Matt Johnson

8 Fun Winter Camping Activities

Author: Matt JohnsonPhotos/Graphics: Mike HawthornePublished: Oct 12, 2022Updated: Dec 11, 2023

When you think of camping, you probably think of warm sunny days during the summer; however, winter camping can be a lot of fun! It’s an excellent opportunity to get outside, enjoy the winter scenery, and partake in fun winter camping activities.

We’ve compiled a list of 8 fun winter camping activities the whole family can enjoy. So grab your winter camping gear and head out for a fun-filled weekend in the great outdoors—even in sub-zero temperatures!

The classic: Sledding. 

Sledding in the Mountains or Hills
Sledding is a fun winter activity for the entire family.

One of the best things about winter is sledding. It’s an excellent activity for kids and adults; the only special equipment you need is a sled. Not much to it. You can sled down hills, through the woods, or even on frozen lakes. Just make sure you’re dressed warmly and have a good sled.

I prefer tobogganing, but that’s just me!

Frozen lake? Go ice skating!

Ice Skating on a Frozen Pond
Take advantage of the freezing temperatures by skating on a frozen pond.

Ice skating is another great winter activity. You can skate at an indoor rink or go outdoors and skate on a frozen lake or pond. If you have some sticks and a puck, you can even play a game of pond hockey.

A word of caution, however. Any time you’re skating on natural ice, you need to be aware of the thickness of the ice and make sure it is safe. Never skate alone, and always let someone know where you’re going.

Ever tried snowshoeing?

Snowshoeing is a Fun Winter Activity
If you’ve never tried snowshoeing then it’s definitely on the top of the list.

Snowshoeing is a great way to explore the woods in winter. It’s also a good workout! With only a few inches of snow, you can strap on a pair of snowshoes and hike through the woods. You’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to walk on top of the snow than to trudge through it.

Have fun skiing.

Cross Country Skiing While Camping
Cross country skiing is a timeless activity.

Skiing is another popular winter activity. You can enjoy a fun day on the slopes with fresh powder and a pair of skis. There are many different types of skiing, from cross-country to downhill, so there’s something for everyone.

If you’ve never been skiing before, I would recommend taking a lesson or two. Learning the proper techniques to enjoy skiing and stay safe is essential.

Building a snowman.

Snowman at a Campground
Whether you’re at home or in a campground, snowmen are always fun.

Building a snowman is a classic winter activity that kids love. All you need is some snow, some accessories, and creativity. Make it as big or as small as you want. Be sure to give it a face and dress it in fun clothes.

Why not build a snow fort if you want to take it to the next level and try something different? It’s great fun for the whole family.

Have a snowball fight!

Snowball Fight
Get out all of your energy with a fun snowball fight!

Once you’ve built your snowman or snow forts, have a snowball fight! This is an excellent activity for both kids and adults. You’ll have a blast pelting each other with snowballs. Create some teams and make it a competition. The losing team has to make hot chocolate over the campfire for everyone afterward!

Just make sure you aim for the person and not their face!

Off-road fun with snowmobiles.

Snowmobile or Snowmachine
Hit the trails for a day of snowmobiling!

This one is not as easy on the wallet, but it’s a lot of fun! If you have access to a snowmobile, explore some off-road trails. You’ll be able to get to places you can’t usually get to during the winter and take in some beautiful scenery.

Some guides offer snowmobile tours, so if you’re unfamiliar with the area, it’s a good idea to go on a guided tour.

Fun around the campfire.

Campfire in the Winter
Warm your hands and feet after a long day of fun winter camping activities.

Campfires aren’t just for summer excursions. Campfires are always enjoyable but can be charming when winter is cold outside. You can roast marshmallows, make s’mores, or enjoy each other’s company around the campfire. One of our favorite pastimes is telling ghost stories around the campfire.

Keep the fire under control and put it out when you’re done. Don’t think that you don’t have to worry about wildfires because it’s cold and snow is on the ground.

Winter camping is a great way to enjoy the outdoors during the coldest months. You can do many different activities while winter camping, such as sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing, skiing, hiking, and spending time around the campfire roasting marshmallows or making s’mores.

One of the things we can’t stress enough about is dressing warm and being prepared for the cold weather. Ensure you have proper clothing and gear to keep you warm and dry.

Another critical thing to remember is that ice and snow can be dangerous. Be sure to check the thickness of the ice before venturing out onto a frozen lake or pond. And always let someone know where you’re going if you’re heading out into the woods.

With proper preparation and safety in mind, winter camping can be a fun and enjoyable experience for the whole family. So get out there and enjoy the great outdoors!


Matt Johnson

Senior Content Writer

Matt is an experienced camper and glamping enthusiast with a Master's degree in Wildlife Science from Texas A&M University. Authoring posts for GlamperGear, he shares his wealth of knowledge on picturesque campsites, luxurious accommodations, and the best gear for outdoor adventures. His passion for nature and knack for comfort in the wilderness make him an expert guide for your next camping endeavor.

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