3 Cheap Events for the Brave Winter Enthusiast


2_2_Happenings In these cold winter months, it can be easy to snuggle up in bed with bae (fictional or real) and binge watch Netflix whilst drinking a hot beverage. But for those of us who are brave enough to venture out into the frozen tundra we call Syracuse, well, have no fear (or maybe do) — the office of Recreation Services, a Division of Student Affairs, is offering a number of outdoor activities this semester throughout the surrounding area.

Unfortunately, registration for the six-week Ski and Snowboarding Program is closed (time to put away those Winter X Games dreams), but if you’re still interested in learning how to ski, there is a Cross Country Skiing program. The program is happening on Feb. 15 and Feb. 22 from 12 to 6 p.m. at only $15 for trail pass and equipment. The price also includes skis, boots, poles AND round trip transportation. Now if only all your books for sociology could cost that much.

Next, there is a day trip to Lake Placid on Sat, Feb. 28 where you can ride the Bobsled and the Skeleton (shout out to Lolo Jones). This trip offers a lot of sightseeing, including the Olympic ski jumping complex, and entrance to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Museum. There’s also free time in Lake Placid, but considering the weather, you might want to sit this one out unless you plan on just doing it for the gram. The cost for the program is $55, also known as the amount of money you spend on Starbucks each week, so consider carefully. Lunch is included for the first 50 people who pay and register, so let’s hope know one else has figured that out yet.

Last but not least, there's a chance to go snow tubing at the Four Seasons Ski Center on March 1. Though I’m bummed there’s still snow in March, this is great for those of you can’t let the winter go. It only costs $5 and seems like a great way to have some last minute winter fun before spring break.

Art by Shawna Rabbas