170+ Winter Trivia Questions and Answers

Winter is known to be the coldest time of the year. For some, especially kids, enjoy making a snowman and playing in the snow. Others prefer to go ice skating and skiing. What a beautiful way to relive our outdoor activities!

A time when trees lose their leaves and animals enter into a deep sleep. We get to experience longer nights and shorter days. Did you know that the term Winter comes from a German word that means Times of Water”? Well, I bet you didn’t!

Winter Trivia Questions and Answers

How about you learn of the winter holidays celebrated around the world?

Below is a list of fascinating winter trivia questions and answers to gauge how much you know about the season. You may also consider learning about other seasons too through summer trivia and spring trivia respectively.

Give this a shot!

1. What do we call the state when animals sleep during the winter?



2. The word ‘winter’ comes from an old germanic word ‘wintar’. What does it mean?

“Time of water”


3. Which ancient stone monument is aligned with the winter solstice sunset?



4. What is the recorded coldest temperature in the United Kingdom?

-27.2 degrees C


5. Which hemisphere experiences a colder winter season than the other?

Northern hemisphere


6. Snowflakes are actually of what color?

Translucent, not white


7. How long does winter last in the northern hemisphere?

From December to March


8. What is the shortest day of the year called?

Winter solstice


9. The word “solstice” means what?

“sun stands still”


10. How long does winter last in the southern hemisphere?

From June to September


11. What is the name of the medical emergency that occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce it and the body’s temperature gets dangerously low?



12. The Winter Derby is a Group 3 flat horse race in Great Britain held at Lingfield Park during which months?

February or March


13. How much money can a policeman fine a driver for driving a car with snow on the roof in the United Kingdom?



14. Which months mark the beginning and end of winter respectively?

December and February


15. The lowest temperature ever recorded occurred at what place?

Antarctica’s Vostok Station. It was -98.2 degrees Celsius (-128.6 degrees Fahrenheit) on July 21, 1983!


16. Which kind of snow is suitable for making a snowman?

Wet snow


17. During which season in the Northern hemisphere does the earth reach the point in its orbit where it is closest to the sun?



18. What is Biathlon?

A winter sport


19. What do we call the condition characterized by an extreme fear of snow?



20. What is the lowest temperature ever recorded in the United States of America?

-80 degrees Fahrenheit


21. From November 22 to December 21, what zodiac sign is it?



22. In the winter of 1620 when the River Thames in London became frozen, a fair was held on the water. What was its name?

Frost Fair


23. What is the coldest state in the United States of America?



24. Winter Festival of Lights takes place in which country during winter?

Niagra Falls, Ontario, Canada


25. Where do slugs go during the winter when the temperature goes below the freezing level?



26. The Arctic Fox turns white during winter and then changes back to its grey color when it is over. True or False?



27. “People do not notice whether it is winter or summer when they are happy.” Which famous writer said that?

Anton Chekhov


28. When animals hideaway during winter and emerge when it is over it’s called migration and when birds and animals travel to warmer places when it is cold in their natural habitat, it’s called hibernation. True or False?

False, it is the other way around


29. Fat biking is a winter sport — true or false?



30. What is the main cause of winter?

The tilt of the planet’s axis is pointed away from the sun


31. Where is the snowiest place in the United States?

Stampede Pass in Washington State


32. Which major sports events have never been held in the Southern Hemisphere, and no country has ever applied to host them?

The Winter Olympics


33. Which term is used to refer to a car that loses traction on the rear wheels?



34. What are heavy snowfalls with winds over 35 miles per hour with limited visibility called?



35. What is the name of House Stark’s ancestral house in the HBO series Game of Thrones?



36. What is the name of the winter play by William Shakespeare?

The winter’s tale


37. How much of the world’s fresh water supply comes from snow and ice?



38. February is named after the ancient Roman purification festival “Februa,” which took place every year on what date?

February 15th


39. Which type of bird turns its brown features into white in the winter?



40. Is it possible for snow to fall over a desert?



41. A black bear’s pulse can drop to how many beats during winter?

8 beats per minute in the winter (from 40 or so in the summer)


42. On February 2, 2007, an area of 1,500 square kilometers in Siberia was covered in snow in which special color?



43. How many sides do snowflakes have?

Six sides


44. What is the name of a famous winter festival that takes place in Miami Beach?

Winter Party Festival in Miami Beach


45. The first Olympic Winter Games were held in which country?



46. What is the average speed at which snowflakes fall from the sky?

Three to four miles per hour


47. Which basic sled, unlike other sleds or sleighs, has no runners or skis on the underside (or only low ones)?

A toboggan


48. What does snow blindness mean?

When you become blind due to overexposure to UV light that reflects off of the snow


49. What is the largest width ever recorded of a snowflake?

15 inches

50. Reykjavik Winter Lights Festival takes place in which country during winter?

Reykjavik, Iceland


51. Which condition refers to the damage to body tissue caused by freezing?



52. What causes the red color of watermelon snow, which is most commonly found in the Canadian Rockies?



53. During the winter, which New Zealand bug freezes solid?

The Weta restarts its operations as the temperatures rise


54. What is the necessary weather condition for a blizzard to happen?

Blowing snow with winds greater than 55 kilometres per hour


55. The most snow to fall within 24 hours ever recorded was 76 inches. Where was this?

Silver Lake Colorado


56. What is a pretty strange winter Olympic sport that involves sliding large stones towards a target?



57. Why do people place salt on icy roads in the winter?

Salt can reduce the freezing point


58. Which city in the United States became the first US city to host the Winter Olympics twice?

Lake Placid


59. Where did the public festivities conducted on the frozen Thames during the 17th and 18th centuries get their name?

Frost fares (the last was in 1812)


60. The first snowmobile in the world was patented in which country?



61. Which sport involves acro, aerials and moguls?

Freestyle skiing


62. Shovel racing, a dangerous winter sport was invented in which city in the 1970s?

New Mexico


63. Which country made use of extreme winter conditions to fight against Germany during World War II?



64. Which winter sport evolved from skateboarding and surfing?



65. What is the name of a famous winter festival that takes place in New Orleans?

New Orleans’ Mardi Gras


66. “Winter Is Coming” is the motto of which family in “Game of Thrones”?

House Stark


67. In which country did speed skating originate?


68. Where in fiction is the kingdom of talking animals and mythological creatures that has been governed by a White Witch for 100 years of severe winter?

Narnia (in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)


69. In which European city can we visit The Winter Palace?

Saint Petersburg


70. What was the first international winter sports competition to be organized?

Nordic Games


71. “Winter banana” is a variety of which fruit?



72. Which alpine skier won the men’s Giant Slalom in the Winter Olympics in the years 1988 and 1992 ?

Alberto Tomba of Italy


73. Skijoring is a winter sport and a part of the Olympics — true or false?

False, not a part of the Olympics


74. The “Burning the Clocks” is an annual winter solstice festival taking place in which British city?



75. Who was the first player to compete in the Winter Olympics after having played in the National Hockey League?

George Geran


76. “Febris” is a Latin term that means what?

“purification” or “purgation”


77. Which Christmas carol is written based on a poem by Christina Rossetti?

“In the Bleak Midwinter”


78. Who became the first woman to win four Olympic gold medals in alpine skiing?

Janice Kostelic


79. The inaugural Winter Olympics, which took place in 1924, were held at the foot of which mountain?

Mont Blanc (the site was Chamonix, France)


80. The Winter War took place between 1939 and 1940 between Russia and which country?



81. Which is the snowiest city in the world?

Aomori City in Japan


82. In which city in February 1999, the biggest documented snowman was created?

In Bethel, Maine. It stood at a towering height of 113 feet.


83. What does a chinook mean?

A type of winter wind


84. What is the Ukrainian New Year, which is celebrated in mid-January and is famous for its rowdy and masquerade-like traditions, called?



85. How long was the ice age?

The Ice Ages spanned 2.4 million years and ended 11,500 years ago.


86. Which kind of snow turns into a glacier?

Fresh snow that falls on the top of a mountain


87. What is the name of Winter Solstice celebrations in Iran?

Yalda Night


88. Even today, at the start of winter, which Indians of British Columbia change their names and take on the names of their ancestors?

The Kwakiutl Indians.


89. Austria has its own version of Santa Claus, but he is a little more strict. He not only comes to reward nice children but also to punish naughty ones. What is he called?



90. What is the biggest shopping day during the winter?

November’s Black Friday


91. Where is the event called Night of the Radishes, which is a three-day festival starting on 23 December, celebrated?

Oaxaca in Mexico


92. In April 1815, the Mount Tambora volcano in which nation erupted, causing a ‘Year without Summer’ in the Northern Hemisphere?



93. In the winter of 2015, what could you rent from a Massachusetts resident on AirB&B for $10 per night?

His homemade igloo – sleeping bags were not included.


94. In which country is Saint Lucia Day celebrated, where on 13 December the youngest girl from each family dresses up as the martyr Saint Lucy of Syracuse?



95. An hour was 45 minutes in the winter and 75 minutes in the summer because which civilization utilized sun and darkness to calculate the time?

The Romans


96. As well as during winter, what other season sees the most frequent avalanches globally?



97. Which Chinese Festival is celebrated in January or February, depending on the lunar calendar?

Chinese New Year


98. Hwacheaon Sancheoneo Ice Festival takes place in which country during winter?

Hwacheon, South Korea


99. What 3-star signs could you have if you were born in winter?

Capricorn, Aquarius, or Pisces

100. What is the ancient African harvest festival, celebrated between 26 December and 1 January, whose name literally means “first fruits” called?



101. How many snow particles fall from the sky every winter?

At least one septillion


102. How much daylight is there at the North and South pole during winter?



103. The Kureri tradition is thousands of years old, men and women put on masks that appear like monsters and costumes and dance around to scare evil spirits away. To which country does this Kukeri tradition belong?



104. Name the ‘ice sport’ that involves participants riding a small sled down a frozen track while lying forward-facing and face down?



105. Which dangerous gas can be released if you don’t get your furnace serviced regularly?

Carbon Monoxide


106. Some of the best snow for snowmobiling can be found in where?

Yellowstone National Park


107. How thick is ice that can be skated on safely?

Four inches


108. The Winter of Discontent was a period in the United Kingdom during which public sector trade unions went on strike, seeking higher pay; who was Prime Minister at the time?

James Callaghan (1978-79)


109. During Seattle’s Snow Day on 12 January 2013, 5,834 people took part in what? This was a record-breaking world event.

The world’s largest snowball fight


110. A person is showing symptoms of frostbite on their finger after being subjected to severe cold exposure. What would your first step towards helping them be?

Dipping the finger in warm water


111. Which William Shakespeare’s play opens with the line “Now is the winter of our discontent”?

Richard III


112. What is the sport of English athletes Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean?

Ice dancing


113. “Nothing burns like the cold.” Who said these words?

George R.R. Martin


114. Harbin Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival takes place in which country during winter?

Dongbei, China


115. How many Winter Olympic Games Sports are held indoors?

4 – Ice hockey, figure skating, curling, and speed skating.


116. “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” Who said these words?

Albert Camus


117. During the Winter Solstice, on what date, the Pilgrims arrived in Plymouth?


118. How many ski resorts are there in the US?



119.  “It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” Who said these words?

Charles Dickens


120. Dragon Carnival takes place in which country during winter?

Ljubljana, Slovenia


121. What do people in Lithuania do to forest animals during the winter?

Go and feed them to ensure their survival over the colder months.


122. What does George promise Mary in ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’?

The Moon


123. Snowstorms may dump what volume of snow in a single day?

39 million tons


124. In some Nordic countries, what is it acceptable to have babies doing in temperatures of -16 and 41 degrees Fahrenheit?

Napping outdoors to become accustomed to the cold.


125. Name the Disney movie in which a princess, the elder of two sisters, has the power to create and manipulate snow?



126. The world record for snowfall is held by which location in Washington state, which received 1,140 inches of snow during the 1998–1999 winter season?

Mt. Baker ski resort


127. What do British children leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve?

Liquor, usually brandy or whisky


128. Eggnog was first introduced in which country?

The United Kingdom


129. Winter Jazz Festival (Vinterjazz) takes place in which country during winter?



130. How long did the ban on snowball fights last in Severance, Colorado, before being overturned thanks to a very determined 9-year old boy?

98 years


131. What does the muskox do to prepare itself for the severe cold?

Grows a second coat of fur.


132. Which civilization believed that evil spirits roam the Earth and that on this night, the energies of the destructive spirit Ahriman are the most strong?

The Zoroastrians


133. How many live spectators attend Times Squares New Years’ Eve celebrations?

At least 1 million


134. Traditionally, what is hidden inside a Christmas pudding?

A coin


135. What is the name of the famous winter festival that takes place in Cologne, Germany?

Cologne Winter Carnival


136. How many US states should expect at least 1-in of snow on Christmas Day based on historical probability?



137. What does Sam bring back from Alaska t0 his friend George in Seattle in ‘North To Alaska'(1960)?

George’s fiancé.


138. In the history of the Winter Olympics, which country has won the most medals?



139. During winter, Alaska is the coldest American state. But, which is the hottest?



140. What is the famous Russian fur hat worn in winter called?



141. What is snow?

Forms of ice crystals that precipitate from the atmosphere (usually from clouds) and undergo changes on the Earth’s surface.


142. How fast does snow falls per second on earth?

1 to 6 feet per second


143. What sets up the possibility of an avalanche?

A snow slab


144. Snowflakes take on a variety of shapes, basic among these are what?

Platelets, needles, columns and rime.


145. How many slots are used in USA roads during each Winter season?

22 Million Tons


146. What sort of snow turns into a glacier?

Fresh snow falling on mountain tops


147. What is the name of the city on earth having heavy snowfalls?

Aomori City in northern Japan


148. When does snow make a noise?

When it is about to melt


149. Which kind of snowfalls is capable of making “Snowman-Building?

Wet Snow Falls

150. On which other planets in the Solar System have scientists observed snow falling?



151. What is the actual ratio of perfect snow to water?



152. How much snow is equivalent to an inch of rainfall?

13 inches


153. Winter cold kills more than twice Americans as compared to summer heat, Is it true?



154. What does a snow groomer do?

Manipulates snow for recreational use


155. What is the average speed of the snowfalls when it falls from the sky?

3 Mph


156. Where would you find the snow belt?

United States


157. How much water would produce from One inch of snow?

Just less than 1/10 of an inch of water


158. In 1999, which mountain took the record for the most snowfall ever measured in the United States in a single season?

Mount Baker


159. Which City holds the record for most snow angels building at a time?

Bismarck, North Dakota on February 17, 2007, by Several Schools


160. How long did it take for the second largest snowman in the world, Angus, to melt?

Mid June


161. What kind of butterflies flies to Mexico in Winter?

Millions of monarch butterflies


162. In the animated film of Raymond Briggs’ book the Snowman, who sang “Walking in the Air”?

Peter Auty


163. What percentage of Earth’s land surface is covered with snow and ice?



164. In 1976/77 which American city had the all-time high for snowfall in a single season?

Buffalo, New York


165. Who popularised the word phrase “Snowmageddon”?

Former President of USA “Barack Obama”


166. In “Let It Snow” the 1945 song by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne what were the singers eating?

Pop Corn


167. What is the average min temperature of the Polar Plateau?

-72.9° Fahrenheit


168. In which year was the Walt Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs released?



169. What percentage of crashes happens in the USA for wet pavement and during rainfall in Winter?

74% occur on wet pavement and 46% during rainfall


170. In the 2002 movie Ice Age, John Leguizamo was the voice of Sid. What kind of animal is Sid?

A sloth


171. What is the most common birthday date in the United States?

September 16th


172. When did Chicago experience its 1st coldest Winter?

















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