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Not Into Skiing But Love Snow? Try These 10 Alternative Winter Sports


There are few things more invigorating than playing a sport in the crisp winter weather, or, even better yet, in the soft, white snow. When most people think of snow sports, they think of skiing. And, while skiing can be fun, it's not for everyone. If you like exercising and being active in the winter but aren't into the whole skiing scene, don't worry. There are plenty of other awesome winter sports that you can try.

Fire Up A Snowmobile And Have A Blast

If you're looking for a truly energizing and exhilarating winter sport, give snowmobiling a try. You can buy or rent a snowmobile, and polaris snowmobiles are some of the best. But, no matter which snowmobile you choose, you're in for a treat. These motorized vehicles can carve their own path through even the snowiest terrain, and they can go fast too.

While many people enjoy simply riding snowmobiles and learning to perform tricks, others compete in various snowmobile sports. If you like speed, for example, you could sign up for a snowmobile race once you have some experience under your belt. There are also freestyle competitions and other opportunities to show off your skills.

Give Snowshoeing A Try

People who love long walks or going on nature treks don't have to stop during the winter months. Instead, they can give snowshoeing a try. The sport is exactly what it sounds like.                 Participants wear special shoes meant for walking in the snow, and from there, they can go anywhere they like.

Exploring snowy terrains can be a lot of fun, but you can also sign up for special snowshoe races or runs if you want to test your athletic ability. It's a great way to burn calories and build endurance and stamina. The shoes do take a little getting used to, but learning is half the fun.

Lace Up Some Skates

Ice skating has been a beloved winter sport for a very long time. If it sounds like something you might enjoy, find an outdoor rink or even a safe frozen pond where you can give it a try. Once skaters have progressed beyond basic skating, they can learn how to do various moves and jumps. There are also opportunities to take lessons, compete in skills or artistry competitions, and perform in showcases. Furthermore, ice skating is popular among people of all ages and makes for a great family activity.

Play A Little Snow Polo

For people who love horses and wintry weather, snow polo offers a unique way to combine both. It's also a good choice for those who enjoy regular polo and don't mind playing it in the freezing cold. Yes, the game does take some skill and training, at least for those who want to do well at it, but it's not all seriousness. Participants can organize their own games and spend a day with other horse-loving friends, or they can join teams and play in more serious competitions. Either way, it's great exercise and great fun.

Take a Ride On A Ski Bike

If biking is your thing, why not give it a try in the snow? Snow biking doesn't involve a traditional bike with tires. Instead, you rely on a bike that operates on ski-like structures. Pedaling through the snow can be serious, difficult work, but it's great for getting fit and breaking a sweat, even in the cold. If you get really good at it, you can even learn some tricks or enroll in a competition to show off your skills.

Take A Boat On The Ice

When people think of boating, they usually think of sailing across smooth waters and enjoying the bright sunshine. However, boating isn't just for warm weather. You can also take part in ice boating. Simply rent or purchase an ice boat, and you can glide across the frozen water faster than you ever thought possible. For the more adventurous, ice boat racing is also an option, though, as with most winter sports, practice and experience are generally required.

Catch Some Fish In The Cold

Ice fishing is not the easiest sport to try, but people who live in very cold climates may be able to give it a go. Additionally, there are ice fishing expeditions and excursions available. For those who are lucky enough to experiment with ice fishing, they'll find that it's a great combo of thrilling and relaxing. Many participants also enjoy camping out and eating what they catch as part of the whole ice fishing experience.

Winter Mountain Climbing

Wintertime hiking is sometimes referred to as mountaineering, and, whatever one calls it, it's the adventure of a lifetime. How you approach it is up to you, but most participants enjoy walking, climbing, and trekking across all kinds of snowy terrain. People enjoy this sport solo, with a partner, or in large groups on planned expeditions. No matter how you take part, be sure to invest in the right gear. Proper equipment and clothing are necessary to stay warm and protected.

Grab A Dog And Try Skijoring

The vast majority of people have never hard of skijoring, but now that you have, why not give it a go? It's essentially skiing, but don't give up on it just yet. This type of skiing involves a lot less manpower and a lot more animal power.

Most aficionados of the sport are pulled along on their skis by dogs, but that's not the only choice. Horses or motorized vehicles sometimes pull the skiers. The easiest way to get involved is to look for a skijoring club or organization in your area or to sign up for a special skijoring experience.

Build Your Biceps With Curling

Curling may not be the most widely practiced winter sport, but it's well-known by anyone who watches the Winter Olympics. At its core, the sport involves sending stones to a target, but there's a lot more to it than that. There are opponents in the way, and a lot of skill is required.

The best way to get started is to join a local curling club. Surprisingly, organizations exist even in states with warmer climates. Try checking with your local ice rink to see if there are curling opportunities available.

As you can see, skiing is far from being the only winter sport. In fact, the ones presented here just scratch the surface. So, start exploring winter sports options to find the one that works best for you. With the right equipment and a healthy dose of practice, you'll be surprised at what you can accomplish in the snow.

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