Despite the 85-degree heat, Picnic Day goers could still hit the slopes on Hutchison Field.
The Alpine Ski and Snowboard club brought approximately 10 tons of snow in from Lake Tahoe to create a 100-foot long, snow covered slope for sledding.
Participants slid down the slope on plastic sleds for free, although the club was accepting donations to support the cost of running it.
“There have been mostly kids on the slope today, maybe 10 or so students,” said Alan Wong, volunteer for the slope, sports club member and junior economics and communication major. “Only one or two of the kids cried!”
By 2 p.m., the slope had hosted over 300 sledders, Wong said. Though many predicted the snowy mass would have melted by that time, it was intact with only a slight amount of mud surrounding it.
“I’m really glad they made this,” Wong said. “Especially since it’s such a hot day. People are really enjoying themselves and I think it was a good idea.“
– Lauren Steussy