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In pictures: Sleds and sunshine on Ann Arbor's first snow day

Students were overjoyed to hit the slopes with their parents and classmates (Photo: Meredith Bruckner)
Students were overjoyed to hit the slopes with their parents and classmates (Photo: Meredith Bruckner)

ANN ARBOR – Today was the first snow day of the school year after all Ann Arbor Public Schools closed following Wednesday's snowstorm.

And what better tradition to mark the mandatory day off than for parents and kids to go sledding?

We hit up several sledding hills to see some of the action.

At Veterans Memorial Park, or as locals call it, "Vets Park," Diane Vandorn, a kindergarten teacher at Ann Arbor Open School arrived with her daughter, sleds in hand.

"The first snow day of the year is pretty exciting," she said. "I lose a bit of time in the classroom, but there's a lot for students to gain coming out, playing in the snow, having fun with friends, socially navigating the slopes and helping one another."

Her favorite part of coming to the sledding hill is being reminded of the sense of camaraderie an experience like sledding instills in the community. "I can't tell you how many people I've watched help other people's kids here on the hill and kids helping kids get up," she said. "The joy of a snow day, I can't deny it it's wonderful."

Huron Hills Golf Course

With endless rolling hills, this is a popular spot for all ages. For the little ones, there are smaller hills, and steeper hills for older kids or adults who want more of a thrill. However, parking at peak hours can be tricky (parking is across the street), and it is quite a walk to get to where all the action is, so take that into consideration. 

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Veterans Memorial Park

Experienced sledders only! This slope is steep and long and sledders reach nail-biting speeds. But the people there swore it's the best spot in town to ride some fresh powder. Parking is plentiful and it's a short walk to the slopes from the lot.

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Wurster Park

Though it was empty when we arrived, the tracks from earlier in the morning revealed it was a busy spot. Not too steep, this is a good hill for younger kids. The hill ends at a sidewalk by the road, so be cautious!

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Leslie Park

Another popular spot according to locals, but it was less crowded today. We spotted a few sledders enjoying the slopes, but they had to hike quite a ways to get to the perfect spot.

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*All photos taken by Meredith Bruckner

With snow in the forecast Friday and Saturday, Ann Arborites will likely be on the sledding hills in numbers this weekend.

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