I don’t know about you, but being outside in the fresh air is just about my favorite thing in the world (even though I can’t seem to make the necessary time for it as of late!)
I do notice a huge number of people tend to shy away from being outside during the cold and snowy winter months and this is a TRAVESTY!
If you put a bit of thought into what you wear you can be comfortable being outside in nearly any condition. In this video I take a few minutes to explain the basics of how to layer for some different types of winter activities and give you some insight into what I have had success with after years of trial and error.
What I wore above got me through 3+ hours of snow-blowing 2 different driveways in below 0 windchill during a blizzard. I have used the same basic set-up on many hikes in some seriously treacherous conditions as well.
I did add a balaclava to the set up for my night time snow removal, however, and this is a really effective piece that I forgot to mention above.
No matter if you just go out for a quick walk with the dog or if you plan to hike to the summit of a 4000′ mountain, the winter weather is no excuse to not get out!
Concord actually maintains a pretty significant amount of trails. I really like the Oak Hill area as it is centrally located, there are several different trail options and there is a fire tower with a nice view at the top!
So the bottom line is dress appropriately in layers and GET OUTSIDE no matter the weather!
If you’re reading this and there is a snow day, take this opportunity to get outside in the snow and move! Here are a couple of ideas:
- Go clear some snow. Use a shovel, snowblower, heck, even a broom! Bonus points if you get out there any help your neighbor out as the good karma will no doubt come back one day.
- Go for a walk, hike, snowshoe or xc ski. The world looks much different during and after a snow storm. Smell the air, listen to the breeze and enjoy the crisp, refreshing winter weather.
- Make a snowman.
- Make a snow fort.
- Have a snowball fight!
- And to add a bit of extra pizzazz, bonus points if you do any of the above with a pack on to add a bit of extra load!
Feel free to leave a comment if you tried something out, of better yet if you have an idea to add to the list!