How to Go Winter Camping in 8 Easy Steps

The backcountry doesn't close when its cold outside. Make the most of the snowy season with our help.

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Some people are like grizzlies, spending the colder months denned away in a snoozy haze. But you? No. You’re a regular polar bear, and winter is your playground. As far as you’re concerned, backpacking season is all year round.

If you want to make the most of winter camping, you need the right skills, the right gear, and a burning desire to get after it. Here, we’ll help you with the first two, with advice on planning your trip, picking out the perfect gear to sleep in the snow, and convincing your friends to come along. That last one, though? That’s on you.

Part 1: Get Motivated

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Learn to love the snow, and the snow will love you right back. Read the Article

Part 2: Gear Up

Black Diamond Mega Light tent

Picking the right equipment is key to having fun in the snow. Read the Article

Part 3: Plan Your First Winter Campout

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Kitty Terwoelbeck

Plan right and you’re bound for the best winter camping experience possible. Read the Article

Part 4: Take the Plunge

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You’ve chosen your gear, your trail, and your time. Now, get out there. Read the Article

Part 5: Get Luxurious

Aziz Rasool

Just because you’re camping in the snow doesn’t mean you need to suffer. Up your comfort factor with these tips. Read the Article

Part 6: Build a Snow Shelter


For base camping in winter, the warmth of a snow shelter is hard to pass up. But which kind to build? Read the Article

Step 7: Convince Your Friends to Go Winter Camping


Winter camping is super rewarding, but convincing others to join you isn’t always easy. It’s best to have a few tricks. Read the Article

Step 8: Pack Your Bags


We review the best winter camping gear on the market. Read the Article