Inside My Love/Hate Relationship with Minnesota Winters

Sledding! Snowshoeing! Smartwool! Supreme acts of human kindness! Bourbon!
Chateau Parka, Hybridge Gloves, and Woven Selvedge Scarf all courtesy of Canada Goose
Chateau Parka, Hybridge Gloves, and Woven Selvedge Scarf all courtesy of Canada Goose

Photo by Christine Cool

We just released Minnesota Monthly’s annual “Best of Minnesota” issue. Note that, once again, winter was not dubbed by either our readers or editorial team as “Best Season,” and it won’t be as long as I work here. I’m not above giving my snow shovel the stink eye when passing it in the garage. Add chapped hands, slippery roads, ice dams, and unending darkness to the list of things dreaded about Minnesota’s subzero time.

And yet, I do appreciate so many things we use to combat winter’s gloom. Hygge? Brilliant. Snow rakes? Bravo. Sledding! Snowshoeing! Smartwool! Supreme acts of human kindness! Bourbon! In the end, winter isn’t bad, but it requires a conscious effort to make the Bold North good. “It’s so cold, it keeps the bad people out,” Prince once said.

In addition to outdoor adventures and snow removal tools, owning high-performing winter gear is a mood-enhancing must. Knowing full well that your parka can ward off violent chills means the garbage still gets taken out, you won’t subsist entirely on BiteSquad, and contact with our outside world—which exhibits rare, white-blanketed beauty—is still definitely a thing.

By the way, I’m writing this note from a new office space in Bloomington—with an HVAC system keeping us cozy while we fondly review photos of unfrozen lakes for future warm weather issues. We’re near Mall of America’s new Canada Goose store, which has a polar refrigerator where you can temperature-test their winterwear before going into battle with the icicles. We look forward to creating future issues of Minnesota Monthly here during all seasons ahead—albeit some slightly more than others.

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