One winter the brothers of Heorot, a fraternity at Dartmouth,
flooded the downstairs of their house, threw open the doors and
windows, let ice form on the living-room floor and, using two
facing fireplaces as goals, played a game of ice hockey.

As apocryphal as that story sounds, no one familiar with
Dartmouth, which has supplied at least one Olympian to every
Winter Games since their inception in 1924, would stake his
Bergelene long johns on its falsity. Today Dartmouth offers
intramural (as well as varsity) women's ice hockey, clubs for
biathlon and snowboarding, downhill skiing as a phys-ed class
and an intercollegiate ski program perennially ranked in the Top
10. Its four-quarter calendar has allowed such winter-sport
standouts as luger Cammy Myler and skier Chris Puckett to take
classes in the spring, summer and fall so they might ply the
international circuits in their sports once the snow flies.

Much of the school's sub-zero spirit is owed to the Dartmouth
Outing Club. (No, this is not a group of students who plot ways
to reveal the sexual orientation of fellow undergraduates. That
would be The Dartmouth Review, a right-wing student newspaper,
but that's another story.) The Outing Club was founded in 1910
to stage Winter Carnival, a boreal bacchanal of competitive ski
racing, keg jumping and snow sculpting that's renewed every
February. But stand on the snow-swept green of Hanover, N.H., on
virtually any winter morning and you can see students clomping
off to class in ski boots, carrying skis and poles, so they
might later catch the afternoon shuttle bus to the Dartmouth
Skiway, the college's very own two-lift, 14-trail ski area. The
school also maintains a cross-country center and had a 40-meter
ski jump until liability concerns led to its dismantling two
years ago.

Dartmouth's winter-sports passion was evinced again in February,
when the women's basketball team arrived home in the wee hours
of the morning from a road trip to Penn and Princeton. Several
players went to bed. The others headed off to nearby Occum Pond
for a 3 a.m. skate.


B/W ILLUSTRATION: MICHAEL CUSTODE [Drawing of student holding skies and books]

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