I realize when you saw metal detecting during the winter months in the title of this post you figured I had lost my marbles, but no, they are still intact.  Besides, if I do lose them, I'll make sure they are steelies so I can find them with my metal detector.  :P


Here in the Treasure Valley area of Idaho the ground gets too hard for metal detecting by mid November.  A fellow metal detecting member of Idaho Treasure Hunters and personal friend stuck a screwdriver in the ground about a week ago and was able to only penetrate about 2" of soil.  Unless we get some un-seasonally warm temperatures, the ground won't thaw enough for decent metal detecting around here until mid April or so.


With that being said, you are surely scratching your head on how you are supposed to go metal detecting when you can't get any depth off your probe or digging utensil.  Well, you don't have to.  In fact, if their is snow on the ground, all the better for metal detecting!  Snow is moisture, and moisture helps conductivity.


I, for one, hate snow.  I grew up in Indiana and saw more snow in one season than I have seen in ten years here in the Boise area, but normal people like snow.  They like to sled in it, ski in it, roll around in it, and best of all, drop their valuables in it.  I prefer to view snow from a distance on a mountain top….

metal detecting in winter

When you drop something in the snow, you might as well kiss it goodbye until Spring unless you are fortunate to see EXACTLY where it dropped, or if a item of jewelry or other metal object you just happen to have your metal detector in your car.


So where do you search?  All the obvious places that you normally search in the summer months, especially parks and school grounds with hills used for sledding.  When the city plows your streets, check the piles where they dump all the snow.  If the piles are too high to check, wait until they melt down a little, or totally disappear.  You may be able to just pick rings, necklaces, coins, etc., right off the surface after the snow melts.  When walks get shoveled, it is either thrown in the street or back in their yard.  Who knows what might lurk underneath?  Check near parking meters as well.  Movie theater and mall parking lots are another good source.  Again, watch where the plows dump all the snow, and go metal detecting!