A lot of Boston residents are sick of shoveling away snow that just keeps piling up. With more than 105.7 inches having fallen this season, the city was running out of places to put it all and has resorted to snow farms and melting trucks.
Some residents have decided to take a more fun and creative approach to coping with the near 9 feet of snow.
Is it possible to make money off the snow in your yard? Kyle Waring proved that it is, selling six pounds of snow at $89 or a "Blizzard in a box" with 22 pounds of snow at $199.
After the first heavy snowfall hit toward the end of January, Waring and his wife joked about selling the snow. But as of March 4, Waring and his team have sold 192 packages of snow on their website shipsnowyo.com.
All deliveries are made overnight and customers are guaranteed snow on arrival. Shipments are packaged into heavy-duty Styrofoam containers to prevent melting.
"It takes over 72 hours for six pounds of snow to melt," Waring said.
The business has gained enough speed to give Waring's wife a full-time job.
Waring said he is looking into the logistics of selling snow throughout the summer. However, the future direction of the business is still unclear.
Building a Tunnel Through the Snow
Ari Goldberger posted a picture on Facebook on Feb. 11 of a 15-foot snow mountain blockading a bike path between Malden and Boston that he uses almost every day coming home from work.
Goldberger posted the picture with the hopes of finding out information about snow removal. That was when a friend suggested building a tunnel through the snowpack, saving Goldberger and other cyclists from having to risk traveling through a confusing intersection.
Over the course of the next few days, he and about a dozen friends combined efforts to build an arch-shaped tunnel straight through the pile.
"If nothing was done, then the bike path was going to be blocked for months as the snow melted," Goldberger said.
An engineering friend said to the crew that the arch-shape dome tunnel was the most stable and safest design. Most of the snowpack was powdery, compacted snow, which is more easy to work with than wet, heavy snow.
But Goldberger put it all to the test when he rode his bike through the tunnel.
However, the tunnel was demolished the following Saturday and Goldberger wrote on Facebook on Feb. 28 that the path has since been cleared.
Opening up a Snow Bar
When the fourth snowstorm swept through Boston, Chris Haynes decided it was time to bring a bit of summer back.
He set up an outdoor cocktail bar decorated in bright, outdoor lighting and has invited many friends and neighbors over to enjoy his frozen bar.
Fun! Cc @mreils MT @BostonGlobe: Chris Haynes hollowed out a bar from the piles of snow yard http://t.co/QRyvhUkVaa pic.twitter.com/Woqtbn60M2— Chloe Gotsis (@MediaGalChloe) February 23, 2015
"He had been shoveling for most of the day, and decided that he wanted to do something fun and constructive," Kristy Nardone, Haynes' wife, told the Boston Globe. "And, voilà! There was a snow bar."
Haynes has continued to extend his new lounge, building more bench seating and adding more inviting lights, according the Boston Globe.