Microsoft geeks speak: How to make winter weekends count


What are YOU doing this weekend?

It’s the shiver season, and Seattle-area geeks are fired up about winter fun. We asked developers in the Microsoft orbit: How do you “geek out” on winter weekends? Take inspiration from their favorites for your own 48 hours of fun.

If you’re a winter sports geek:

Seattle is pretty much a nirvana for all activities winter. Stephen appreciates “the easy access to great skiing and snowboarding–and it’s a quick drive to Canada!”

Jeremy has a to-do list for upcoming winter weekends.  “So far I’ve only checked out Summit at Snoqualmie, which is 45 minutes away, but I plan to check out Stevens PassCrystal Mountain, and even Whistler.”

Chris says, “Here’s how I spend my weekends: Skiing by day, and gaming at night (videogames and board games).”

Winter geekdom even happens in the city. This winter, Calvin experienced an urban-snow adventure: “I participated in the world-record snowball fight in downtown Seattle.”

If you’re a beer geek:

Pike Brewery has a number of beers on tap. One of Kevin’s favorites is the Kilt Lifter. The brewery’s website even features a chart that includes the history and flavor profile of more than a dozen brews.

If you want the hottest view of South Lake Union:

“For days when it’s not raining but too cold to go outside without some sort of artificial warmth,” Kevin recommends a tour of South Lake Union in a hot tub boat. Heaven.

If you can’t wait to get back in the saddle:

“There are a ton of horses in Redmond and Woodinville,” Elise says. After a fast-paced week, no matter the weather, she is happy to reunite with her horse, Tiny.

“I ride in Redmond (out on Novelty Hill Road, near the watershed). I definitely prefer that area because it’s really quiet, beautiful, and serene. After a long day at work, it’s really fun to go outdoors and ride.”

If climbing is your thing:

“I try as frequently as I can to rock-climb,” Calvin says.  Indoors, he gets his fix at the Seattle Bouldering Project and Vertical World. Outside, when conditions permit, the granite cliffs of Index are a popular close-to-Seattle spot.

If you’re a hockey geek:

During NHL season, the Angry Beaver in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood is the place to be. Kevin says, “As a recent East Coast transplant and die-hard hockey fan, I’ve been spending a lot of time searching for Philadelphia Flyers games on TV or at local sports bars.” Thanks to this recently opened, Canadian-themed hockey bar, Kevin can get his fix among the jerseys and sticks.

But sometimes you just gotta chill out.

In the Seattle-and-Eastside area, there are so many reasons to love winter. But as Calvin says, “Some days nothing is better than sitting in and watching football, movies, and playing Mario Kart 64 with my flat mates.”

If you’ve been out and about, you may have missed our introduction to a few more of our friends  who take inspiration from the great outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

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