Call It A Snow Day: 4 New Winter Activities To Try With Your Partner

There’s over a foot of snow on the ground here in Western Massachusetts and schools across the area have announced a snow day – but what about the grownups? If you live somewhere that gets significant snowfall, why not take advantage of it to have a little fun? Think beyond skiing and sledding and try out these 4 wild winter activities with your partner. Even if you’re not any good at them, you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime.

Skate A Trail

Ice skating was always one of my favorite winter activities as a kid, but skating in circles around a rink can get old fast. Put a new twist on outdoor skating by seeking out a skating trail through a park or wooded area. Check out this directory of skating trails to find one near you. Many even host torchlit nighttime skates for added romance.

A New Twist On Dog Sledding

In many colder regions, dog sledding is a traditional mode of transportation, while cross country skiing allows people to cover shorter distances – but what happens when you combine the two? You get skijoring, a Norwegian phrase meaning “ski driving”, in which you get on your skis, attach yourself to a rope, and let the dogs take the lead. Part of what makes skijoring different from dog sledding, though, is that the dogs don’t need to be as strong since you’re still propelling yourself on the skis. This activity is perfect for the dog-loving couple that’s also not afraid to take a tumble.

Go Far With Hut-To-Hut Skiing

Typical ski trips are confined to a stretch of woods or local mountain, but if you and your partner are looking for a longer cross country style trip, hut-to-hut skiing may be perfect for you. On hut-to-hut ski trip, you can ski along an extended route between huts, allowing you to spend romantic nights in the woods enjoying family-style meals, great conversation, and even a sauna. Hut-to-hut skiing is also a great way to meet other couples with shared interests – there may even be double dates in your future.

Sail The Frozen Seas

If there’s an activity you can do in warmer climates, on water, or even on dry ground, there’s a good chance some enterprising person has probably found a way to do it on snow or ice, and sailing is no exception. Ride in what is basically a giant ice skate – a sailboat with three blades underneath – and go flying across frozen lakes. Pioneered as a mode of transit by the Dutch in the 17th century, today’s it’s favored by adventurers and boating enthusiasts. With a little experience under your belt, you can even race them!

Trying something new is one of the best ways to grow closer as a couple and any of these activities is sure to lead to some hilarious and party-worthy stories. Winter is just getting started, so bundle up and get the hot chocolate ready – you’ve got months ahead of you to explore these exciting new sports.