It’s cold...because it’s winter. But don’t let that cold keep you indoors! It’s tempting to roll yourself into a blanket burrito but fight the urge! Instead, dig up an extra pair of leggings, pull on all your puffy jacket + burrow into that scarf. You’re going outside! Why!? No, really, why!? Why would anyone voluntarily head into the frigid cold of winter for a hike? Welp, we have a few reasons of you...although, you should only need the first one!
#1 Snowy Trails are Stunning!
Let’s start with the really obvious reason to get outside in the chilly snow -- it will be absolutely beautiful. No, seriously, it will. We triple pinky promise. While we have little doubt that your go-to trails are gorgeous in warmer weather too there is something special about a cold hike to make them all the more stunning. Everything will be covered in snowy glitter. If you’re brave enough to venture out before the sunshine melts away the crystals you’ll also be surrounded by gem laden trees. Don’t believe us? Get yourself outside, scope it out + let us know how wrong we are
#2 You Get to Break Trail!
Alrighty, before you give us an eye roll that screams ‘...but that’s extra work’ let’s think about this for a second. There’s no lying, breaking trail requires a bit more work than plan ol’ plodding along on dirt. But don’t let that deter you. Have you thought about the perks of breaking trail? Off the top of our head we can think of two. First off, you are the FIRST person out on that snow! If there are rabbit tracks hopping through the woods, you’ll see them! If you want to tromp out some snow art, you have the entire snowy meadow waiting for your creative streak. The same goes for snow angels. There are no limits! Better yet, untouched snow glistens like crazy! You’ll get to soak it all up, staring until your rolling eyeballs freeze. You’ll also be tempted to snap a few photos that’ll look stunning on Instagram! Secondly, the extra work required to plow through snowy trails will help keep you warm! Extra effort means a higher heart rate will leads to some self generated heat. Before you know it you’ll have hat off + jacket unzipped. Besides, more effort on the trails usually means more cookies when you get back inside, right!?
#3 There’s Always an Excuse for Hot Chocolate!
Speaking of cookies...don’t forget the hot chocolate! In part because hot chocolate is awesome, but also because hot chocolate is a special part of winter adventures. No one wants a hot drink after a sweaty summer hike, but it’s perfect post-hike in the snow! If you’re a bit cold blooded