Best Winter Sports to try With Family
The cold winds of winter can present challenging times for many people. For the most part, you feel like you’re stuck indoors, and the prospect of going out into the rains and gales is far from appealing. However! As soon as the rains turn to snow… that’s when the fun begins. In our opinion, winter is easily the most exciting time of the year. Hours upon hours of ridiculous fun can be had in some of the colder climates of the world, with a plethora of activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Let’s take a look at some of the best winter sports to try with family.
Of course, skiing was going to be at the top of our list. It’s one of the greatest sports in existence. Simply being in the mountains is enjoyable enough – fresh mountain air, spectacular views, and a happy atmosphere are what you can expect with any mountain holiday. Then throw in a couple of planks of wood, some chair lifts, and a ‘can do’ attitude, and you’ve got the ultimate recipe for a good time.
Skiing is totally beginner friendly. You can join a ski school to learn the basics and build your confidence on the more mellow slope. Many children start their skiing careers as young as 3 or 4. The ski instructors take excellent care of them, and by the end of the week, they may even be better than the grown-ups!
As for adults, who try skiing for the first time, don’t be afraid, don’t be pessimistic thinking that you can’t do it because you’ve never done it before. In skiing resorts you can always find ski instructors. In addition, observing others is also very helpful, 3-4 attempts and you will understand how to ski in a right way.
You can get some great deals on package holidays, which include flights, accommodation, rental equipment, ski lessons, and more.
And yes, snowboarding is just as awesome.
A no-brainer of a winter activity. All you need is some warm, water-proof clothing, something to sit in that slides, and a snowy hill – no skill required! Yes, sledding is also one of the types of winter sports. Sledding is just as fun for adults as it is for kids, and you won’t be able to stop yourself from laughing all the way down to the bottom as you spin and slide with uncontrollable joy.
If there is plenty snow outside and your kids start to get bored, immediately take your sleds and run to the nearest park or hill. Besides there are special places with snowy hills that provide renting sleds in case if you don’t have one.
Ice skating promises hours of entertainment for the whole family. It’s amazing how quickly a beginner can build up confidence on the ice, and there are lots of fun little tricks that can be learned by even the smallest skaters. As a bonus, indoor ice-skating rinks are usually pretty cheap.
If you have skates that’s great! If you don’t, that’s not a problem, ice-skating rinks provide them in different sizes for your convenience. There are no age boundaries for this winter sport: kids, adults and seniors, it is safe for everyone.
In some locations, there are lakes which freeze so solidly that they are safe enough to be skated on. There is something very magical about gliding around on a frozen lake – it’s sure to be an experience you and the kids won’t forget anytime soon!
Fat biking is a lot like mountain biking – just with far softer landings! This sport is quickly growing in popularity, and you’ll see why as soon as you try it for yourself. The thrill of blasting (or steadily cruising) down a groomed snow path on two wheels is hard to beat. You can start on wider slopes, and then move on to single track trails when you feel more confident. Fat bikes have wide, knobby tires to give you a good grip on the snow.
Like skiing, you’ll need to head up to the mountains for this one. There will be bike shops from which you can rent fat bikes for a very reasonable price. You can even get little bike trailers for bringing toddlers along. This sport promises a superb day out for all the family.
You can do a sport and have fun with your family at the same time. Fat biking is not an extreme type of sport, so it is safe even for children. But, of course, anyways kids should be under adults guidance.
If you’re looking for a slightly calmer activity, then snowshoeing might just be the sport for you. Snowshoes are designed with a wide surface area, meaning you can walk across thick snow without sinking. Therefore, they provide an excellent means of exploring the great outdoors – trekking through a frozen forest is a truly magical experience. The calm and quietness of the wilderness can belong to just you and your family.
Furtherore, it’s a great form of exercise for people of all ages. Hiking in snow takes about twice as long as hiking on dry land, so it might be worth starting with easier, shorter trails to get a feel for snowshoeing. However, be wary of trekking off the beaten path – snowy areas can be quite disorientating.
The best time to do it is right after a snowstorm. The skies will have, hopefully, cleared up, and the trees will be beautifully laden with thick piles of snow. Snowshoeing is the perfect way for you and your family to be fully immersed in the magic of winter.
Winter is time for white magic, snow-related sports and having fun with family. Don’t waste this time indoors losing such great opportunity!