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.

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

Hibernation

 

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?

Stonehenge

 

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?

Hypothermia

 

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?

£90

 

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?

Winter

 

18. What is Biathlon?

A winter sport

 

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

Chinophobia

 

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?

Sagittarius

 

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?

Alaska

 

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?

Underground

 

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

True

 

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?

True

 

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?

Fishtailing

 

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

Blizzards

 

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

Winterfell

 

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?

80%

 

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?

Ptarmigans

 

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

Yes

 

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?

Orange

 

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?

France

 

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?

Frostbite

 

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

Algae

 

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?

Curling

 

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?

Canada

 

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?

Russia

 

64. Which winter sport evolved from skateboarding and surfing?

Snowboarding

 

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?

Apple

 

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?

Brighton

 

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?

Finland

 

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?

Malanka

 

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?

Krampus

 

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?

Indonesia

 

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?

Sweden

 

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?

Spring

 

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?

Kwanzaa

 

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?

None

 

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?

Bulgaria

 

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

Skeleton

 

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?

470

 

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?

‘Frozen’

 

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?

Denmark

 

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?

48

 

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?

Norway

 

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

Hawaii

 

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

Ushanka

 

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?

Venus

 

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

5:1

 

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?

Yes

 

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?

12%

 

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?

1937

 

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?

2013–2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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