilometers per hour.
Ice Yachting is done by sliding across the ice in a boat or yacht with metal blades on the bottom. It is much like ice skating on lake while being propelled by the wind through the use of a sail.
This extreme sport may be the hobby for you. There are races held every winter. You can even stop by one of the races if you want to sample what it would be like to be on a snow yacht.
17. Make a Wintertime Bonfire
If you are itching to get outside but the cold is not your friend, a warm winter bonfire is just thing for you. There is nothing better than feeling the heat of a fire and hearing the soothing cracks and pops of the wood. Just imagining the glow of the embers on a cold winter night is enough to relax and warm anybody.
Instead of starting a small fire in your fireplace (if you even have one), why not get outside and have a more intimate experience. It may be a good idea to even bring so hot dogs to cook or s’mores to roast.
Broomball is essentially hockey’s cousin. The two are very similar and only differ slightly. Broomball can be played on ice and uses a ball instead of a puck and a specialized stick (called a broom).
Surprisingly, broomball gleans a lot of strategy and gameplay techniques from soccer. It could be said that it is a mix of both hockey and soccer.
If you want to develop a new hobby, broomball is the thing to try. It is unique and there are teams all of the worlds you can join. In fact, it is rumored that the IFBA is considering adding this sport to the Winter Olympics. Why not start? You may even be able to win a gold medal someday.
Snowboarding is quite the newcomer in snowsports. It has only been around since the 1960s and has caught on like wildfire.
Snowboarding has become one of the primary winter activities for a good reason; it is so much fun! Not only can you fly down a hill at considerable speeds, but you can also go to the terrain park and try out jumps, rails, halfpipes, and boxes.
If you like surfing, skateboarding, or wakeboarding, snowboarding is right up your alley. It may even be significantly easier for you to learn if you have had experience with any of the activities mentioned above.
In addition to snowboarding being an absolute blast, it is also an excuse to get up into the mountains and experience some picturesque scenery. Snowboarding is sure to become one of your favorite winter hobbies. So get out there and shred the slopes!
20. Polar Bear Plunge
The polar bear plunge is where a group of people jump into and swim in a body of cold (usually frozen) water. You may be wondering: why would someone want to even do that? My answer to that is: Why not!?
Thousands of people from all around the world participate in polar bear plunges year after and in many countries winter swimming is a long practiced tradition. These brisk swims are often done in large groups as a charity benefit. There are places that you can go to have a more quiet and solitary polar bear plunge.
As crazy as this hobby sounds, it may actually be somewhat healthy. Studies have shown that regular cold plunges can boost your immune system, release endorphins, enhance your circulation, increase your libido, burn calories, and even reduce stress.
21. Sledding and Tubing
Nothing is more fun than finding a great hill to slide down. If you live somewhere where it snows, it is guaranteed that there will be areas that you can try sledding or tubing.
Tubing and sledding may sound like a little-kids activity, but this is not true. There are many sledding spots that offer a more extreme ride with larger and steeper hills.
If you choose sledding and tubing as your hobby of choice, you don’t have to worry about forking out a lot of money. Tubes and sleds are pretty cheap and easy to use. The most enjoyable part of sledding is finding the best hill to go down. Nothing beats a good adrenaline-filled ride down a seriously steep hill.
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22. Winter Hunting
Winter can provide some of the best hunting experiences. If you can brave the cold, the payoff is great! It is a common misconception that hunting comes to a halt in the winter months, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Depending on which state you are in, there is a wide variety of game that is in season during the winter months.
For example, in Montana, you can legally hunt mountain lions during the winter season. Most states allow you to hunt game like rabbit, coyotes, wild hog, squirrel, raccoons, beaver, and crows.
Winter hunting is a hobby that will get you out of the house and in nature. It can even provide you with some tasty winter meat to barbecue. Just remember to practice safe/legal hunting and be sure to buy a winter hunting permit.
23. Ice Hockey
Hockey is a winter sport that is a favorite among men everywhere. Although it may seem like a purely Canadian sport, there are tons of places you can go to play, no matter where you live.
In fact, if you want to enjoy the great outdoors you can even join a pond hockey team. In Minnesota, they hold pond hockey games on Lake Calhoun and Lake Nokomis. Other states like New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, Montana, New Jersey, Wisconsin, and many others also have teams to join and lakes or ponds to play on.
If playing hockey isn’t your hobby of choice, there are plenty of opportunities to watch hockey. Just watching the game is an enjoyable way to keep you occupied this winter.
24. Winter Camping
If you already enjoy camping in the summer, why not try it in the winter? Camping in the snow can be a great experience if you are dressed warm and have properly prepared.
One of the best parts about camping in the winter is that you get to intimately experience and enjoy a whole different side of nature. In addition to that, you don’t have to worry about insects and you can beat the crowds of people that normally go camping during the summer.
Winter camping is a whole different ball game. You must be smart about the equipment you use and the location at which you choose to set up camp. For more information and tips on winter camping, I would visit REI’s page on winter camping.
25. Winter Snow Skiing
Skiing is a must try winter activity. It is a favorite hobby for many men. This winter sport gives you a feeling of freedom unlike anything else. My personal favorite is downhill skiing. This type of skiing is an adrenaline rush and involves a lot of speed.
Apart from being absolutely enjoyable, skiing is also a great workout. It is not uncommon to feel sore after a good day on the slopes. Learning to ski can be pretty difficult, but once you get the hang of it, you won’t want to stop.
There are various resorts around the world that offer runs, lifts, and facilities for skiing. One of the best things about skiing is the opportunity to get out and enjoy nature. Skiing helps you appreciate winter and the beauty that it brings. In addition to that, skiing is also a great hobby to enjoy with friends. There is a special comradery that you gain when you go skiing in a group.
26. Shovel Racing
Believe it or not, shovel racing was once an official event in the winter X games. It is quite simple too. A shovel racer sits on the shovel and rides it down a hill as fast as he or she can. The greatest part of shovel racing is the fact that it is super inexpensive and anyone who owns a shovel can give it a try.
Word to the wise, shovel racing may sound ridiculously fun (which it is) but it is also potentially dangerous. Always wear a helmet and be safe.
27. Winter Astronomy
Wintertime is a great time to break out the telescope or to go stargazing with the naked eye. The sun sets a lot earlier in the winter providing you with a good amount of “nighttime” to search out stars, constellations, and even comets.
Plus, the visible part of the sky during this time of the year provides some out of this world views.
During a clear winter night, you may be able to spot various targets such as the Great Orion Nebula, Horse Head and Flame Nebulae, Pleiades Star Cluster, comets, and many other dazzling things. Dress warm and don’t forget your thermos of hot chocolate too.
28. Help Out Your Neighbors by Shoveling Their Driveway/Walkway
If you want to get ripped and be the neighborhood hero this winter, this hobby might be the perfect one for you! All joking aside, shoveling is not only necessary but it also provides a fairly decent workout.
When shoveling you can burn as much as 10 calories a minute and you work out your quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves.
So, when you are done shoveling your driveway, why not move on and shovel your neighbor’s as well. Not only will you get more of a workout, but you will also feel good about helping others. A little bit of service can go a long way!
29. Ice Sailing
Just like windsurfing and kite surfing allow you to harness the energy of the wind to glide over the water, ice sailing does the same. The biggest difference is that ice sailing is done on frozen water.
There are three disciplines or varieties of ice sailing. The first one employs the use of a wing-shaped sail that you hold perpendicular to your body. The second discipline is the kite. This method is comparable to kite surfing. The third variety of ice sailing uses a sail attached to a sled looking base. This type of ice sailing is most similar to windsurfing.
You can ice sail with ice skates, skis, snowboards, and sleds. This is a perfect winter hobby for those that are seeking an invigorating experience. You can actually pick up a lot of speed, depending on the wind speeds.
30. Bird Watching
You may want to fly south for the winter, but here you are stuck in the cold weather. Just like you, there are birds that stick around for the winter. As you may already know, not all birds fly south once the cold hits. Bird watching in the winter is a spectacular hobby that can keep you entertained.
There are a number of birds species that you can look out for in the wintertime. Finches, Sparrows, Woodpeckers, Cardinals, Robins, and many other species all stick around during the winter months.
Winter bird watching can be a solo activity or you can join groups and share in the comradery of birding.
31. Pond Skimming
This wintertime favorite give you a chance to both snow ski and water in the same ride. Pond skimming involves skiing down a hill really fast towards a small pond of water. The goal is to glide through the water on your skis until you make it to the other side.
Pond skimming is a ski resort tradition that often draws a large crowd of cheering people. Many pond skimmers will wear funny costumes as they try to cross the pond.
Ever wanted to walk on water? Snowshoeing does exactly that! A snowshoe is a piece of footwear that goes over your snow boots that allows you to walk on the snow without sinking in. It is a fairly affordable hobby that will help you get outside and stay in shape.
Depending on where you live, there are tons of trails to choose from. Snowshoeing provides is the best way to enjoy walking in very deep snow and can allow you to get out and see a different side of nature.
It is also cool to know that snowshoeing has a long history. Snowshoes are thought to be developed over 4,000 years ago! It’s pretty cool to know that you could be part of a hobby that has such a long history.
33. Wok Racing
Yes, you read that correctly. Wok racing was developed by a German TV host and actually uses woks (large Chinese cooking pans) to go around a regulation-sized bobsled track. There can be as many as four riders in one wok race.
This winter instead of cooking up fried rice you may want to use the wok for racing instead. It may be a little more difficult to try this winter activity out, but it looks like it would be worth it.
Curling has kind of been the underdog or the underrated sport in the Winter Olympics. Recently, however, there has been a spike in interest. The last Winter Olympics drew larger than normal crowds to curling events. The idea of curling is that you land a heavy granite stone in a target by smoothing the ice out just enough.
You can be part of the curling movement by making it one of your winter hobbies. Once you start curling, you won’t be alone. There are an estimated 1.5 million registered players.
Not only would you be joining a large group of player but you would also be carrying on a Scottish tradition that has been going strong since the medieval times.
35. Snow Diving
This particular hobby requires a lot of snow in order for it to be fun. Snow diving basically entails finding a large snowdrift and jumping or diving into it.
It sounds stupid, which is probably true…but let’s be honest though, how many stupid things have you done that turn out to be fun. Snow diving is a simple and fun way to pass the time during the winter.
36. Ice Skating
Ice skating has been an enjoyable winter hobby for hundreds of years. In fact, the modern steel blades seen on typical ice skates were invented by the Dutch in the 13th century! So before you mark ice skating off your list as not manly enough, remember that men have been enjoying ice skating for hundreds of years.
Learning how to ice skate is pretty easy. There are plenty of ice rinks and lakes to practice your skating skills on during the winter. Ice skating is good for your health, too, because it allows us to be physically active.
There are many types and styles of ice skating to choose from. You have figure skating, speed skating, hockey skating, and curling skating. Ice skating is a great hobby to choose because there is always something new you can learn or improve on.
37. Winter Wildlife Watching
Winter provides some great opportunities to watch wildlife. There are many animals out and about during the cold months. Depending on where you live, you will be able to see animals like rabbits, elk, bighorn sheep, buffalo, foxes, and many more.
This is a great opportunity for you to combine multiple winter hobbies together as well. I’d suggest bringing a camera with you as you head out to find some wildlife.
38. Outdoor Hot Tubing
If you have ever had the privilege to experience a snowstorm from the comfort of a hot tub, count yourself lucky.
Hot tubing in the winter allows you to relax and unwind while looking at the beautiful winter scenery. It is an absolute must-have experience even if it is just once in your life.
Snowkiting is very similar to ice sailing. The main difference is that you snowkite on snow rather than ice. Many snowkiters use snowboards and skis. You can even go down mountainsides or jumps.
Many describe the feeling of snowkiting as flying. This is because you can be lifted in the air for a good amount of time when snowkiting.
40. Ice Blocking
If you are waiting for the snow because you want to go sledding, you don’t have to wait anymore. Ice blocking is like sledding but without the snow. To enjoy this weird hobby all you need to do is buy a block of ice and find a good grassy hill.
Next, you sit on the block of ice and enjoy the exhilarating ride down the hill. This is a cheap hobby and you don’t even have to find a place to store your sled all you do is leave the block of ice when you are done.
41. Snow Hiking
You may love hiking in the summertime because of the exercise and the majestic views that you get to see. Snow hiking is just the same! Hiking in the off-season is amazing because you get to experience trails and mountain views in a new way.
Nature transforms in the winter and becomes something very different, but is just as beautiful (especially when there is fresh snowfall.
Snow hiking allows you to enjoy the solitude of nature without the bugs and crowds that would normally be there in the summertime. If you desire to make this your hobby, be smart about when and where you go and be sure to dress warmly.
42. Winter Paragliding
More and more resort and mountain towns are offering winter paragliding as a recreational activity. Many people are strapping to soar high above the snow-covered ground.
The benefit of winter paragliding is the view. Many who have gone rave about the peacefulness of soaring through the air and the impressive winter wonderland views.
43. Winter Surfing
You may have heard of surfing in the great lakes but have you heard of surfing the great lakes in the winter? There is a niche group of local great lake surfers who take advantage of the wave-building winter conditions on the lake.
They wear full body wet suits and can catch some really good waves. You may call them crazy…which honestly if probably true but many who try it fall in love with it.
44. Run the Antarctica Marathon
You may have run a marathon before, but I guarantee that it wasn’t in Antarctica. Every year since 1995 a 42-kilometer race is held on the King George Island.
This island is right by the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula and features a run through icy mountains and views of penguins and arctic wildlife. If running is a hobby of yours, this race might be just the motivation for you to train harder during the winter.
You may have heard of hot yoga, dog yoga, paddleboard yoga, or even goat yoga, but have you snowga? Snowga is wintertime yoga in the snow. You may scoff at snowga and call it absurd, but don’t be too quick to judge! Snowga might be just what you need to help you de-stress and relax during the winter months.
After all, yoga is a form of meditation and is supposed to be done in various settings to train the mind to be calm. Buddhist monks have been known to meditate underneath cold waterfalls and on cold mountain peaks, so why not do yoga in the snow?
46. Snow Golfing
This next winter hobby may surprise you. Like many fellow men, golfing may be an already favorite hobby of yours. Just because winter is here doesn’t mean you have to stop golfing. Instead of hitting the “green” try playing on the “white”.
Snow golf can be played in many states and on many courses. So, pack up your clubs and skis and enjoy the game of golf.
47. Skibobbing/Ski Biking
Skibobbing involves gliding down a snow-covered hill on a bike-shaped frame attached to skis. Skibobs are widely available to rent at ski-resorts and work best when ridden on groomed hills and trails.
48. Winter Ziplining
One of my favorite winter hobbies is zip-lining. Many people zipline in order to enjoy beautiful views at fast speeds. Winter ziplining is just the same. You can soar through forested areas and gain a birds-eye view of nature during the winter. You will be able to experience what it’s like to glide through the canopy of snow-covered pines while feeling the rush of adrenaline as you fly at great heights and high speeds.
There are many areas that offer winter zipline tours. Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah just started offering winter ziplining. There are also various spots in the mountains of Colorado, New Hampshire, and BC Canada as well.
Further Reading: Read and learn all things Ziplining
49. Find a Hot Spring
Hot springs are geothermally heated pools of water. There are hot springs scattered throughout the whole world so finding one near you shouldn’t be too difficult.
Swimming and relaxing in a hot spring is a great winter activity. It is basically the same thing as hot tubing but you are sitting in naturally heated water.
Some claim that hot springs can be used as a therapeutic source. Normally hot springs are rich in minerals and many people claim that a dip in their natural waters can be rejuvenating and even healing.
Nonetheless, a dip in a hot spring during the winter can be a very neat and unique experience that you won’t soon forget.
This wacky winter hobby involves climbing a snow-covered pine tree as high as you can until the top breaks off. Once the top of the tree breaks you grab onto the broken limb and fall with it into deep snow.
Some people have actually Colorado-ed at heights of 60 feet. Obviously, Colorado-ing is dangerous and is not a hobby for those who don’t have insurance.
51. Make Snow Ice/Slushies
The snow is not only pretty to look at, but it can also be used to make some pretty interesting drinks or desserts. There are multiple recopies that instruct you on how to snow slushies, snow cones, and even alcoholic drinks such as frozen daiquiris.
So next time that snowstorm blows in, plan on making drinks.
If you have watched the Winter Olympics or the movie Cool Runnings, you probably know what bobsledding is. For those that haven’t, Bobsledding is a winter sport in which a team of sledders flies around an iced track in a long sled attached to metal blades.
Bobsledding is an intense sport that offers an extremely fast ride. Some bobsleds have been clocked going speeds as high as 93 miles per hour! If you are wanting to make bobsledding a hobby, you must first find a bobsled course and then be trained with a team of riders.
53. Build a Greenhouse and Become a Winter Gardener
Who says gardening can’t be a year-round hobby? A greenhouse can allow you to grow whatever you desire, even in the dead of winter. A building a greenhouse isn’t too difficult either and can be done as a DIY project. If this sounds like something you would like to do, I would suggest checking out this website for more information.
“Get to the choppa!”
Heliskiing involves the use of a helicopter to drop you off in a remote/hard-to-get-to place so that you can ski or snowboard down. This is an expensive hobby that is only for those that are really experienced, skiers and snowboarders.
Heliskiing allows you to ride in places that you normally wouldn’t be able to. If you feel you are experienced enough, I highly recommend heliskiing.
55. Participate in Yukigassen
Yukigassen is a huge snowball fight competition that is held every year in Japan, Finland, Russia, Australia, Alaska, Armenia, and Canada. The word itself is of Japanese origin and literally means snow battle.
It is a more organized and rule-based version of a snowball fight which involves two teams with seven players on each team. Each team is given a chance to make 90 snowballs in advance and players are considered “out when hit with a snowball.
You may not live in an area where Yukigassen is available, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start your own Yukigassen league. This would be a great way to pass the winter months and make new friends.
56. Winter Geocaching
Our last winter hobby is geocaching. If you aren’t familiar with this, geocaching is when players use GPS to find hidden containers/items. In the winter, geocaching will take players on fun, snowy adventures to find “geocaches” using their smartphones and GPS capabilities.
This game is played worldwide and acts as a type of hide-and-seek game with hidden containers instead of people.
Geocaching in the snow adds a level of difficulty to players because they have to navigate through snowy landscapes. Areas that commonly have geocaches are parks, trails, and other natural areas.
Before venturing on your winter geocaching adventure, it’s important to check the specific cache descriptions, hints, and recent logs for any relevant information about the trail conditions, terrain, and challenges associated with the cache.
Be sure to always prioritize safety and follow “Leave No Trace” principles while enjoying winter geocaching.
Final Thoughts on Winter Hobbies
Wintertime in the cold and snow can be full of unique opportunities to try new hobbies. As you can see from our list, you aren’t limited to building a snowman, snowboarding, or having a snowball fight. Don’t be one that hunkers down all winter, waiting for the warmer months to get out for some adventure.
There are a ton of activities, sports, and hobbies to try in the winter months. We highly recommend you choose more than one to try this winter. And while you’re at it, bring a friend or two. New adventures are always more fun and safe when you have company.