40 Must-Do Winter Adventures | Featured Adventure - Cairn

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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.

Washington


Watching a skier from Artist Point. Photo by Outdoor Project Contributor Anthony Kasner.

Oregon


Winter is a beautiful season at Crater Lake. Photo by Outdoor Project Contributor Jess Beauchemin.

British Columbia


Enjoying the ride down Journeyman Peak. Photo by Outdoor Project Contributor Adam Cowcill.

Idaho


Skinning in to the Pioneer Yurt. Photo by Outdoor Project Contributor Calvin Perfall.

Utah


The view from Catherine's Pass. Photo by Outdoor Project Contributor Calvin Perfall.

Colorado


The valley section of the Mount Sanitas Hike. Photo by Outdoor Project Contributor Rini Sugianto.

California


The Pear Lake Ski Hut. Photo by Outdoor Project Contributor Aron Bosworth.

Northeast


Making the climb up Little Jay. Photo by Outdoor Project Contributor Eric Adsit.

Article by Outdoor Project Team Member, Jesse Weber.