It's that time of year again - Christmas music is playing on the radio and snow is starting to fall. You can't go outside without five layers of clothing, and everyone is starting to replace their summer tires. It's Winter. Cold, cold, winter. If you don't have any indoor paintball fields around, you may be forced to play in the snow. Playing paintball in Winter can be very fun, but make sure to keep in mind that it is not the same as regular play. There are a few things you need to keep in mind.

Dress Warm

Many layers will restrict movement, so try and keep it simple. Use fewer warm layers than many thin layers, like a sweatshirt and jacket instead of a t-shirt, hoodie(s) and jacket. Dress for the weather, if it's extremley cold out wear very warm, but if its a slightly nicer day out don't wear as much but keep an extra jacket in your gearbag just in case.

Keep Your Fingers and Toes Warm

I don't care if you don't like playing with gloves, put them on. Wear some thick socks and boots as well. Your fingers and toes will be the first things to get cold and you don't want to lose one to frostbite. Not to mention, cold fingers and trigger walking do not mix very well.

Get the Good Paint

You want paint that will break easily, because it is going to be cold. You are more likely to get bounces so grab some high quality paint if you can spare the extra cash.

Keep Your Gear Toasty

Don't leave your gearbag out in the snow. End of story. You don't want your extra lens to crack and a wet board isn't going to turn on. Find a dry, warm place to stash your gear while you play. Ask if you can keep it with the proshop or with a staff member indoors.

Keep the CO2 at Home

Cold CO2 will be a hassle and very problematic. Keep it at home and bring HPA only.

Don't Bring Your Best Gun

It's likely that the cold and snow will do your ego more harm than good, so keep it at home and bring a mechanical marker like a Tippmann A5 just in case. A Tippmann will not perform as well, but it will be able to withstand the cold temperatures and wet snow and rain.

Be Prepared to be in Pain

You will be cold, and a paintball hitting you at 290 fps is going to hurt a lot more than usual. Be prepared.

Follow all these steps and you will be having fun without the sun in no time!