The Valley Reporter’s “Fun in the Winter” issue celebrates all the many things there are to do here for those who don’t ski (and for those who do).

We’re proud of all the amazing shops, restaurants, businesses, galleries, joints and places to visit in our community. Join us in exploring them.

And don’t be daunted by Vermont in the winter. The solstice is behind us and the days are growing longer. Get outside and play. There are many, many things to do outside.

There’s a video on YouTube right now, titled Vermont Snow Show ( ) that features a rapid-fire slideshow of people playing outside in Vermont during the winter.

The video was created with the photographs of Times Argus photographer Jeb Wallace Brodeur for the Bolton Valley Nordic and Backcountry Lands Project benefit fundraiser and is accompanied by the rollicking “Calamity Song” by The Decemberists.

It’s compelling because, while it certainly features people playing with gravity on ski slopes, it also features people simply going outside to play in the snow and ice of Vermont.

There are shots of yellow school buses framed by snow-covered trees, snowbanks and a completely white road. There are shots of people making snow forts, skating, playing, climbing, sledding, snowmobiling, walking, shoveling and much more.

What is spot-on about the video is not just all the great things there are to do here in the dark months of winter but how critical it is to get outside in the winter.

The best and only way to defang and demystify winter is to go outside and be part of it. Find out what layers work for walking, keep track of gloves and boots and hats.

Go out on a night when it is below zero and watch the sky. Walk out in the late dawn and take a deep breath of that cold, fresh air.

Because it’s a long, dark, cold slog from December to April if you’re going to stay inside. Better get outside and play. (Parts of this editorial appeared in The Valley Reporter in 2012.)