Here’s a hot take, or rather a cold take: Ccold climates are better than warm climates. This may be a controversial take, especially for some people dreading the cold winter ofpeople who are from Montana, but as someone who was born and raised in the South, let me assure you that hot climates are not fun. 

Now, to be fair, I have yet to experience the full force of a Montana winter, but we had our fair share of sub-zero weather in 2021 in Arkansas, when the temperatures hovered around -10 degrees for about a week. This weather was completely out of the ordinary for Arkansas, and honestly, it was not all that bad. In comparison, there are often spans of several weeks in the summer where the highs will be above 100 degrees for days at a time and the nights don’t get much cooler. 

When the temperature reaches these heights it becomes really difficult to do anything outdoors without running the risk of dehydration. So, unless you’re spending your day at a lake, outdoor activities become borderline unbearable. On the other hand, it’s generally easier to manage colder temperatures by throwing more layers of clothing on, and this doesn’t seem to impede on cold weather activities such as skiing. 

Which brings up my next point: Ccold weather activities are simply better than warm weather activities. Things like snow skiing are more exhilarating than their summer counterparts. In this case: water skiing. Along with this, snow activities such as building snowmen, sledding or snowball fights seem to put the icing on the cake. 

In defense of warm climates, the roads are generally safer as the risk of ice is nonexistent, and clearer, sunnier days tend to have added health benefits. This includes things like increased exposure to the sun, which provides vital nutrients like Vitamin D. 

While there are some benefits to warm climates, cold climates are more manageable and enjoyable. This may not be a particularly popular take, but ultimately cold climates are ultimately better than their warmer counterparts.