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The more ice and snow, the more fun

Published February 9, 2004; Category: EVENTS

Cross Country Ski Center offers traditional winter activities

The Dartmouth Cross Country Ski Center (background) rents equipment for winter sports, keeps a campfire burning, sells food and hosts activities most days, including an upcoming Saturday pond party. (photo by Joe Mehling '69)

Winter activities at Occom Pond are geared toward all ages, like this castle with a slide. (photo by Bill Young)

Right now Mike Silverman manages the Cross Country Ski Center. He takes care of people who enjoy skating, snowshoeing and cross country skiing by running the equipment rental and instruction program in the basement of the Dartmouth Outing Club House at Occom Pond.

His title shifts from season to season. When the weather turns warmer, he works from the Outdoor Programs Office in Robinson Hall, and his attention turns to hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and white-water rafting. But at this time of year, his focus is on the snow and ice around the pond and ski trails.

"We are a winter activity outlet for everyone in the Upper Valley," says Silverman. "Dartmouth students and Upper Valley residents come together here to enjoy the cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails and the ice skating on Occom Pond."

Winter visitors to the Cross Country Ski Center can enjoy an outdoor campfire on most days and a small food menu offering items like hot chocolate, chili, soda and hot dogs. Food prices vary from 25 cents to $2.50 per item. Equipment rentals range in price from $6 to $13 depending on the sport, less for children and Dartmouth students.

Silverman has a lot planned for the month of February, including a Pond Party on Saturday, Feb. 14, as part of Dartmouth's annual Winter Carnival celebration. For more information about the services and activities at the Cross Country Ski Center call 643-6534.

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Last Updated: 12/17/08