J-Term, Yay-Term, Play-Term. If you’ve ever been on campus over January, you know what we’re talking about. Less class time and homework means you can dedicate much more of your waking existence to snow, inebriation, and Netflix! (unless you’re taking Chinese or Arabic, that is. We’re so sorry.)
Yes, some of us will opt never to change out of our PJs. Some of us will go an entire month without leaving Ross (#rosschallenge). But for those of you looking to get out and Seize the J, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite J-Term events, activities, and traditions, which we’ll be sharing with you over the course of this week. If you have a J-Term favorite activity you think we should include, shoot us an email and we’ll add it to the list. Carpe Januarius, everyone!
1. Go Skiing/Snowboarding at the Snow Bowl
This one is a no-brainer. Not many colleges are lucky enough to own a ski mountain (only two, actually; just us and Dartmouth). The Middlebury College Snow Bowl boasts 3 chairlifts, 17 trails, and a calendar-worthy Ski Patrol team, all just 13 miles up the road. We take our skiing very seriously– don’t be surprised if the suitemate who can never make it to that 8AM Spanish class is suited up for the slopes and rolling through Proctor for breakfast on-the-go at 7AM.
TICKETS: Middlebury students get a more than 50% discount on season passes ($175). You can also purchase day and half-day passes. You can rent equipment by the day or lease it for the season, while supplies last.
OTHER: Don’t know how to ski? They’ve got lessons, too (though chances are you’ve probably got friends who will teach you for free). Not looking to pizza (“TIPS TOGETHER!!”) down a mountain all day? You can hang out and eat actual pizza in the lodge instead. They’ve also got Love-Me-Tenders, Dr. Feelgoods, and, of course, their famous bread bowl chili.
GETTING THERE: The ACTR bus travels to and from the Snow Bowl every day in January and February, and the ride is free to all Middlebury ID holders. Check out the full weekday and weekend schedules. Note that the last bus back to Middlebury leaves the Bowl at 4PM.
(a note: ACTR buses are great and go a lot of other places too. There are dozens of stops around town as well as ones beyond town limits, including Bristol, Vergennes, and Burlington. They’re a great way to get around if you don’t have a car or want to save on gas. Check out their full schedule).
You can check the Snow Bowl website for conditions, subscribe to a daily snow report email, or just look out your window and make an educated guess. Be diligent in your prayers to the snow gods, and hopefully we can turn this nasty icy mess into some serious deep pow. Fingers and ski poles crossed. See you on the slopes!