We all know that winter is a beautiful time to enjoy the outdoors. The crisp air, the cozy snowflakes are falling from the sky, and of course, those warm drinks by a fireplace or bonfire. But what are some of the most expensive outdoor activities you can do in winter? Let’s explore that question and find out.
Skiing is often seen as a luxury. Ski resorts usually cost hundreds of dollars for an overnight stay, and it can cost even more if you want to ski on the slopes. For those who enjoy the thrill of downhill skiing, it can be costly. A lift ticket alone can cost $100, and renting skis and boots will set you back another $150. For those who like cross-country skiing, it’s much less expensive but does not offer the same thrill that downhill skiing might provide. If you want to get your own skiing set up, it will also be expensive. Ski equipment starts around $250 for a beginner’s package and can cost over $1500 for an advanced set up with skis, boots, poles, helmets, and anything else you might need.
If you enjoy spending time outdoors but want to do so in the comfort of an insulated shelter, winter camping might provide exactly what you’re looking for! During the colder months, when there’s snow on the ground and temperatures drop below freezing, winter camping is one of the most expensive outdoor activities you can do. A dome or cabin-style tent will cost around $150-$300 depending on its size and how insulated it is. Having a good sleeping bag for cold nights is also an essential part of winter camping since it can cost anywhere from $50 to more than $200. For those who live in snowy parts of the country, winter camping might be your only option during colder months, so it’s best not to cut corners while trying to save money!
For those who love the adrenaline rush from scaling to the top of a cliff or wall, ice climbing might just be the perfect wintertime outdoor activity for you! The strength and endurance required to scale up an ice-covered rock face are enough to test even experienced climbers.If you don’t have any experience with this hobby and simply want to try it out, it would be best to take some lessons and not purchase your own gear. Try renting them first before deciding if it’s something you’d like to continue doing. Rental rates could cost around $80 for basic equipment (helmets, harnesses, crampons, and ice axes). If you’re interested in taking up ice climbing as a new hobby, purchasing necessary equipment will set you back hundreds if not thousands of dollars. On average, if you want to purchase brand new gear and everything else you might need, it costs around $2500!