“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.”Aristotle
Want to know the best outdoor winter hobbies? This compilation list has the top ten best outdoor hobbies for fall and winter.
Engaging in desired and fun activities, such as outdoor winter hobbies, can be incredibly motivating and has numerous positive benefits. As an Occupational Therapist who has only lived in the Rocky Mountains, I am giving you a compilation of the top ten best outdoor winter hobbies.
You will learn what a hobby is, the top ten best outdoor winter hobbies, the benefits, locations, equipment, estimated time, and price. These outdoor winter hobbies can be a social activity or solo affair (ensure safety precautions are in place).
After learning about these outdoor winter hobbies, you will feel inspired to educate your OT clients on options for adding leisure into their lives and even getting out there to start having fun this fall and winter.
This post is all about the best outdoor winter hobbies.
Hobbies are any activity or interest done for:
A hobby is a structured, deliberate, and passionate activity involving more energy, time, and sometimes money than a leisure activity. Leisure is considered “down-time,” but hobbies can be part of leisure.
Cross-country skiing is gliding along ski trails with skis and ski poles. There are two types of cross-country skiing – classic and skate. Movement involves shifting weight and balancing from one ski to another.
30 minutes to 3 hours
$350 to $2,500 to buy, but renting equipment can be $30-60 a day.
Downhill skiing is gliding down snow-covered hills and mountains on wider skis. It involves less effort than cross-country skiing because skiers ride on a ski lift to the top.
The difficulty of the ski slopes is as follows:
You can expect to pay $60-$400 for a ski pass. Depending on the company’s prices, you can rent gear for $50-$200 daily. Skiing is an expensive sport! If you purchase skis, the pricing can vary from $400 to $2,000, depending on the quality.
Snowboarding is like a combination of downhill skiing and surfing. Snowboarders ride a ski lift to their desired descent and then slide down snow slopes on a snowboard. Both feet are attached to the snowboard, with one leg in front and the other behind.
The difficulty of the slopes are:
Purchasing snowboarding materials is roughly $1,000 to $1,300. You can also rent a snowboard for $35 to $100 daily.
Snowshoeing is like winter hiking. However, Snowshoes are wider than skis and specially designed to walk on the snow.
The biggest perk to snowshoeing is that it’s much cheaper than skiing and snowboarding. However, you will need safety precautions if you fall in the snow or there is an avalanche.
Purchasing snowshoes varies from $35 to $150; however, you can rent the equipment for $10-$25.
Snow Tubing is like a winter version of floating a fast-moving river. Snow tubing is riding down a snow-covered mountain or hill on an inflated tube.
Snow tubing companies have a conveyor belt to take you to the top of the mountain. You can always walk up the slope for free if you choose to snow tube without paying a company.
A snow tube can vary from $20 to $160. Snow tubing resorts charge $15-$45 for a day pass.
A snowmobile is like winter jet skiing or riding a four-wheeler excursion. A snowmobile is a motorized vehicle designed to travel on snow and ice.
The average snowmobile ride is 50-100 miles, and the average snowmobile speed is 25 to 100 miles per hour (MPH).
Take safety precautions to avoid crashing into animals, fences, rocks, and trees, falling off, and avalanches.
Out-right purchasing a snowmobile can range from $2,000 to $20,000, so I’d recommend renting.
There are full-day or half-day rental options, but there are guided tours and riding clinics. Pricing varies from $250 to $500.
If you enjoy fishing year-round, then you have to try ice fishing. Ice fishing takes place on a frozen body of water with an opening in the ice to drop the line in and pull out the fish.
No ice is guaranteed safe, so take appropriate precautions to avoid falling in the freezing water. Avoid catch-and-release because the cold temperatures can freeze the fish’s eyes and gills, making survival less likely if returned.
It’s best to go two hours before the sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening. Don’t stay outside in the cold temperatures too long to avoid frostbite.
An ice-fishing guide can cost $200 to $500 per day.
Sledding will be a fun hobby if you love carnival rides or alpine slides. Sledding is riding down a snow-covered mountain or hill on a sled.
Be mindful of trees, ditches, and people at the bottom of the slope for safety purposes.
15 minutes to 2 hours.
Purchasing a sled can vary from $30 to $80.
Ice skating is like winter rollerblading. Ice skates are specialized boots with a metal bar attached to the bottom to glide and self-propel on a flat, icy surface.
$10-$150 for a pair of ice-skates
I had to save the best for last. If you are looking for a relaxing way to decompress after one of the winter activities listed above, then hot tubing is for you.
Hot tubing is sitting in a small pool of warm to hot water, roughly 100-104 degrees in temperature.
15 to 45 minutes.
You will likely have to pay an entrance fee or monthly membership for a recreation center or a gym to use their hot tub.
Purchasing a hot tub can vary from $2,500 to $30,000, not including maintenance.
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