February 22, 2002
Colder weather offers sportsAs the doldrums of winter descend on the small town of Selinsgrove, Pa., students are faced with the age-old challenge of finding extra-curricular winter activities. While some find the lower temperatures and shorter days insurmountable obstacles, the more adventurous feel differently.
"There's always something to do, the snow just adds to the fun," freshman Tom Bishop said.
The variety of winter sports available in Pennsylvania was showcased at the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' sixth annual "Snowfest," which recently took place near Mifflinburg.
While a number of common winter sports like cross-country skiing and ice skating were demonstrated at the event, a number of more alternative winter sports were represented as well.
The alternative winter sports that were showcased at "Snowfest" include snow volleyball, ice fishing, ice carving and snowmobiling.
After attending "Snowfest" with two of his friends, Bishop said, "to be honest, some of these sports are a little to exotic, but one of my best nights at Susquehanna was spent playing snow football."
According to Bishop, the best part about activities like the ones showcased at "Snowfest" is that they are "fun, cheap and exciting."
Sophomore Joleen Rudy said, "Of all the winter sports, my favorite is downhill skiing, but that can be expensive."
Many students, however, are not as enthusiastic about alternative winter sports in the Selinsgrove area.
Freshman David Finney said, "I appreciate the wealth of winter activities the area has to offer, but we must also recognize the financial inability of students to participate in them."
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