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Top 5: Things to Do with Snow

It’s easy to hate the white stuff piling up outside, especially when you’re forced to head out into the cold to get to class or, you know, leave your house. Luckily for you, we’ve got our top five ways to deal with the snow in actual fun ways:

Have Fun with It

Snow is always going to be a part of Edmonton, so it’s best to learn how to make the most of it. One of the simplest, and greatest, things that you can do with snow is to just simply stand outside and enjoy it, possibly catching a few snowflakes on your tongue if it’s still actually snowing out. Or, if that isn’t your style, you can go all in and make breathtaking snow angels, create a picture-perfect Olaf snowman or just race your friends through it to the closest Timmies. There’s always fun that can be created in the snow, just remember to cover up!

Make a Snow Fort

Snow forts are such wonderful things. They’re the perfect in-between for those who want to create a little something out of the snow, but don’t want to go through the actual effort of making an igloo. Snow forts require almost no design knowledge — it’s literally just piling snow with a shovel. However, they provide you both with a fun afternoon activity and a great place to escape from what I like to call “real world” problems. Plus, all the neighbourhood kids will be so jealous of you.

Use It as an Excuse for Why You’re Late to Class

You may not always enjoy the snow, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t use it to your advantage. On those early Monday mornings where it was particularly hard to drag yourself out of bed and you showed up to class more than a couple of minutes late, the heavy snow outside presents the perfect excuse. You slipped, you fell, you couldn’t wade through it all. It doesn’t matter. What does matter is the fact that you now have a perfectly legitimate excuse as to why you couldn’t sign the attendance sheet on time and you don’t have to use up one of your “free-to-miss-without-penalty” days.

Surprise Your Friends with Snowballs

Ah, snowballs. They are both so majestic and so dastardly, especially when you get your friends involved with them. They’re that nice little surprise that lets all your nearest and dearest know that you simultaneously love them but are also not above smashing a freezing cold ball of snow in their face. They’re that simple way, during below freezing cold temperatures, to bring together a large group of people for an outside bonding activity. Also, with all the exercise that snowball fights bring, you won’t have to worry about trekking through the snow to the gym.

Cuddle Up Inside and Watch Your Favourite TV Show

Sometimes, when it’s cold and snowing out there’s nothing more that you want to do than cuddle up inside with a warm blanket, a good WiFi connection and watch a few episodes of your favourite show. And you know what? There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Sometimes the best way to enjoy the snow is to completely avoid it, pretend it’s not there and get lost in a fictional, pixelated world. Or, if you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you can just watch a different snowstorm occur in a somewhat different place and whisper “winter is coming” jokes to yourself. That’s cool too.  

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