How To Manage A Vermont Winter

Here are our helpful tips on how to manage winter in Vermont as we approach the end of January.

1) Find An Outdoor Hobby You Love

You don't have to be an avid downhill skier to love Winter in Vermont. Though there are plenty of options for those that enjoy the thrills of sliding downhill on snow, there are just as many outdoor activities that don't require you flirt with gravity.

Snowshoe and cross-country trails can be found across the state. We love heading over to the Catamount Outdoor Family Center to traverse their groomed cross country skiing trails or explore the property on snowshoes.

Ice skating rinks are everywhere, including good old Lake Champlain, once it's frozen over. Explore Vermont by snowmobile by utilizing the VAST network, which includes over 5,000 miles of trails.

Once you've found a winter hobby that gets you out of the house, you'll start counting down the days to winter as you sweat out the dog days of summer.

2) Get Plenty of Sunshine and Vitamin D

Every Vermonter knows that Vitamin D is lacking come winter. Our skin creates Vitamin D through contact with the sun's rays. A shortage of the vitamin will weaken your immune system, which isn't conducive with Flu Season. Considering shorter days, clothing that covers every inch of your body, and shifting weather patterns, it is good practice to increase your Vitamin D.

We not only suggest you get outside (as mentioned above) but also find a space in your home that receives lots of natural light. Frequenting a sunny room will lighten your mood and keep seasonal depression at bay.

If you're a buyer looking for a new home, this is definitely something to consider. Look at how sun exposure will affect bedrooms and living rooms.

Of course, a sunny room and frequent trips outside might not be enough, which is why most Vermonters leave a jar of Vitamin D supplements on their bathroom counters. *Always consult with your health practitioner before starting any new supplement.

3) Dress Appropriately

This tip is especially important for those that are relocating to Vermont. The combination of moisture from Lake Champlain and low temps can have a jarring impact on your body. But if you dress correctly with warm, cozy layers, your bone-chilling walk to the car becomes a stroll in the park. Consider natural fibers like wool and down, as well as some awesome base layers. If you're new to Vermont, you should start picking up multiple pairs of Darn Tough wool socks.

Warm winter boots with excellent traction will also make your life better this time of year. There are plenty of options out there from Bogs to shovel the car out with to trendy Sorrels to turn heads on Church Street.

4) Evaluate Your Home Insulation and Windows

Drafty windows and leaky doors can create an uncomfortable home once the temps drop. Check the weatherstripping and replace it if necessary. Furthermore, a home with energy-efficient windows and doors will increase the value on the market. You'll be much happier, and warmer, with a well-insulated home to come back to.

Check out Efficiency Vermont for tips & tools, over-the-phone consultations, or an on-site assessment!

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