Safely Enjoying Winter in the Adirondacks

Stack of warm knitted clothesWintertime in the Adirondacks offers adventures for the whole family. So, whether you choose to ski, ice skate, snowmobile, or snow hike, every day offers new options for soaking up the cold season. But as you vacation, or look for a piece of Adirondack land for sale to make a permanent home, how can you prepare to be safe in colder-than-you’re-used to temperatures? Here are three steps to take to thrive on ice and build a snowman with the best of them.

Visit with the Right Mindset

In her book There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather, Linda Akeson McGurk shares the Scandinavian culture’s recipe for raising resilient kids. They summarize this formula in two words, “stay outside.” The Scandinavian culture highly values fresh air and outdoor recreation so much that American parents notoriously criticize Scandianavain parents for allowing children to play outside regardless of the weather.

But McGurk argues that adaptability to various weather conditions begins with mindset. When you value being outside, you value everything the experience brings – including variations in climate. Your health benefits from fresh air, Vitamin D, and exercise, and the more of it the better. With this clear goal in mind, you can get ready to enjoy winter in snowy mountains.

Visit with the Right Gear

Once you have the right winter mindset, you need the right winter gear. Too often people hate cold, wind, and snow because they’re not dressed appropriately for these elements. Wear the right stuff and you’ll be amazed at the ways you can engage in extreme weather.

You need a good hat, warm waterproof shoes, the right coat, and multiple pairs of gloves. If you plan on doing any snow activities, you also need waterproof snow pants and plenty of layers. Coats and layers are often rated for temperature. You can make choices based on the weather during your time in the Adirondacks and your level of activity while you are there.

If you want to make a larger investment, consider heated clothing. Ororo’s apparel for men and women is heated with lithium-ion battery power. Be ready to jump into winter temperatures in the Adirondacks without your teeth ever chattering.

Visit with the Right Plan

The right plan of events and activities will shape your winter visit to the Adirondacks. Winter Carnivals are wildly popular and happen across the region throughout the season. Enjoy fireworks displays, polar plunges, cook-offs, and ice-fishing.

If you plan on downhill skiing, visit one of the many ski resorts in the Adirondacks. Whiteface Mountain has the steepest vertical drop in the east and is near Lake Placid. Oak Mountain is right in the middle of the breathtaking Adirondack Park and offers beginner and intermediate skiing for families.

Experience Winter in the Adirondacks from Your Own Backyard

When you arrive with the right mindset, gear, and plan, you can experience winter’s treasures in abundance. This season, explore the Adirondacks and think about making it home. Contact Mike Black if you are interested in more information about this winter wonderland or if you’d like to visit some properties.