Cold Flakes, Warm Hearts: Why We Love Snow

Cold Flakes, Warm Hearts: Why We Love Snow


  LEFT: February 8, 2015. MIKE CRANE PHOTO. RIGHT: JORGE ALVAREZ PHOTO

Weather is not small talk when you live in the mountains: it affects almost every aspect of our daily lives. And to that end, here’s an Insider’s secret for those who don’t know: despite “spring-like” conditions in Whistler Village both Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains have been getting lots of good snow up in the alpine and winter is still in full effect up top. Mountain weather changes quickly, and a slight drop in temperatures and a lower freezing level will mean amazing conditions in the alpine. Not that we’re saying there’s anything wrong with sunshine or even rain, but life in Whistler means we LOVE the snow. So here are:

Five Reasons to Love Snow:

 

1. Snow Brings Out the Inner Child

Kids love snow and the older we get the more we realize that being a kid is actually the most magical time of our lives. Playing in, riding on, and throwing snow at each other helps us remember (and rekindle) that magic but with the added appreciation of adulthood.

2. Snow is Soft

Everyone knows making mistakes is a key part of learning anything. On skis or a snowboard this usually means falling on your face and/or butt. Falling is how you get better but snow beats concrete, gravel or dirt every time.

3. Snow Makes Everything Beautiful

Take some dead trees, a bunch of gross mud, even a broken down car and add a few inches of fresh white snow… instant postcard! Add fresh snow to an already stunning mountain landscape or an endless panorama of white peaks and sparkling glaciers… well you get the picture.

Whistler Mountain

4. Snow is Water

And water is life. We are all 55-60 per cent water and the earth itself is about 71 percent water. Science suggests moving water produces negative ions and negative ions produce positive vibes. This is one (of many) reasons ripping through pristine powder or frolicking in a pile of snow feels awesome (and makes après taste that much better). Yay Science!

5. Snow is Zen

Even if you aren’t into that sort of thing I challenge you to stare up at falling snow for five minutes and see if your mind doesn’t relax and zone out. And who’s mind couldn’t use a couple more minutes of rest these days? Bonus points for catching snowflakes on your tongue (there’s that magic of childhood again).

 

Bonus Tip: The Ultimate Way to Love Snow

 

With access to 432,000 acres of wide-open, big mountain terrain, the ultimate way to love snow is to go heli-skiing, so check out today’s exclusive LOVE WHISTLER deal over at Whistler.com and get into the snow zone.

Feet Banks

Feet Banks

Feet Banks moved to Whistler at age 12 so his parents could live the dream and ski as much as possible. He ended up living it too. After leaving home Feet did a few good stints in warmer climates and 4 years of writing school before returning to the mountains to make ski movies, hammer out a journalism career and avoid the 9-5 lifestyle as long as possible. He’s been a hay farmer, a hole digger, a magazine editor and has a jump named after him on Blackcomb Mountain, Feet’s Air. It’s tiny.

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