Sledding is very popular amongst children, especially on
snow days. Most areas have sledding hills within the city or county park system
or local ski resorts.
Most sledding in the midwestern United States is done on
large back yards or even on snow piles that kids make themselves.
Skiing is a versatile winter activity that can be as involved as you want it to
be. Look for local areas groom multi-purpose trails for cross country skiing
without the cost or fanfare associated with going all out at a ski resort.
Adrenalin junkies adore downhill skiing. Most ski resorts offer equipment
rental, warm lobbies with refreshments, ski instruction, ski chair lifts up the
hills or rope pulls. Snowboarding has been growing in popularity within the
downhill skiing enthusiast community.
Ice skating is a family favorite. If there are no indoor or outdoor skating
rinks in your area, be sure to check for proper ice thickness before you skate.
Small ponds are best for ice skating as they tend to be shallow and freeze
quickly and hard and they are generally not too difficult to find. Ice hockey
is a popular sport on skating rinks.
Ice fishing can produce some of the best catches out of local lakes. Some
people go all out with their fishing shelters and shanties that provide heat,
comfortable chairs and even TVs and radios.
Snow fort building and snow ball throwing aren't just for kids; many adults
partake in the engineering and building of forts to defend as well as recruit