Allison Curran was doing work at her home Thursday during the monumental winter storm when she suddenly got the urge to be adventurous.
So the 36-year-old Beacon Hill resident stopped what she was doing, contacted her brother and some friends, and then grabbed her ski equipment, bound for the slopes in their own backyard.
“We did pretty much all of the streets in Beacon Hill,” said Curran, who has lived in the area, on and off, for 17 years. “It was kind of fun being able to ski in the city and being able to hop out and ski on your street when it’s empty.”
Curran said they trekked up the hills for about three hours, getting in 10 runs on the so-called slopes along Pinckney and Mount Vernon Streets, as well as some smaller hills on Boston Common.
Insider’s tip: In order to ski through Beacon Hill, she said, you first need to get a lot of speed and “you have to dodge the plows and be respectful of the plows.”
“You see their lights from far away,” she said. “But they were waving and smiling at us and they weren’t mad — they would wait for us to ski down it and then follow us down.”
Curran was joined by her friends Katherine Hammes and Devin Kennedy, who didn’t ski but instead filmed some of the downhill runs and later posted video of the winter adventure to Reddit, an online forum.
“Ali texted others to go out and explore in the neighborhood with her,” Hammes said. “I don’t own skis. So we came to watch and hang out.”
Hammes said there were a lot of people making the best of the snow that coated the neighborhood, including families that were sledding in the streets.
“It was kind of just a community event, I would say,” she said. “I thought it was hilarious. I think one of the things I love about living in Beacon Hill is that it’s such a small community, and I think we can all come together and have fun even when it’s a bad weather day.”
In a separate instance, a person was spotted Thursday tethered to the back of what appears to be a Lamborghini, which tugged the individual down the street and past the Prudential Center building. A person who took a video of the event dubbed it “Lamborghini skiing.”
“Boston doesn’t mess around,” Sam Kurtzwrote on Instagram.