4 Things to Do in the Winter!
While it may be a hot take, winter is actually my favorite season! Maybe it's because I was born in December or grew up in the rural Northeast, but the abundant snowy adventures and the beauty of campus make Hanover winters one of a kind. Below is a list of my four favorite ways to spend the winter here!
- No. 1
Get a lesson at the Dartmouth Skiway!
With Dartmouth's very own ski mountain a mere 20 minutes from campus, skiing is a fantastic way to spend the winter. Student day passes and rentals are heavily discounted, while private lessons are available for free as a PE credit. I was a ski instructor my freshman year and absolutely loved getting to teach fellow students and spend time at the mountain. There is a bus that takes students to the Skiway every couple hours, so you can get there quite easily. If you'd prefer to go to a different mountain, Dartmouth students also get great discounts at many of the larger VT resorts and they are only about an hour away. Beyond that, the DOC Winter Sports Club offers backcountry trips for more experienced skiers and has a closet of gear you can borrow for free. Nordic ski rentals are available through the DOC too, and the golf course is full of nicely groomed trails. Overall, skiing at Dartmouth is fun and accessible, no matter your ability level.
- No. 2
Go ice skating!
Although I could certainly be described as a Bambi on ice, getting out ice skating this winter has been a lovely way to enjoy the outdoors. This year, two ice rinks were built on the Green, and in years past, Occom Pond was a common spot for ice hockey and figure skating. Another great skating spot is Lake Morey, which is not too far from campus and is a gorgeous 4-mile loop (seen in the photo above). Rentals are quite affordable and you can take your time skating laps around the lake!
- No. 3
Take a winter woccom!
A "woccom" (walk around Occom pond) is a wonderful way to unwind, no matter the season. In the winter, if you dress warmly, a long stroll around Occom and even into Pine Park is a perfect way to get some fresh air, catch up with a friend, and enjoy the natural beauty of Hanover.
- No. 4
Sometimes, the best thing to do during a freezing cold day is cozy up on the couch, drink some hot cocoa, and enjoy the beautiful winter from the safety of your warm room :)