Thursday morning in Nelson was magical one.

Winter’s magic arrives

When storms like Thursday’s hit big metropolitan areas and those burgs not used to winter’s delight, it causes chaos.

Thursday’s storm came at the perfect time. It reminds us of what an incredible place we live in and allows us the opportunity to connect with each other in a very wintery way. And with any luck, the snow will keep falling, the rain will hold off and it will be one of the whitest Christmases ever.

When storms like Thursday’s hit big metropolitan areas and those burgs not used to winter’s delight, it causes chaos. In Nelson, it causes celebration.

From the opening shovel tracks in the morning, neighbours exchanged pleasant greetings. The choreographed winter routine of digging out after a huge night of accumulation has not yet gotten old. It was a good workout and the next day’s sore muscles are a proud badge of Canadiana.

Children woke up wide-eyed and eager to pull on the gear for a romp through the powdery goodness. Nobody loves snow more than kids and Thursday’s dump was an early Christmas present. Sledding, snow angels and corn cob pipes bring our community alive in December.

Naturally, skiers and snowboarders were rightly stoked at Mother Nature’s bounty. It’s days like these that put us on the map and truly make us worthy of Powder Magazine’s Ski Town Throwdown title which we are very close to winning (see story on Page 8).

Even as the roads narrowed and the streets became impassable in some corners of town, drivers were courteous and kind on Thursday morning. Helping others push out of tough spots when needed and making sure everybody is safe is something drivers in this community understand better than most.

So enjoy it. Winter can be long and there will be plenty of time to complain come late-February. For now appreciate the magic of winter in a small mountain town. It’s what so many people all across the globe can only dream about. Our reality is the envy of plenty and we’re fortunate to be living it.

 

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