New England has the most beautiful, distinct four seasons. During the academic year, September to May, students see the fall foliage of autumn, the lake-effect snow of winter, and a mild, wet spring. The weather is always unpredictable, especially with precipitation. In fact, the lake creates humidity in the air that limits the rain and snow compared to Central Vermont. Also, there's a much lower elevation than Burlington's neighbors to the south. Burlington does get very cold in the winter, but the wind is what makes it bone-chillingly cold. Otherwise, wearing a scarf to keep moisture in front of your face (from your breath) helps a lot.
The autumn and spring months are both mild, so students should have a range of clothes that can be layered. The best part about Champlain any time of year is how small and beautiful the campus is, so no matter the weather outside, walking two minutes to class is completely bearable and scenic. Since the campus also has insulated sidewalks that melt snow on contact, the College never closes due to weather (but professors can cancel class if they have a long commute).