Winter Bucket List for Graduate Students
1. SKI! Dartmouth is situated deep in ski country! Nearby mountains include Killington, Okemo, Pico, Sunapee, and Stowe. More locally there is Whaleback, and Dartmouth’s own Skiway offering discounts for students and a shuttle bus from campus. Look out for Grad Ski nights offered by the Graduate Studies Activities Coordinator.
2. Celebrate the Season is happening on December 6 from 4:00-8:00 pm. Celebrate the Season is an annual Hanover tradition where shops and businesses throughout downtown extend their hours and offer special discounts. All information is posted at the Hanover Chamber of Commerce website.
3. Once the ice is thick enough, come out to skate on Occom Pond all winter long. You can also snowshoe, cross-country ski, or sled on the Hanover golf course along Route 10, near the Dartmouth Outing Club House (DOC). Rent skates or cross-country skis from the DOC House for day or overnight use at the student rate!
4. Visit the Hood Museum’s Holiday Open House on December 11. Live musical performances, self-guided exhibit tours, refreshments, and door prizes will be offered!
6. Register for the Covered Bridges Half Marathon December 9—it fills up fast every year!
9. Visit the Hood Museum exhibit “Picasso: The Vollard Suite.” Displayed through December 20, the Picasso exhibit is a rare opportunity to see the original classics by a master.
10. Come enjoy your fellow graduate students’ musical talent at the Grad Musicale on January 10, starting at 6:00 pm in the Hopkins Center. Be on the lookout for further details.
11. Visit the Montshire Museum of Science after hours on January 17 from 6:00-9:00 pm! Jasper Murdock Ale and wine from the Norwich Inn will be available for purchase.
12. Mark your calendars for the Graduate Student Council’s annual Winter Semi-formal happening on Saturday, February 1 in Alumni Hall from 8:00-11:30 pm. Stay tuned to the GSC website to learn more as the date approaches.
13. Don’t forget about Winter Carnival at Dartmouth, happening over the weekend of February 7 this year! This is Dartmouth’s big annual winter extravaganza with a plethora of different events for students, alumni, and families. Plans are still coming together, but stay tuned to the Dartmouth website to learn more later this winter.
14. Organize an Olympics viewing marathon! The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics are going to be held February 7-23 in Russia.
15. Come out to Occom Pond on Saturday, February 8 for the annual Occom Pond Party between 12:00 and 3:00 pm. Games, food, music, and sleigh rides are planned!
16. Channel your inner Julia Child and try to make a tasty treat for a friend using a King Arthur Flour recipe! Remember to make extras for yourself!
17. On February 15, come experience Igloo Build, one of the longest-running traditions at the Montshire Museum of Science. Learn how to build a sturdy winter shelter from engineer and snow structure expert, Dr. Bert Yankielun.
18. Also on February 15 is the annual Howl at the Moon evening brought to you by the Dartmouth Cross Country Ski Center. Enjoy dinner out on the golf course lit by torches and fire pits and catered by our local merchants and restaurants. There’s also great live music in the DOC House. Be sure to buy your ticket in advance!
19. Plan on joining your fellow grad students for the second annual ski weekend and trip to Smuggler’s Notch ski resort. The trip is being organized by the Dartmouth Graduate Outing Club (DGOC). Stay tuned for more info in late February by joining their Facebook group.
If we have missed any events that you think should be added to the bucket list, please post them as a comment below.
photo by Eli Burakian ’00