One-by-one kids and adults took turns rocketing down a snowy hill behind Mesa Ridge High School on Thursday.
They launched themselves over a jump and got their faces, coats, boots and everything else full of snow.
“They’re getting some pretty awesome air,” said Randy Prindle, who would pause briefly from working jump maintenance to let the next daredevil give the 3-foot high snow ramp a try.
“It’s one of those once-a-year opportunities for the kids and grownups,” Prindle said. “We’re just out here making the most of it.”
Prindle brought three kids and some friends to the hill that drew more than 110 people just after 11 a.m. Thursday to celebrate about 10 inches of snow that fell in the area overnight.
“On Facebook, everyone was talking about the (Widefield) district finally getting a snow day,” said Tony Vaughn, who was with his 9-year-old son Andrew Zuniga. “I went to Fountain-Fort Carson and we never got snow days.”
Chris Sheets, who brought sons Scott, 10, and Corey, 9, said when storms roll up from the south, the towns south of Colorado Springs “get hit hard.”
Sheets was watching television about 11 p.m. Wednesday when he saw the closure announcement. His boys were in bed, but Sheets knew to prepare for a fun day.
Corey Sheets had a big smile on his face as he rested after a sled run Thursday. He was a little less excited when asked how happy he was to be out of school.
“I wish we had school. I was supposed to do a writing assessment today,” Corey said, noting that he likes taking tests.