Thrills and Chills

This December, Charlotte temperatures have ranged from a balmy 70 to the frigid 20s this past weekend. While our last white Christmas was in 2010, our city normally isn’t suited for traditional winter sports.  During the holiday season, however, head to the Nascar Hall of Fame, which transforms into a temporary ice-skating rink Uptown. Both ImaginOn and Main Library are just a quick, brisk walk away--won’t you stop in and say hello this season?  While the closest ski slopes are a couple of hours away, you can read up on their history in our North Carolina Room.

If you want to keep your feet on solid ground, however, we have some creative ways to get your adrenaline fix:


  • 1990s kids will feel their age when they realize the films The Cutting Edge and The Mighty Ducks were both released in 1992.  Introduce these classics to a new generation!
  • James Bond films are well-known for skiing scenes, from On Her Majesty's Secret Service to Spectre, the latest installment.  
  • A Russian figure skater is accused of a crime in The Skating Rink by Roberto Bolaño.
  • In Frederik Backman’s Beartown, a Swedish hockey team is a bright spot in a bleak Swedish landscape, but the entire town is affected after a violent act.
  • Susan Warren May’s A Matter of Trust reunites a senator with her former flame, a champion snowboarder, to find her missing brother.
  • Nothing says “romance” like a pair of hockey skates; find your favorite in our extensive collection of hockey themed romance novels.


  • Watch The Man Who Skied Down Everest and Everest: Beyond the Limit for real-life adventure atop the world’s highest mountain.  The 2016 film Everest recounts the 1996 fatal summit climb.
  • Warren Miller’s Extreme Winter:  Skiing stunts, 90s neon and cheesy theme music = entertainment gold.
  • Charlotte Checkers fans will appreciate Red Army, the story of the former Soviet Union hockey team, while Pittsburgh Penguins fans can relive the championship moment on Hoopla.
  • Alone in Antarctica tells the story of the first woman to ski across Antarctica.
  • Reconsider your plans to become a famed ice climber after you read Denali's Howl, about the deadliest climbing disaster in America.
  • Imagine whizzing down the ski slopes when you read the latest edition of Elevation Outdoors, a guide to the Colorado Rockies.

Brrr!  Just the thought of skiing or ice-skating has made us work up an appetite.  Tina Anderson’s The Ski House Cookbook offers mountain-themed recipes and practical advice for cooking at high altitudes.  Indulge in lighter versions of tummy-warming macaroni and cheese or chicken pot pie with Ellie Krieger’s Comfort Food Fix, in EatingWell Comfort Foods Made Healthy, or in back issues of the EatingWell magazine.

Move aside, chicken noodle soup!  For the more adventurous eater, Lukas Volger’s Bowl discovers new ways to incorporate the humble ramen noodle.  Andrea Nguyen’s Pho Cookbook elevates the Vietnamese classic noodle dish. 

You don’t have to travel to a snowy destination to get your wintry fix. Grab your favorite hot beverage, leave the extreme sports to the pros, and curl up with an action-packed book or movie this winter!