Fighting cabin fever

High-speed winds accompany frostbite warnings. People are far and few between. The thermometer has begun to use decimal points. For the non-skier or snowboarder, winter weekends in Burlington can be more like spending Friday through Sunday in an arctic tundra than a college town. Although it’s tempting to spend another night playing RockBand where it is warm and cozy, UVM students who are brave enough to face the cold have found better ways to spend their weekends than listening to atrociously off-key Foreigner songs. Winter farmer’s market”Everyone knows about the ones outside in the summer, but they have indoor ones too,” junior Heather Torrey said. The Winter Farmer’s Makets are held at Memorial Auditorium on the corner of Main Street and S. Union Street from 10am-2pm. The next one will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21.A warm drinkGreat coffee and a cool atmosphere at Muddy Waters, 184 Main St., Burlington, is the perfect way to spend a low-key afternoon. “It’s a really cool, old place to go and hang out with friends,” Torrey said.Burlington winter festOn Feb. 7, UVM’s Community Development and Applied Economics Department will be partnering with Vermont Special Olympics, Kids Vermont Camp, School Fair, Burlington Parks and Recreation and ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center at the Leahy Center for the annual Burlington Winter Festival featuring the Vermont Snow Sculpting Competition and an “Ice Walk” on Church Street.Going sleddingCheaper and easier than skiing or snowboarding, the tons of snow falling on Burlington is great for sledding down one of the many hills in the area. “You don’t have to take an hour long bus ride to get there,” freshman Jamie Gilroy said. “It’s right in the backyard of your dorm.” Everything from pool floats and storage bins to garbage can lids can be used as sleds.A day at the rinkEven for skiers and snowboarders, sometimes a day on the mountain is just too pricey. Students can stay on ice and attend public skating at the Leddy Park Arena for $3 on Sunday afternoons. Skate rentals are $3.Stay in shapeUVM’s Dance Studio was packed with students this past week attending a group fitness class. “My friends and I tried out a Zumba class this week,” freshman Gianna Vanelli said. “I would definitely go again.”