It can get pretty cold. The worst of the winter is December to the beginning of February- thank goodness we are gone for most of that since winter break is mid/ late December to late January. Some days are as cold as 0 degrees or maybe colder. As far as the snow goes, there can be heaps! I wouldn’t say it snows often in the winter. But when it does snow, it snows a lot. What helps is that the buildings have central heating and most of the campus is covered. Also, many of our academic buildings are connected so you may stay in doors for an entire day of classes and the campus is not very large so students do not spend much time out doors when traveling from one building to another.
The winters at Skidmore (Saratoga Springs) are no different than winters in most NorthEast areas. For instance, I am from NYC. Winters are just as cold there as they are here. Except Saratoga gets more snow. The campus and town are great about clearing the snow.
Remember to put “Coat” on your check list for things to buy/ bring up to Skidmore.