The Wildest Winter Activities

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25. Ice blocking
> Where it originated: Unknown
> Equipment needed: Block of ice, towel

Ice blocking is a safe, fun winter activity that many kids have enjoyed for years. Using a big ice block as a makeshift toboggan to speed downhill can provide lots of outdoor entertainment. In addition to the large block of ice, you’ll need a towel to place on top of it — and of course a hill to slide down.

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24. Igloo building
> Where it originated: Unknown
> Equipment needed: Snow

Though it likely started as a necessity for people who lived in freezing cold climates thousands of years ago, building an igloo is a fun way to spend a winter day outside. It can provide a snowy hangout that protects you from the bitter winter winds or an ideal fortress during a snowball fight.

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23. Synchronized skating
> Where it originated: Michigan
> Equipment needed: Skates, teammates

Figure skating is a fairly common winter pastime, but people may have forgotten that synchronized skating was an Olympic demonstration sport only in 2002. The sport has teams of up to 20 skaters performing a routine.

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22. Ski jumping
> Where it originated: Norway
> Equipment needed: Skis, helmet

We may be used to seeing ski jumping during the Winter Olympics, but that doesn’t make it any less daunting and dangerous. Athletes ski down massive ramps and launch themselves hundreds of feet down the course.

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21. Ice sailing
> Where it originated: The Netherlands
> Equipment needed: Ice boat

Ice sailing, also known as ice boating or ice yachting, proves that water doesn’t have to be in liquid form for people to sail on it. Likely invented by Dutch sailors to transport goods, people nowadays go ice sailing by putting steel runners on the bottom of wooden boats and using sails to catch winter winds and propel them across frozen lakes at more than 40 mph.