For many, winter is the season to do little other than curl up by the fireplace with a hot drink. But how can you stay inside when a transformed world of outdoor activities awaits? Besides, the warmth of a hearth is even more satisfying after a day spent in the snow.
Whether you seek the thrills of backcountry skiing, the challenge of snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or the simple joys of sledding and ice skating, there is a winter adventure worth bundling up for and getting out there.
Covering six Western states, one province, a bit from the Northeast, and encompassing all skill levels in various sports, here is our list of the top 40 cold-weather hot spots for adventure on Outdoor Project.
Watching a skier from Artist Point. Photo by Anthony Kasner.
Winter is a beautiful season at Crater Lake. Photo by Jess Beauchemin.
- Abiqua Falls: Snowshoe, cross-country ski, hike.
- Black Butte: Snowshoe, cross-country ski, hike.
- Cloud Cap Road: Snowshoe, cross-country ski.
- Mount Bachelor: Sled, hike, snowshoe, cross-country ski, backcountry ski.
- Snow Bunny Play Area: Sledding.
- Tumalo Falls: Snowshoe, cross-country ski.
- The Watchman, Crater Lake National Park: Snowshoe, cross-country ski.
Enjoying the ride down Journeyman Peak. Photo by Adam Cowcill.
Skinning in to the Pioneer Yurt. Photo by Calvin Perfall.
The view from Catherine's Pass. Photo by Calvin Perfall.
The valley section of the Mount Sanitas Hike. Photo by Rini Sugianto.
The Pear Lake Ski Hut. Photo by Aron Bosworth.
Making the climb up Little Jay. Photo by Eric Adsit.