Winter Activites

Winter+Activites

Brooke Bound, Reporter

Winter doesn’t technically begin until December 21st, but the weather continues to push that boundary. It gets dark at 4:30 p.m., it’s below freezing, and dustings of snow are teasing us, but haven’t given us a storm heavy enough to warrant a snow day. So, with this current not-quite-winter weather, what is there to do?

With the current lack of snow and it being early in the season and all, it may seem like there are fewer options for winter activities. However, if you don’t mind staying inside, there are still plenty of things to do. Procrastinate your homework by wrapping, or ‘burritoing’, yourself in the softest blanket you own. Find a soft surface, bed and couch are highly recommended, with a mug of hot chocolate or tea and read a book, watch Netflix, or just stare out the window and pretend you’re starring in a Hallmark Christmas movie. Relax however you want, and stay inside. Let’s be real; going outside in below freezing temperatures when there’s no snow doesn’t serve much of a purpose other than to increase your chances of hypothermia.

If snow ends up coming, grab some pals and head to the nearest hill. You’re never too old to whiz down a slope on a plastic disc with the fear of God in your eyes as you hope you don’t shoot into the woods at the bottom of the hill. If sledding isn’t your thing, but you still love whizzing down hills at breakneck speeds, try downhill skiing. Just be sure you know what you’re doing before you head out on that Black Diamond–there’s nothing more terrifying than flying down a hill at five million miles per hour when you have no idea how to turn or stop.

Not a thrillseeker? That’s fine. There are plenty of other outdoor winter activities to try out. If you’ve been graced with godlike poise and balance, ice skating may be right up your alley. While ice skating can be a contact sport if you try hard enough, if you’re looking for something a little more rough, rope your friends into a snowball fight. Five points for the face, and a bonus ten if they shriek when little ice chunks go down their shirt.

Whether you’re someone who loves the outdoors or would rather die than come into contact with nature, the freezing weather isn’t all that frightful, and the fire can be so delightful. If you’ve no place to go, just let it snow, watch a show, or eat cookie dough. Don’t let the cold weather deter you from having fun!