Boston-area residents frolic in epic snow; backyard igloos and mountaineering at MIT

New England's winter blast is serious business, but there's been no shortage of shenanigans.

People have been jumping out windows into the snowbanks. Thrill-seekers have been snowmobiling through normally busy city streets. College students in Cambridge have been using mountaineering gear to scale a huge snowpile perhaps three stories high, dubbed "the Alps of MIT," despite the university's efforts to discourage it.

And on the website AirBnb, a few enterprising residents have been offering up chilly lodgings for rent: backyard igloos.

Boston — a city with a heavy concentration of college students at such schools as Harvard, MIT, Boston University and Northeastern — has been hit by 8 feet of snow over the past month.