14 Winter Survival Tips from the Coldest Parts of the Country
How to brave (and enjoy!) the bitter cold at its worst—from those who know it best.
Find new sources of warmth and comfort
Kris LeDonne, Whippany, New Jersey resident, endures temperatures in January as low as 10 degrees. LeDonne says her greatest source of comfort on such cold days comes from her role as a pro services executive for photo and video digitization company Legacy Republic. As a pro services executive, LeDonne facilitates this process for families living in New Jersey—and helps them recreate, remember and relive their most treasured family memories in the process. “Delivering comfort brings me comfort,” she says. “It’s been such an amazing experience to see loved ones come together to share meaningful memories with Legacy Republic’s Studio. The warmth and comfort that comes from reliving, protecting and sharing these legacy moments with families is incredible,” she says. “It’s like that favorite movie I could watch over and over again.”
Bundle up and play
If there’s anything we can learn from those who brave the coldest temperatures and most extreme winter weather conditions, it’s to embrace them. The Great Northern, an annual tradition in the Twin Cities, celebrates all things winter with three of Minnesota’s most valued seasonal festivals: the City of Lakes Loppet, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival and the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships. Events range from cross-country ski races to snow sculpting contests, pond hockey tournaments, giant snow slides and more. This year’s celebration—which runs from January 25 to February 4—will even feature a 70-foot tall ice palace. “The Great Northern is all about welcoming winter and proudly sharing our most cherished traditions with neighbors and newcomers,” John Munger, co-founder of The Great Northern, says. “Winter is a defining characteristic of Minnesota, and we’re proud of it.” Don’t miss these destinations that are even better in the winter.
Crack open a window
Lariscy says we’re at greater risk for illness during the winter due to large indoor gatherings without much ventilation. She says it’s helpful to crack open a door or window for a breath of fresh air every once in a while, even if it seems counterintuitive. “It’s healthy to let that fresh air in and take a nice, deep breath,” she says.
Lutsen, Minnesota resident and co-owner of the area’s treasured Lockport Marketplace, Nan Plude-Bradley, used to spend the holidays winter camping with her family along the Gunflint Trail in northern Minnesota. Temperatures would frequently drop below zero and anywhere from one to two inches of ice would decorate the walls of their tent—but the striking beauty of the winter night sky, she says, made the freezing temperatures entirely worth it. “The night sky is so crystal clear in the winter,” she says. “It doesn’t matter how warm or cold it is out. When you’re out there and it’s late at night, you can hear a pin drop—it is just so still and beautiful.” If that sounds like a dream trip to you, you’ll want to check out these vacations for people who love winter.