How to Survive the Snowpocalypse
If you live in a blizzard-prone part of the world, you know all too well about the dreaded Snowpocalypse—that unpredictable time in winter when snow dumps across the city and life as we know it shuts down. Bomb Cyclone, The Brrrfect Storm, Ice Scream—it goes by many names and spares no one in its path.
So keep the batteries close and the wine even closer, and escape with your sanity intact the next time Mr. Freeze pays a visit with this snow-day itinerary and cozy collection of home goods. Luxury robe: check. The coziest indoor shoes money can buy: check. Take a sartorial page from The Big Lebowski playbook and abide by our luxurious snow day gear.
And if you happen to live in sunny California or on the beach in Florida, fear not—this guide is for you too. ‘Cause no matter where you are, everyone can use a tasty cocktail recipe and some fresh Netflix recs to get through those icy days.
Lose Yourself in our Favorite Long Reads
Snowy days are the perfect time to stay indoors and curl up with a good book. Need recommendations? We’ve got a great list of long reads to get you through the winter.
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‣ “The White Darkness,” a white-knuckle read from the New Yorker, chronicles Henry Worsley’s solo journey across Antarctica. You’ll never complain about a snowy commute again.
‣ Wolf, from New York Times bestselling author Jim Harrison, tells the story of a man who leaves behind his drunken escapades in New York City to search for rare wolves in the wilderness of northern Michigan.
‣ “Can the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Be Found in Cuba?” If you doubt a birding trip would make for a wild, funny, and reflective adventure story, sit back and let this award-winning Audubon piece by Mac McClelland shock you.
‣ You’ve likely seen Jack Nicholson's 1980 hit movie, but if you have yet to read the classic Stephen King novel The Shining, there’s no better time than a snow day. Your apartment might even start to feel like the Overlook Hotel during a Colorado winter.
‣ “ The FBI of the National Park Service” is a gripping real-life murder mystery by Rachel Monroe for Outside that sheds light on the small and little-known Investigative Services Branch that takes on crime in our National Parks.
Venture out for a Schvitz
The best way to combat the cold is to get really freaking hot. We’re talking saunas. If you're in New York City, head to the Russian & Turkish Baths—the relaxing saunas and steam rooms that have warmed the world-weary for the past 125 years. It's the best place to be during an East Coast snow storm. Not in New York? Check out this list of the best bath houses scattered across the country.
Photo: Russian & Turkish Baths
Warm Up with an Apple-Maple Hot Toddy
Sail the High Seas (in Your Mind)
Pay no mind to the blustering conditions outside with our 300+ song Yacht Rock Spotify playlist pumping at volume 11. You can almost smell the Banana Boat.
Binge our Favorite Netflix Picks
Can’t bear to get out of your cozy bed? No problem. Make yourself some popcorn and hunker down—we’ve got your next 50+ hours covered with our hand-pick list of Netflix picks.
‣ Meru After a failing in 2008, three elite mountain climbers film their second attempt at the coveted Shark’s fin on Mount Meru, a feat that would make them the first to summit the 22,000-foot peak.
‣ Under an Arctic Sky Follow six surfers to the remote north coast of Iceland in search of the perfect wave until they’re caught off guard by the worst storm in twenty-five years.
‣ Valley Uprising A look at the 50-year history of rock climbing in Yosemite Valley through the eyes of the rebellious counterculture who call it home
‣ Finding Traction Ultramarathoner Nikki Kimball attempts to become the fastest person to run 273 miles on America’s oldest hiking trail.
‣ Quincy Co-directed by his daughter, Rashida Jones, “Quincy” is an intimate profile of music icon Quincy Jones that’ll make you want to pick up a trumpet.
‣ Icarus Cyclist or not, you’ll be enthralled by the story of how a major Olympic cheating scandal was accidentally uncovered by an American documentarian and a Russian scientist.
‣ Cabins in the Wild with Dick Strawbridge (1 season) Engineer Dick Strawbridge and craftsman Will Hardie follow a competition to build a pop-up hotel in Wales and visit eight of the most ingenious cabins you’ll ever see.
‣ Salt Fat Acid Heat (1 season) Based on Chef Samin Nosrat bestselling cookbook, “Salt Fat Heat Acid” takes us across the world to study the elements of cooking.
‣ Life Below Zero (4 seasons) Step into the world of subsistence hunters in the remote Alaskan wilderness—you’ll never complain about an icy walk to the grocery store again.
‣ A User’s Guide to Cheating Death (1 season) Explore the rise of wellness products, diets, and cosmetic surgeries marketed to keep us young—and why we’re attracted to them.
‣ Ken Burns: The Civil War (1 season) We’re a big fan of any documentary by Ken Burns, and this series about the soldiers, generals and famous battles of the Civil War battles does not disappoint.
‣ Explained (1 season) This series is your official guide to modern phenomena, including the rise of cryptocurrency, why diets fail, and the popularity of K-pop.
‣ Abstract: The Art of Design (1 season) These profiles of eight innovative designers across different fields will have you appreciating—or critiquing—the design of everything around you.
‣ Godless (1 season) In this series set in the 1880s, a murderous outlaw searches the American West for his ex-protegee, who’s found a new life in a New Mexico town populated almost entirely by women.
‣ Manhunt (1 season) This (fictional) account of the FBI’s investigation of the infamous Unabomber will have you at the edge of your seat.
‣ Queer Eye (2 seasons) A reboot of the early 2000s makeover show, the modern-day “fab five” and their makeover subjects will make you laugh, cry, and buy some pants that fit.
‣ Ozark (2 seasons) In debt to a drug boss, a financial adviser played by Jason Bateman must move his family from suburban Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks to launder $500 million.
‣ Easy (2 seasons) A raw portrayal of the humor and struggle of modern relationships, this series of diverse and brutally honest vignettes is the clever and relatable answer to the classic rom-com.
‣ Master of None (2 seasons) Plan B, workplace discrimination, and an overwhelming wealth of choices—Aziz Ansari hilariously tackles the many professional, romantic, and cultural experiences of the modern man.
‣ Maniac (1 season) A subtly hilarious and definitely weird Netflix original starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, “Maniac” follows two mysteriously connected strangers as they enter a psychedelic pharmaceutical trial that goes off the rails.
‣ Slow West In 19th-century America, a Scottish teenager searces the frontier for the woman he loves, and bounty hunters are hot on his trail.
‣ Into the Wild Based on a true story and the book by Jon Krakauer, “Into the Wild” chronicles the life of a young man who gives up his family, trust fund, and stable life to hitchhike to Alaska and live alone in the Denali wilderness.
‣ Balto Loosely based on a true story, “Balto” portrays the wolf hybrid sled dog as he guides medicine to children suffering from a diphtheria outbreak through the Alaskan winter.
‣ The Green Mile Adapted from a Stephen King novel in 1999, “The Green Mile” is about a prison guard who becomes fascinated by a death-row inmate when he learns about his mysterious gift.
‣ Little Evil After marrying the woman of his dreams, a man tries to bond with his new stepson and becomes increasingly convinced that the child is actually the spawn of Satan.
‣ Lion Based on a true story and adapted from Saroo Brierley's memoir, “Lion” follows an adopted Australian-Indian man search for his birth family after being separated from his mother in Calcutta at age five.
‣ Hot Fuzz In this British comedy, a top London cop is transferred to a small town to investigate some mysterious and grisly deaths that lead him to uncover the sleepy city’s dark secrets.
Cure Your Cabin Fever, Fireside
Nothing keeps us warm and cozy like a drink by the fire. If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace in your home, pour yourself an apple maple hot toddy and curl up. But for those of us without (or for those who want to get out of the house), it’s definitely worth it to briefly brave the cold to warm up at your local fireplace bar. If you happen to be in New York City this winter, we’ve got a few local favorites to recommend. We didn’t say hygge. You said hygge.
Photo: Black Mountain Wine House
‣ The Marlton in Greenwich Village
‣ Employees Only in the West Village
‣ Black Mountain Wine House in Brooklyn
‣ Lobby Bar at the Bowery Hotel in the East Village
‣ Alewife NYC in Long Island City
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