5 Winter Activities to Stay in Shape and Have Fun

Kristina Kraus
Greater Nevada Credit Union
“Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful…” We’ve all heard and enjoyed the song ‘Let it Snow’ but don’t let the snow and cold keep you indoors this season. Winter weather tempts us to stay inside, eat holiday treats, and make every excuse not to go to the gym, but going outside doesn’t have to be a chore. There are several fun outdoor activities that can help you stay in shape while enjoying winter weather.  

Ice skating

Ice skating is a true pastime of winter but not everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the activity outdoors. We are lucky enough to have several places in our communities to offer outdoor ice skating rinks. So grab your friends and family and head to the Reno Aces ballpark, Arlington Square rink in downtown Carson City, or check out the many places around Lake Tahoe.

Skiing and Snowboarding

With more than a dozen ski resorts in the Sierra Nevada, there is bound to be a resort for you. Locals can get deals for as low as $25 - $35 for lift tickets at some resorts. Plus, whether you’re a beginner or expert, there are resorts to accommodate all skill levels. Skiing and snowboarding, apart from being a great workout, are also a lot of fun and can provide priceless memories of good times with family and friends.


We weren’t all born like Shaun White or Jamie Anderson, but that doesn’t mean we should stay away from the beauty and fun that our Sierra Nevada Mountains have to offer during the winter season. Snowshoeing allows even the most uncoordinated adventurers to take in the outdoors and winter landscape. Check out these snowshoe trails around Lake Tahoe for a fun day and great way to exercise.

Healthy Food Substitutes

Part of the holiday fun is all the holiday food. It’s important to watch what you eat and your portion sizes year round but it can be especially hard during the holidays. Instead of baking the traditional loaves of bread and trays of cookies, try substituting some of the fattier ingredients for a healthier alternative. For example, you can substitute chocolate chips with cacao nibs or coconut milk for heavy cream. For other substitution ideas, click here.

Santa Dash

A lot of us have heard of the famous Reno Santa Crawl, but there is also a Santa Dash and even a Santa Skiing event. So put down the holiday beverage and lace up your skis or running shoes for these great community events. The Santa Dash is a 5k that takes place near downtown Reno at Wingfield Park on Saturday, December 12 and the Santa Skiing also happens on December 12 at Mount Rose Ski Resort.

Paying for winter activities are also a good time to use your Greater Nevada Visa® debit card and get rewards