Checklist of Things to do in the Snow


For some people, it’s hard to find things to do outside for a little while between classes or after you’ve finished for the day. During the months which Bozeman isn’t covered in a blanket of snow, it’s easy to go out on one of the open fields on campus and throw around a frisbee, kick a soccer ball or play basketball on an outdoor court. In the winter, you can’t play those sports, and it isn’t easy to go skiing out of the blue and for only a short amount of time. So what do you do? Fall back on some of the timeless classics of snowy weather activities!

Making snowmen: If you have experience building snowmen, you know the quality of your snowman depends on the quality of snow. Even so, it doesn’t have to be Frosty to be a snowman. Sometimes you have to get by with what you have, and if there isn’t good snow to make a solid, three ball snowman, go for the amorphous blob approach. There are multiple ways to do this. In an open field, the easiest way is to go for a tall, somewhat shaped pile of snow using whatever props are around to make up the face and, if you want to get fancy, the features for the rest of the snowman. Another idea, one I have successfully tried with some friends, is to take chunks of snow, in this case from the piles created by the snowplow in the parking lot, and stack them up in whatever way makes something that will pass as a snowperson… from a distance.

Snowball fight: Whether it’s you and a friend or two full armies fighting for snow dominance, everyone loves a good snowball fight. You can have a snowball fight anywhere – I would avoid a place crowded with non-combatants – and have a shakedown showing off your inner warrior by pegging your friends with snowballs. Although it can quickly dissolve into anarchy and simple white washes, this is a great way to spend your awkward times between classes. There are things to watch out for: make sure you don’t have any ice or rocks in your snowballs and be sure to have Buddy the Elf on your team!

Snow forts: These can be tough, as not only does it require an architectural eye, but once again requires a certain quality of snow.  My suggestion for making an effective snow fort is to start by making a large pile of snow and packing it down well. Then, carve out the inside being careful not to get too close to the walls and bring your snow fort down. Once it’s built, hang out inside and have a good time, because snow forts generally don’t last too long.

If you’re bored and looking for something to do outside in the snow without requiring all the effort to drive out to a ski or sledding hill, try some of these classic snow activities and have some fun!