With seemingly three-quarters of the country currently experiencing winter with a capital W, we thought back to this charming essay/list of some of the sharper sides of winter, and wanted to share it. Winter brings all sorts of fun: powder days, fatbiking on snow, quiet snowshoe trails, the strange Cro-Magnon appeal of losing track of time absentmindedly watching logs burn in a fireplace. Ice SkatingIce skating can be a beautiful thing in the hands of professionals, or even practiced amateurs. But if you’re new to it, have had several beers before you try it, or just kind of suck at it, you might note that falling is quite painful. ShovelingSix inches of fresh snow is awesome when you’re looking down at it between your skis from a chairlift.