Springtime in the Rockies!

By: Sally Belk King, Activities Coordinator, English Instructor, and Editor of The Arena at A.C.E. Language Institute at MSU

It’s April 5th and our students woke up to a few inches of snow this morning in Bozeman, Montana.  Gorgeous wet flakes covered emerging daffodils and tulips and until a few hours ago, it seemed like winter would never end.

Snow in April after yesterday’s high of 70 degrees fahrenheit?  It’s nature’s way of saying, “Hey, students!  It’s almost exam time!”

Erratic weather hasn’t kept our students from having fun though (after they’ve finished their homework, of course)! Our newest students enjoyed spring break by going to the movies, taking walks down Main Street, working out at the gym, and learning the layout of the MSU campus. A few of us even attended the final Ice Dogs hockey game at the Haynes Pavilion ice rink!

Some ambitious students recently learned to make their first snowman and others—who had never seen snow—enjoyed the silent beauty of a charming town covered in glittering white.

Several students have enjoyed spring skiing and snowboarding at Bridger Bowl and last week, thanks to MSU’s Outdoor Recreation Center, a few brave souls went on a seven-mile snowshoe hike in Yellowstone National Park.

Some new students simply enjoyed exploring the many offerings of the Gallatin Valley Mall as well as the charming shops and restaurants on Main Street and Kagy, near the Museum of the Rockies.

What’s next?  White water rafting, hiking, and so much more!

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