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Many take advantage of days off for outdoor snow activities

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A lot of people were out Friday taking advantage of all the snow.

Chopper 5 flew over dozens of kids who found a nice hill to sled at Westwood Park and Blue River Park. Many others hit up the National Golf Club in Platte City and elsewhere.

With most of the kids across the metro out of school, hundreds were out searching for the perfect hill.

"You can make snowmen and play in it, and go sledding with your best friends," Kaylee Waldman, 6, said.

"(It's) a lot better being here than in the office," Jason Waldman said.

KCTV5's Justin Schmidt found the Waldman family sledding outside the Platte City Civic Center.

"It's a little powdery, the sleds are sinking down, so you've got to find a good sled that stays on top," Waldman said.

The family moved to Platte City last year so it's the most snow they've seen here.

"Never too much snow, I'm from Iowa we love it," Waldman said.

A little further south at the Deuce at the National Golf Club, Bob Brandom ventured out with his grandsons to take advantage of the first sizable snowfall in two years.

"It's been a few years since there's been enough snow for these guys to go out. We got them snowsuits last year and they didn't use them, but they're paying off this year," Brandom said.

But after trekking up the hills in knee-deep snow, they found there's only one suitable way to recharge, with some hot chocolate and snow ice cream.

"We're not going to get that yellow snow," Matt Brandom, 5, said.

In Weston, MO, many trekked over to Snow Creek for some skiing and snowboarding.

"I only have two-wheel drive, so I decided to wait until today, but it's still really good out here," said Bruce Thomson who drove in from Liberty, MO.

Thomson wasn't alone. Up to 300 powder hounds battled the snow-packed roads to get the first shot at fresh snow.

"When we have a storm like this the skiers always find a way to get here, it's the staff that can't," Snow Creek's General Manager Dave Grenier said. "They were here last night, some of them actually slept here because they didn't want to try and find their way home."

Grenier said he's been waiting for this storm for two years.

"I don't want to even talk about last winter," he said. "I was up at 3 a.m., 4 a.m., 5 a.m. looking outside and seeing nothing falling. I got in the car to drive up here and snow started dumping at 7 a.m."

Fresh snow is always good in the snow business and 7 inches fell on Snow Creek Thursday, enough to last through mid-March.

"Some people could argue man-made snow is better, because it's a uniform snow crystal, but real snow is better because it drops in their backyard and reminds them that's it's still winter, and there's a ski hill right here in the metro that welcomes them to come do their thing," Grenier said.

Grenier describes himself as an amateur meteorologist and he's already watching the next system that's due Sunday night.

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