Friluftsliv and the Joy of Winter

A look inside the first issue of 2021 + a few things our Editor is loving
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Worden with Whitefish “ghost trees.” Photo by Kendall Buckley

For those of us who love mountains, winter can’t come soon enough—skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating and drinks around a fire pit await us. We can take inspiration from our Scandinavian friends who have turned “open air life,” or friluftsliv (pronounced free-loofts-liv), into an art form. As we all know, the key to enjoying the outdoors even in below-freezing temperatures is having the right gear to keep you warm. With proper layers, the bracing cold can actually feel good once you’ve settled into it, and you experience the healthful benefits of connecting with nature.

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The perfect mug for your spiked hot chocolate after a day of skiing, in posh Pillarbox Red by British icon Falcon Enamelware.

So as we begin 2021 and I compile my traditional resolution list, I’m writing “more time in nature” at the top along with:

1. Ski more (check out my visit to Whitefish).

2. Adding the art of letter writing to my daily practice (who doesn’t love to receive a hand-written letter, and Paper and Grace provides all the perfect writing supplies).

3. Eat, or drink, more chocolate (you’ve heard about the health benefits of chocolate, right?). Ritual Chocolate handcrafts the ingredients. Because what’s better than sipping a boozy hot chocolate around a fire?

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Rumpl, which promotes itself as the original puffy blanket, has a new line featuring national park scenes like this one from Yellowstone—and as a member of 1% for the Planet, Rumpl supports the National Park Foundation.

By definition, mountain homeowners embrace winter. Take the Florida-based family featured in these pages who fell in love with Big Sky, Montana, because of the short lift lines; and the couple from Southern California who moved to their Vail home while sheltering in place during COVID-19, calling it their “winter respite.” In Lake Tahoe, a couple who lives bi coastally transforms a home with a sweeping remodel from Western-themed interiors to a freshly urbane contemporary retreat. Their favorite spot in the home is the family room with its giant fire pit; the homeowners are charmed by the thought of an indoor campfire.

If you’re like me, I’m not sad to say farewell to 2020, and as we look to 2021, let it snow!

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