It happens every year: leaves fall, temperatures drop, and snow begins to cover the ground. Winter months in Ephraim, Utah average a high of 34 degrees during the day, with an average of 20.4 inches of snowfall.
With dropping temperatures and falling snow, what are Snow College students to do? While one’s initial reaction may be to hide out indoors to wait for the winter months to pass, others search out new ways to explore the season.
Snow College provides multiple classes that specialize in winter sports, such as snowshoeing, backcountry skiing, and winter camping.
“I am taking a snowshoeing class this semester,” explained Erin Oldroyd, “I’m the type of person who hides indoors when it’s cold outside, but snowshoeing gives me the chance to hike outdoors and enjoy gorgeous views that I normally wouldn’t see.”
Other students find fun in building snowmen, ice fishing, unconventional snowboarding in different canyons in Sanpete, sledding, and hot-tubbing.
“One snowy day we decided to help our friend build her first snowman,” said Dallin Duncan. “After completing it, we ran inside to warm our freezing hands. When we came back outside we found our snowman had been destroyed.”
“We had an idea of who wrecked it.” Dallin continued, “So we donned masks and dumped our broken snowman onto the unsuspecting culprits who were in the hot tub.”
Snow College is known for its outdoorsy students who continue to participate in activities, such as hunting and fishing, all year long.
Tyson Belk, a Snow College sophomore, who loves fishing, uses the changing season to his advantage.
“The cool thing about fishing in the winter is that it’s a completely different experience than fishing in the summer.” Said Tyson, “In ice fishing, you use different poles, tactics, and you’re actually sitting on the lake instead of the shore.”
The temperatures in Ephraim may continue to drop this January, but if students layer up, and are willing to try something new, there is plenty adventure out there just waiting to be found.