Winter. A curse to some and a dreamland for others. I fall into the latter group as I grew up in Northern Ontario where we had plenty of snow and cold weather and since you couldn’t do anything about it, you might as well enjoy it. While Winter can be a a time to learn, rest and plan for a new year, it does not mean we have to live like hermits and binge watch on Netflix (I know, I know, I’m losing you here but hang on). During my youth, I heard a lot of wise old proverbs and such but there was one that stuck with me and it was “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing”. If you have the right clothes, Winter is much easier to handle and you can then focus on the fun things like skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and skating.
Winter makes life a bit more expensive due to the extra clothes you have to buy and the extra sporting equipment but what you get to do is something that not a lot of others get to do. Read the next three questions:
- Have you ever glided across fields of fresh powder on a 500cc
- Have you ever ice skated on a smooth ice surface for a few kilometers and then stopped for a hot chocolate?
- Have you ever done a moonlit night ski with a group of friends and then stopped at a cabin to share a bottle of wine by a nice wood stove?
If you live in a climate that gives you a real Winter season and you answered no to all of these questions, you owe it to yourself to try at least one of them. I promise you that you will not regret it. You might be tired and might ache a bit the next day but you will have some amazing memories.