<p>Climbers work their way up a formidable ice formation in Iceland.</p>

The Iceman Climbeth

Climbers work their way up a formidable ice formation in Iceland.

Bill Hatcher, National Geographic

The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway: 15 Snapshots of Snowy Sports

“The problem with winter sports is that—follow me closely here—they generally take place in winter.”

“The problem with winter sports is that—follow me closely here—they generally take place in winter.”

So wrote humorist Dave Barry. Maybe you agree: When you think of winter, you may envision yourself huddled in blankets, drinking hot chocolate, counting down the days until spring.

But maybe you imagine a snowy playground full of possibilities. In looking through these photos from our archive, we’re reminded that—fortunately—there are plenty of ways to stay active and happy in winter months, from hockey to horses, climbing to curling.

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