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Summer is a wonderful time. Blue skies and warm temperatures and tans and swimming. Summer can also be the opposite of a good time. What with bugs and 100-plus degree heat waves there are times that even the non-skier among us might miss winter and the beauty that it brings.
What is there to miss about winter? Glad you asked.
We love snow days because by definition it means we get to enjoy our favorite activities (skiing, snowboarding, sledding, tubing, snow-shoeing, etc.) even more. But think about it—there’s really no substitute in the summer for the days when you wake up to see that you now have an extra day of rest. You can see the joy in your child’s eyes if you are a parent and if you’re lucky enough to benefit from a Snow Day as well, the excitement is palpable. We all wish we could call our own “Rain Day” or “Disgustingly Hot Day” in the summer.
There is nothing like sitting down on a chilly day and eating a warm bowl of soup. With a seemingly infinite variety of soup out there we could eat soup every day in the winter and never grow tired of it. Soup kind of loses its vigor in the summer—salads seem to take-over that spot. BUT in the winter you can have the best of both worlds, soup and salad. Certain restaurants have even devoted an entire part of their menu to the idea of “unlimited soups and salads.” Yum.
Sure, it gets cold in the winter. But it also gets hot in the summer. And layering up beats stripping down when it comes to comfortability. If you’re a bit toasty there is only so much you can take off. But if you’re a bit chilly you can always add!
However you choose to make it, there is something special about holding a mug of hot cocoa in your hands, seeing the steam float into the crisp winter air, smelling the delectable aroma of chocolate and vanilla, feeling the warmth of the glass in your palms, tasting that first sip of creamy lusciousness, and sensing the heat start to envelop your body from the inside-out. It tingles the senses.
Winter Fashion beats out summer fashion every day of the week. During the scorching days of summer you are most likely wearing the fewest clothes you can get away with. Shorts, a tank top, and flip-flops and you’re done. As we move into winter your apparel options seem to grow infinitely. There’s a reason that “sweater weather” is a term endeared by most everyone. From boots to sweaters and everything in between, winter fashion is where it’s at.
The Sounds of Winter
You may have heard about the sounds of summer—birds singing, brooks babbling, and crickets chirping—but have you ever stopped and appreciated the sounds of winter? The quiet crispness in the air, the soft sounds of snow falling on the ground, the crunch of snow underfoot…the sounds of winter are some of the most relaxing and peaceful noises that we can think of.
Sunrises are so much more attainable in the winter than they are in the summer. Saying you woke up at the crack of dawn gives you a sense of accomplishment, and that accomplishment comes so much easier when you can roll out of bed at 7:00 a.m. to catch the rays shining through your window instead of 5:30 a.m.
Snow bods are way better than beach bods. When you go out to all the barbeque parties in the summer, the beers and burgers add up. The equation isn’t great when you factor in the pressure of the colloquial “beach bod.” As winter rolls around and Halloween candy and Thanksgiving feasts and holiday snack come into play—the snow bod is your best friend.
Skiing and snowboarding.
This list wouldn’t be complete it skiing and snowboarding didn’t make it on. It’s no secret that we love skiing and snowboarding. But we’re outdoorsy people in general—hiking and kayaking and golfing—but there is something extremely special and dear to our hearts about the feeling of sliding down the slopes. The feel of crisp air against our face as we enjoy the glistening snow-covered trees around us. The peaceful tranquility of making turns in fresh powder. The ambiance of being surrounded by fellow skiers and riders in the lodge as we enjoy warm food, refreshing beverages, and good company. There’s nothing quite like it.
Enjoy the summer while you can—we live in one of the most beautiful places on earth. But don’t feel guilty if every now and then you feel yourself missing winter.
You’re not the only one.
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