How to Stay Stoked When Winter is Dragging

Even if you enjoy snowy winters, the colder months of the year can really start to drag come March. You can’t help but yearn for flip flops and sunshine, but those days seem so far away.

Don’t let the winter blues get you down! There’s so much to enjoy about the cold season. Here are a few ways to keep your winter stoke level up, even when you really want to be at the beach.

Set a Summer Fitness Goal

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Many people find it easier to stay active during the winter when they have a goal in mind. Consider signing up for a summer race in your favorite sport. You can then spend the winter training indoors or outside. Hop on the treadmill to prep for a marathon or break out the stationary bike for some virtual reality single track.

Plan an Outdoor Trip

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If you’re not ready to commit to winter sports, you can spend the dark, chilly months preparing for summer adventures. Planning is half the fun anyway, right?

Break out the maps and start creating a float plan for a paddling trip that’s 6 months away. Work on everything from meal plans and gear procurement to campsite reservations. You’ll be thankful for all the time you spent indoors getting everything ready when it’s finally time to start your trip.

Go Winter Camping

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Winter camping is a special experience, whether you’re in the desert or on a mountain peak.

Make sure to fully assess the conditions and weather so you can tailor your gear to the season’s specific needs. That means packing plenty of extra clothing, ample food and plentiful fuel to keep you warm. Melting snow for water is handy if you’re at altitude or in a cold climate, but don’t forget to bring along water filters in case you have to fill up at a lake or stream.

Try a New Seasonal Activity

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If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em — on the slopes that is! Instead of curling up for another weekend of Netflix, why not embrace winter and try a new season-specific activity?

Cross country skiing offers a great way to explore while getting your heart rate up and staying in shape. Downhill skiing offers an adrenaline rush unlike any other! Snowshoeing is perfect for deep powder days when you want to take it slow, and try fat biking if you’d rather experience the cold on two wheels.

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