The seasonal bucket list—a wonderful tradition where we write out our hopes and intentions for the coming months and then try our best to cross at least a few items off the list.
Every year you say you’ll take that big ski trip and at the end of each season you promise yourself you’ll find more time for the slopes next year—grab a pen and some paper and put it on the list. If you’re strapped for ideas, we’ve gathered a few of our favorites to get you started. Now all you need to do is copy them down, follow through and enjoy your winter adventures.
Similar to hiking, only a lot more taxing, snowshoeing is a great winter activity that will keep you in shape while others are sitting by the fire. It’s important to get the right equipment and to know your limits (don’t plan a crazy long route the first time), but with some practice it can be one of the best winter activities for your health and fitness level.
Gladed runs—or slopes riddled with trees—can be both challenging and exhilarating, but they can also be dangerous. Pair up with someone who knows how to ski glades and start with an intermediate trail through a few trees. Remember, don’t look at the trees, look at the space between the trees and you’ll have a much easier time getting through them.
It’s no secret that there is occasionally some tension between skiers and boarders and what better way to alleviate that tension than taking a walk (or ride) in another person’s boots. Whatever you normally do, whether it be skiing or snowboarding, take at least one day this season to switch it up. Rent different gear and take a lesson or simply flail around on the bunny hill, but make an effort to try something new—and you might just make some new friends in the process.
If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results than that seems like a level of crazy we should all aim to avoid. Last season you might have been crushing the blue runs but if you want to get better it’s time to try some black trails. You never know what you’re capable of until you try, so make some time for harder trails this season.
With the madness of the holidays and limited vacation time at work, it might be hard to find time to get out on the slopes. Set aside a few days (or more if you can spare it) to travel to an area you haven’t been and test out their snow and terrain.
Challenges are always fun and this one gets harder as you get older. Try to ski or ride one day for every year you’ve been alive—If you’re 25, try to ski 25 days this winter. Attempting this challenge ensures you’ll log impressive amounts of time on the mountain and you’re basically guaranteed to improve your skills.
Learn to ski and snowboard month is officially in January but you can bring your non-skier friends to the mountain anytime. Everyone was introduced to the slopes by a friend or family member at some point, so pay it forward and bring a friend who hasn’t been before.
Relive those awesome childhood memories from when you weren’t such a great skier and instead preferred sliding down the slopes on a tube. Tubing is too often overlooked as a kids-only activity, but adults can have even more fun reaching faster speeds than their smaller counterparts.
Whether taking on uncharted backcountry terrain or skiing in bounds on a high-risk day, it always pays to know about avalanche safety. Courses are offered throughout the country and there’s no time like the present to learn, especially when the lesson could save a life.