Winter Team Building

Winter Team Building in Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Colorado, Japan

Winter activities for team building & other corporate events in Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Colorado, and Japan

The ideas discussed in this article can be used for business team building, corporate retreats, and a range of other corporate events.

If your company is looking for a cost effective strategy for facilitated business team building, using a winter theme is an approach worth exploring. Parallels can easily be drawn between a winter theme, the challenges that your organization is facing, and the landscape of today’s turbulent business environment. The beauty of this approach is it can be scaled up or down depending on your budget. Pick your business objectives, select your budget, pick your theme (Winter Olympics, Survivor, Winter Wonderland), and use your imagination to design a session that is upbeat, engaging and effective.

Basic Elements for Winter Team Building Simulation

If you have the budget, you can take your team off-site to a resort for a  luxury winter team building retreat. If your budget is limited, you can still create a winter wonderland on-site with videos, decorations and ice cream treats at break time can be used to set the right climate. In fact, keep reading and you’ll discover that you can make it snow anywhere.

  • Day 1: On-Site Senior management Presentation clarifying links of simulation to your organization, Team Briefing, Facilitated business exercises & cases with a winter theme
  • Day 2: Off-Site More facilitated exercises, a full debriefing,  winter activities in the morning or spread throughout the day
  • Day 3: On-Site Re-configure teams and assign a specific business challenge to each team for analysis, teams prepare presentation with their reccomendations, business meeting to plan next steps

Cost Effective Locations

  • Summer Camps – in the winter
  • Camping Sites
  • Indoor or Outdoor skating rinks
  • Ski slopes

Luxury Locations

  • Resorts and Spas
  • Ski Resorts

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Suggested Winter Activities for Day 2

If you’re on a tight budget, choose from:

  • Toboganning Relay
  • Snowman challenge
  • Snowball Fight
  • Treasure hunt with text message or paper clues
  • Tug of War
  • Ice Skating
  • Outdoor Cooking Challenge – S’mores, Hot Chocolate, Bannock
  • Firestarter Challenge

For a Medium Budget:

  • Brooomball

  • Orienteering Treasure Hunt
  • Sleigh Ride
  • Hockey
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snowshoe Relay – 1 set of snow shoes per team

With a High Budget:

  • Dog Sledding
  • Ice Fishing
  • GPS Treasure Hunt
  • Quinzhee Building Challenge
  • Igloo Construction Challenge
  • Snowmobiling
  • Ice Climbing


You know that if you come to Canada at the right time of year, your team can participate in winter team building. Whether it’s Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, the Muskokas, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Mont Tremblant, Whistler.

Here are some of the winter activities you can build into your retreat in Canada.



Montreal in the winter provides the perfect backdrop for a winter themed retreat.

Quebec City

Plan your winter team building retreat in Quebec City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you time your visit right, you can take in Quebec City’s world famous Winter Carnival.

If you book well in advance, you can treat your team to a stay at the Ice Hotel or an evening in the discotheque while they are in Quebec City.

Ice Hotel Discotheque

Winter team building is also possible in many parts of the USA and in Japan.


A wide range of winter activities are available to include in team building retreats in the Japanese Alps. We’ve gone into a lot more detail about them in one of our newere blogs:

Japan also has one of the largest snow and ice festivals in the world, the Sapporo Snow and Ice Festival. In between your business meetings and facilitated team building exercises, you can enjoy the festivities. Book WELL in advance:

If you’re in Tokyo when the ice bar is open, be sure to build a visit into your itinerary one night. Here is a quick, informal tour in English and Japanese:

It’s Snowing WHERE!?

Up until recently, if you weren’t in a location with a winter climate, you’d be out of luck. Now, technology is making team building with a winter theme accesible in unexpected places. Depending on your location, for the morning of Day 2, there are some activities that you could build into your team building simulation or retreat to encourage team bonding and flesh out the winter theme.

For ideas of what is possible in places like Singapore, Malaysia, and Dubai. In fact, it is possible to create a winter theme complete with snow just about anywhere at any time of year.

Check out part 2 of this article:

Winter Team Building

Now that you have sampled our innovative team building approaches through this blog, we hope that you will keep Executive Oasis International in mind the next time your company requires Toronto team building, an executive retreat in Toronto or on-site consulting to boost the effectiveness of your teams.

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