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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Laura Dee
Laura Dee

#1 reason.... it ENDS (eventually)

Kathy McBride Thatcher
Kathy McBride Thatcher

Bring on the thunder punch to my throat! I love winter and hate summer! Woot woot! ;)

Josh Revelle
Josh Revelle

Id much rather be seeing a top 20 reasons to love St Louis in the summer. This winter can suck my balls!

Leland Avants II
Leland Avants II

I can't wait for 110 degrees. Anyone that complains about the heat this summer needs to be thunder punched in the throat.

Kathy McBride Thatcher
Kathy McBride Thatcher

This list is awesome. I love snow and I love winter! Please remember to enjoy these last few days of cool temps. Summer (heat and humidity) will be here before we know it.

Cyn Whateverisclever
Cyn Whateverisclever

@ Mary Louise. That article is fake. It is a photo shopped ship and the Rockytimes is Arkansas's most unreliable news can be seen at top of the page lol. And this article on 20 things should be updated...it's 2014! :)

Leland Avants II
Leland Avants II

Done with winter. I would love to move to a warmer climate like Texas or Florida...but they are full of idiots.

Laura Remelius
Laura Remelius

um... i mean yes to winter fun. don't know st louis peeps. wishing you better times

Mary Macleod
Mary Macleod

I disagree, having come from St. Louis, and the County areas,then moving to another state. I would say all St. Louis people are much more friendlier than other people. Cant wait to come back home!

Mary Macleod
Mary Macleod

I love everything about St. Louis, I want to come back ASAP!!!

Gary Wyatt
Gary Wyatt

Drivers are not friendly.... people cut me off ,and honk when I am having to stop for traffic,and the dirty looks are appalling. There needs to be a big splash on the news,and front page of the paper calling for friendlier drivers,and considerate ones....

Harlan Green
Harlan Green

Daryl, I remember, and will never forget, the days your Dad would pick Fran and I, I think Ricky also, and Jodi, along with you and Stan, and brave the cold and snow at Art Hill. (pictured above). We would build a fire and roast marshmallow’s. We would sled down the hill time and time again. Year after year since we were kids., Even long before Fran. How we didn't end up in the Grand Basin (the lake at the bottom) I'll never know. Great times, Great Memories.

Jake Black
Jake Black

I almost went right into the lake one year as a kid

Bill Womack
Bill Womack

Had lots of fun there back in 66 and 67 good times

Janet Barnes
Janet Barnes

My daughter lives in St. Louis. It will have a high of zero degrees tomorrow. She is thrilled ..

Larry Underwood
Larry Underwood

St Louis people - city or county - are generally, polite, friendly & respectful...with the possible exception of that guy...

Lynn Jones
Lynn Jones

yeah anything is better than minot nd-60 below here and no call off for anything military related. schools are closed but not us psh

Tim Adcock
Tim Adcock

What a great tradition! I love that place!

Barbara McCullough
Barbara McCullough

Really, what a stupid thing to say, we always came from the country to Art Hill way back before he was even born to sled. And to generalize grouping people in to the same bag. SMDH.

Sarah Barton Strait
Sarah Barton Strait

Beautiful! You can move the girl outta STL but the girl's heart will remain there forever. :)

Judy Ryan
Judy Ryan

Just read in the paper that sledding on Art Hill started in 1904 just after the World's Fair

Jeanne Vaughn
Jeanne Vaughn

we all pay to support the City and go there as well...we are St Louis!

Judy Z. Bellchamber
Judy Z. Bellchamber

Truly, Missourians are a friendly and supportive bunch~no matter what area they are from and proud of our St. Louis City landmarks and people....Peace~life really is too short to not live by the Golden Rule....Do unto others as you would have them do unto you (and yours).........

Donna Starkey
Donna Starkey

For my Indiana friends and family. This is Art Hill in Forest Park. A favorite for sledding !

Brenda Miller
Brenda Miller

Live 40 miles out, always wonder where these outlandish ideas come from, love each other, life is short!

Roxy Carol
Roxy Carol

Art hill is a love my family does every year but this one! All the kids moved and grand babies are to young. Soon we will be back!

Richard Q. Stephenson
Richard Q. Stephenson

Michael, you might be the least open minded one here. It is obvious you envy what you don't have, and mask that envy in fake superiority. You are not true St. Louis. You are a true jackass, though. A smug one at that.

Michelle Accardi
Michelle Accardi

Sleigh riding on Art Hill, remember those days well, wheres the fire at the top?

David B Fowler
David B Fowler

nice pic....it's warem by fire with coffee and bourbon

Diana Scism
Diana Scism

Are those stops at the bottom of the hill so you don't go into the water? Takes all the danger out of it.

Karyn Hernandez
Karyn Hernandez

i tough i was the only one that felt this way lol ....

thursday_leroux
thursday_leroux

I'm really disappointed that global warming would be something to love about St. Louis. That's not something to love. It's something to fear and fix or we won't have a planet to love at all.

Raquita Henderson
Raquita Henderson

you know what City folk are really good at? not being a douche to our county counterparts, who are all part of the beauty of St. Louis. We can be city proud with out being an ass about it right?

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