Snow, Cold and Skating: Winter Vocabulary Word List

Winter is a wonderful, absolutely unique season. It’s snowy, icy, cold, sometimes frosty, but still very cosy and warm – when you think about winter you remember about warm clothes and reading books in front of a fireplace. For many of us it’s the best time of the year.

Winter has it’s own vocabulary and in this post we’ll be learning new words and phrases that are associated with this season.

Weather/climate (Погода/климат)

снег [snyek] – snow

Идёт снег. – It’s snowing.

снегопад [snyegapat] – snowfall

снеговик [snyegaveek] – snowman (also снежная баба)

снежинка [snyezhinka] – snowflake

снежный – snowy

лёд [lyot] – ice

ледяной – icy

холод [holat] – cold

холодно – it’s cold

мороз [maros] – frost

Вчера ночью был мороз. – There was a frost last night.

морозный – frosty

See Also: Talking about the weather in Russian

морозное утро – frosty morning

метель / вьюга / пурга – blizzard

снежная буря – snowstorm

сугроб – snowdrift

каток – (ice) rink

коньки – skates

сани – sledge (informal санки)

Winter clothes (зимняя одежда)

шапка [shapka] –  winter hat, beanie

шарф [sharf] – scarf

зимняя куртка [koortka] – winter coat

свитер [sveetyer] – sweater

варежки [varyeshkee] – mittens

перчатки [pyerchatkee] – gloves

носки [naskee] – socks

зимняя обувь – winter shoes

зимние сапоги – winter boots

валенки [valyenkee] – felt boots

тёплые вещи / тёплая одежда – warm clothes

See Also: Russian Vocabulary for Clothing

Winter activities (зимние занятия)

In winter we can do things that are only possible during this season.

Winter activities in Russian

кататься на лыжах – to ski

кататься на коньках – to ice skate

Когда я был мальчиком, я обожал кататься на коньках. – When I was a boy, I used to love ice-skating.

кататься на санках – to sled

играть в снежки – to play snowballs

лепить снеговика – to build a snowman

See Also: Seasons and Months in Russian

чистить снег – to shovel snow

греться – to get warm

греться у камина – to warm yourself in front of the fireplace

замерзать/мёрзнуть – to freeze

Я замёрз(ла). – I’m cold (I’m frozen).

кататься с горки – to ride down the hill

валяться в снегу – to roll in the snow

зимняя рыбалка – ice fishing

сноубординг – snowboarding

хоккей (на льду) – ice hockey

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