With temperatures and snowfalls more extreme than previous years, this winter has been a real bear. But there are still plenty of fun things to do in the region if you’re properly dressed to go out in the snow.

According to NOAA Online Weather Data, the monthly average minimum temperature in the Dayton region during Januarys 1981 through 2010 was 20.2 degrees Fahrenheit, a far cry from this year’s monthly average low of 13 degrees thus far.
Even worse were the stinging sub-zero days brought to us by the Polar Vortex and a total of 35.6 inches of snow this season.

With such an uncharacteristically brutal climate, it can be tempting to stay curled up on the couch under a warm blanket, but in reality the arctic weather this year has only enhanced some of the winter fun available to Dayton residents and students.

On warmer days between 20 and 30 degrees, especially after a new snowfall, check out Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. It takes little more than an hour drive and some equipment rentals to hit the powder. If you’re a first-time skier or snowboarder, try taking a lesson before you get on the lift. While this isn’t the most inexpensive option available, it’s something that everyone should try at least once, and what better time than this winter?

While the university might close for cold weather, most local Dayton businesses are open for all but the snowiest of days. Look at these super-cold days as a chance to explore the city when there are few crowds out and about.

Finally, don’t be afraid to stoop down for a handful of snow to build a snowman or start a snowball fight. Just because you haven’t done so since you were a kid doesn’t mean that it isn’t still a ton of fun.

So while it might be cold outside, you can still find ways to enjoy yourself if you bundle up right. Wear plenty of layers and add waterproof outerwear if you’ll be in the snow, and keep a pair of gloves and a hat handy in your coat pockets. If you’ll be out on the road, a pair of boots and an ice scraper in your trunk are must-haves.

Enjoy yourselves, Flyers, and stay safe and warm in this cold winter weather.

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