5 Fun Things to Do On a Snow Day
Dec 04, 2015
This winter, as you wake up from the comforts of your Gatlinburg cabin, you catch a glimpse of something spectacular - Smoky Mountain snow. There's nothing more exciting than a snow day in the Smokies. Kick your snow day off to a great start by getting outdoors. Bundle up and get ready to try these 5 fun snow day activities at your cabin in Gatlinburg! Heartland Cabin Rentals offers cabins in several different elevations. Snowfall will vary depending on how high, low or wooded your cabin's location is - the rest is up to mother nature.
1. Go Sledding!
Sledding is a fun snow day activity for all ages. There are several stores in the Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg areas where you can purchase a sled for such an occasion. Some of our cabins are situated in the valleys of the Smoky Mountains where you can joyfully slip and slide down little hills in the cabin's yard.
2. Build a Snowman
Pack and roll fresh Smoky Mountain snow in the shape of three snowballs, one small, one medium and one large. Place the large snowball on the ground to begin. Then you will add the medium snowball on top of the large snowball, and then place the small snowball on top of the medium snowball. Now, all you need is two small branches to create arms - Place a branch on each side of the medium snowball to give your snowman form. Watch your snowman come to life by adding any material to the small snowball, creating two eyes a nose and a smile for the mouth. Adorn your snowman with a scarf and voila! This is a great activity to get the whole family involved.
3. Make Snow Angels
Making snow angels can be a cold venture, but there is something about playing in the fresh snow while gliding your arms and legs back and forth that brings out your inner kid. For more fun, take a spray bottle filled with water and food coloring and decorate your snow angel in festive colors.
4. Make Snow Cream
Making snow cream is something everyone should try at least once! After a fresh snow, gather four to five cups of clean, unpacked Smoky Mountain snow. Mix 1/2 cup of sugar, one cup of milk and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla together until the sugar has dissolved completely. Slowly add in the snow to the mixture and allow it to thicken slightly. For a twist, add some cinnamon!
5. Hide and Seek
This isn't your traditional version of hide and seek! To play a wintery version of hide and seek, mix food coloring with water and freeze into an ice cube tray or other molds. Once frozen, hide them around outside and in the yard for a fun winter inspired scavenger hunt!
By Doug Shanks a Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.