Many of the winter recreational activities that people participate in today were originally invented to allow people to travel in snow to accomplish day to day activities necessary for survival. Over time, as people adopted motorized modes of transportation, such as snowmobiles, planes, and automobiles, travel by skis, snowshoes, and dog sleds was no longer necessary for practical reasons. These activities are still popular today, but they are primarily used for fun and competition. The winter sports that people enjoy today all tell stories about how people lived in the past and how northern lifestyles and technologies have changed over time.
Select the topics below to learn more about the origins of four popular winter recreational activities.