Choosing a Winter Campsite

It can often be a bit more difficult when choosing an ideal campsite for winter weather than it is in the summer. This is because the temperature can get extremely cold and you need to protect yourself from the elements as much as possible with your site.

winter campingHowever, there are a couple of things you should always take into consideration no matter what time of the year you’re camping. These include following all camping regulations and being considerate of other campers in the vicinity. So make sure you clean up afterwards and keep the noise to a minimum.

When looking for a site, stay away from open areas and ridge tops because the wind may create snowdrifts or blow your tent down. It’s also a good idea to keep away from low-lying areas as the coldest air will likely settle there.

You need to be aware of avalanche danger and make sure your campsite is clear of any areas where potential avalanches could occur. If you pitch your tent facing the south, it will provide you with more direct sunlight and longer days. Pitching it on level ground is also recommended.

Try to find nearby streams and lakes for drinking water as this will save you a lot of energy by not having to melt snow for drinking.