Chills and thrills: UNH's first snow day of the year

By Danielle LeBlanc
On February 7, 2014

  • Wednesday’s storm left campus covered in a heap of snow, but that didn’t stop students from braving the freezing temperatures to take part in the UNH tradition of sledding down Dimond Library hill. Cam Johnson/Staff

As the snowfall continued on Wednesday, students enjoyed UNH's first snow day of the year.

Many students took advantage of the day and trudged through piles of snow and out into the cold for snow-filled fun. In front of Scott Hall, three freshman girls were playing inside the igloo that they had spent hours making that day.

However, while some students were building igloos, others were building snowmen or other works of art. Right in front of Thompson Hall freshman Alex Raccio and sophomore Marcus Pullo were constructing the new UNH logo out of snow.

"We've been out here for hours," Raccio said. "Probably since 2."

Raccio added more detail to the logo's design while Pullo smoothed the bottom with a shovel that the boys had brought. 

"We're waiting for our friends to come back with freeze paint so we can color in the logo," Pullo said.

Of course, it wouldn't really be a snow day without hundreds of students sledding down the hill by Dimond Library. Bringing their own sleds, sophomores Francesca Panorese and Brianna McHugh came prepared for sledding down the hill.

"We brought our own sleds because the dining hall trays weren't really working as well," Panorese said.

The girls claimed that they had been out sledding for the last hour and were enjoying their day off from classes.

"It's kind of cold out, but it's worth it," McHugh said.

Other students sledding on the hill seemed to share the girls' sentiments. Sophomore Julia DoCurral and freshman JJ O'Toole also came equipped with their own sleds for riding down the hill.

"There have been a lot of people out here," DoCurral said.

According to DoCurral, not everyone was bringing sleds. Some brought their own skis and boards and were going down the hill while attempting to avoid the brush.

"There were boarders and skiers who made a huge jump and were going off it," O'Toole said. "It was really cool to watch."

Students laughed and screamed as they went down the snow paths that previous riders had already made. Then, just before hitting the brush at the bottom, students abandoned their sleds and rolled off into the soft snow.

Not all students sought their thrills at Library Hill. Others, such as freshmen Anna Devitto and Alex Modigliani, found fun elsewhere.

"We first went sledding down the hill in front of Jessie Doe," DeVitto said.

The girls claimed that they sled down the hill until their trays from the dining hall began to wear out before building a snowman in front of Scott Hall.

"After we made a snowman we trekked through campus woods with our feet buried in the snow," Modigliani said. "We went down the trail, it was really pretty."

According to the girls, after their adventures in the snow they had no problem cozying up in their beds and watching movies for the rest of the day.

"It was nice to just relax after and not do anything," DeVitto said.

Whether students were playing football in the snow, sledding, making a snowman, or just watching movies and relaxing, students all over campus seemed to enjoy their day off.

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