The Weather Channel is calling for many snow days in the next few weeks which means a few things:
1) Class cancellations
2) An excuse to do nothing
3) (The exception to #2) Sledding
Sledding is a vague term. I say this because I have seen numerous Appalachian students bring out questionable items to “sled” on during those chaotic midnight sledding trips over on the West side of campus.
So, what to bring?
The market usually sells $1 flimsy, plastic sleds that surprisingly work very well. (I have two in my car just incase a snow storm hits unexpectedly and the inspiration is there) However, in times of desperate need there are other options such as actual real sleds, (but who has those??) plastic container lids, tubes, blow-up air mattresses, (yes, I’m serious) snowboards, and last but not least, surfboards.
I’m not quite sure why anyone would have a surfboard while going to school in the mountains, but I have seen it here at Appalachian not once, not twice, but three times. Apparently there are no boundaries when it comes to sledding.
So where to go?
I’m sure most students have heard of the hill behind Belk hall and beside the music building. Some students call it “suicide hill,” some students know it as the hill where Appalachian State attempted to plant trees, and some may have heard stories regarding the hill and have consciously decided to delete the hill from their general knowledge. Regardless, this hill is an option, but only if you have a big group of trusted sledders enjoying the snow with you. Like any hill, this hill can be dangerous and someone must be the ‘guard dog’ sledder at all times!!! Also, watch out for the trees.
Another great hill, beside Frank and Bowie Hall, will be experiencing it’s 2nd anniversary this year. This hill, where Winkler Hall was demolished two years ago, got to enjoy it’s first ever sledding expedition last winter. It became a very popular place for all freshman and sophomores who resided on the West side of campus. With multiple bumps and the comforting fact that the road is the only thing stopping you, I have no doubt that this hill will be another winner this winter.
Just like everyone needs to experience an App State winter, everyone also needs to experience an App State sledding adventure. Wrap your ankles up, (kidding, kind of) grab your plastic container lids and hit the hills!