Note from the editor: This is post from new author Steve Lamando. Steve’s a Connecticut native currently going to school in Rhode Island and rides for both Original Skateboards and Wheelerz.
New England gets cold dude! We are quickly approaching that time of year again when the roads become covered in snow and salt, and skating regularly becomes a fond summer memory.
The snowflakes look great for about 10 minutes until you remember that the roads are a mess and you’re out of luck with skating for a bit. For a lot of us, skating clears our minds, keeps us sane, and is our favorite escape from reality. Aside from that one random 60-degree global warming day in December, the weather for skating will pretty much blow for the next couple months if you’re in the Northeast.
For the people like myself who live for the thrill that skateboarding provides, shit can get tough when that’s put on hiatus. What are we supposed to do when the weather really sucks and we literally don’t have the option to go outside and fiend some freeride? It’s important to find something else that you can cheat on skating with to keep your sanity. Here is a list of my 10 alternatives to help keep you sane during the brutal New England winter.
1. Embrace the snow
Snowballs, sledding, snowskating and snow days aren’t all that bad. Once you get over the fact that the roads are going to be a mess for a while, you can learn to have a little fun with the snow (see #3, too).
2. Make/Use a Balance Board
Use a balance board while watching TV. Not only is it pretty fun but it also will help improve your already super amazing balance. Nothing beats actually skating, but this will definitely help a lot. Indo Boards are one sweet, well-known option that come with both the roller and stationary disc.
3. Hit the Slopes
If you haven’t already taken up snowboarding, get on that shit. It’s super fun, super chill, it’s downhill, and it’s the closest thing you got right now.
4. Finally Play Catch Up
Watch that movie you’ve been meaning to see, read that book you were supposed to read for class, and show your family some love. Also take the time to go through our video section and make sure you haven’t missed the progression of gnar we’ve had out east over the last couple of years.
5. Go to the gym
Get in shape for your best season yet, stronger legs means stronger skating 😉 Try doing hitting the StairMaster, do some squats, and calf muscle exercises. Once springtime rolls around it’ll be like you never stopped skating.
6. Chill With Your Skate Homies
Get together with your skate buddies you normally only see on the hill; invite them over for some quality bro time festivities. Tony Hawk on N64 anyone?
7. Try something new
Pick up a guitar, mess around with some paint, find your new favorite band, or take up meditation. Use these snowy days to expand your horizons beyond your every day activities.
8. Plan a skate trip
Decide who, what, where, and when you want to take a future skate adventure in some place you’ve never traveled. Like my Dad says “Proper prior planning prevents piss poor performance”. These are the perfect days to spend scouring FindHills and locate that hidden spot you’ve always dreamed about, so make good use of the time! Don’t forget to take another look at Molly Lewis’ 5 things you’ll want to remember to pack.
9. Play some video games
Call of duty, GTA 5, Bio Shock, Skate 3? Take a seat and stay a while. Get your game on! Especially Skate, it will get you stoked and is something to help you pass the time. If you’re on the go break out the old Game Boy and Pokémon for a trip down memory lane at the same time.
Skate in your kitchen, skate in your basement, hit up an indoor park or cruise through the 4 inches of snow blanketing your driveway. Take the trucks off your board and carpet board while watching some TV. Whatever it takes, skate somewhere that you can still get your fix and still keeps you happy. Since there isn’t a good carpet boarding gif, we’ll leave you with Kyle Chin.
Got any other tips? Want to let us know what you thought? Leave us a comment below.