Giant Snowball Rolls Out of Control

Wrecking-ball chunk causes massive repair bill

Feb 18, 2014
Outside Magazine
Reed Colelge Snowball

This Feb. 8, 2014 image provided by Reed Magazine shows a large snowball that crashed into a Grove Quad dormitory at Reed College in Portland, Ore.    Reed Magazine/AP

When 12 inches of snow dumped on Reed College in Portland, Oregon, one student attempted to create the world's largest snowball by rolling snow around a grassy field on campus. By nightfall on February 8, the ball had grown to three feet in diameter and weighed between 800 and 900 pounds.

In front of a crowd chanting, "Roll it! Roll it!," two math students bowled the snowball down a hill. As the creation gained momentum, it veered off-course and crashed into a dormitory wall, according to Reed Magazine.


Maintenance workers spent 45 minutes cutting through the snowball to find that the wall had been ripped off its studs. Damage repairs are estimated to cost between $2,000 and $3,000.

The Guinness World Record for the largest snowball is 10 feet in diameter. The record was set by mechanical engineering students from ASME Michigan Technological University on March 23, 2013.