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#Cabinlife for the Holidays

The days are getting shorter, and temps are dropping. But, there’s no need to be sad, fun is around the corner!

By: Chris Engelsman + Save to a List

With the Holiday Season in full swing and snow beginning to fall, it’s time to think about swapping #Vanlife for #Cabinlife and spend time with family and friends. With an ideally located cabin, you’ll be off the beaten path of everyday life. You’ll exchange your hectic daily commute for a slow-paced crawl in your old-school snowcat for solitude and relaxation.

It's slowing down and spending time with friends that make events memorable — gathering around a crackling fire, telling stories from past adventures, or sitting by the window in the morning with a hot cup of cocoa. Even tasks like shoveling snow off the deck to gain access to your cabin can be a joy and an excellent substitute for the gym! 

Winter is no time for hibernation! With the right gear, you can have loads of fun. Plus, with cooler temps, you are not dealing with high humidity or sweating profusely. For winter-time activities, layering is crucial so that you can easily add or subtract clothing if you heat-up or cool-down. Another handy item is the Zippo HeatBank 9s Rechargeable Hand Warmer. This device can warm your hands if they get wet, or hang it around your neck with the lanyard to warm your body. Check out my list of essential winter gear.

Are you looking for an activity with a bit more adrenaline? Try backcountry skiing or snowboarding. It's a great way to get exercise on the climb up combined with the thrill of surfing down a white blanket of snow. 

If you are going to spend time at a cabin in the Mountain West, one thing to keep in mind is that you could potentially be in avalanche terrain. So, please be sure to check the local avalanche forecast before venturing into the backcountry. And if you are in avalanche terrain, remember to have your  transceiver, shovel, and probe.

This winter season, don't be afraid to get outside and enjoy nature. It's easier than ever to find a great cabin or yurt!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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