Fun Winter Sports to Try this Season

By , November 20, 2014 12:45 pm

The temperatures may be chilly and the snow may be falling in your area of the country, but that doesn’t mean you need to restrain yourself to the couch! There are lots of active ways to enjoy the winter season that don’t involve lazy, unhealthy, and reclusive habits. But this is the time of year that many of us could use a little motivation to get out and about.

Take the guesswork out of activity planning and let FunSherpa be your winter sports guide this year! These are some of the winter activities we’re most excited about right now.

Dog Sledding Tour

You don’t need to travel all the way to Alaska to experience the unique magic of a dog sledding experience. Head to Rapid River, Michigan, driving distance from Chicago, to take a dog sledding tour between Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. The rugged terrain of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is beautiful in the winter with thousands of square miles of wilderness area. Sledders will get a chance to meet, steer, and learn about these hearty dogs.

Photo credit: Alyssa L. Ochs

Photo credit: Alyssa L. Ochs

Skiing and Snowboarding

No matter where you live in the country, the nearest ski and snowboard slopes are just a road trip away! Although the Midwest isn’t exactly known for its majestic mountains, Chicago area snow sport enthusiasts can head up to Devil’s Lake in Wisconsin to join the Sunday Snowboard Club. Or if skiing is more your style, we can set you up with private skiing lessons at Mt. Hood, near Portland, Oregon and full of natural beauty.

Ice Fishing

Fishing doesn’t have to just be a summer pastime! We’ll make sure you’re safe and comfortable during your ice fishing experience with warm lodging, on-ice meals, heaters, and 4-wheel ATV transportation. All equipment and bait is provided by your trusty fishing guides, so just bring warm clothes and your sense of adventure!

Ice Climbing

Make your winter 2014-2015 a little more extreme by giving ice climbing a try! Take a trip from New York City to New Paltz to take a beginner’s ice climbing course with Mountain Skills Climbing Guides. This is a full-day course that typically runs from 9-5 so that you can attempt Stoney Clove, Deep Notch, Moore’s Bridge, and the Asbestos Wall. Ice climbing lessons include training on everything you need to know about equipment, boots, crampons, ice axes, and proper attire.

Photo credit: Alyssa L. Ochs

Photo credit: Alyssa L. Ochs

Winter Driving Lessons

Although taking a winter driving lesson may not sound like as much fun as the other activities listed here, it can be a lifesaver if you live in a snowy and icy part of the country. New Hampshire sees its fair share of snow each year, making this northeastern state one of the most dangerous places for winter driving. Whether you’re new to the Northeast or simply need to brush up on your winter driving skills, head to the Team O’Neil Driving Park for a one-day course for peace of mind. This course is taught in groups of 12-15 students who all use their own vehicles.

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