No school but skiing was fabulous! And a huge mountain of snow at McMillan and lunch trays made for great sledding! —Jackie Davies Anderson ‘71
“And yes, Cabbies was open.” —Stuart Goldman ‘69
November 9-10, 1975
“The first blizzard I encountered at Northland was the same that sank the Lake Superior freighter Edmund Fitzgerald,” says John Maier ’79. “There were a couple of feet of snow, it was blowing like crazy and even on campus, you couldn’t tell where you were. I found it fascinating.”
“Only time I saw classes called off as Bobb Hall’s entrance was sealed off by a drift that went to the roof. Blizzard party at the Office Bar.” —Dave Kretzschmar ‘77
January 22-23, 1982 • Nineteen inches of snow.
“I remember jumping from the roof of McMillan into the drifts…good times and memories.” —Jeff Grossman ‘82
“I remember we rearranged so that there were rooms available for stranded motorists, and that we were directing people from the main road into campus, who had been told to come to Northland by hotels that were full.” —Marion Reid ‘88
“That was the year of the “cattle paths” on campus, snow neck high beside the walkways. Also, the last time I remember being able to sled out the second story windows of Fenenga.” —Kim Rose ‘87
Halloween Blizzard of 1991 • What began as rain turned to freezing rain then snow—seventeen inches of it.
“I was on a geology field trip at Montreal River Gorge with Professor Goetz when snow started coming down. Drove back at ten miles an hour in Tom Sandblom’s ’95 Subaru wagon with one headlight.” —Jon Flynn ’95
“I think it was almost two feet and the snow didn’t melt until May 1992. Craziness!” —Lynette Judd ‘92
The Winter of 1995/1996
“We got somewhere between two and three feet of snow and Northland was closed/classes canceled. Also, not blizzard-related, but in ’96 or ’97 there was a stretch where temp with wind chill was -75°F (classes weren’t canceled). —Jennifer Lindner ‘92
“The 95/96 winter had snow past ground floor Fenenga windows. It was an awesome winter.” —Al Krause ’99
“I recall some people dug out their car and dragged people behind on sleds down the streets. Gave new meaning to ‘crack the whip’!” —Jaime Corbisier ’98
Fall 2001-October 25-26 • An early season storm combined with lake effect snow brought more than a foot of snow.
November 26-27 • Twenty inches of snow.
“2001 was such an epic snow year! I swear we got like four feet in twenty-four hours.” —Kari Molter ’03
March 13-14, 2006 • Thundersnow enhanced a late-season blizzard that dropped twenty-seven inches of snow.
“I had never seen snow plow drifts that high before. At one point, it got so cold everything was canceled/shut down because it was too dangerous to have bare skin outside. Man, I miss snow.” —Nikki Jeske ’09
April 20, 2013 Blizzard • Eighteen to thirty-one inches of snow fell across the northland, making for a crazy April morning.
“My senior spring semester finals were postponed thanks to this gorgeous storm!!” —Madeline Jarvis ’13