10 Ways 14W was Harsher than the Eternal Winter in “Frozen” (2013)

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  1. No one in “Frozen” drunkenly slipped and fell on Webster Ave at 2 a.m.

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2. Elsa made some pretty sweet ice castles

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3. No “Frozen” characters had their jacket stolen

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4. Talking snowmen make everything better

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5. Nobody in “Frozen” had 7:45 a.m. drill

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6. Life in song makes everything more exciting

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7. Keystone was probably not the drink of choice in “Frozen”

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8. “Frozen” characters had longer than a week to recover from the coldCourtesy of marylandweather.com
9. When the “eternal winter” ended, it was actually warm

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10. And it probably didn’t smell as bad as campus does now

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Dartmouth Winter Carnival ranked number 6 in the world by NatGeo

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Despite what the lack of snow would tell you, it’s just about time for the oldest collegiate festival in the nation, Dartmouth’s Winter Carnival.

A 101 year-old tradition once deemed the “Mardi Gras of the North”, Winter Carnival has gone from being a “30-ring circus” featuring Dartmouth “imports” and frat parties even F. Scott Fitzergald couldn’t handle to a slightly less rowdy and more family-friendly extravaganza that includes community events and recent classics like the Polar Bear Plunge and the Human Dogsled Race.

In its January/February 2012 issue, National Geographic Traveler magazine ranked Winter Carnival as the number six winter carnival in the world, beating out festivals like the Quebec Winter Carnival, and even the annual Snow Festival in Sapporo, Japan. The article does not indicate how NatGeo ranked the carnivals.

Launched in 1910 as a field day for students, the Dartmouth Winter Carnival has become an iconic event in New England. In 1955, Sports Illustrated described the weekend, famously used to attract women to the school before it went coed in 1972, as a “30-ring circus.” Visitors cheer on Division 1 ski competitors or watch less elite athletes—often decked out in capes, pajamas, and other costumes—compete in a 3K ski race and human dogsled races on the college green. The public is invited for horse-drawn sleigh rides and a skating party on Occum Pond with live music. Feb. 9-12.” – National Geographic

Winter Carnival has also been named one of the Best Winter Carnivals of 2012 by OffManhattan travel guide.

While you’re getting your flair ready for the Carni Classic, why not rent the classic Winter Carnival? Also be sure to read up on a particular Carnival season weekend that gained national attention due to the efforts of the Dartmouth Committee to Beautify the Green Before Winter Carnival.

Hammer ’12 skis in “Wyoming Triumph”

 

For Max Ham­mer ’12, there is noth­ing bet­ter than a good day of ski­ing. It has been a major part of his life since he could walk, and will be until it is no longer phys­i­cally fea­si­ble, he said. Ham­mer re­cently shared a part of his ski­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with the Dart­mouth com­mu­nity at a movie screen­ing in Dart­mouth Hall. Ham­mer was one of a hand­ful of freestyle skiers to star in “Wyoming Tri­umph,” a movie about ski­ing in Wyoming, where Ham­mer grew up.

KGB Pro­duc­tions made the movie in part­ner­ship with Trevor Hiatt, who had the idea for the film and or­ga­nized the group of skiers, in­clud­ing Ham­mer.

“It was a new ap­proach to some­thing I al­ready loved doing and I just got re­ally ab­sorbed in it,” Ham­mer said.

Un­like most ski movies, which fea­ture fast clips of ex­treme ski­ing, they wanted to cre­ate a more nar­ra­tive film about ski­ing in Wyoming. Every­one in­volved in the film had day jobs in ad­di­tion to their life as a skier, and they wanted to put to­gether a work not about pro­fes­sional ski­ing, but about reg­u­lar Wyomin­gites doing what they love.

Over half of Wyoming’s land is pub­lic and the group cap­i­tal­ized on these vast stretches of wild for un­touched snow and never-be­fore-filmed moun­tain areas.

On foot, ski and snow­mo­bile, they hiked into na­tional parks and wilder­ness areas through­out the state, some­times for days, be­fore reach­ing their ski des­ti­na­tion. Ham­mer de­scribed the un­par­al­leled feel­ing of ski­ing straight down an un­charted moun­tain. From the top he could not see the steep slope and rocky cliffs below, but had to guess where he was headed based on his mem­ory of the moun­tain from the bot­tom, he said. Ham­mer re­calls mis­cal­cu­lat­ing on his first run and get­ting lucky when he sped down the moun­tain and man­aged to avoid any dan­ger­ous sur­prises.

The film was shot over the win­ters of 2010 and 2011. Ham­mer re­mem­bers that dur­ing the first win­ter Wyoming had an un­usual short­age of snow­fall. Then one week in Feb­ru­ary the snow fi­nally came in full force, drop­ping a layer of fresh pow­der over ex­posed rock. Ham­mer ru­ined four pairs of skis over the next few weeks, but it was worth it – “ski­ing pow­der is ar­guably the best feel­ing in the world.”

Dozens of stu­dent came out for the screen­ing, which took place be­fore Thanks­giv­ing break, and cheered for Ham­mer as he glided down moun­tains on screen. Ham­mer is not sure where his fu­ture in ski­ing is headed, but said it will re­main a cen­tral part of his life.

 

Getting ready for winter running

 

 

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I’ll admit it; I’m some­thing of a fair-weather run­ner. Where I come from it never dips below 28 so I can get away with ¾ length run­ning tights and a T-shirt year-round. Some­thing tells me that that’s just not going to cut it for the New Eng­land win­ter. I’m de­ter­mined, how­ever, to make the most of the great out­doors this year and avoid spend­ing the next four months on the tread­mill.

So I started to make a win­ter run­ning-gear wish list – but where to start? What is the best thing to wear for an early morn­ing jog when it’s below 20? It was time to call in the ex­perts – Dart­mouth Cross Coun­try run­ners Meg­gie Dono­van ’15 and Pete Jankovsky ’12.

Born and bred New Hamp­shire girl Meg­gie cer­tainly isn’t averse to a bit of cold weather.

“Most peo­ple do run out­side year-round”, she told me. “You get used to it! You have to wear span­dex, and fleece mit­tens are key”.

She rec­om­mends run­ning tights, a long-sleeved syn­thetic base layer, a wa­ter­proof wind­breaker (I per­son­ally like [this Nike one(http://​store.​nike.​com/​us/​en_​us/?​ l=shop,pdp,ctr-in­line/cid-1/pid-414700) – it looks warm and the re­flec­tive strips will be great in low light) and a fleece head­band. Cot­ton cloth­ing is an ab­solute no-no – “NEVER run in sweat­pants!”

Meg­gie’s per­sonal cold-weather fa­vorites are Under Ar­mour span­dex base lay­ers and Nike zip-up pullovers for stay­ing warm. She par­tic­u­larly likes the thumb holes for extra warmth and com­fort.

Pete is a firm ad­vo­cate of out­door run­ning and even runs out­side dur­ing bliz­zards – “It’s kind of fun!” he told me. I’ll take your word for it, Pete.

He tends to run in Nike gear and keeps the same run­ning shoes year-round, though he did tell me that it’s good to use newer shoes with bet­ter grip in the win­ter. Reg­u­lar T-shirts are the ab­solute worst things you can wear, Pete told me. “They’re not as warm, and they get heav­ier when wet.”

For him, gloves are the most im­por­tant thing of all, es­pe­cially if you have any cir­cu­la­tion trou­ble. These Manzella Gore-Tex gloves are sure to keep your fin­gers warm and toasty even in the tough­est con­di­tions.

So there you have it – every­thing you need to stay warm and cozy while you’re pound­ing the pave­ments this win­ter. Any more ad­vice? Tweet me your sug­ges­tions @la­bele­tran­gere. Happy run­ning, peo­ple!

 

 

Occupy Dartmouth remains despite cold weather

Hanover ex­pe­ri­enced a flurry of in­clement weather last week, just a taste of the frigid days to come. In spite of this, mem­bers of Oc­cupy Dart­mouth, the cabal of stu­dents on cam­pus aligned with the on­go­ing na­tional Oc­cupy Move­ment, em­pha­size that their re­solve is frozen in place no mat­ter what Mother Na­ture throws at them. Stu­dents in­volved in move­ment, clus­ter­ing on a small plot of grass in front of Col­lis, are not yield­ing on the orig­i­nal mo­ti­va­tions be­hind their protests.

“The basic mes­sage is still the same,” re­it­er­ated Nathan Gus­dorf ’12, who has been an ac­tive mem­ber of Oc­cupy Dart­mouth for eleven days and has slept in the group’s makeshift tent for each night of his in­volve­ment with the move­ment. When asked about the im­pend­ing cold sea­son, Gus­dorf said that he re­mains un­daunted.

“We’re just going to keep in­su­lat­ing the tents,” he said. “Peo­ple keep do­nat­ing blan­kets.”

Though their mes­sage re­mains un­changed, Oc­cupy Dart­mouth is hop­ing to con­tinue ex­pand­ing their reach on cam­pus, par­tic­u­larly by work­ing with other Col­lege or­ga­ni­za­tions. The move­ment has got­ten in­volved with the Multi-Faith Coun­cil, the Afro-Amer­i­can So­ci­ety and the Dart­mouth So­ci­ety of In­vest­ment and Eco­nom­ics (DSIE), ac­cord­ing to Gus­dorf. The move­ment hopes to gain ad­di­tional trac­tion by net­work­ing with Oc­cu­piers in other schools.

Gus­dorf doesn’t an­tic­i­pate a drop-off in ac­tiv­ity even with the win­ter loom­ing, so Dart­mouth stu­dents can look for­ward to see­ing these peace­ful pro­test­ers for quite some time to come.

Staying toasty until Thanksgiving

A white Hal­loween? What? Like most, you prob­a­bly didn’t ex­pect snow on the ground here in Hanover until after Thanks­giv­ing. You also may have left your warm jacket, gloves, snow boots and other win­ter ne­ces­si­ties back home. How­ever, there are a few things you can do to bulk up your No­vem­ber wardrobe to weather it out until turkey day.

First off, you must LAYER. The more lay­ers the bet­ter. This is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant since the build­ings on cam­pus are ex­tremely heated and you’re going to want to re­move your out­er­wear quickly.

A pair of gloves and a warm scarf will also go a long way, even if your coat is thin. A hat is also a solid way to keep your ears cozy and avoid the sting of the cold. Try look­ing for these ac­ces­sories at the GAP, they often have good dis­counts and sales.

When it’s snow­ing, the worst thing is to have wet feet. In­vest­ing in a pair of wool socks may be a game changer. An­other op­tion is to order on­line wool in­serts for your boots. You may not have your snow boots, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be warm – wa­ter­proof­ing spray can work won­ders on any kind of shoe. The Moun­tain Goat here in Hanover is quite knowl­edge­able on how to keep from freez­ing, as it gets colder. Try ask­ing one of their sales­peo­ple for help.

You may have no­ticed that your fa­vorite pair of jeans isn’t so warm once wet. Try a pair of cor­duroys or even slip a pair of tights/leg­gings/long un­der­wear under your jeans. L.L. Bean makes a wool leg­ging and tights that you can order on­line.

There are local thrift stores that could have ex­actly what you’re look­ing for. Swing by the Lis­ten Cen­ter or Sal­va­tion Army this week­end to grab a cozy frat jacket or vin­tage hat. Keep your eyes peeled for any­thing and every­thing that will hold you over until the hol­i­days. You may even pick up some sweet sea­sonal flair along the way.

Good luck! Stay warm!