This is snow....
Indeed, this is about 4 feet of snow still in evidence in March.
Snow is cold. It is wet. You can even mold it into shapes.
And if you find a large mound of the cold stuff you can strap pieces of wood to your feet, hold onto some poles for dear life and slide down it.
Even in Minnesota, the Land of the Prairie.
Although it may be difficult to find a hill large enough. And sometimes you even have to make the hill by pushing large amounts of dirt into a single mound.
This particular mound of dirt and snow is Buck Hill in Burnsville, Minnesota. Yes, it is pathetic. But at least the snow is fresh and ready to go. And they arrange for a new layer of powder every night before the first skiers arrive in the morning!
And it cannot be all bad as the St. Olaf College Ski Team trains there every year. And they are really quite good.
Although their success may have something to do with the fact that the ski team is primarily comprised of the Norwegian exchange students...