My Favorite Winter Hobbies

Let’s face it, nobody likes to stay inside all winter long. I for one do not like feeling cooped up indoors or feeling cold. Minnesota winters are notorious for bitter cold days and therefore keeping people inside all season. The only time I would be outside is if the temperature was actually bearable.

I’ve always wanted to try winter sports but didn’t know where to start. Last winter, Sam and I finally decided to take the plunge and try some hobbies we’ve been putting off. We got tired of sitting around, watching movies and gaining weight only to lose it again come summertime. It became an endless cycle. We like to be active and have fun doing it.

If you are anything like me, you don’t like the cold but you enjoy being outside but you don’t know where to start, keep on reading because this post is for you. When we decided to try new hobbies, we had to really make sure it was what we wanted because some of them come with a higher price tag. But, once you spend the money on quality things you know you’re going to use again and again, it’s worth it in the end.

Cross County Skiing

When we first went cross country skiing, we were alone without anyone experienced to show us the ropes. Don’t do what we did! We chose a much more experienced trail, that we were ignorant to, and fell many times. We thought we could just pick a trail and go. It’s much more than that.

It was all a learning experience. We can look back at that now and laugh. We thought we could just pick up the sport like no big deal! I can’t tell you number of times I’ve fallen. Let me tell ya, once you’ve fallen with your skiis on, it is very challenging to get back up. We both learned a lot about falling and getting back up that day. It was such a flunk that we thought maybe we made a mistake in buying all the skiis.

On the pictures shown is our first true time skiing. I was a bit nervous going again because of how our first experience turned out. This time we went to a beginners trail with someone who had been doing it for years. It was pretty flat for the most part and the hills we faced were easy. Once we got the hang of it we had a really fun time.

With that said, it’s not as easy as it looks. Before initially going, I had heard it’s quite a work out, and, I gotta be honest, I didn’t believe them. That was until we were really shown how to ski. By the time we were done, my legs, obliques, and arms were sore.

Hiking and Snowshoeing

These two go hand in hand I think. You’re doing the same thing only snowshoes make it easier if there is a lot of snow. It also allows you to go off trail as well. Our first time snowshoeing was at night. We took our headlamps and walked across a lake. I didn’t know how much fun it would be to go at nightfall. I recommend using poles, it will help if you decide to go off trail or if you walk quite a distance.

Minnesota is not just the land of 10,000 lakes, but also has amazing trails! We love trying out new trails and exploring. Two things we’ve added that have improved our hiking experience, mukluks and headlamps. This gives us the freedom to walk outside whenever we want. I hate when the sun goes down at 4:30 in the afternoon, it makes me so sad! It just feels like my days are shorter. Having headlamps allows us to go at 8:00 pm if we wanted. Another reason I enjoy hiking at night is because it’s quiet, you won’t run into anyone, and it quiets your mind.

These are all fun and easy winter dates to do with your hubby or if you’re looking for a new outdoor hobby. What are your favorite winter activities to pass the time?


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