Here’s the latest on the It’s Cool To Embrace Winter!™ trend watch, which we also whole-heartedly support. The City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, and the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships today announced they’re synching up to form The Great Northern, a collaborative winter festival that runs Friday, January 27 to Sunday, February 5, 2017 and also includes partnerships with Askov Finlayson (the whole collab will be lead by Eric Dayton), Northern Spark, and Andrew Zimmern’s Food Works Inc.