BRRRR! It’s COLD Outside!!

Snowy SmokiesThe national cold-snap is all over the news and your social media pages are packed with comments and photos of the cold temperatures your friends are experiencing, right? The temperatures here are the lowest they have been in decades. Yes, decades! So, today, we will give you some tips on how to stay WARM while you are visiting your Watershed Cabin!

Tip #1: Dress in Layers

When you are inside, an extra sweater, some fuzzy socks and slippers should do the trick. But, when you go outside, you want to make sure you dress in layers to help you stay warm. The three-step layering system works best.  Synthetic fabrics and wool are your friends in cold weather and are warm even if they get wet – leave the cotton at home. Start with a base layer of wool, polyester or other synthetic blend. This will keep the warmth in while wicking moisture away. Fleece is a favorite for a second layer because it creates a pocket of warm air around you, making you feel nice and cozy. Top it off with a windproof, waterproof jacket to keep the warmth in and the cold air out. Down or fleece-lined coats are the best bet on super cold days.

Tip #2: Build a Fire

There is nothing as wonderful as a roaring fire on a cold day! During the day, make sure to bring in enough wood to last you through the evening so you don’t have to go outside during the coldest part of the night! If you are new to fire-building, make sure read the manual in your Watershed Cabin so you know how to properly open the damper. A cabin full of smoke is no fun!

Tip #3: Eat Chocolate!

Foods that are nutrient-rich and high in fat will help you stay warm and energized. It will give you the stamina you need to make it to end of a snowy hike, lug the sled up the hill for another run or to hit the slopes once more. So, now is the time to indulge in chocolate, nuts, creamy soups, hot cocoa with extra whipped cream – all the good stuff!

Tip #4: Bring a Blanket

When it’s this cold outside, I always keep a few blankets in the car. If you have leather seats that aren’t heated, sitting on the blanket can really help! Also, it can take a while for the heater to warm up the whole vehicle; blankets help keep backseat passengers more comfortable at the beginning of a car ride. They can also be used to quickly warm up someone who has gotten too chilly outside and can be a lifesaver if you encounter car trouble on a cold day. Fleece blankets are the way to go – they warm you up quickly and stay warm even if they get wet.

Hope these tips help you stay nice and warm during your visit to Bryson City during this cold weather!

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