You've been watching the weather channel like a hawk, eyeing that storm as it swirls, and when your phone chirps in the early morning hours, you already know what it's going to say. Work is canceled, school is shut down: it's a good old-fashioned snow day.
If you have the snow tires, the four-wheel drive, and the wherewithal to get out of town, take advantage of the soft layer of powder by hitting the slopes. If you can brave it try tubing, snowshoeing, or ice skating in addition to skiing and snowboarding. But for those of us left marooned on the unplowed side streets of, fear not, because we know how to enjoy the rare collections of snow days like none other.
Here is how to spend the ultimate snow day:
Caffeinate your morning at a local coffee shop. A place where you can order up any of your favorite morning drinks—cappuccino, iced coffee, or a classic dark roast—or you can switch things up and try an enticing experimental blend to fuel your adventures.
On any winter day, sledding should be first on your agenda. Sleds sell out pretty quickly, but if you can't get your hands on one, don't despair. Innovative citizens can be found cruising the hills and side streets on everything from trash can lids and baking trays to cardboard and kayaks.
If sledding doesn’t tickle-your-fancy, find the nearest park or nature preserve. Snow transforms these outdoor oasis’ into a true winter wonderland. Enjoy a quiet hike, or explore the ornate trails. Don’t forget to bundle up! We recommend our Discovery Jacket or Discovery Fleece for this type of activity.
Nothing works up a hearty appetite like vigorous exercise out in the cold. When you're ready for lunch, check out the local restaurants or pubs for a delicious cup of soup or a much-needed brew. Wind down with a Hot Toddy or sip a spiked hot chocolate or cider as you shoot a game of pool. If there's anything else left on your blizzard bucket list—like having a snowball fight, building a snowman, or whipping up some delicious snow cream —you'd better do it soon.
After your ultimate snow day, you'll be asleep before your boots can dry.