The Ultimate Winter Bucket List

If you’ve been reading this blog for a little while, you’ll probably know that we’re located in Vancouver, Canada. For those of you that don’t know, Vancouver isn’t exactly considered the most wintery of places in Canada, or in North America for that matter, but we have the convenience of the mountains at our doorstep, hence why we hosted the Winter Olympics in 2010! As such I feel fully qualified to create this beloved winter bucket list (especially after the holidays are over and there’s not much to look forward to). These are some of my ultimate winter bucket list ideas! If I missed anything, let me know in the comments, there’s just so much to do in this fluffiest of seasons!

The Ultimate Winter Bucket List

1. Eat fresh snow

Literally every time it snowed in Saskatchewan (where I grew up) my mum would warn us not to eat the snow because it, “wasn’t healthy” but being young and always a little bit rebellious, we would dig in to the cleanest, fluffiest part we could find. And I’m going to be honest, after I’d feel a bit off inside, but it was worth it. Be warned sticking out your tongue to catch the fresh stuff is probably the best way to eat snow, oh and don’t eat yellow snow EVER.

2. Slide down fresh snow

skiing ย Once you’ve filled up your tummies with snow, you’ve got to ski, snowboard, toboggan (sledding), slide on your butt, slip and slide, snow skate down a slope. You’ve just got to do it, it’s like the law of winter bucket lists. If you’re lucky and near a mountain, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of shredding powder.

3. Go skating with friends

Practically a right of passage! Skating with friends is fun whether your a seasoned pro or just starting your figure skating career.

4. Build the Perfect Snowman

If it snows and the snow is just right, then you have to make a snowman. So collect your coal the perfect carrot, a hat and a scarf. If you’re going to build it, make it right!

5. Travel to Somewhere Warm

This may be a sacrilegious suggestion for a winter bucket list, but when those winter blues hit, there’s nothing quite like booking a trip to the beach. The sun and sand after the months of the cold and wind is like stepping into paradise!

6. Snowmobile

Self-explanitory: it’s awesome, it’s fun, you go fast, and it’s awesome.

7. Curl up by the fireplace with the perfect book

It’s the simple things in the winter. When you come home from a long day at school or the office, get the fire going, it will warm you up from the inside out. And what could be better than finding the perfect book to dive into?

Share with us some of your favorite winter bucket list items!

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Sara Ruthnum

Sara is the marketing and community outreach coordinator for She is passionate about all things travel, culture and sports, and is excited to start knocking off some of her bucket list dreams in the near future. Connect with Sara by emailing or Check out Sara's bucket list here

  • Ketutar Jensen

    *) Walk on the thick crust of snow, in the Springtime when it carries a person without snowshoes.

    *) Walk with snowshoes ๐Ÿ˜€

    *) Build a snow castle

    *) Have a snowball fight

    *) Make a snow maze

    *) Make “crop circles” in snow

    *) Build an ice sculpture

    *) Learn to skate

    *) Learn to figure skate

    *) Go on a tour skating tour

    *) Go iceskating on channels of Amsterdam

    *) Try ice boating

    *) Try cross-country skiing

    *) Try skijoring

    *) Try skijumping

    *) Try skicross

    *) Invent a new winter sport ๐Ÿ˜€

    *) Build the highest sledding mount in your neighborhood

    *) Have a winter picnic

    *) Make snow cream (snow ice cream)

    *) Try kicksled

    *) Go dogsledding

    *) Try reindeer sledding

    *) Go on a sleigh ride

    *) Build a carousel sleigh and go for a ride

    *) Try snowboard

    *) Try snowskate

    *) Learn freestyle skiing

    *) Curl

    *) Play ice hockey

    *) Play Shinny, Bandy, Ringette, Broomball…

    *) Play Snow Snake

    *) Play snow golf, snow rugby, snow… You get the idea ๐Ÿ˜€

    *) Go see a game. (I have never been to a game of any sort.)

    *) Have a game night – like Super Bowl Party, but for your favorite winter game

    *) Have a game night – no television, just board games and party games

    *) Go polar bear swimming

    *) Go to sauna in the winter and roll in snow

    *) Try hot tub

    *) Build an igloo

    *) Sleep in an igloo

    *) Go star gazing. [I was born in Finland and live in Sweden now, it’s pretty useless to even try seeing stars in the summertime. Midwinter skies are amazing. One might even see Aurora Borealis… ;-)]

    *) Climb a tree in the winter, and sit there and do nothing, just watch. Be careful not to slid, as the trees can be icy, and be careful not to harm the tree, as the branches and twigs are more brittle during the winter than summer.

    *) Have a glรถgg party

    *) Try mulled wine, gluchwine, hot buttered rum, eggnog, hot butterbeer, white chocolate, and other hot drinks

    *) Learn to make mulled wine, gluchwine, hot buttered rum, eggnog, hot butterbeer, white chocolate, and other hot drinks

    *) Learn to knit

    *) Have a sock knitting bee, to knit socks for charity, for example homeless people can suffer very much during the winters, and would appreciate a pair of woollen socks.

    *) Have an afghan crocheting bee, where all crochet granny squares, to make afghans for charity.

    *) Have a good old-fashioned quilting bee… oh, what the heck, just have a winter crafting gathering, where all bring a handcrafting project; where some sort of snack is offered and someone reads a book out loud. No TV.

    *) Knit, crochet or make in some other manner something useful for charity.

    *) Learn to make 10 different soups

    *) Learn to make chili

    *) Learn to bake bread

    *) Take hot soup and bread rolls to homeless people in your neighborhood

    *) Build a bonfire

    *) Roast something edible. Try roasted marshmallow; S’mores (I’ve never had these); fire roasted toast; roasted sausage (apparently a Scandinavian habit :-D); stickbread… all kinds of recipes prepared on a bonfire or campfire ๐Ÿ˜€

    • SaraRuthnum

      Awesome winter bucket list!

      • Ketutar Jensen

        ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks

  • Hope Nwosu

    I just wrote a bucket list inspired post on my blog.
    Check it out and find inspiration: