Susan "Sue" Owen '94 January 26, 2022 5:29 PM updated: January 28, 2022 11:44 PM
We’re not aware (yet!) of any Aggies competing in the 2022 Winter Olympics - so we’re taking a look back at 50 years of Mount Aggie, which first appeared mysteriously in 1972.
Over 20,000 Aggie students have learned to ski on Mount Aggie, which has moved around campus and taken several different forms.
In the 1990s, Mount Aggie almost disappeared, but the Class of 1998 helped save it!
The first “Mount Aggie” (nearly flat) appeared when an A&M ski instructor was given a piece of leftover Astroturf from Kyle Field. This was laid out on a slight slope across the street from east Kyle, allowing students to practice moving with skis on their feet.
Mount Aggie had become a 30-foot by 30-foot slope behind G. Rollie White Coliseum.
Mount Aggie off Houston Street behind G. Rollie in The Battalion, March 6, 1976.
Sometime in this period, a larger Mount Aggie was constructed using former football bleachers. It was in the same general location, near G. Rollie, east of Kyle, and it was upgraded and modified periodically. In 1978, the slope measured 36 feet by 100 feet.
Moved to make way for the future Koldus building and adjacent garage, a new 50-foot, all-earth Mount Aggie rose on Wellborn Road just south of Kyle Field.
BELOW: Mount Aggie with Kyle in the background in the July 3, 1990, Battalion.
In the late 1990s, A&M announced Mount Aggie would be taken down to make way for new football practice facilities. This news hit students hard; in 1997, a "Save Mount Aggie" headline ran in the Batt, and several concerts were held on Mount Aggie amid public discussion of how to keep this unique feature of Aggieland.
The Class of 1998 stepped up and provided funding towards a new Mount Aggie as one of its Class Gifts.
The new Mount Aggie was constructed in 1999 on west campus, between the tennis center and recreational sports fields. The current slope is 130 feet tall!