During the winter snow and ice often define life in Skellefteå. We build snowmen, roll snowballs that turn into snow lanterns, dig ourselves into snow banks, roll out reindeer pelts, pour hot chocolate into wooden cups and eat homemade sandwiches with thick slices of Västerbotten cheese.
We also ski. Downhill, uphill and cross-country. Or ride sledges. Or snowboard. Sometimes we organise spontaneous ice hockey games. We might plough a rink on a frozen lake or put on our skates and go ice dancing with classical music and coloured lights. Sometimes we go out in public to a nearby outdoor rink, or even the Skellefteå Kraft Arena. In a way it doesn’t really matter what we do, as long as it happens in the ice and snow and we get a hefty dose of icy fresh winter air whilst the cold gently nips our noses and cheeks.