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A view of the ski lodge from the top of Holt's ledge on a snowy day

As much as the winter in Hanover can be a chilly affair, I always find myself deeply looking forward to the change in seasons from fall to winter. Hanover transforms into a winter wonderland, covered in a soft blanket of snow that turns the campus into a scene straight out of a holiday card. The iconic Baker-Berry Library looks even more enchanting with snowflakes dancing around its spires, and the annual snowball fight takes place on the night of the first big snow on the Dartmouth Green.

As someone who hails from a more moderate climate, I was initially a bit apprehensive about the colder temperatures. However, Dartmouth has a way of making you appreciate the beauty of each season. The camaraderie among students during winter is heartwarming. We trudge through the snow toward our classes each day, and spend afternoons and weekends snowboarding and sledding!

A group of new skiiers skiing down the mountain!
It's awesome to watch new learners discover the joys of snowsports!

One of the highlights of my winter experience last year was deciding to try snowboarding for the first time. Dartmouth's proximity to fantastic skiing and snowboarding locations is a game-changer. After completing a series of snowboard lessons offered through the Dartmouth Skiway, I felt ready to hit the slopes.

Located just a short drive from campus, the Skiway provides the perfect setting for any beginner looking to try out snowsports. The instructors at the Skiway were patient and supportive, creating an environment where beginners like myself could feel at ease. As someone who had skiing experience, it was less daunting, but still a new adventure!

As I reflect on my first snowboarding experience and the joys of winter in Hanover, I can't help but feel grateful for the unique opportunities that Dartmouth provides. The winter season here isn't just about enduring the cold; it's about embracing the magic of the snowy landscape, forming lasting bonds with fellow students, and trying new and exciting activities

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