20 Reasons to Love Winter in St. Louis

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Yeah, St. Louis' winters can be this bleak -- if you let 'em be.
We admit it. Winter in St. Louis can be pretty damn dreary. Weeks can go by without a ray of sunlight penetrating the grey sky. And then there's the cold -- a humid frigidity that drills right to the bones.

It's enough to bring on a deep depression if you cannot open your eyes to all the great things to do between now and the vernal equinox of March 21. Below are 20 reasons why we at Riverfront Times truly love winter in St. Louis. What -- if anything -- are we missing?


1. Watching bald eagles in Alton -- Each year hundreds of bald eagles migrate from the north down to the Alton area along the Mississippi River. But where's the best spot to view these beautiful birds of prey? Never fear. There's an app for that.

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Steinberg at night.
2. Skating at Steinberg Rink - A winter attraction since the 1950s, Steinberg Rink offers ice skating as God and Mother Nature intended -- outdoors! And did you know that Steinberg is open every day of the winter and said to be the largest outdoor rink in the Midwest? Night skating is best with breaks by the fire.

3. Cardinals Winter Warm-Up -- The deals and trades of baseball's "Hot Stove League" can almost be as intriguing as the baseball season itself. But nothing celebrates the off-season quite like the Cardinals Winter Warm-Up -- a chance for fans to meet the players and get autographs. And the best part of all, the entire event benefits charity.

4. Sitting around the outdoor fires at Sasha's on Shaw -- Several St. Louis bars and restaurants now offer campfires on their patios in the winter months. But if you've yet to find your favorite place to cozy up with a cocktail, you'd be hard pressed to beat Sasha's on Shaw (4069 Shaw Blvd; 314-771-7274), which usually has at least one outdoor fire going each night.

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5. Witnessing St. Louis weathermen freak out over 1.5 inches of snow. We really don't get that much snow in St. Louis. But when we do, it becomes a REALLY BIG DEAL with local weathermen (and weatherwomen). These ordinarily sane meteorologists absolutely lose their shit this time of year. Bear with them. They'll come to their senses just in time to lose it all again during tornado season in late spring.


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