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As Temperatures Drop In Idaho, Some Prepare Pandemic-Friendly Winter Activities

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Flour, toilet paper and canned goods were coveted earlier this year. But now, as Idaho heads into winter, the shopping lists have changed.


COVID-19 has limited indoor activities, so winter sports shops have been busier than normal.

“Everything from snow shoes to cross country to downhill equipment to backcountry equipment —it's people are looking forward to winter, they're looking forward to having something to do outside, " said Jeff Lewerenz, co-owner of Greenwoods Ski Haus.

He said the pandemic has disrupted supply chains, leaving the shop with more limited stock and an increased demand. 

“If you're looking to do it," said Lewerenz, "do it sooner than later."

And others may be looking for ways to pass the time indoors. Chadwick Gerig is the general manager at the Garden City yarn store, the Twisted Ewe. 

Sales typically pick up in the winter, but now he’s seeing an even higher demand with people stuck at home. The shop’s online classes have been a big hit. 

“We have had to reload beginning classes for crochet and knitting several times since we launched them,” said Gerig.

So as colder days settle in and sourdough and gardening seem yawn worthy, shredding fresh powder or knitting chunky blankets may just be your thing. 

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