Subzero weather takes some getting used to, but if there is no strong wind blowing, outdoor activities can be enjoyed in moderation. Subzero weather takes some getting used to, so visitors to mountain ski resorts should allow time to adjust to the change in climate and altitude, especially if they are flying from a warmer climate.
Subzero temperatures do not guarantee a substantial snow cover, but there is a strong correlation between the two. So if there is snow on the ground, strap some snowshoes on your feet and try a short hike. If snow cover is minimal, try just hiking in a pair of insulated hiking boots. In either case, make the hike a short one, dress warmly, carry lots of water and stay active. Plan for a way to start a fire, always bring gloves and a hat, and dress in layers. It is to stay warm with proper clothing and steady activity, such as snowshoeing or hiking.
Cross Country Skiing
Much of what applies to the above, also applies to Nordic (also call cross-country) skiing. You need to dress warmly and keep moving, but there are a few extra parameters you might have to contend with. The first is over-exertion. At these temperatures, breaking a sweat can become a problem, so be sure not to over-exert yourself. Take it slow. The second area of concern is snow conditions and your skis. Many newer skis don't need wax, so the temperature of the snow won't matter. But if you are using wax on the bottom of your skis, make sure your waxes match the snow conditions.
Nature photography in the dead of winter can be inspirational, especially in the early hours of the morning when the sun is just breaking over the frozen horizon. Winter temperatures at this time of day can be below zero, so dress appropriately and carry your camera in a warm place, such as inside your coat. Also you will probably find that an old-fashioned, film camera operates better under these conditions than a newer digital model. The patterns and designs found in frozen ice and snow in the dead of winter can be beautiful, but you might need a tripod for low-light conditions.
Article Written By Henri Bauholz
Henri Bauholz is a professional writer covering a variety of topics, including hiking, camping, foreign travel and nature. He has written travel articles for several online publications and his travels have taken him all over the world, from Mexico to Latin America and across the Atlantic to Europe.