Friday Five: Winter Activities

Lately I’ve been feeling like winter has come and gone in Nova Scotia! We had one beautiful dump of snow (30cm or so) a few weeks ago but that all melted…YES, it all melted and we are left with nothing! That kinds puts a little damper on trying to do “winter” activities, eh!

Favourite Winter Activities

Having said that, I’m still hopeful that we’ll get to do some skiing, snowshoeing and skating outside since the temps are cold enough. It’s my first time joining the hosts Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup.


I’m not the best at skating only because I don’t do it enough. I also have hockey skates and for a girl who grew up wearing figure skates in her back yard every day in the winter, I feel like I have two left feet sometimes. I’m trying to get out skating on Wednesday during my lunch break as their is an open skate near where I work.



We got in one snowshoe around the house when we had that beautiful dump of snow. Snowshoeing is so easy and as long as you have snow, you are good to go! Both girls love it and a little unknown secret – my husband proposed to me while snowshoeing on a lake! Oh yeah! He even bought me the snowshoes a month before for Christmas knowing that’s how he wanted to propose! So, snowshoeing has a special place in my heart.


Downhill & Cross Country Skiing

Good lord, I feel like we are never going to get to our local hill! I love skiing – downhill and cross country skiing!  Again, both girls love downhill skiing and we are going to be THAT family that goes on ski trips. Fingers crossed we get out soon!

ski feb 15th

I grew up downhill skiing and only learned how to cross country ski weeks before I was to teach it to others! Good thing I love the outdoors and being active as it came naturally to me to teach. We haven’t had a chance to do this with our girls but it’s on our list 🙂


Of course winter running is on my list. The sound of the snow crunching under your feet, the way your face freezes and the numerous layers you have to wear – who wouldn’t love winter running! All jokes aside, there is something refreshing about running in the winter outdoors.


 What’s your favourite winter activity to do?

Any weekend plans?

What’s one winter activity you want to try?


27 thoughts on “Friday Five: Winter Activities

  1. Just love how you stay active even though you are dealing with cold and winter! As a Florida girl, so fun to see your perspective. I can’t imagine how cold your feet get on runs when you run on snow.

  2. I have never gone snowshoeing, looks fun! I used to love ice skating even though I’m not the greatest at it! I need to make a trip this winter!

  3. I grew up in rural Illinois and we did everything outdoors in the winter! Living in the suburbs of Chicago, it’s a little tougher to get out and enjoy, but I manage to find places where I can do things I love, like XC skiing, sledding, and running!

  4. So winter in Florida is a bit different. In fact, running is probably the best winter activity, just because the weather is finally a little bit cooler. This time of year, I love walking and cycling, and even kayaking.

    I have never been snowshoeing and it’s been a long time since I’ve skied, although I’d love to try it again.

  5. I so want to try snowshoeing! I tried snow skiing but I was not a huge fan. Running is my favorite winter sport in Florida- I love those temps in the 50’s!

  6. We love outdoor running in the winter. It’s so beautiful running in the snow. Our daughter and her friends are learning to snowboard, so the Hubby and I have decided “what the hay” let’s learn too!

  7. I’m so jealous of your melted snow! Ours is sticking around despite the warmer temps. School was canceled most of last week due to the melting snow turning into ice over night. I’m totally scared of snowshoes. I think I would be the one with two left feet. As a former figure skater, I can attest to the fact that hockey skates can be a blast. You just have to stay more into your knees. You could totally rock those!

  8. It’s nice to hear about people that embrace winter weather and are so active in the snow. I really don’t like cold weather, which is why I moved south as an adult. I can definitely appreciate other people’s love for it though.

  9. Don’t laugh, but here in North Carolina and other places in the South we have outdoor fake ice rinks that get set up around Christmas time every year. I’m not sure what kind of material it is, but you use regular skates on it. I haven’t tried it yet because I’m afraid I’d break something on myself, fake or not! 😀

  10. I’m definitely a winter hibernator. I’ve always been an stay-indoors type of girl in the winter, which was difficult growing up in Minnesota. Winters are much more enjoyable for me now that I live in Las Vegas. 🙂

    What a fun, special story about snowshoeing. 🙂 Snowshoeing is the one winter activity I would like try.

  11. In one hand I’m so thankful we get an inch of snow and it’s often luckily gone by the end of the day…on the other hand I’m jealous of all the cool things you get to do!

    I have a feeling if England got that type of snow we wouldn’t know what to do and panic! 🙈

    I ice skated once in a little rink our town had for a month over Christmas – I loved it so I wish I could do that more often

  12. I love all of the winter activities that I can do: snoweshoeing, cross country skiing, down hill skiing, winter running etc but sadly we too are in a bit of a thaw and have lost most of our snow. Hopefully winter weather returns soon!

  13. We’ve got one ski trip on the calendar next month. It won’t be long enough, but we will make the most of it! I enjoy skating when I do, but it’s so expensive around here.

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