Have you ever been snowshoeing? If you haven’t, you’ll be surprised how much of a workout it can be to stomp through the snow, especially if you ads some poles to give your upper body and arms a workout as well. It is also a lot of fun to explore the backcountry or a trail when it is turned into a winter wonderland by all the snow and ice.
Cross Country Skiing
If racing down a hill on a pair of skies isn’t your cup of tea, give cross-country skiing a try. Think of it as a mix between hiking and ice-skating, as you glide along the trail. Cross-country skiing is a great winter cardio workout that also tones and sculpts your legs and upper body.
A Winter Hike
Hiking isn’t just for spring and summer anymore. It’s also a lot of fun in the wintertime. Dress appropriately, put on some big boots and get out there. Don’t forget to pack a thermos with some hot tea to hydrate and warm you up at the same time. Even a very familiar trail will become interesting again when the scenery is draped in a layer of snow.
If you are getting bored with alpine skiing, or are just looking for a change of pace, consider taking a few snowboarding lessons. Most ski resorts will let you rent boards and have instructors on staff as well. You’ll enjoy learning this completely different winter sport and of course also a different way to get down the slopes.