Maine is very cold, and Lewiston gets a lot of snow. Students from points south of New Hampshire should be prepared to be shocked by the weather in Maine. Sometimes the snow starts in October, and it’s not unheard of to get snow showers as late as May. Students should pack a good winter jacket, a hat, mittens, and boots. Students should also remember to wear layers because it is usually freezing outside. However, many of the buildings are quite warm. Despite the arctic conditions, Bates hardly ever closes for snow, and sometimes students are forced to trudge to class through several feet of snow if the plows haven’t reached the path they’re using yet. The back side of the Puddle is not always plowed, which can be inconvenient for art students and people living in Page Hall, so it’s very important to have boots.
As cold and snowy as it can get during the winter, Maine is beautiful in the fall and spring. The weather can stay warm right through September, and Batesies usually take full advantage of nice days by studying or playing Frisbee on the Quad or in the Keigiwn Amphitheater. Even in the middle of January, the weather can still be beautiful, just cold. Winter sports are big at Bates; even students who don’t go skiing, snowboarding, or ice-skating can enjoy sledding down Mount David or engaging in snowball fights with their friends. If students are prepared to deal with long winters, below-freezing temperatures, and several feet of snow, the weather at Maine can be a godsend. If not, there’s always the University of Hawaii.