Sample winter wonderland to break up long days

For many, this time of year can be depressing.

After all, the holidays are over. The weather is cold. The nights seem especially long when the sun doesn’t shine much during the daytime hours.

So we encourage everyone to get out to enjoy the many, many wintertime activities this area has to offer.

For instance, as featured in The Mining Journal earlier this week, there is skating at places like the Marquette Commons rink. That’s a low-cost way to get the kids away from the television and the gaming equipment and out in the fresh air for some family fun.

We’re blessed in this area with a bounty of cross-country ski trails and of places to snowshoe.

Visitors from all over the country have discovered the fun of snowmobiling in the central Upper Peninsula, something locals may sometimes forget as a potential winter-blues beater.

And then there are spots to sled, to ski and to snowboard, activities sure to get the heart racing and the spirits renewed.

For those less athletically inclined, a simple walk in the woods is an incredible way to get in touch with nature and to find a little peace and quiet away from the hustle of day-to-day life.

Of course, for those wanting to watch some great outdoor winter sports, there are big events on the horizon, like the Noquemanon Ski Marathon Jan. 24-27; the ski jumping event at Suicide Bowl in Ishpeming Feb. 6; and the U.P. 200 Sled Dog Race Feb. 14-18.

We truly live in a winter wonderland and while the cold sometimes can be daunting, we should remember how fortunate we are to have the chance for such great fun right outside our doors.