Mother Nature has put Riga through the ringer this winter. Just as soon as it seemed safe to hit the slopes at local ski resorts, the weather would shift gears and the snow would melt leaving only slush behind. But then the temperatures would plummet and more of the white stuff would blanket the ground only for the infernal process to repeat itself again. Perhaps it was vengeance for the ordeal we put our Han Solo action figure through when we were only seven. After the Empire Strikes Back the poor guy spent every other day in the ice box. In any event, exasperated meteorologists have predicted a cold February and March, so if Riga is plunged into an icy spell make sure to read about winter activities like skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and even bobsledding or curling. If you’re travelling with children be sure to read our Kids’ Riga feature to avoid toddler tantrums or the rolling of eyes by bored teenagers. Tips on where to find the best craft brews and how to find one of Riga’s most intriguing neighbourhoods are also at your disposal within these pages, so read, explore and experience the city with Riga In Your Pocket.