It’s Snow Much Fun!

Monday, December 17, 2012

By:

JamesBarker

With the warm weather and colorful leaves starting to dwindle it can only mean one thing…winter is coming! Not everyone shares the same enthusiasm about freezing temperatures, but when snow finally comes new outdoors activities are possible! Skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating, and snowshoeing are just a couple. UNH is in a perfect location for winter sports because Durham is only 1 hour – 1.5 hours away to the closest ski mountain! College Woods and other UNH affiliated land, such as Kingman Farm, are great places to go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.

Cross-country skiing is a low-impact total body activity, as well as, the ultimate cardio workout. Simultaneously having to push and pull muscles of all regions provides benefits that other aerobic exercise can’t. The UNH Ski & Board club provides transportation to Sunday River and Loon Mountain on designated Saturdays from January through early March. Join the club by signing up at the front desk of the Hamel Rec Center. Be sure to provide: your UNH ID, proof of medical insurance, complete health history form (available at desk), and a signed Code of Conduct form (available at desk). Members must pay $50 for the year. Don’t have your own equipment?  Rentals are available at the Rec Center!

Ski passes for New England can be purchased for a variety of mountains. For the past several years, I have bought the pass to Sunday River, Loon, and Sugarloaf! All 3 of these mountains are fantastic for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. They all receive a good amount of snow throughout the season; fingers crossed we will get more snow this winter than last winter! Find a friend who can teach you and head north!

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