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To survive the harshness of winter, many animals have developed different behavioral and morphological adaptations:
Migration is a common effect of winter upon animals, notably birds. However the majority of birds do not migrate, the cardinal for example. Some butterflies also migrate seasonally.
Hibernation is a state of reduced metabolic activity during the winter. These animals "sleep" during winter and only come out as warm weather returns. For example, gophers, bears, frogs, snakes and bats hibernate.
Some animals store food for the winter and live upon it instead of hibernating completely. This is the case of squirrels, beavers, skunks, badgers and raccoons.
Resistance is observed when an animal endures winter, but changes in ways such as color and musculature. The color of the fur or plumage are changed to white in order to be confused with snow and thus, to retain their cryptic coloration year round. Examples are the ptarmigan, the arctic fox, the weasel, the white-tailed jack rabbit or the mountain hare.
Some fur-coated mammals grow a heavier fur coat during the winter. This improves the heat-retention qualities of the fur. The coat is then shed following the winter season to allow better cooling. The heavier winter coat made this season a favorite for trappers who sought more profitable skins.
Snow also affects the ways animals behave, as many take advantage of the insulating properties of snow by burrowing in it. Mice and voles typically live under the snow layer.
Annual plants never survive the winter. As for perennial plants, many small ones profit from the insulating effects of snow by being buried in it. Larger plants, particularly deciduous trees, usually let their upper part go dormant, but their roots are still protected by the snow layer. Few plants bloom in the winter, though exceptions include the flowering plum (which flowers in time for Chinese New Year).
Many winter activities involve the use of snow in some form (which sometimes may still be manmade, via snow cannons):
Bobsledding - a winter sport in which teams make timed runs down narrow, twisting, banked purpose-built iced tracks in a gravity-powered, steerable sled.
Skiing - the activity of gliding over snow using what is now fiberglass planks called skis that are strapped to the skiers' feet with ski bindings.
Sledding - a downhill activity where the user uses a sled to glide down the hill.
Snowball fight - a physical game in which snowballs are thrown with the intention of hitting someone else.
Snowboarding - an increasingly common sport where participants strap a composite board to their feet and slide down a snow-covered mountain.
Snowshoeing - a means of travel in which one is able to walk on top of the snow by increasing the surface area of their feet.
Snowman building - creating a man-like model out of snow.
Snow castle building - for example constructions such as the SnowCastle of Kemi, the largest in the world.
Many other winter activities and sports focus on ice, which however need not necessarily be natural (see ice rink).
Ice skating - a means of traveling on ice with skates, narrow (and sometimes parabolic) blade-like devices molded into special boots (or, more primitively, without boots, tied to regular footwear).
Ice boating - a means of travel in a specialized boat similar in appearance to a sailboat but fitted with skis or runners (skates) and designed to run over ice instead of (liquid) water.
Ice biking - The continuation of regular cycling activities in the winter and cold weather.
Ice fishing - the sport of catching fish with lines and hooks through an opening in the ice on a frozen body of water.
Ice diving - a type of penetration diving where the dive takes place under ice.
Ice sculpture - elaborate sculptures are carved out of blocks of ice.
Ice Hockey - A team sport played on the ice with skates, sticks and a puck. The goal is to send the puck in the adversary team's net more often than they send it in yours during 60 minutes of play.
Curling - A team sport using brooms and stones. The object of the game is to slide your stones in a bullseye and get your opponent's stones out of it.
Ice climbing - The recreational activity of climbing ice formations such as icefalls, and great frozen waterfalls.