Colgate is definitely not a warm-weather school, at least for the majority of the year. What Hamilton does offer is four distinct seasons with fresh snowfalls as beautiful as the changing autumn leaves—emphasis on the fresh snowfalls. While the first few wintry days or even weeks are greeted with excitement by most students, as the gray months begin to blend together, students seek respite wherever possible. It's not all cold, however. The first and last few weeks of class frequently hit the 80s, with plenty of sun making you wish you had air conditioning in your on-campus housing (the only residence hall with air conditioning is Gate House). Though most know Colgate for its snowfall, there is a fair amount of rain in the fall and spring, making waterproof boots and a good raincoat necessities.
While some instantly knock Colgate off their college search for its weather, the students know that there is far more to the eye than a quick look at the weather forecast online. Students make the most of their location, "borrowing" trays from Frank Dining Hall for sledding down the old ski hill or renting skis from the Outdoor Equipment Rental Center (OREC) in Base Camp to take on the miles of groomed ski trails. Pack a few sweaters, a warm jacket, a good pair of boots, and you'll be set for whatever the Chenango Valley throws your way. In many ways, the weather is what makes Colgate truly a special place.