When winter rolls around, you may find yourself shut indoors shivering beneath your blanket all hours of the day, venturing out only to go to work and run errands. However, you’re bound to feel cooped up after a few weeks or even days. You and your loved one might get testy with one another as your moods sour. Avoid cabin fever, bundle up, and go on dates in the great outdoors together – even if the ground is covered in snow and the temperature is almost zero.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Among the most fun winter sports are skiing and snowboarding, and couples who head down the slopes together find the exercise rejuvenating and the experience memorable. If you don’t have your own equipment, you can rent equipment once you get to the mountain. You can ski or board down difficult slopes or even start on the bunny hills for beginners. Take a break at the ski lodge for some hot cocoa and gaze out at the snowy hills together while hand in hand. Some hills also allow for ski lift tours for those who want to view the snowy hills from up above but don’t want to ski down them.
Sledding and Tubing
Sledding or tubing takes less skill than skiing or snowboarding for those too afraid to try the sports, and because you can do it virtually anywhere you can find a hill, it’s less expensive, too. Many communities have designated hills in parks for sledding experiences, or you can give it a go in your own backyard if you have a sloping area available. Sled down with your partner holding on tightly and then swap positions the second time down.
Act like kids again and engage in a snowball fight with just the two of you. Have an informal romp or set rules and spend time before you let the balls rip putting together your snowy arsenal. Engage in the fight in your backyard or head over to a public park. Build forts to hide behind before the game begins and don’t be afraid to roll around in the snow to let your snowballs fly at the best possible angles.
Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride
Cuddle together beneath a blanket on a horse-drawn carriage ride through a park or the downtown area. These rides are especially prevalent near the holidays and are offered in many communities both large and small. If there isn’t a carriage service in your area, find the nearest one and make a day trip of exploring the community that culminates in a carriage ride at the end. Many of the carriage drivers are entertainers sure to make you and your loved one laugh throughout the experience.
Taking a Walk
If you or your partner has mobility issues and running around in the snow isn’t the safest thing to do, take a walk outdoors around the neighborhood or in a park lined with trees to take in the snowy, scenic vistas around you. Set a destination in mind, like a coffee shop or restaurant, to warm up in before you turn around to walk home.
Warm Food Fairs
Soup competitions, chili cook-offs, hot cocoa expeditions, and more are held across the country during the winter months. These events are often held in outdoor venues, inviting people to come enjoy food and drink that warm them from head to toe as they stroll through the downtown area or a local park. Watch for one that offers refreshments that both you and your partner are sure to enjoy.
Snowshoeing or Cross-Country Skiing
Explore the path less traveled during the winter months by strapping on snowshoes or a pair of cross-country skis to explore the countryside. Search for designated skiing spots throughout your community in parks, on university campuses, and on private land that offers free passage. If your property is sizable enough, simply explore what’s out there in your own backyard.
You don’t have to spend a lot to enjoy the winter weather together. As long as you wear plenty of layers, boots, and an insulating jacket, you’ll find the cold temperatures and snow aren’t so unbearable after all. Once the snow settles and blizzards pass, make a snow date with your spouse or partner to take advantage of the few hours of sun each day and help the drearier winter months fly by.