Spring is officially here and the majority of the U.S. has shed its last few inches of snow. After a cold winter, many people are looking forward to warm, sunny days. Everyone has different favorite summer activities, from going to the beach to going hiking or traveling. Likewise, many people enjoy a wide variety of winter activities, many of which come with a good amount of space-consuming equipment.
Snowmobiling, Skiing and Snowshoeing
According to the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association, there are 1.3 million snowmobiles registered in the U.S. and an additional 600,000 in Canada. In 2015 alone, 58,299 were sold in the U.S., accounting for nearly 40 percent of global sales.
Snowmobiling isn’t the only winter recreational activity many Americans take part in. Skiing is enjoyed by more than 20 million U.S. citizens, according to a survey by SnowSports Industries America. While some of these people may opt to rent skis at resorts or other skiing destinations, many own their own equipment.
“Skiing is enjoyed by more than 20 million U.S. citizens.”
Plus, as blogger Taralyn Howse pointed out, many avid skiers have a wide variety of skis to choose from. Cross-country skis are very different than the downhill variety, and within those two main categories lie many others, like those meant for speed skating or rock skis, used by downhill skiers during the early season when snow is sparse.
Beyond skiing, there are plenty of activities people can do on hills and trails in the winter. Snowshoeing is a popular pastime, as are snowboarding and sledding.
Hockey and Figure Skating
Outdoor sports like snowboarding and snowmobiling are popular, but indoor sports get their fair share of attention during the winter, too. According to USA Hockey, more than 1 million people in the U.S. play hockey.
Hockey requires more gear than just skates. All players must have:
- Neck guard
- Elbow, shoulder and knee pads
- Pants and socks
Even more equipment is needed for goalies, such as special pads and a blocker.
Players begin learning the game at seven, or sometimes even younger. For a family with multiple children playing hockey, gear quickly piles up and gets larger as the players get older.
Figure skating attracts thousands of participants every year, too. According to US Figure Skating, there were more than 170,000 figure skating members in the 2013-2014 season.
Storing Your Winter Gear
All of these popular sports and activities involve a good amount of gear stored in someone’s home. Beyond skates, sticks, skis, and things like helmets that go along with them, everyone who lives in a colder climate during the winter has boots, jackets, gloves and hats to keep them warm. Other equipment, like snowblowers and shovels, are used to keep driveways and sidewalks clear. Some even have snow plows attached to a truck to clear out large sections of snow.
While all of these things are important to have during the winter, now that summer is approaching, many people want to get them out of the way until they are needed again many months from now.
Some might opt to put these items in the garage or a basement. However, stashing your winter things in the garage may mean parking your car outside, where it is at greater risk of vandalism or damage due to weather. Keeping these belongings in the basement can be a pain for heavier things like the snow blower, and might not even be feasible for something as large as the snowmobile.
Instead of stashing your winter gear and equipment for the summer in places clearly meant for other things, consider using Mobile Mini secure storage containers. These are secure and weather resistant, so you know that even your most valuable skis and snow blowers will be protected and safe. Mobile Minis are also convenient, as they can be stored right on your own property, making them easily accessible.