Winter can be a magical time of the year. The air is crisp, and the snow on the ground can provide the ultimate backdrop for some exciting winter activities. Just make sure your safety pool cover is on before venturing into the backyard!
Two popular winter activities are making snow angels and building a snowman. Making a snow angel is easy. Lie down on your back, then move your arms and legs back and forth to form angel wings. To build a snowman, roll three balls of snow and stack them on top of each other. Decorate with hats, scarves, and mittens. So festive!
Another fun backyard activity is building a snow fort or igloo. You can build more than one and engage the neighbors in a snowball fight. A winter bonfire will warm the troops after the battle. Add some hot chocolate or cider and s’mores to make it a time to remember.
There is plenty to do in the winter away from home. Sledding, snowboarding, and skiing are favorite winter pastimes. Grab a sled, saucer, or tube, find a hill, and hop aboard! A nearby resort is also an option if you need to rent some equipment or you are seeking more of an adventure. You can also ski or snowboard at a resort. Snowmobiling is another way to get your heart pumping. No matter which winter activity is right for you, make sure to always wear a helmet.
Find a frozen surface—and some ice skates—to glide over the ice. This exhilarating winter activity can be enjoyed solo, with a partner, or in a group. Make sure your surface is completely frozen. Read any posted signs or warnings before you go on the ice, or find an indoor rink as an added safety measure. A helmet as well as knee and elbow pads will help prevent injuries.
Those that are truly adventurous will enjoy winter camping. You can also research state parks for cabin or yurt rentals. Once you are out experiencing the beauty of nature, try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Winter hiking is another way to view the beautiful snow-capped trees in all their splendor. Bring a camera to capture the wonders of winter.
Another favorite cold-weather activity is a winter picnic. Make sure to have plenty of blankets, hot beverages, hot soup, and sandwiches on hand. After the sun sets, lay down and star gaze. Another star-watching option is to relax in a steamy hot tub. There’s no better way to ward off that winter chill! Bring a fluffy robe for the quick run back indoors.
Don’t forget the importance of keeping warm when enjoying your favorite outdoor winter activities. Hypothermia becomes a danger when the body’s temperature dips below 95 degrees Fahrenheit and it becomes unable to produce enough energy to keep the internal body temperature warm enough. Look for signs of mental confusion, slowed reaction time, cold hands and feet, shivering, slurred speech, confusion, and/or sleepiness—and if any of these occur—seek help immediately. Have fun and be safe. Before you know it, you will be swimming in your LOOP-LOC lined swimming pool again!