What are the Top 5 Winter Sports for Kids to Keep Them Active?

Here Are The Table of Contents For Top Winter Sports

1. Ice Skating

This is the ultimate winter sports for kids and that can be tried by people of all ages. It is mostly popular in cold countries such as Russia but also enjoyed in the United States. Outdoor ice skating was initially done on frozen surfaces such as lakes and ponds. However, the invention of ice rinks and arenas has made it a common 2 player sports activity. Though it requires practice and flexibility, it is a great sport for kids with a range of movements to improve posture and muscle strength.

The popularity of this sport paved way for different types of ice skating that are regarded as Olympic sports – figure skating and short track speed skating.

2. Snowboarding

This interesting combination of surfing skiing and skateboarding was developed in the United States. This is the perfect winter sport which takes place in a a snowy area from a high surface such as a slope. A special board is used for snowboarding board with bindings attached to it for a better grip. Kids can learn this sport – however with the right guidance and caution. The use of snowboarding equipment such as helmets, jackets and boots etc.

3. Ice Hockey

Ice Hockey is one of most commonly played sports in the US, with its origins from North America. The game of hockey is played with skates on an ice rink between teams of two with usually six players each. The objective of the game is to send the puck past the goal line into a net guarded by a goaltender. Ice hockey is played professionally but it can also be played with family and friends. You can teach your kids how to play with the proper gear. This includes the special ice-hockey helmet and padding.

4. Ice Skiing

If you are on a winter vacation with family, then this is a great winter activity! Ice skiing, which is done in snowy areas, is a recreational as well as a competitive sport. The best part about it is that you can go at your own pace, making this a fun sport for children to learn easily and gradually. Note that protective gear and equipment such as helmets, gloves, and skis are necessary for this sport.

5. Hiking

While this can be done all year round, we have added it to the list of winter sports for kids as this is a fun pastime activity that kids can do with no skills required. Also, hiking is a great solo sports and the best way to exercise and the body warms up eventually so it’s a great physical activity in the winter season!


These are the top winter sports for kids to try out with the right equipment and gear. If you are planning on going on a vacation in the winter season or if you live near the mountain side, then you should try this list of least hottest sports with your kids. All of these sports are an excellent way to stay active and get some exercise done. With other benefits for growing kids such as better posture, muscle strength and coordination!

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Written by Usama

Usama J. is a passionate writer about the sports and works as an in house sports journalist at Openiun, and covered many international sporting events including ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022.