The story of winter, as told by those who love it. A daily update celebrating the season from December 21, 2013 to March 20, 2014.

P.S. If it snows from here on out … if a late freeze kills your tomato plants … if a cold front shuts down your walleye fishing … do not blame Winter. No. That’s not Winter. Spring and Summer are such flagrant and misleading teases in northern latitudes. The cool thing about Winter is you know exactly what you’re going to get. Truth in advertising. FTWinter. 

Can you believe it? It seems like the Winter Solstice was only yesterday. Since then, there have been holidays, tasty treats, community celebrations, office parties, snowshoe and ski outings, ice fishing, winter camping, the Winter Olympics and even yoga on top of snowballs. We’ve chronicled the journey, and it’s a good thing we did because a couple polar vortexes would have really wrecked the story of winter if FTWinter hadn’t been here to accentuate the positive.
It’s the first day of spring today, and reluctantly we’re ending our daily posts. However, we leave you with this. Remember the scene from the classic Frosty the Snowman? Frosty has melted, and Santa consoles Karen by saying, “Don’t cry. Frosty’s not gone for good. You see, he was made out of Christmas snow, and Christmas snow can never disappear completely. It sometimes goes away for almost a year at a time and takes the form of spring and summer rain. But you can bet your boots that when a good, jolly December wind kisses it, it will turn into Christmas snow all over again.”
FTWinter is made out of Solstice snow. And when Solstice light kisses it … presto. The magic returns.  

Illustration credit to modern storyteller Craig. 

Can you believe it? It seems like the Winter Solstice was only yesterday. Since then, there have been holidays, tasty treats, community celebrations, office parties, snowshoe and ski outings, ice fishing, winter camping, the Winter Olympics and even yoga on top of snowballs. We’ve chronicled the journey, and it’s a good thing we did because a couple polar vortexes would have really wrecked the story of winter if FTWinter hadn’t been here to accentuate the positive.

It’s the first day of spring today, and reluctantly we’re ending our daily posts. However, we leave you with this. Remember the scene from the classic Frosty the Snowman? Frosty has melted, and Santa consoles Karen by saying, “Don’t cry. Frosty’s not gone for good. You see, he was made out of Christmas snow, and Christmas snow can never disappear completely. It sometimes goes away for almost a year at a time and takes the form of spring and summer rain. But you can bet your boots that when a good, jolly December wind kisses it, it will turn into Christmas snow all over again.”

FTWinter is made out of Solstice snow. And when Solstice light kisses it … presto. The magic returns.  

Illustration credit to modern storyteller Craig. 

In honor of our latest snowfall in Minnesota, FTWinter gives you “Snows a No Show" from the 2014 Iditarod. 

In honor of our latest snowfall in Minnesota, FTWinter gives you “Snows a No Show" from the 2014 Iditarod. 

Ski and snowboard season isn’t over quite yet. Head to Welch Village this coming Saturday (3/22) and catch the epic Pond Skip event at 1:00. Here’s a run from 2013.

Had to post another one of our favorites from barbaraobrienphoto, this adorable puppy is waving goodbye to winter. 

Had to post another one of our favorites from barbaraobrienphoto, this adorable puppy is waving goodbye to winter. 

Shoutout to the Irish team that went to Sochi. Here, Seamus O’Connor competes in Men’s slope style. 

Shoutout to the Irish team that went to Sochi. Here, Seamus O’Connor competes in Men’s slope style. 

The snow may be deep but spring is days away and that means it is time to tap the maple trees.

paradisehome:

Nature blog. Following back all new followers!

paradisehome:

Nature blog. Following back all new followers!

We’re refusing to believe winter and ski season are over. Can we just have one more snow day?