At Tufts University, nearly 100 students showed up Saturday at the President’s Lawn, a steep hill on campus, toting improvised sleds made of cardboard, garbage can lids, and plastic storage boxes.
Perhaps the most creative sled belonged to 21-year-old Tufts senior Lizz Grainger, who brought a whiteboard.
“If there was anything important written on it, it’s not important anymore,” Grainger said with a laugh. “My roommate takes biology notes on it, so hopefully she doesn’t mind.”
Local families joined the crowd on the hill, where students were packing down paths and building jumps.
“It’s awesome; there’s such a communal feeling,” said Tufts freshman Nick Ryder, 19.
Ryder is a member of the university’s Quidditch team, which decided to practice despite the accumulated snow and bitter wind.
“We had originally canceled our practice,” he said, “but everyone got on Facebook and said, ‘No way, let’s get out there and play some snow Quidditch.’ ”
The Tufts ski team, which had their Saturday race in Maine canceled, also made the most of conditions. Decked out in snowpants and goggles, they whooped and cheered as they made slow runs through an impromptu race course, with sticks in the snow serving as gates.
“Skiing on the Tufts hill is definitely number one on my bucket list,” said Tufts senior and ski team member Sam Ross, 21.
— DAN ADAMS