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Skiing in Winter

Melissa Kuchta

Melissa Kuchta,
Junior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 3 February 2019

As much as I dislike the dry skin, bitter cold, and icy conditions, there are many hobbies that I enjoy only in these frigid winter months. Since I was in fifth grade, I have had a strong love for skiing.

I’m from a small town outside of Cleveland with no fancy ski resorts near by. That being said, I learned to ski at a small “resort” called Alpine Valley where the black diamond hill could probably be compared to the easiest hill at bigger resorts like Seven Springs or Holiday Valley.

After many wipeouts and mishaps over several years, my family bought me tickets to Seven Springs when they deemed me ready. Being at a big resort was so much different than what I was used to. The hills were larger, the ski lifts longer, the crowds bigger, and the snow conditions of much better quality. I soon developed an even bigger passion for skiing, frequently visiting resorts like Seven Springs and Holiday Valley. I hope one day to get out to Colorado to ski on the mountains.

I wish there was a ski area down here in Athens, but there are plenty of other winter activities that Athens offers. During the cold months of spring semester, I enjoy bundling up and taking long winter hikes at Strouds Run State Park or The Ridges. The way the snow blankets the forestry of Athens is absolutely beautiful.

After these hikes, I always enjoy stopping at Brenen’s or Donkey Coffee for a hot drink to warm myself up.

While winter can be brutal, there’s nothing better than bundling up and hitting the slopes or hiking trails. Winter can be beautiful and enjoyable if you know where to look.

Parks in Winter

Wesley Book

Wesley Book,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 2 February 2019

One of the things I love about winter in Athens is the scenery surrounding campus. When the snow is falling, or has fallen, all the rolling hills that create this beautiful area look even more beautiful.

I love the outdoors, especially hiking, and there are a few parks around Athens that present a handful of trails that contain some picture-perfect views. Hocking Hills State Park isn’t too far away from campus, and holds some of the most beautiful hilltops when the snow first falls.

Zaleski State Forest is closer than Hocking Hills, and is just as beautiful. Since all the leaves have fallen, the best thing about Zaleski during winter is that you can see from ridge to ridge, giving you the opportunity to capture the rolling hills point of view.

Another state park near Athens is Burr Oak State Park. This park is just as beautiful as the others, except it comes with a lake. Since temperatures have been extremely cold and have stayed cold, the lake freezes over and the snow lays on top of the lake, creating a beautiful picture. We were even able to do some ice fishing along the way.

Winter in Athens

Allie Gabbard

Allie Gabbard,
Junior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 27 January 2019

I fell in love with Athens when I came on my first tour during the spring when all the trees were in full bloom. The Japanese Cherry Blossoms along the bike trail are a beautiful sight to see.

Unlike spring, where there are so many different colors to see, winter in Athens is just as pretty. Since there are so many trees, the snow has plenty of different places to set. The scenery in this town is breathtaking. Not to mention, if the icing trees and hills of Athens aren’t pretty enough, Hocking Hills is just a short drive away. Snowy or frozen waterfalls await in Old Man’s Cave. I never liked winters until I lived here!

When snow falls here in Athens, the childhood spirit comes out in the college students as we are quick to grab garbage can lids and take off sledding down the hills and snow covered streets. When all of us returned to campus a few weeks ago campus was closed due to five inches of snow. The students rushed to the streets and started a snowball fight! Who knew a little snow would turn adults into kids so quick! My friends and I went sledding and one of
them snowboarded down Jeff Hill.

We don’t get many snow days in college, but when we do, we take advantage of them! Our one or two snow days during our college careers are filled with snowball fights, sledding, snowboarding and plenty of hot cocoa to stay warm! Who would have though snow days in a college town would not only be beautiful but filled with excitement and fun! So, don’t forget to wear your pajamas backwards, flush ice down the toilet and do the snow dance. It is well worth

Ohio Snowcats Take On Keystone

Daniel Riordan

Daniel Riordan,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 16 January 2018

Wintertime in Athens is always visually striking—the trees are bare, snow is everywhere (unless the sporadic 60°F day comes around)—and there’s always plenty to do outside within walking distance. However, Ohio University’s location in the hills of southeast Ohio also places it within driving distance of ski resorts Snowshoe Mountain and Seven Springs Mountain as well as a couple
hours away from Columbus’s Mad River Mountain.

When it comes to snow sports, my trip into the white snow and high elevation this winter was not to one of those places, but with many of my friends and peers to Keystone Resort in Colorado, facilitated by the local ski & board club, Ohio Snowcats.

Many Ohio University students take advantage of this Athens-area club to spend a week of our winter break in the mountains of a world-class ski resort somewhere in the United States, and I surely enjoyed the choice of destination this year.


For a heavily subsidized cost, my friends and I, as well as about 200 other Ohio University students had the opportunity to ski down some black diamonds and enjoy the views from 10,000 ft. up at this scenic mountain range two hours west of Denver.


Athens is a great place to be, but the opportunities Ohio University has presented me to travel to places and with people I would not otherwise have had the chance to take advantage of are the source of life-changing experiences and many fond memories for me.

Star Gazing

Jannat Al Barwani

Jannat Al Barwani,
Junior, Aviation Management

Athens, OH 22 February 2017

I usually don’t like winter because I can’t tolerate the cold weather. Not only that, but I find winter very depressing. Once I feel like winter is coming, I picture myself staying indoors most of the time and waiting for spring break to come.

This winter, I tried to change my perspective about the winter season. I thought that I should do some fun and entertaining activities that people would usually participate in during the winter season. The first thing that popped into my mind was sledding. We unfortunately didn’t get that much snow this year.

I tried thinking of other activities to do but couldn’t come up with anything. So, I decided to look into the activities that the university offers and that’s when I found that Ping Center offers a stargazing night during Sibs weekend. I told my friends about it and we all decided to go together.

Th one who was hosting this activity was named George Ebert, a professor who teaches astronomy and used to work at the old Ridges. We went to the Ridges at 8:00 pm and it was very cold. We took a walk into the woods until we reached the top of the hill and the scenery was simply beautiful. We were all fascinated by the breathtaking view of the night stars.

Professor Ebert taught us about the starts, their names and which constellations they were in. He said that no matter where we stood, the stars are always in the same place. The north star will always be in the north and the south star will always be in the south. He mentioned that the north star is not the shiniest star like most people think. Once we were done star gazing, we all went to the bone fire and drank hot chocolate with marshmallows in them…Not a fan of marshmallows either.