We’ve written several times about the joys of camping in the winter months. The cold weather and snowfall can make for an otherworldly experience if you’ve never tried winter camping before. However, it’s not a task to go into without intense preparation. Shelter is probably the most important element of a winter camping trip. A good four-season tent is imperative, and if you’re a bit overwhelmed by the number of options on the market we’re here to help! Here are the top tent recommendations for winter camping.
Top Pick Overall
Alps Mountaineering Tasmanian 3-Person Tent
The Alps Mountaineering Tasmanian 3-Person Tent is an amazing value for the price! While it’s labeled as a 3-person tent, it would better serve 2 (following the trend of most tents and their advertised capacity). What makes this tent so great is the construction. The poles are made from aluminum and they won’t rust. Plus, they snap together in an instant, making for an extremely quick setup. The fabric used in the tent is treated with silicone that’s designed to repel not only rain but also sleet and snow. The seams are all sealed at the factory so you can rest easy in even the heaviest storm and wind knowing that you’re sealed up tight.
Top Budget Pick
MoKo Waterproof Family Camping Tent
Most serious outdoors enthusiasts would laugh in the face of a tent that costs less than $100, especially if they’re considering winter camping in the snow and ice. However, this option from MoKo is an amazing pick for the price. The fabric is treated with weatherproof materials so it will keep out the rain and snow. The poles are made of fiberglass, which is a bummer, but something has to give when it comes to a price point like this. It’s a bigger tent, with a roomy vestibule to keep books and packs, and a big window for added ventilation. At this price, the tent won’t likely hold up against a decade of use, but it’s a great option for campers on a budget.
Top Pick For Those Who Hate The Cold
PlayDo 4-Season Waterproof Bell
If you love winter camping but you hate being cold, the solution is to sleep with a cozy wood stove right next to you. This obviously won’t work with the first two tents on the list, but a good yurt tent is perfect. The PlayDo 4-Season Waterproof Bell Tent is just the ticket. Most yurt-style tents like this cost an arm and a leg, but at less than $500, this one is very reasonably priced. However, the price doesn’t include a wood stove and chimney, so you’ll need to do some additional research and pick the right model for the tent. But once you’ve got one, you’ll love just how warm you’ll stay inside this thing! It’ll hold up against the heaviest rains, but be prepared to dry this one out for a while once the storm passes.