I am writing this introduction roughly a week after the Polar Vortex proved that, when it comes to winter in Rochester, Mother Nature means business. Will those few days in early January be the worst we have to suffer through this season? Or are we due for more arctic blasts and umpteen feet of snow? Only Punxsutawney Phil (and his hairdresser) knows for sure.
Regardless of the weather, you are a Rochesterian. You are hardy. You must commit to making the most out of the next three months. Look around you: there are too many fabulous winter opportunities. You can't let them pass you by.
Consider snowshoeing, for instance. This is an easy-to-pick-up, relatively cheap outdoor activity, and there are ample venues in the Greater Rochester area. Don't have any snowshoes yourself? You can even rent the equipment by the day. Check the story for the scoop.
If you want something more social, we have an article on group outdoor activities. At least one involves consuming mass quantities of alcohol. Or you can always grab your friends and check out one of our 14 events for winter 2014.
If you're looking for something a little warmer, a little sweeter, turn to our hot chocolate round-up. Even if you hate the cold you can't deny that winter provides a great excuse for drinking your weight in hot chocolate.
Of course, if you must stay indoors, you might as well read a book. We spoke to some of Rochester's literati for their winter-read suggestions. What's on your book shelf this winter? -- Eric Rezsnyak