Metro Vancouver kids get a face full of snow
Many school districts had a professional development day, so children were free to play in the snow
Snow fell across B.C.'s South Coast on Friday, creating havoc on the streets, as traffic grappled with the dicey conditions. But for many children, the snow came as a welcome dose of winter.
Several school districts, like Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, New Westminster, North Vancouver and Richmond, weren't forced to make the decision to call a snow day, because they already had scheduled professional development days,
Joshua Goodman, 7, and his father, Bernie, spent some time at the park doing runs on their sled.
"Last year, I went with friends and there was lots of injuries, like, my friend cut his lip and then it might have got infected," said Joshua. "There was a metal sled and then I think he hit his face into it or something."
He said he wasn't worried about getting hurt on Friday, because the slope wasn't too crowded.
Lucas Vermulen, 8, and his younger sister were packing out a good straight line down the hill to pick up a little speed. He was getting some air, bouncing off the bumps, as he repeatedly slid down the hill head first.
"I just make a trail first, then I get a running start," said Vermulen, who said it was lucky to get a Pro-D day when it happened to snow.
And the day wouldn't be limited to sledding.
"[I like] snowball fighting. Though my sister doesn't like them. I still do it," he said.
Mia, 7, and her cousins who were visiting from San Francisco were geared up with helmets and goggles to take on the slope.
"It's good," she said of getting a day off when it was snowy. "It does not happen every day."
After sledding, Mia's family was planning to do some ice skating.
Tashi, 6, said she enjoyed the sledding.
"It's awesome, because I like to go fast on the sled, and I don't usually get to do that," she said, offering the tip that if there's a rope on the sled, one shouldn't let it get wrapped around their head.