Winter Activities for the Family

Winter Activities for the Family
Don't let the cold winter months trap you and your family into staying indoors until the sunny days make a comeback. Instead, brave the cold weather and enjoy the snow by participating in outdoor activities. There are many winter activities that you can do, not only to stay fit but also to spend some quality time with family. Ice-skating, skiing and snowboarding are some of the exciting and fun winter sports you can try, whether as a beginner or as someone who wants to sharpen their skills--just remember to wear warm clothing!

Ice-skating

Easy to learn and fun to do, ice-skating is a great activity to do with your family during the cold winter months. Ice-skating rinks or tracks can be indoor and outdoor as well as on natural bodies of water such as lakes and rivers. For just a small fee, you typically can rent ice-skates and start skating immediately. Check with your city's Parks and Recreation Department for information on available ice-skating rinks, programs and even leagues in your area. You also can check regarding designated safe-skating frozen water areas. Make sure to call rinks beforehand to confirm hours and schedules.

Alpine Skiing

Alpine skiing is also called downhill skiing and is a winter sport characterized by using fixed-heel bindings to slide down snowy slopes. This is another exciting winter activity you can do with your family. For a weekend getaway, you can brave the cold and go to a ski resort. Alpine skiing at ski resorts has ski lifts installed for transporting guests up the mountain. Also, the snow ski trails are prepared and groomed for skiers at resorts where safety measures have been placed. Some resorts offer packages and weekend deals for groups. If there is a ski lodge nearby, you can save costs by going for a day trip as well. Aside from ski resorts and ski lodges, you can also check your local state and national parks for local ski trails and equipment rental. Keep in mind that costs can add up as fees for the rental gear, ski resort, ski lifts and lessons can be expensive. Skiing lessons are required especially for beginners to avoid injuries. However with enough practice and patience, it's an activity your family will find worthwhile.

Snowboarding

Snowboarding is another family winter activity you can do. Simply put, snowboarding involves descending a snowy hill or slope on a snowboard. Other equipment you will need are snowboard boots, helmet, goggles and warm and waterproof clothing. There are many ski and snowboard resorts that also provide equipment rentals. Renting is especially a good idea for beginners as purchasing new equipment can prove to be costly, especially for the entire family. Like most sports, there are many risks involved with snowboarding so make sure to practice safety precautions and take lessons from experienced and knowledgeable professionals. Though it can be a rewarding experience, expect a considerable expense as you will have to spend on rental gear, lift passes and lessons when going on a snowboarding trip.

Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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