We made our own list of what we love about winter, but it's always more fun to ask our readers. Using the #OutsidePerfectThings, our Instagram followers shared more than 1,700 snapshots of their favorite cold-weather things. From deep snow and adult sodas to happy dogs and snowy adventures, here are 30 of the top picks.
@tedhesser: Snow bird on a ski pole. Omens of a blue-bird powder day.
Testing Your Tires
@desktoglory: Just wandering about in the snow near Whistler this weekend. Looking forward to hunting down some hot springs next weekend!
@woolandwhiskey_: Afternoon lounge in Banff.
@tubbsmcgee: Some minor elevation today. #mtbaker #winteriscoming #wheremybiketookme
Podcasts and Puns
@juliawhitten: Enjoying some cereal with my Serial on this fine first of January, 2015.
@paddyroc: And it became so clear. It's all a vast glowing empty page and I without a pen can look on smiling and watch the words. It is a great big sky. #BigSky #Montana #OutsidePerfectThings
Embracing Your Inner Hipster
@lillynprice: Seattle, the land of thick sock-wearing, espresso-drinking, tree-hugging, rain-loving hipsters. I think I like this place.
@ashleelangholz: camp vibes.
@timberlinebanff: Switched up the wood planks for some metal blades to carve up frozen water this morning.
One Big Fridge
@chancekeso: Pretty great view of Rainier today from Mount Ellinor.
A Room With a View
@inthetrees_: A room with a view. You're kinda cool, Washington. #pnw
@jballant: A little backflip with my #gopro It was no doubt a good day on the hills.
@jonmancusophoto: Night life. #idaho
@megmcallister: Working on being thankful for changing seasons and currently missing meadow-napping in #dopesemite.
@olsone14: My favorite food.
@craigmuderlark: I remember building snow forts in the backyard as a child. The excitement of burrowing into the pile of snow and the anticipation of the finished dwelling. Here, I can be a kid again. Playing in snow, imbued with the youthfulness of children. Breaking down skiing into its most fundamental components, it all comes down to this: playing in snow brings out our youth. Giggling, smiling, cold, wet, rosy cheeks, wonder, utter fascination with what the world is offering. Pure joy.
@dearmchris: Callie and I had a little snow adventure in Warren-Weld Woodland.
The Little Things
@photographermilamayer: Snowflakes are just like us, come in a variety of sizes and shapes.
@dpkuras: My 2-year-old son hunts for bears in the caves beneath Yosemite Falls.
Pedal to Pow
@rob__day: So that was fun.
On the Water
@beeleeknapp: Not a bad day in Patagonia.
@landlecoq: It's too bad liquor stores are closed on Sundays.
@karenalinehan: Dog day afternoon on the beach with Mojo.
@julieegg: Cody is a regular lumberjack these days helping grandpa clear his land. #outsideperfectthings #longliveidaho
@karinayeznaian: Gear hauling off Denali. #basecamp #kahiltna
@paulmwebb: Frosty morning.
@ourfreeways: We know you enjoy wonderful night and star exposures, so here is another! #stars