By Hannah Butera
If you hate the cold, you probably hate the winter season. From the often miserable weather to the unfortunate lack of daytime, it may seem like the worst. However, it’s the holiday season and there are plenty of ways to make the most of it. Here are some ideas to consider if you want to enjoy the frigid season, from least to most expensive!
There is nothing better than snuggling up at home and watching Christmas movies, away from the freezing weather. If you are hesitant to do anything that suggests being outdoors in this chilling season, or if you want to save your money while making the most of the season, this one’s for you. ABC’s 25 Days of Christmas is arguably one of the greatest parts of the holidays. From December 1st to the 25th, ABC plays non-stop classic holiday movies. The only thing better than watching holiday classics is watching them for free, so go check out ABC!
If you like to have a challenge, ice skating is for you! Ice skating is the perfect way to enjoy the winter season with friends and family. The Columbia Ice Rink is a nearby indoor rink that invites people of all ages to skate. At just $9.00 plus an additional skate rental fee of $3.50, it is certainly worth it. If you prefer a more scenic and spirited atmosphere and don’t mind a short road trip, the Pandora Ice Rink located in the Baltimore Inner Harbor is something to consider. For just a dollar more, you can enjoy a view of the Harbor, decorated festively for the holiday season! However, it’s only open until January 15th, so go before the time is up!
Another winter activity that will give you a thrill is tubing! While this activity requires a more lengthy road trip, roughly one hour, and is a bit pricier, nothing beats flying down a slope on an inflatable tube. “I’ve never been a big fan of skiing or snowboarding, so I love to go tubing” said Senior Amy Smith. Tubing is perfect if you haven’t skied before or don’t want to spend the money. Liberty Mountain Resort is the closest location that offers snow tubing, and it is priced at $21 for one hour on weekdays and $28 for one hour on weekends. However, tubing isn’t the only activity offered at this resort. This brings us to one of the best parts of winter: skiing and snowboarding.
If you’ve never skied or snowboarded before, you’re missing out. There’s no better way to take advantage of the winter weather than by hitting the slopes! Liberty, Whitetail, and Wisp are three resorts that offer great skiing and snowboarding trails! Junior Hailey Griffin looks forward to her family’s annual trip to Wisp every year. “Skiing has been my favorite thing to do since I was five years old, and Wisp is the best place to do it!”, said Griffin. As this activity can be expensive, it will require some planning in advance. Prices vary based off of the resort, the number of people in your group, the day of the week, and much more, so it is crucial to do sufficient research. Usually, the bigger mountain with better trails will be more expensive. This would make for a great family trip or even just a day trip with friends.
Since a fourth of the year is winter, you might as well make the most of it! Whether you’re willing to take on a challenge outdoors or prefer staying cozy inside, there are ways for you to make this winter the best one yet.