While I was researching topics for this issue, I came across this statistic from the Pew Research Center: "By nearly two to one, the public says it prefers a hotter place to live over one with a colder climate." I will admit that up until recently I was part of that majority. For the last 10 years, not only did I choose to live on the Southeastern coast surrounded by palm trees, but also I found myself visiting other beaches and islands when I had the chance to get away.
Truth be told, at the time I couldn’t understand why anyone would want to live in the North. To me, colder climates only meant scraping ice off cars, shoveling snow off driveways, and layering sweaters, gloves, socks, jackets and more. Even the few ski trips I took as a child with my family were never enough to convince me that life in the cold could be fun. Boy was I missing out.
Now, after experiencing the colder climate of the Pacific Northwest for almost an entire winter, my opinions have completely changed. Colder climates have a lot to offer, and if you caught me at the right moment, I might even say they have more. So, in honor and celebration of life filled with freezing temperatures, snow and ice, we created the first annual Snow Issue.
The ability to ski and snowboard on a regular basis are two of the most obvious benefits of living in a colder, mountainous climate. But in case you forgot just how lucky we are, we included a guide to hitting the slopes, "The Pooh-bah’s Guide to Skiing Western Washington," which is jam-packed with all of the latest perks and packages available. We also investigated the relatively new sport of splitboarding in "Do the Splits," and we gave you a whole list of snow and ice-based activities—outside of skiing and snowboarding— with my "Editor’s picks."
But I also realize that not all the joys of living in a cold climate involve outdoor sports, so we delved into some of the other things that make this lifestyle so great, including late-night, torch-lit hikes through snow-covered Washington wineries, shopping for new gear, and, of course, the opportunity to sneak in from the cold and get warm by the fire.
I hope you will use this magazine as a guide to getting the most out of the last winter months. And as you are out enjoying a nice day on the mountain, you might want to think twice about boasting to your friends down south. It might be better to let them think they’ve got it made; it only means more snow for us.
Lauren Hunsberger, Editor