Snow Sports: 5 Ways to Enjoy Winter in Rochester

Snow sports and other outdoor winter activities are a great way to shake the winter doldrums. Exposure to fresh air, exercise, and sunshine are key to staying healthy through the colder months.

To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold. – Aristotle

Holiday Spirit: Snowshoe snow sports

Snowshoeing

If you’re looking to spend more time outdoors, try snowshoeing! There are a few places around Rochester to rent snowshoes and learn how to use them.

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Mendon Ponds Park Monroe County XC Skiing snow sports

Skiing

Skiing around Rochester is as much winter recreation as it is a social experience, competition, and a tradition. A few of these destinations also offer cross country ski rentals.

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Rochester-Area Day Trip: Mendon Ponds Park Monroe County Sledding snow sports

Sledding

Monroe County Parks have the best sledding hills around Rochester! The great thing about sledding is that there are no barriers to entry.

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Ice Skating at Churchville Park snow sports

Skating

There are several options when looking for ice skating rinks around Rochester. It first depends on whether you own your own skates or need to rent. It also depends on your preference for indoor or outdoor rinks.

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Taughannock Falls winter hiking gorge trail

Walking

There’s no need for any extra equipment to simply get outside and take a walk! Wander around the neighborhood on a sunny day, or pick a trail to explore. It’s also a great time to head to the beach! Here are a few suggestion:

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What are your favorite snow sports?

Debi Bower

Born, raised and living life as a digital designer in Rochester, NY! I am also a day-tripper, writer & photographer, exploring the nooks and crannies that make our part of New York State so special.

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