Surviving Winter Break as a College Student

Winter break as college students can be a great time to catch up on sleep, hang out with friends from home, or work at that old summer job. Five weeks off from studying, dining hall food, and those loud next door neighbors can be a much needed break.

However, sometimes life at home can get a little boring. After binge watching Bob’s Burger on Netflix, chances are you’re ready for something to get you out of the house? Luckily, New Hampshire has tons of great activities to do over winter break that don’t break our college students’ budget.

Skiing or Snowboarding Lessons

As students of the great state of New Hampshire, it’s an unwritten rule that we take advantage of the world class ski resorts that are in our backyard. Why not use this winter break to try something new! Take a drive up I-93 and take your pick of ski resorts including Waterville Valley, Cannon Mountain, or Loon Mountain.

I tried snowboarding for the first time last year thanks for the Learn to Ski Month!

I tried snowboarding for the first time last year thanks for the Learn to Ski Month!

Ski New Hampshire is a non profit dedicated to winter sports. During the month of January the company runs a fantastic promotion for first time skiers and snowboarders (such as me!).

Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month allows first timers to get a lesson, rentals, and a lift ticket for only $39.

Follow this link for a list of mountains participating and further details. 

Ice Skating at Strawbery Banke Museum

Grab some friends and hot chocolate and make your way over to the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth. Spend the night skating away at the Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond. The rink at the historic Strawbery Banke offers public skating, rentals, lessons, a cafe, broomball, and pond hockey tournaments. The rink is walking distance from Market Square and the tons of restaurants the city has to offer. The rink is a perfect destination during a Saturday night out with friends or family.

This outdoor rink is situated in the town of Portsmouth, which is a town bustling with culture and the performing arts. The rink was made possible by a group of ice skating choreographers who wanted to bring a cultural experience to the winter months of the New Hampshire. This experience is truly unique and custom to New Hampshire. I can’t think of a  better time to take advantage of this experience than winter break!

Ice Castles

This one may be roadtrip material for some New Hampshire college students, but boy are they worth it. The Ice Castles in Lincoln have been dazzling spectators from across New England for the past few years.

Photo courtesy of Tenley Sodeur.

Photo courtesy of Tenley Sodeur.

The Ice Castles are incredible works for art that are carved right into the mountain side. They are feature walkways, tunnels, and caves that entirely made of ice! This is really something to see at night with the lights illuminating the ice sculptures. Check out their website for information on tickets, times, and directions.

Brewery Tours

For those of you are of age this winter break, may I suggest taking advantage of the over 40 breweries that are local to New Hampshire. Over the years the number of local breweries has skyrocketed as craft beer is growing in popularity. With a large number of possibilities right at our doorstep, why not take a brew tour and grab lunch at some of these popular breweries.

If you’re on the Seacoast, check out Smuttynose Brewing Company in Hampton, Throwback Brewery in North Hampton, and Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth. If you’re in the lakes region or skiing at the resorts swing by Woodstock Brewery in Woodstock or Moat Mountain Smoke House and Brewing Company in North Conway.

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