Winter Activities

By Kate, age 17, New Hampshire
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

Winter's here! For some of us, this means slightly cooler weather, but still warm enough for t-shirts. But for we Northerners (especially New Englanders!) it means snow, cold, and more snow! This can be both good and bad. With snow comes careful driving, slippery, icy roads, and sometimes school cancellations. But just because it isn't warm enough to play basketball with friends or go to the beach and lay out in the sun, it doesn't mean you can't have fun. Winter doesn't have to be a dreary, messy, cold season. The fun is only just beginning!

Sledding is classic winter fun. Children and adults of all ages enjoy this pastime - it never gets old! So grab a sled and hit the hills! Build ramps and jumps, and challenge your friends to race over them, flying through the air and crashing into snow banks.

Another classic is building snowmen! For me, this is a family tradition. Every winter we try to build the biggest snowman, sometimes even creating families, complete with a puppy. You can get creative with this by adding clothing and coloring using food dye. Have fun with it!

If you live near the woods where there are trails to explore, get yourself a pair of snowshoes. You'll be able to explore the trails without sinking into the snow. You can also go cross-country skiing through these trails, and that's just as fun.

Then there's my favorite winter activity, snowboarding! Some say it's harder than skiing. I wouldn't know since I've never been skiing, but I'm sure they're both equally as fun!

One thing I am starting to get into, though, combines both of my passions, snowboarding and horses. If you're someone like me, then this is the winter sport for you! I'm talking about Ski joring! Ski joring is a sport that involves both a skier or boarder and a horseback rider. The best way I can describe it is that it's like water skiing. Just as a boat pulls a skier on water, a horse pulls a skier or boarder through the snow. It's definitely something I want to try, and if it sounds like your kind of thing, you should give it a try too!

No matter the season, there are always ways to have fun! Don't let the cold and snow keep you inside this winter. Get out there and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer!

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March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
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- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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